InterLock on Kickstarter: Innovative Bike Lock Hides Inside Your Seat Post

Would you fund this innovative bike lock?

What is it?

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The InterLock is an innovative bike lock that hides inside your bicycle's seat post when not in use. In fact, it is both a lock and a seat post, in one. Because of this, it also keeps the seat secure while sparing your paint job by hiding inside the tube. It is currently seeking $48,000 in funding and sits at  $35,921 in pledged money. If it doesn't reach $48,000 by February 5, the project will not be funded and all those who pledged money will not be charged.

The InterLock is expected to retail for $50 plus tax.

Why I Think This Is a Great Idea

Bike locks come in a variety of shapes and forms. I personally carry a key-operated cable lock wrapped around the top bar of my bike. It's not the most secure lock, but it should help to discourage most bike thieves from seeing my bike as an easy target.

The problem with wrapping the lock around the top tube is that it's slowly rubbing the paint off. By carrying the lock inside the seat tube it can't damage the bike by rubbing and scratching while riding. Not only that, it's also tucked safely out of the way, making room for whatever else I might be tempted to wrap around the top tube.

Why I Think This Is a Bad Idea

From the looks of it, the cable isn't long enough to secure the front wheel, leaving it open to an easy theft. While that doesn't make this a bad product, it does have make it a flawed one. I believe the cable needs to be extended to secure the front wheel.

Look, we know bike thieves are scum, but we live in a world of people who have some strange quirks. Someone making a statement about their dislike of bicycles, or a disgruntled driver exacting revenge on a cyclist for some transgression, might be tempted to steal a front wheel to "get even." Some people might need a front wheel, or think they can make a quick buck by selling it. Then again, some people will steal a front wheel just because it's there.

I've seen all kinds of things that people do; the point is, you should always secure your front wheel, and I don't think the cable on this lock is long enough to do that. In the video, they even show how a U-lock can be used in combination with the InterLock to keep your bike extra secure. That's all fine and dandy, but wasn't the point of this product to eliminate the need to carry a bulky lock?

Would I Buy One/Fund This?

I'm definitely thinking about it. You can never be too careful, and now that I'm seeing the kind of damage my current bike is taking by carrying a bike lock the way I do, it just makes sense. I'm sure I'd be a lot more upset about it if I had a much more expensive bike. Then again, I could just slide a cuff between the tube and the cable to protect it from rubbing. Is that really worth $50?

Another potential deal-breaker might be the weight-conscious cyclist who'd want a carbon seat post instead of the material currently being used in the InterLock. I'm sure you could expect to pay a lot more for one, however.

As I said, I'm very tempted, I'm just not convinced I need one.

So, what about you? Would you buy this? See any potential problems this could cause, or would the InterLock be a perfect fit your bicycling lifestyle?

I chose this project because I've decided to highlight a Kickstarter every week.

Well, maybe not every week, but it certainly seems like new, interesting and innovative products that are targeted at cyclists and the cycling culture come out all the time, and most of them begin life as a Kickstarter project. This is one that caught my eye.

Full Disclosure

I doubt I'll contribute money to every Kickstarter project that I feature. In fact, there are some I'd only write about as a warning to avoid. Some of these projects never see funding and fade into obscurity, while others look like great ideas, get funding and are things I might actually purchase. In any case, don't see these posts as a full-on endorsement. Unless otherwise specified, I have not received payment in any form to write about these products, they just happen to catch my eye and I think they warrant some attention.

Of course, if you are starting up a new project or have a product you'd like me to test and write about, contact me with details and we'll talk.


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