Bicycles

EverLock bike lock doubles as a seatpost

EverLock bike lock doubles as ...
The EverLock's designers are presently raising production funds on Kickstarter
The EverLock's designers are presently raising production funds on Kickstarter
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A rendering depicting the final commercial version of the EverLock
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A rendering depicting the final commercial version of the EverLock
The EverLock consists of a main crossbar (which doubles as the actual seatpost) and a solid steel U-shaped shackle that slides into two holes on that crossbar's backside
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The EverLock consists of a main crossbar (which doubles as the actual seatpost) and a solid steel U-shaped shackle that slides into two holes on that crossbar's backside
The EverLock's designers are presently raising production funds on Kickstarter
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The EverLock's designers are presently raising production funds on Kickstarter
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While bicycle U-locks may provide better security than their cable counterparts, the things can be a hassle to carry around in a backpack. The EverLock was created in response to this problem, as it's actually built into the bike's seatpost.

Developed by UC Berkeley students Andrew Shacker, Dennis Tan and Erica Gao, the EverLock consists of a main crossbar (which doubles as the actual seatpost) and a solid steel U-shaped shackle that slides into two holes on that crossbar's backside. A keyhole on the seatpost allows users to lock and unlock the shackle from the crossbar.

When users are riding, the EverLock simply serves as a seatpost. If the saddle needs to be lowered farther than the shackle will allow, that shackle can be removed and carried separately (although that would kind of defeat the purpose of the whole thing).

A rendering depicting the final commercial version of the EverLock
A rendering depicting the final commercial version of the EverLock

Once it's time to lock the bike up, an included quick-release lever is used to release the EverLock from the bike frame's seat tube. It's then simply pulled out and used like a regular U-lock, albeit one with a saddle on one end. This keeps thieves from stealing the seatpost and saddle, as the seatpost actually is the lock.

As an added bonus, plans call for the device to be equipped with a GPS module, which is powered by a battery that ought to be good for three years. If the bike gets stolen, this should allow users to track its whereabouts online.

Should you be interested, the EverLock is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of US$150 will get you one, when and if they reach production. And if you're OK with using a cable lock, the previously-Kickstarted InterLock seatpost has one of those built in.

Source: Kickstarter

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4 comments
c w
(sigh)
Kids,
LOCK THROUGH THE FRAME.
PAV
I hope there are marks that tell you where you like your seat post. It's difficult to get a seat height adjusted perfectly, I leave mine attached and use a cable to secure it when parked.
ljaques
Check, it costs more than an entire new inexpensive bicycle. And PASS.
KaiserPingo
Brilliant, but much to expensive to be a succes.