Could this be for the cyclist that has everything? At first glance Hiplok (version 1.50 no less), a wearable bike lock, appears to be so. Why, Cyclo initially wondered, would you want to wear a bike lock? Actually it’s not such a crazy idea and downright useful if you’re heading out without a bag and/or don’t have a lock which otherwise attaches to the bike – a D-lock like the KryptoLok Series 2 for example.
The Hiplok is never truly locked onto the body, but rather is attached in a loop around the waist where it remains fully adjustable for comfort whilst riding and from where it can be quickly removed at your destination. Because of its position above the hips the Hiplok is surprisingly comfortable to wear (at least for short commutes where it comes into its own) and is certainly a more enjoyable option than slinging a chain bandolier-style over a shoulder. The position on the body also makes for a more stable ride.
When it comes to the primary function of preventing anyone stealing your beloved bike the Hiplok is an impressively solid bit of kit – 8mm hardened chain and a 9mm ‘Anti Cut Alloy’ shackle which is key, rather than combination, locked. The 85cm locking circumference is generous enough to secure the bike to most posts and racks and is certified by Sold Secure – the Home Office supported independent assessors of all-things lockable.
The Hiplok is available in a range of colours including a 3M reflective logo version for added visibility and the outer sleeve can be removed and machine washed. All in, an impressive and innovative bit of kit, but at the best part of £70 there’s certainly a premium being paid for the carry convenience.
For further detail and purchase see: www.hiplok.com