It can be annoying to lug around a bike lock. Imagine if, instead, the lock was just part of your bike.

The InterLock consists of two retractable cables stuffed inside the seat tube.

Long enough to extend around a post and through the bike frame, the two cables come together to lock.

What about theft protection?

"In the tests we’ve done to cut it, it has held up well," says creator Adrian Solgaard Janzen

If you’re parking in an area where crime is a concern, he suggests using it in conjunction with a U-lock for the frame as a way to secure the back wheel.

Kickstarter backers can pick one up for $39 before the campaign ends on February 5.

In June, the Interlock will be in stores, where they’ll retail for about $50.

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A Bike Lock That Magically Hides Inside Your Bike

As cool as you think you look with your U-lock in the back pocket of your tight jeans, wouldn’t it be better to not carry a heavy lock at all? The InterLock nestles in your seat post and then can be pulled out to easily secure your ride.

Bike locks aren’t cute. And they’re usually not that convenient, either heavy to carry or easy to forget. (Have you ever forgotten your bike lock when you’re out running errands? It will ruin your day.) While it’d probably be better for everyone if bike locks were something that you never had to look at or think about, a new lock being marketed on Kickstarter is like the bike lock for the person who hates bike locks--it disappears into the design of the bike itself, so it’s always there when you need it.

Named the InterLock, this sexy new device consists of two retractable cables stuffed inside a seat tube. Long enough to extend around a post and through the bike frame, the two cables come together to lock.

My main concern when I watched the Kickstarter video was whether the cable will hold up against thieves. "In the tests we’ve done to cut it, it has held up well," says creator Adrian Solgaard Janzen, who runs Vancouver-based marketing agency Streetlight Creative (and wants you to know that he took home second place at Red Bull Minidrome Vancouver this year). But, if you’re parking in an area where crime is a concern, he suggests using it in conjunction with a U-lock for the frame as a way to secure the back wheel.

Kickstarter backers can pick one up for $39 before the campaign ends on February 5. Janzen expects the locks to be ready for Kickstarter backers in May and in stores in June, where they’ll retail for about $50.

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9 Comments

  • Will P

    It is nice to have a choice. In this case the thieves have the choice of cutting the lock or removing the seat post.

  • riyoko

    Very crafty, but I agree, as soon as I looked at it and saw cables, then read that they were cables, I thought 'nope' and 'bike theft'. The price point also may be a bit steep for a lock that is most likely  not theft proof. You can get a mid grade U-lock for around $50- to $70 whereas the cable locks go from anywhere around $15 - $30. 

  • joel

    Yea.  This is a really cool invention, but nearly useless since cable locks are very easy to cut through. Unless it's made of some high grade titanium/diamond alloy that I don't know about.  Thieves are crafty, and the way to beat them is always use a quality U-lock and find an expensive looking bike to lock up next to..  The people that get their bikes stolen are the same ones who don't lock them up properly...

  • Key

    Some Vanmoof bikes have the built-in anti-theft lock, looks much more sturdy than this. Design-wise is nice, but don't know about effectiveness against a determined thief.

  • sean carter

    You know what sucks more than carrying a u-lock or heavy chain lock?  Getting your bike stolen cuz someone cut your cable lock.

    Its still just a cable lock. Good for locking up your bbq to your balcony. Thats about it.

  • Jeff

    The design would make more sense at the front end - allowing for the cable to run through the front wheel, bike frame and a bike rack or other secured facility. (Which is how the majority of bike stalls or racks cater to bikes - from the front end, not the back end.) In it's current form, it's not that dissimilar to how kids wrapped their snake locks (as they were called here in Australia) around the base of their seat pole.