Hiplok has been progressively extending its range of bike security products since it launched its original wearable lock in 2011.
The brand’s latest innovation is the Airlok lockable bike hanger. Up until now, brackets for hanging your bike on a wall were just that – and offered no security for your pride and joy. If you wanted secure storage you had to install a floor or wall bolt and then fix your bike to it with a separate lock.
The Airlok cleverly combines the two. At its heart is a hardened steel frame with four secure fixings to mount it to a wall. There’s a ball bearing based system to make sure that the bolts cannot be unscrewed once installed. Once the frame is mounted to the wall, a triangular impact resistant plastic casing fits over and fully encloses it.
Watch: Hiplok’s Airlok Kickstarter video
At the apex of the casing is a hanger for the bike’s top tube. This is rubberised, which means that there are no hard edges to scratch the bike’s paintwork. The Airlok also holds a road bike far enough from the wall that it won’t come into contact with it, although a mountain bike’s bars will rest sideways against it. So it’s an option which should work for indoor as well as outdoor locations.
Once in the hanger, the bike is held in place by a chunky hardened steel locking pin with a recessed lock. Keys for the Airlok are registered, so if you log your key number on Hiplok’s website you can get replacements. If you want more security for the wheels and other components you can also run a cable through them and secure it over the pin.
Hiplok anticipates a Sold Secure Gold rating for the Airlok. It’s got a patent pending on the design.
“To date there hasn’t been a stylish yet secure means of storing your bike,” says Hiplok’s co-founder, Ben Smith. “The choice has been unslightly ground anchors or beautiful bike hangers with no security.”
Launched to coincide with Eurobike, Airlok will initially be available in three different colours and the standard retail price will be £130, with early Kickstarter backers offered a price of £99. There are also discounts for orders of multiple Airloks. The first batch is due to ship in January.
The Kickstarter campaign can be found here. It opened this morning and will run until 22 September.