Commuting - Hiplok anyone?
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04-06-11, 08:28 AM
Wondering if anyone has actually seen or used one of these yet?
It's a lock designed to wear around your midsection. No sign of any data as to how it rates in terms of theft-proofiness. But the convenience factor might make it worth while for some.
Interesting concept. I wonder how it would feel in a crash if you landed on the chain?
I wonder how it would feel in a crash if you landed on the chain?
Probably not much worse than the crash itself. I would have liked to see what the chain looked like w/o the shroud though.
I like it. Reflective bits are a nice touch too. I'd get one if I were in the market for a lock, but I won't replace what I have for one.
04-06-11, 09:07 AM
One critism though from me though is:
I normally put the chain through the rear wheal spokes, chain and frame so they dont steal your wheels (or at least the rear one). If I did that with this lock though I might get oil on the chain cover and then onto my clothes.
It is a cool concept, but I kind of doubt their bike security credentials since every usage image on their site shows it locked only through the frame. Assuming the chain and lock are strong enough, however, I could see this idea gaining some traction.
04-06-11, 02:54 PM
I have no concerns about the strength of the chain, but a locking system is only as strong as its weakest point. That padlock looks pretty weaksauce, if you ask me.
04-06-11, 05:08 PM
I like the concept. I wouldn't use it to keep my bike locked overnight but for those quick pit stops, like the store, it would be perfect. Nicely thought out.
04-06-11, 05:34 PM
I'm intrigued by the concept. However, there's something a wee bit fishy to me- Their domain/server is in the U.S., yet the currency isn't the $, and their phone number in the 'Contact Us' section is an international one...
I've seen quite a number of people wearing a 1/2" chain with a huge padlock around their waist, so I guess the hiplok wouldn't be much better or worse.
The length is kind of sketchy, though, but if you're on and off your bike frequently it may a good investment.
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