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Engineering Students Create the World's First Unstealable Bike

by , 08/22/14

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Chances are that if you do a lot of bike commuting, you’ve had a cycle or two (or three) stolen. Three engineering students in Chile got sick of replacing their own stolen bikes, so they decided to do something about it. The result is the Yerka Project: A bike that the inventors say is impossible to steal. Good news for bike riders, bad news for thieves.

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According to the teaser video for the bike, the prototype is up and running and shows the frame of the bike unlatching so that, along with the seat post, the bike frame itself can close around a stationary object. Basically, the frame of the bike itself becomes the lock. The only way to get it free is to break the frame, rendering it useless and, presumably, not worth stealing.

Related: Bike Lift&Carry Makes Lugging Your Bicycle Upstairs as Easy as Carrying a Shoulderbag

Of course, the tires and saddle can still be stolen, so it isn’t the perfect solution. But if you live in an area where stolen bikes are a constant problem, it’s definitely cheaper to replace a tire or two than an entire bike – and you don’t have to worry about forgetting or lugging that heavy U-lock around.

Via Huh.

Images via Yerka Project

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5 Comments

  1. darrylecook September 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Sadly, here in Brooklyn, most bikes that are stolen are dismantled and reorganized so the parts end up on several rebuilt ones. If the thief cannot take your bicycle, they\\\’ll usually remove all of the valuable parts they can while it\\\’s still locked. I don\\\’t see this catching on as a means of protecting yourself from bicycle theft, at least not here.

  2. Chillers September 21, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    This is not an “unsteamships bike”. Every single bike in the world is stealable. A bike lock is mainly a theft deterrent. This bike lock does three things which make it a terrible concept. It doesn’t secure the wheels. It significantly reduces the rigidity of the bike by segmenting the down tube. And it replaces the strong solid steel bars of a ulock with a thin and easy to chop tube making it easily penetrable.

    Inhabitat. You need to work better at editing your articles and not praising every bullshit design and taking everything they say at their word.

  3. Andrew Delgado August 24, 2014 at 7:50 am

    They should make it where the peddles have a movable extension to lock the wheels..

  4. postdomesticated August 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Ouch! Locking bikes to trees is a bad idea, as even slight damage to the bark of already stressed urban trees can lead to disease and death of the tree. Another image would probably be better for this article on this green website.

  5. Carl Carter August 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    you’ll still be walking home when they jack both wheels, and your seat.

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