Bicycle chains are heavy necessities for cyclists. Over time I’ve tested a number of inventive methods for carrying them. On the handlebars was a huge failure as they make the important act of steering a difficulty. Attached to my belt using a device such a lock holster worked okay. Of course, in the bag is another option, but is heavy and a pain to get to when you want to lock up your bike quickly. Plus, what if you don’t want to bring a bag?
Around the waist, with the Steel O Flex works. However, it doesn’t feel particularly safe and many doubt the security offered by the Steel O Flex.
A lock you can wear
A lock around your waist is also the thinking behind Hiplock. A new “wearable bike lock”. When Evans Cycles got in touch asking if I wanted to review the lock I was set in my mind that I would hate it.
For a start, the lock is rated Silver in the Sold Secure rankings. This means it can’t replace my main Kryptonite bike lock and has to be used as a support lock. Also, why has it got such a stupid name like Hiplok?
Coming around to the charms of the Hiplok
However, a few days into testing and I was coming around to the charms of the Hiplok.
This lock is designed for much of the cycling I often find myself doing. Which isn’t road racing or even commuting. Most of the time I’m meeting friends, going shopping or heading to a business meeting. Often, I’m not a fan of carrying a bag with me to these locations. Therefore, a lock that doesn’t require any additional equipment to carry works well.
Using the lock is fairly simple. The velcro strap acts as the belt while it is around your waist. This can be adjusted to any size waist. Then to lock it you need to bring the two chain ends together.
The belt feels very comfortable to wear (far more so than the Steel O Flex) however, I still worry about what would happen if I was in an accident. My waist landing on the lock doesn’t feel like something particularly safe.
There’s also the other slight matter of the price. £69.99 is a rather aggressive price point if I’ve ever seen one!
- Convenient if you don’t want to carry your lock in a bag or attached to the frame
- Comfortable to wear and forget about
- Can fit around most objects you’d want to lock your bike to
- Reflective strip on the Hiplok logo
- Silver rating means it is only suitable as a secondary lock
Overall Hiplok review
I was much more impressed with the Hiplok than I thought I’d be. The convenience of strapping it to your waist is excellent and it provides a good level of security as a secondary lock. However, the price point really lets it down.
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