A while back reader Hugo contacted us to see if we were aware of what I guess I would call integrated bike locks. By this I mean locks that are meant to be a part of the bike rather than just an accessory, like say my Onguard Beast Chain which I bought separately from my bike. Hugo sent along some pictures of a bike that had an integrated rear wheel lock. Hugo lives in Finland and his email text is below:
I saw this bike hack parked outside a shop yesterday in Helsinki in Finland (link to Flickr account here):
The front wheel isn't locked to the bike rack. Instead, it has an integrated lock near the rear brakes. These are very common here in Finland and often you'll see bikes only locked like this and not to any unmovable object. Still, there is a fair bit of bike crime here.
My bike is from the UK and doesn't have one of integrated locks, and I always D-lock it to something static, and always try and get the frame and the (preferably back) wheel locked.
One day recently when running an errand I had the good fortune of stumbling upon an example myself. Check out this bike . . .
. . . and upon closer examination (I was ogling) I noticed just such a lock.
From the looks of it this bike has been around while so this is certainly not a new concept, but I can’t say that I have seen it on any newer models sold in the U.S. And this bike does look “European” in origin, at least from my U.S. based perspective. Anyone out there aware of integrated bike locks in the states? Feel free to comment or to send along your thoughts/experiences.
One more bonus plug from Hugo . . .
Also, you might be interested in this: there's a "Kilometre Race" that
started on last week's "cycle to work" day and is running over the
summer until the end of the September. It's a friendly competition for
companies, organisations, or whoever, to form teams and see who can
cycle the most kilometres.