Bicycle security lock specialists Hiplok have taken to Kickstarter to launch the new Airlok, which it boldly claims “combines ultimate protection and elegant storage for your bike indoors or outside.”
The company is looking for a lofty £70,000 of funding but just hours after its launch today, it already has £2,682 from 24 backers. It seems even established companies are using Kickstarter to launch new products these days as much for the marketing potential, so we’ve no doubt this product will go into production regardless of achieving its funding goal.
So what is the Airlok? It’s a wall-mounted bike rack with an integrated hardened steel lock. We’ve seen plenty of wall-mounted bike racks on Kickstarter over the years - such as the recent Zero Gravity - but this is one of the first that we can recall that combines a lock.
It’s designed to be used either indoors our outdoors, with a maximum gold level security from the patent pending ‘closed loop’ design. It has passed independent security accreditations such as SOLD SECURE, SBSC and VAREFAKTA. The Airlok is supplied with three keys with their own unique code.
The Airlok has a rubberised and curved clamp to safely rest the top tube of the bike, so it won’t scratch the paint job on your pride and joy. It has been tested with a wide range of road and mountain bikes, and there’s no weight limit on the bike it can support. No mention of heavy e-bikes, though.
It allows you to display your bike, or lift it high onto the wall to save floorspace, yet be safe in the knowledge that it’s locked securely in case of an attempted theft without having to resort to additional locks and chains. You can set the Airlok at any height you desire, above a desk or just above the floor, or even set two bikes above each other if you’ve more than one bike.
The Airlok will retail for £130 but at the time of writing a £99 pledge will get you a Super Early Bird discount, saving 25% over the RRP. It’s available in a range of colours, white grey or red. It comes supplied with all the wall fixings you need and includes free shipping anywhere in the UK, Europe and US.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.