We've seen helmets with lights, bar ends with lights, lights with extra lights... and now thanks to North Carolina-based start up Brightloc, it's time for a lock with a light. The hardened steel U-lock can attach to your front end or seatpost, combining a 360° lighting system to boot. And yes, it is of course crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
The lock is described as "tough-as-nails and watertight", with a keyed double deadbolt for maximum security. The headlight can pump out between 400 and 1000 lumens, so it's strong enough for unlit trails. It's a fully modular system, so the lights can be snapped on or off the lock's body quickly and easy when not in use.
We're not sure on the weight yet** but will try to find out and get a test unit in should the crowdfunder be successful. Speaking of which, Brightloc have so far secured over £7,000 of their £12,000 crowdfunding goal with 31 days to go of their campaign. The US retail price is $120 but you can pre-order now for an $80 backing, and Brightloc will ship anywhere in the world. Click here to check out the Kickstarter page.
**We've heard back... it's 4lbs/1.81kg.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.