Video: "Unpickable" Forever Lock is picked

Video shows lock being breached with a bump key

by Mat Brett   June 13, 2014  

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The Forever Lock ‘unpickable’ bike lock: someone has stuck a video up on YouTube apparently showing them picking it.

We showed you the Forever Lock a few weeks agoThe reason that the lock is described as unpickable is that you can't see the keyhole or easily access it because it is hidden internally.

Here’s the original video.

We said at the time, “Of course, saying that it’s impossible to pick this lock is just asking for someone to come along and prove you wrong.”

And whaddya know? Someone has apparently done just that.

The man in question has made a bump key to pick the lock. A thief would obviously need a certain amount of time and knowledge to do this.

In truth, the ability to pick a bike lock is a bit of a red herring because the vast majority of bike thefts rely on breaking the lock by force rather than picking.

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An analogy from the world of IT security - http://xkcd.com/538/

Thieves don't pick locks.

posted by bikebot [549 posts]
13th June 2014 - 13:11

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Of course none of this is relevant because in the history of bike theft, not one lock has ever been picked.

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posted by pants [76 posts]
13th June 2014 - 14:08

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Two people who didn't read the article to the end!

posted by Mr Turning [34 posts]
13th June 2014 - 14:48

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Mr Turning wrote:
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Two people who didn't read the article to the end!

Oh yes I did, I just wanted to emphasise the point!

posted by bikebot [549 posts]
13th June 2014 - 15:00

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If a Key has had to be made to 'pick' the lock, then it's hardly 'picking' I think. These locks look pretty secure to me, I'd consider one.

posted by Beaufort [161 posts]
14th June 2014 - 9:25

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Beaufort wrote:
If a Key has had to be made to 'pick' the lock, then it's hardly 'picking' I think. These locks look pretty secure to me, I'd consider one.

It's the wrong metric. The right one is how long it takes to cut through it with a hacksaw or how big a set of bolt cutter you would need.

posted by bikebot [549 posts]
14th June 2014 - 13:31

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Beaufort wrote:
If a Key has had to be made to 'pick' the lock, then it's hardly 'picking' I think. These locks look pretty secure to me, I'd consider one.

It's not a "key" it's a "bump key". Most locks are pickable with the bump method, It's how a locksmith gets your door open when you're locked out. That one bump key he made will open any one of these locks, over and over again.

If the maker of these locks makes "unpickable" claims without realising that's it's actually very easy to pick, I'd be worried about any other oversights they may have made. That U bar is probably made of cheddar.

posted by Nick T [814 posts]
14th June 2014 - 14:24

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Bumping is very effective with regular pin locks. Use Abloy!

posted by kide [20 posts]
14th June 2014 - 21:59

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