I’m loving the look of this! Could it be the perfect touring bike lock? I especially like the ‘Twin-Locks’ package idea which allows you to join two locks with the same key, perfect for locking to trees when camping.
Professor Neil Barron is an industrial designer and entrepreneur with a background in Aeronautics and Astronautics and over 25 years of experience running his own design and innovation company.
Although bike components are being made lighter and lighter security remains an out and out heavyweight. This radical new lock has been designed to solve this problem. By harnessing the unique security properties of multiple innovative lightweight materials Professor Barron has created a composite strap called Boaflexicore®. Each layer provides additional security, meaning it can withstand sustained attack from tools like cable cutters, bolt croppers and hacksaws.
Professor Barron’s design combines Boaflexicore® with a patented in-line lock to create Litelok®, a revolutionary new bike lock that is lightweight, flexible, and super secure. It weighs less than 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) and unlike D and U locks, is flexible and easy to secure around fixed objects. Plus, it snaps securely shut without the need for a key.
After several years of extensive research, design, development, engineering and testing Professor Barron is now bringing his product to market and needs your help in the form of funding via ‘KickStarter’ see here
As a designer with an aerospace engineering background, researching and using strong, lightweight materials has always been a primary focus. This has given me the experience and knowledge with which to develop Litelok®.
Weighing under 1 Kg (2.2 lbs), Litelok® is significantly lighter than every other secure bike lock currently on the market. Sure, there’s light cable locks out there but they can be cut in seconds.
There’s currently nothing on the market that offers the flexibility and security of Litelok®. This flexibility means it’s easier to secure around a much wider array of fixed objects such as tree trunks, lamp posts, concrete posts, fencing, railings, sign posts than D or U locks.
It also allows the lock to be attached easily to both your bike and your backpack.
The launch Litelok® is 29 inches or 736mm long (or circumference when it becomes a circle). We have optimised this through user testing in most common situations but in the future will be able to offer different lengths.
Litelok® is so strong it can withstand sustained attack from all of the tools commonly used by bike thieves such as cable cutters, bolt croppers, hacksaws, jacks and hammers.
This is due to the composite nature of the Boaflexicore® strap and virtually indestructible hardened steel alloy lock housing. The strap includes multiple innovative lightweight materials, each of which provides a different and additional layer of security against the various tools and the lock cylinder and mechanism is well protected by the innovative lock casing design.
Litelok® meets all British and International lock quality standards and in-house testing has proven that it takes well over five minutes to cut or break the strap and lock. This exceeds the highest level of security rating awarded by the independent testing and certification houses for security products.
Click to Lock
Litelok® has been designed and engineered to simply click closed without the need for a key, making it faster and easier to secure. A key is only used to unlock your bike. The patent pending in-line lock has been developed with a well-known UK lock manufacturer and has been tested and trialled to ensure it is the most reliable and secure lock possible.
Easy to Carry
Litelok® is easy to carry – we supply two wrap straps with each Litelok® so you can attach them wherever you like on your bike. We suggest attaching it securely to your bike frame as shown in our film, but you may have a rack or brackets already fitted so it’s up to you. We’ve also designed a custom frame bag, which attaches to your bike frame via hook and loop fixings. As it’s light and flexible Litelok® is also easy to pop in or on your bag or backpack.
Our innovative in-line lock allows us to offer Litelok® in twin-lock format – ie a multi-pack of two Liteloks which operate from the same unique key.
You can use the two Liteloks together (in series or on separate wheels) for extra security, or joined together (in parallel) for extra length.
You may even want to have a pair of locks for your children, or one for you and your partner or one for your urban commuter bike and one for your weekend ride, all that can be opened with the same key.
Litelok® comes in three water and dirt resistant colours: Herringbone, Reflective Boa Green and Crow Black (left to right).
Litelok need you!
Your generous pledges will go towards tooling, accreditation and the initial production run. In return for your donations Litelok have put a reward scheme together