I was recently contacted about a new product called the Lock Loop. I like featuring new innovations and providing some spotlight for any entrepreneurs working to create useful cycling products so I said send one over.
Obviously bicycle theft is a huge problem for cyclists. I’ve lost count of the number of emails I get that say “Someone has stolen my bike what do I do?!”.
Three main problems exist with bike locks. They can be expensive so it is often an area that cyclists incorrectly skimp on paying more, they are heavy and they often don’t secure the entire bike leaving out the wheels.
The Lock Loop is a solution to the final problem. By placing your strong d-lock through the hoop you can then secure your front wheel or back wheel too. In theory that sounds good, in practise however?
In the real world you often have difficulty finding designated cycle parking. You end up locking your bike in strange positions, front wheel off the ground or around a sign post when there is no other alternative. In these situations it’s tough to always align the d-lock with the back wheel. In this respect, I often found the Lock Loop a little inadequate and resorted back to my reliable bike chain as my secondary lock.
The Lock Loop is also a little bit of a pain to carry. The idea is that all cyclists have a lock holster attached to their bike. I personally do not, so I end up keeping my lock in my bag. The Lock Loop is a struggle to fit in there.
I believe there is one final fatal flaw to the concept. Bicycle locking 101 dictates that you should at all times use two different types of locks. The thinking behind this is that a thief either will not have the correct tools for both lock types or will not want to spend the time trying to crack two locks.
With the Lock Loop you still only have one lock securing your bike. Unless you intend on using your D-lock, the Lock Loop and a secondary lock.
Unfortunately, I’ll have to give the Lock Loop a thumbs down. A little fiddly to use, limits your locking options and fails to provide much more protection.
For more information visit: http://lock-loop.co.uk/
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