Will This New Invention Make Bike Theft A Thing Of The Past?

Break.com Staff by Break.com Staff on Aug. 22, 2014

Every year, $50 million worth of bicycles are stolen. But thanks to Chilean engineering student Andrés Roi, that number could soon be a lot closer to zero.

Tired of constantly falling victim to bicycle thieves, Roi and his fellow students Cristóbal Cabello and Juan José Monsalve set out to create a bicycle that cannot be stolen. The result was amazing in its simplicity.

The frame disassembles to act as the bike’s own lock by dividing the middle pipe and attaching it to the removable seat. Like any lock, all that’s required is a post to fasten it to. Unlike any lock, this thing is foolproof. The only way to steal this bicycle is to break its frame, which defeats the purpose.

Granted, there's nothing to stop a thief from destroying the bike and stealing the parts, or smashing it to bits just to spite you. But at least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that the son of a bitch won't be riding around town on your wheels. And hopefully over time, thieves will get the message, and choose to focus on more lucrative, less protected targets.

Then again, if you attach your bike to something like a tree, or a thin piece of metal, there's a chance a thief will cut through that rather than the bike itself. Luckily, "lumberjack bike-thieves" are rare outside of Chicago.

Currently, the trio only has one functional prototype. But luckily, they don't have to worry about a competitor stealing it. Once funding is secured, they hope to produce various different models, with "speeds, girl models, etc." And as long as they are still in the planning stage, I'd like to suggest this model.

After all, a theft-proof bicycle could have saved Pee Wee a lot of trouble. However, think of the negative effects this invention would have had on Italian neorealist cinema.

Vittorio De Sica is rolling over in his grave. (Source: Popular Mechanics)

Darkslide632 User

Calling it "unstealable" is basically like putting a sign on it that says "Make sure you do everything in your power to steal this." People are probably MORE likely to try and steal this bike simply because it's supposed to be theft proof.

upgrade User

They'll take your front tire instead of the bike itself.

papsmear User

3 words....detroit five minutes

purfusdotcom User

Bikes are for fags.  Drive a car.  If it gets stolen insurance will replace it.  

lord-blight User

It has some type of locking mechanism that she removes what appears to be a "key" like device from. That's the target. Figure that out and steal the bike.

TotalTimeWaster User

Remember that foolproof, pickproof padlock that was unveiled a couple months ago?  It took, what, 2 weeks before somebody figured out how to crack it?

theplot User

Wheels are still easy to take, unfortunately.

KealGSeo User

@TotalTimeWaster Was thinking the same thing. People need to wake up and realize that nothing is theft-proof. Ask people that have been in the lock business for decades. You can make it harder but it will never be 100%.

With this particular device, I am seeing a battery sawsall chopping the seat bar and someone still riding it off. But I'm sure once it is available someone will find a way to pick it pretty quickly. 

TheFaz User

@TotalTimeWaster Yeah but your typical bike thief is just an opportunist. They're not exactly Danny Ocean.

TheFaz User

@theplot The back wheel isn't easy to take. It requires tools on the vast majority of bikes. If they could make it loop through the front wheel which is often quick release then it would be worth it.