New bike lock doubles up as an adjustable belt

Product carries Sold Secure Silver rating and solves problem of what to do with lock while riding

by Simon_MacMichael   March 23, 2011  

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For years, cyclists have been solving the age-old conundrum of what to do with their cable or chain lock while they’re actually riding their bike by pressing them into service as makeshift belts, or draping them, bandolier-style, across the shoulder. Now, a British company, Plus Eight Industries, has devised the Hiplok, claimed to be the first bicycle lock designed also to be worn specifically as, yes, a belt.

On the outside, the Hiplok, which comes in five different colourways, incorporates the company logo picked out in 3M reflective letters for increased visibility at night. Unlike your standard chain or cable, the belt is also adjustable, and it doesn’t need to be locked into place while worn round the body.

On the inside, there’s an 8mm hardened chain that attracts a Sold Secure Silver rating, and the makers point out that by transferring the weight of the product – 1.8kg, or 4lbs in old money – to your hips, it provides greater stability while riding.

The Hiplok has a minimum circumference of 26 inches and a maximum of 44 inches, and the outer sleeve can be removed and washed. It comes with four keys with 1 million different combinations, and has a maximum locking circumference of 90cm.

The product costs £69.99 plus £5 delivery for the UK, £10 for Europe and £18 for the United States, and can be ordered through the Hiplok website.

 

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All good except the price. At that price, I won't consider it until my current lock breaks.

posted by a.jumper [723 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 9:07

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So you arrive at your destination, lock up your bike and go to do what you went there for. And then your trousers fall down

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posted by vorsprung [295 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 9:13

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vorsprung wrote:
So you arrive at your destination, lock up your bike and go to do what you went there for. And then your trousers fall down

if you're a trendy hipster they're hanging off you anyway Big Grin

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7498 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 9:15

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I'd like to see a proper review before I bought one. But I like the look of it, and I like the idea that I could "wear" it without locking it.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [492 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 9:56

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If it were £50 I'd be sorely tempted...

Where can I buy lycra shorts with belt hoops?

posted by headfirst [81 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 10:00

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Oh very dear...

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posted by andylul [414 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 11:13

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Standard Abus sold secure silver rated locks aren't exactly cheap either, by current models were about this price. Would consider buying one when ones run out which will be... pretty much never Thinking

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posted by alotronic [302 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 11:55

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Shorts? You want Rapha jeans, you do. Will go well with the pink one Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8491 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 12:29

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Wow, this would cost me almost $200 to get to the USA. That's more than my current bike is worth, haha. It looks really cool, but I wouldn't pay more than $50 for any lock.

posted by rcs500 [60 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 15:58

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Damnit, just got down to my racing weight and now this lock is too big for my waist. What a tough decision, security or victory!

posted by automatic_jon [68 posts]
23rd March 2011 - 21:54

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Exspensive and too gimmicky for this rouleur Plain Face

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posted by Stevie B [4 posts]
25th March 2011 - 8:52

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