Guest post by Hexlox
So your bike has been stolen? Your saddle? Your wheels? Get in line. Sadly today it’s a more common thing than not, to be victim of theft.
At Hexlox we’ve had our share of sadness, but this was also what drove us to develop the product we have today, which we are currently funding successfully on Kickstarter (450% funded): http://kck.st/251iL7P
Hexlox targets the pain point of how to easily protect your saddle and wheels, well actually any component that is fastened with a bolt. During the coming weeks we are also launching the same kind of protection for nuts (that’s nuts on your bike, not people being nuts, there is other protection for that). We are also delivering in June, bringing new protection to your bike truly within reach.
How does it work?
To use Hexlox you just insert the lock with the key into an already existing bolt on your bike. It comes in 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm which are the standard size you have. Hexlox then stays in there and prevents anyone unscrew the bolt. Removing it is as easy, but clearly this is only necessary if you need to raise your saddle (how often do you really do that?) and change the wheels (ok we all get a puncture every once in a while).
Hexlox was developed in Germany, Berlin, where over 30,000 bikes are going missing every year, so it’s been an amazing place to test out the Hexlox on.
A common question is: But if I secure my components, then someone can take the whole bike? Yes, this is true, but a lock like Hexlox, adds a great extra layer of complexity to the thief’s tasks. On the street, it’s all about seconds. What can’t be removed in a very short period of time, will remain. There is always a bike next to yours with less protection. Of course you should always follow what we call the common sense seven:
1. Choose a bright, well-frequented place to leave your bike.
2. When you lock it with your D-lock, make sure you lock it to something. Also make sure that something cannot be removed ;-).
3. Never trust the seconds. Opportunity-theft makes up over 30% of all theft. Make sure when you enter a shop, you lock up properly.
4. Expensive is not always better, but make sure you use somewhere close to the 20% rule. That means that your overall protection should be around 20% of the value of the bike. However, if your bike is a 100€ bike, then a 20€ lock will not do. A stable D-Lock, or a chain with a square section linkages and a proper padlock is the minimum.
5. Secure your saddle, wheels, stem in order to make it more difficult for the thief.
6. If you store your bike in the basement make sure it’s also locked to something, like another bike. Try carrying 2 bikes at the same time out of a basement. It’s hard.
7. Mark your bike. Make sure it’s clear that its protected and safe.
At Hexlox we focus on simplicity. A protection is only good if you use it. For anything. By bringing to the market a lock that even your grandmother can install, means much more secured bikes. The truth is that many people only protect their saddle and wheels AFTER they have been stolen once already. Don’t be that person. Security is closer than you think and as you will see in our campaign, also a lot cheaper than you think.
Guest blog post: by Marcus Tonndorf, CEO at Hexlok
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