It seems that not a week passes without a bicycle related Kickstarter campaign hitting my in box. Some of them I laugh off and others I can see becoming reality. Recently an email promoting a new lock, called The InterLock, hit my in box.
At first glance I dismissed it, but I ended up taking a second look a few days later and can see it actually playing a role in bike security - not a singular solution, but part of an overall strategy. This short video introduces the concept.
My first thought was that the idea was a total fail because all you have to do is remove the seat and walk away with the bike. However, the inventor followed up with this video showing that the lock remains engaged even if the seat is removed.
There are two main reasons I can see this lock succeeding. First, most riders I know who lock their bikes up outside for any period of time do not do so with a single lock. The most popular combo I see is a U-lock combined with a cable lock. I do not see this lock as a "total" solution, mostly because based on looking at it a pair of bolt cutters would likely go through it like butter, but matched with another more substantial lock I think it would have a place.
Second, many riders just want to lock their bike up for a few mintues while they run into a store to pick something up. A lock like this would likely keep people honest and not allow someone to quickly walk away with the bike that is locked up for a short period of time.
I don't think there is a perfect lock and for a thief with the right tools and the time, any lock is not going to make a difference. However, anything you can do to slow a thief down is wise to consider and another thing this lock has going for it is a reasonable price of only $39. Reader comments on the concept are welcome.