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)