A new system called Hexlox allows you to lock the existing bolts on your bike to prevent thieves taking your components.
Hexlox is a little device that fits into the head of a bolt to stop anyone else untightening it.
“To secure a saddle or a wheel just insert a Hexlox with your unique and personal key into the bolt you want to protect from being opened,” says Hexlox.
“The bolt is then instantly safe and magically all unwanted access is blocked. Your standard bolts have now become security bolts. Only you have access with your key.”
Clearly, this isn’t a system designed to prevent someone stealing the entire bike; you need to employ a heavy duty lock for that.
Obvious first question: what holds the Hexlox in place in the head of the bolt?
Obvious second question: what if your bike has non-magnetic titanium, aluminium or stainless steel bolts?
Well, the people behind Hexlox can supply a magnetic insert for these bolts, or a replacement bolt.
Okay, I’ll go for an obvious third question: so a thief in the know could just take out the Hexlox with a magnet then, right?
Apparently not, because it is ‘magnetically shielded’.
“We've… tested it to withstand tweezers, lock picking tools, needle nose pliers, gator/vice grip, hammer, liquid ice, hacksaw, screwdrivers and numerous other things,” says Hexlox.
You can remove the Hexlox yourself with a key. That’s not a generic Hexlox key, it’s specific to your Hexlox.
The system is designed to work with any standard hex bolt. If your bike wheel use quick release skewers you’d need to replace these with hex key skewers for the Hexlox to work.
Various Hexlox packages are available if you pledge to the cause and the campaign achieves its target.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.