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Bike bits protected by magnets in new security system

by • March 16, 2016 • No Comments

If you commute on a quite great bike, you not just have to worry of it being stolen, but you in addition have to guard against its components being pilfered while it is parked. In the past, we’ve seen processs which replace a bike’s standard mounting bolts with ones which can just be removed via a special tool. Do you quite want to replace all those bolts, yet? That is where Hexlox comes in. It can just be introduced to existing hex bolts, manufacturing them virtually unremovable by passing thieves.

The “lock” itself is a tiny metal insert which is placed within the head of a regular hex bolt, blocking access by a hex wrench. Alyet it is held in there via a built-in magnet, magnetic shielding on its outside surface keeps it of being removed via another magnet.

In fact, apparently the just way of getting it out is to insert and twist an accompanying key. Each Hexlox set has its own one-of-a-kind key, so other users can’t steal your parts. Should you lose which key, replacements can be ordered via an accompanying three-digit code.

The locks are being created in a variety of sizes, to fit various sizes of bolts. Magnetic adapters can be on the market for non-magnetic bolts, such as those created of titanium.

The process was created by the people at Sphyke, who previously brought us the C3N combination security skewers. They’re now raising production funds for Hexlox on Kickstarter, where a pledge of €21 (of US$24) can get you a set with two locks for either your saddle or wheels. Other packages are on the market for higher amounts. If all goes according to plans, shipping should start in June.

It’s demonstrated in the next video.

Sources: Hexlox, Kickstarter

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