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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.

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 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.

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bikebot [1919 posts] 2 years ago
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An analogy from the world of IT security - http://xkcd.com/538/

Thieves don't pick locks.

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pants [238 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Mr Turning [116 posts] 2 years ago
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^
Two people who didn't read the article to the end!

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bikebot [1919 posts] 2 years ago
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Mr Turning wrote:

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

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

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Beaufort [270 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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bikebot [1919 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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kide [27 posts] 2 years ago
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Bumping is very effective with regular pin locks. Use Abloy!