Back in March 2015, I backed a Kickstarter campaign for a new cycling product; The Litelok, a new, innovative form of flexible bike lock designed by Professor Neil Barron, an Industrial Designer with an Aeronautics and Astronautics background. According to the Kickstarter pitch:
The campaign was funded in super swift time, but as with all new manufacturing process, production took a little longer than expected and the lock landed on my doormat around a week ago. So now that I’ve had a few days with it, how does it perform?
There is no doubt that this lock is light given its girth. It’s a whopper. This is the single biggest thing that surprised me. The images suggested something small (or at least medium sized) that would be quite twisty-turny and malleable. Supplied with its own rucksack (!), the reverse is true and whilst the lock does twist and move, affording more scope for objects to lock to – try sticking a ‘D’ lock around a tree for instance – its still pretty chunky. Fortunately the lack of weight doesn’t make size an issue and its certainly far more compact than my very malleable, yet very heavy chain lock, pictured on the rear of my bike in the image below.
The locking mechanism itself is interesting. You can close it without using the key and it definitely feels secure. On opening, mine catches a tiny bit and needs to be pulled quite forcefully apart. This hasn’t been a problem however and I’m putting it down to being new and unused. I certainly hope so, as the video below indicates just how good this lock is at protecting your bike – It’s sole purpose of course – and I wouldn’t want to either lose my keys or wind up with a lock that’s seized.
As an object, the Litelok is a thing of beauty. I plumped for the luminous ‘Boa green’ colour which should be very visible in the glare of headlights and help to identify my bike in an ocean of locked steeds (Bristol see Temple Meads station image below). The only constructive criticism I would make, is that I’d also like to see a Litelok accessory that adds a cable for securing an extra wheel. I very much suspect this is a future product in the offing (and perhaps a small version too. It would be a very powerful tool to deploy on club run café stops).
So would I recommend one? Yes. I bloody well would. With its innovative design, super light weight and gold rated performance it’s an awful lot of peace of peace of mind for £80.
For more details and pre-orders, visit the Litelok website.