Num Lock

The B.Y Handle Lock is an oversimplified lock for cycles. An extending wire from one end of the handle loops into the tire of the cycle, and is secured via a number lock on the other side. A few points of refinements come to my mind, like the wire should be made retractable so that coiling it back into the handle shouldn’t be a hassle. The other point is of course, the wire should be heavy duty so that it can be secured to a fence or a tree. Otherwise, it’s a pretty neat idea, what do you think?

B.Y Handle Lock is a 2011 iF concept design entry.

Designers: Dong Young Seo, Ho Sun Kim & Yea Jin Kang

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    • Erik says:

      well, I want it!

    • LEKO says:

      Step 1: unscrew the handle bar.
      Step 2: if bicycle lock to a tree or pole, unscrew the front wheek.
      Step 3: take the bicycle.

    • Jimmy C says:

      @ Leko: Ya really think someone wants to take the entire bike apart? And what if they don’t know how?

    • LEKO says:

      @Jimmy: The idea is great. But it would not protect efficiently a bike.

      It would be dissuasive at most. Handle bars are often only tighten to the front pole via a standard Allen Key and front wheel with either a screw or a “clip”. 1 or 2 tools in your hand and you can bypass this locking system. Unless you have long enough cable to pass it through the bike frame for more security.

    • Penismuncher says:

      plus those renders are crap, the diameter of the locking “string” changes from image to image, compare it! It is much smaller in the second pic…

      epic fail

    • tom says:

      yeah it’s a concept, don’t go reading into details so early. maybe those bars are welded to the stem and a special tool is needed as in some quick release scewers to remove the stem quill? no idea, i don’t think the solution is there yet.

    • WZhangID says:

      people are always stealing bike parts in my neighborhood. it’s a threadless setup. all one has to do is remove the allen bolt(s) from the stem and then bam, fork, stem and handlebars fall off the bike.

    • sion says:

      uhm…
      it could be stolen by just carrying whole body :(

    • hank says:

      This intention, we had three years ago, can’t put into production actually, has been washed very much

    • Ahmed says:

      superficial imitation for innovation
      cool styling and modeling but people like me don’t fall for that, If I want to steal it I would carry if from front and run away with 2 feet and one tire on the ground.
      work harder design isn’t styling even if it is so important for superficial people
      I am not being harsh just being honest

    • A says:

      Two good lessons to learn here:
      1. Don’t present incomplete renders. The designer didn’t take the time to include a bike rack, a post, or a tree, so people jump to the conclusion that the intent is to lock the bike to itself. If you’re showing how it’s used, show the whole story.
      2. Think before you comment. Do you actually think the designers decided that locking a bike to nothing is a great idea? A 3-year-old could think that one through. Highlighting this apparent shortfall on the part of the designer only makes you look like a fool.

    • WZhangID says:

      “2. Think before you comment. Do you actually think the designers decided that locking a bike to nothing is a great idea? A 3-year-old could think that one through. Highlighting this apparent shortfall on the part of the designer only makes you look like a fool.”

      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=active&q=bikes+locked+to+themselves&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=878l5854l0l6006l32l22l1l0l0l3l655l6325l0.5.4.4.2.4l19l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=860&bih=790&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi#um=1&hl=en&safe=active&biw=860&bih=790&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=FCmOTrPELMPjsQKb1-GcAQ&ved=0CDwQBSgA&q=bike+lock+fail&spell=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=c984fb679ded12f6

      I wouldn’t put it past someone, lol.

    • Maryline says:

      @Leko I agree with you. It will be to easy to unscrew the handles or the wheel. But I believe there are esixting designs that only lock the front wheel so it’s proven that it’s not a caveat. How thick is the cable? It looks very thin to me, easy to cut with some garden scisors or anything big enough. And how will it stand straight. Does it get tight to a tree, pole, or do you lay the bike on the floor with the risk of someone else simply carying it away?
      The design is nice despite all of that, but nice alone doesn’t sell a product.

    • felipe says:

      looks like someone is going to have a new bike.

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