Anti-Theft Tech for Bike Parts
Biking in the city can mean figuring out how to lock up not only the frame, but the seat and the wheels as well. One method is to use a collection of cables to at least discourage thieves, but many people find this time-consuming and cumbersome at best. Some people just carry the seat and wheel with them.
Pinhead Components has a kind of locking bolt that seems to solve this problem. Ordinary bolts and nuts can be loosened by any standard tool and a good bike thief can do it fast. But the Pinhead is a specially designed key with three studs that fit into the head of the bolt. It doesn't allow for anyone to get creative with a screwdriver and leaves a pair of pliers as the only option, but anyone who has tried to use pliers to move a stripped bolt knows that isn't an easy thing to do.
Each key is different, and is registered with the company, so if it is lost it can be replaced. You can also get spares in case you do lose one. The complete package that includes a lock for the seat, wheels, handlebars and the frame is $149.99. That might sound steep but when you factor in the cost of losing a bike seat -- and other parts -- it might not sound bad. Replacing a wheel for example, can be hundreds of dollars if it's a high-end model.
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