If you are a regular commuter then you have probably experienced the two following dilemmas: you’ve hopped off your bike with nowhere to put your helmet and you’ve been caught without a light when the night draws in.
With its front light and helmet locking system, the Locksit could make these issues a thing of the past.
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The product had a soft launch at the London Bike Show in February 2015 and now with a Kickstarter launch on September 1, 2015 it looks like the Locksit is close to becoming available to the public.
Why use Locksit?
Locksit asserts that there are two main reasons to use its product: improved safety and convenience. In theory this appears sound. By removing the concern of where you can store your helmet it is likely to increase the probability that people will wear one and at the same time with a light fixed to your bike you shouldn’t be left stranded in the dark.
The whole unit measures 125 x 90 x 60mm and the claimed weight is 185g. It seems to be quite small and compact for a device that incorporates a front light and a cable lock.
The front light is said to have a peak outage of 20 lumens and includes four white lights. It has three modes: constant, flashing and off.
Batteries are not included but Locksit recommends you use four coin cell CR2032 lithium batteries. It has a highly impressive claimed run time of 13 to 15 hours of constant usage.
Once installed on to your bars you use the key provided to unlock the light from the main unit, then pull the retractable cable (350mm long and 3mm thick) and thread it through the vents of your helmet, next press the cable back into the light unit to lock it in place.
As said above, the Locksit launches on Kickstarter on September 1, 2015. There are several pledging options – the more you pledge the greater the reward.
Depending on how early you pledge you can pay £19.99 or £24.99. Further, in addition to individual pledge options there are family packages and others for schools etc..
For those that miss the Kickstarter window the expected retail price is £34.95. For a light and lock it could be a steal.
Locksit calls itself the “world’s most innovative bicycle helmet lock and light in one”. This is all well and good but begs the question, are both elements fit for purpose?
Further, to be a reliable helmet locking system the Locksit will need to be fixed securely to the bars of your bike. If so, can the unit be switched to another bike if you so wish?
I look forward to putting the Locksit to the test.
For more information go to Locksit.