A video has appeared on YouTube showing a new bike lock, called the Forever Lock, that is apparently unpickable.
The reason that the lock is described as unpickable is that you can't see the keyhole, let alone access it because it is hidden internally.
The obvious question: how do you get the key in there, then?
Well, the easiest way to find out is to watch the video (below). Essentially, you put the key into a hollow metal chamber in the shackle, then spin that section of the lock around so that the key is fully inside the lock body, then you push the key into the hidden keyhole. Oh, just watch the vid and it’ll make much more sense.
Of course, saying that it’s impossible to pick this lock is just asking for someone to come along and prove you wrong, but it does look like a very smart design. If you can’t get to the keyhole, you’re going to struggle to pick the lock by any conventional means.
The video has been posted by Lockman28, a US lock specialist, but the Forever Lock isn’t his design, it comes from Asia.
According to Lockman28’s YouTube page, the first batch of Forever Locks will be available within the next two months and the price will be about US$140 plus shipping. If you’re interested in putting in an order, go to Lockman28’s YouTube page and send a message.
As Lockman28 acknowledges, “This lock, like all other locks, can be destructively opened.”
In other words, no one is claiming that the Forever Lock can’t be destroyed with an angle grinder, a lump hammer or some other means that thieves are employing these days.
Still, this looks like a really interesting development in bike security. What do you think?
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.