The bike lock of the future? It's your phone

As the Tour De France winds its way to the Champs Elysee, our guest O2 Guru Andreas Kambanis of LondonCyclist takes a look at future bike locks that can stop thieves, track bikes and sound the alarm.

I’ve had a bike stolen. David Cameron has had a bike stolen. You probably know someone who’s had a bike stolen – or perhaps you yourself have joined the club of sad-faced former bike owners.

Where there’s a problem, there’s a person out there trying to solve it with tech – inventors are now using sites like Kickstarter to crowdfund the bike locks of the future. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular projects.

The shareable bike lock

If a friend wanted to borrow your bike, you’d have to lend them a key to your lock – but what if you could authorise them on your smartphone and they could just walk up to your bike and unlock it without a key?

future bike lock

That’s the idea behind these innovative new bike locks. Lock8 also features GPS tracking so if your bike is stolen you’ll be able to track it down. It also has a built-in alarm that sounds if someone tries to tamper with the lock and, to ensure a long battery life, it charges as your wheels spin.

For something heftier, there’s the solar-charged Skylock: the makers say it has been built to military standards and, thanks to a built-in accelerometer, it will send you an alert if someone tampers with it.

Track that missing bike down

Trackr could become incredibly useful in keeping tabs on your bike if you don’t want to invest in a whole new lock. The device sticks to your bike seat and transmits its location using a Crowd GPS network – so if it’s within 100ft of any Trackr user, it can tell you where it is.

future bike tech

Trackr piqued cyclists’ interest and smashed its funding target, as excited users wanted to be the first to try out this new technology.

It’s thrilling to think about the innovative options that are already available to cyclists – you can start to imagine a time when bike theft becomes a thing of the past. This is becoming yet another area where mobile phones will be at the centre of our lives.

Are you tracking your rides as you go? You should be – and here’s the O2 Gurus‘ pick of five essential fitness apps to help you get started.

Are you a keen cyclist? Which of these futuristic bike locks has got your vote? Let us know over on Twitter @O2 or in the comments box below. 

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