Truly Innovative Locks and Lighting: Commuter Bits and Pieces from the International Bicycle Design Competition
We’ve been trickling in some pretty cool designs from the International Bicycle Design Competition, such as braking news and helmet signals. To add to that, let’s take a look at three new lighting and two new locking concepts that are just cool enough to put you somewhere between Batman and Data from The Goonies.
First up, Alight. a retractable rear light that not only offers a large, highly visible green light, but it turns red when braking and flashes yellow when turning. As you can probably see form the picture, the Alight attaches to the rear axle and coils up under the seat when not in use. It doesn’t appear to be very cumbersome, but it’d be nice to see how it’s powered and how drivers react to it.
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And onto locks:
This first one is more of a deterrent than a true lock, but the anti-theft pedal is a neat idea. The two sides of the pedal slide down around the chainstay so the bike can’t be pedaled. I’ve heard of guys dropping their chain when running into a store as a sort of deterrent if they don’t have a lock on them; this pedal takes it one step further.
And last, but not least, the Drinlock:
A bottle cage that can be uncoiled to pull double function as a lock, hmm. Again, more of a deterrent than a true lock given how thin it must be, but a heck of a lot better than the chain drop trick.