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Old 04-08-15, 07:59 AM
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new type of lock

Very cool!!!

SKYLOCK | Smart Bike Lock
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Old 04-08-15, 08:32 AM
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That is slick.
I use a Bully Alarm Lock with Pager (pager vibrates & beeps).
3# and costs < $90, although at the time I paid $104 w/free shipping.

That SkyLock is real pretty. Hope the long term user reviews are positive.
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Old 04-08-15, 08:56 AM
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I was dubious until the movement alarm bit, that's a nice application and the capacitative manual over ride and solar charger are slick too.
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I always enjoy seeing these new tech ideas. Sounds great, but IRL practical application can always end up the stumbling block. Looking forward to reviews.
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Wonder how sensitive the movement indicator is. I commute. Wouldn't want to get an alert every time my bike got moved a tad when locked to a shared bike rack.

As for touring with it, it's way too heavy for my tastes. Also, U locks aren't necessarily handy for locking bikes to objects when camping.
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What if you forget your phone or the phone battery is dead? Is there another way to unlock?
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Originally Posted by alan s
What if you forget your phone or the phone battery is dead? Is there another way to unlock?
It's all there in the FAQ
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Why does it work via wi-fi rather than phone signal? What if you're not near wi-fi? It seems like the theft notice aspect of it would be extremely limited by that aspect. And why does it only work with the newest OS versions of smart phones?

It's kind of a hipster, coffee shop(wifi) specific lock. Without the newest OS smart phone and wi-fi, it's basically just an overpriced u-lock.

Cool idea. I hope someone makes a good version of it soon.

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Anyone ever tried one of these types of locks? wiggle.com | Abus Bordo 5900 Folding Link Bike Lock - 90cm | Bike Locks
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Its still a U lock.

I own a Abus Bordo Granit X . its on my Bike friday Pocket Llama where a top of the tube water-bottle mount is.

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No doubt, any smart thief will quickly find a way to defeat it. Heat, cold, a piece of foil to block the signal, who knows? What kind of real word testing has it undergone?
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Thoroughly mocked by the Bike Snob inside this day's post:

Bike Snob NYC: Simplification by Complification

Some good points are brought up, aside from the snark.
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Originally Posted by stevepusser
Thoroughly mocked by the Bike Snob inside this day's post:

Bike Snob NYC: Simplification by Complification

Some good points are brought up, aside from the snark.
Love the snark, love the post. Maybe trying a little too hard, but he brought up some good points. Ultimately, the price will be what determines people give this new paradigm a try.
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bwahahahahahahaah!!!!!!!!!!

watch the video! at 0:53, this pops up discretely on the screen:

Wifi no longer supported.

damn hackers hacked my fee-shay!
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New locks always seem like a poor choice. The more fancy and gadgety the lock looks the more likely it is to get stolen. A good thick chain like the OnGuard Beast will do you just fine. Plus it is cheaper and harder to cut into. I don't need a smart phone to tell me "your lock is being cut, Michael" as the thief rolls away with the bike. This lock just seems like it has so many variables that can fail and way too much technology for any real good.
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Why would one buy a lock that needs charging, however infrequently it may be!

All these gizmos on kickstarter etc., seem to have a penchant for involving a smartphone in the most trivial activities. E.g., a garage door opener controlled by a smart phone. Why would I want to fumble with the phone, bring up the correct app and then touch a screen button instead of reaching up touching a button built-in the car near the rear view mirror or thereabouts?

I saw a product on kickstarter making wild claims of doing laundry without any detergent using some ceramic balls that needed to be activated only once a month by exposing to sunlight for only an hour. It cost nearly $100 and sounds like pure science fiction. The other day I received a catalog - the kind with products that are looking to solve non-existent problems - and the ceramic balls were selling for $20 or so. Probably unsold inventory. I bet you could do your laundry without detergent and the ceramic balls and it will come out equally clean.

I think that pretty soon we may see a movement to be 'smart phone free' just like there is a 'car free' movement.
BTW, I still don't have a smart phone.
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I look at all locks as a way to keep the casual thief from taking my property--to keep someone from hopping on and riding off. A determined thief will take what he/she wants. I lock my bike in open, visible locations while I eat or shop, but I would trust no lock for keeping my bike safe outside overnight.
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Another device I need to charge? Another device that could be hacked? (Just as bad as someone hacking it and stilling the bike would be someone chaning the combination).

No thanks. A really dumb idea IMHO.

I'd rather stick with the old fashioned lock then add some kind of motion sensor that calls my phone.
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Originally Posted by ak08820
I think that pretty soon we may see a movement to be 'smart phone free' just like there is a 'car free' movement.
awesome idea! you got an app for that?
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