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The wildly popular video of this German bike lock prototype blew me away. Clamp your bike to the motorized unit, and it scurries up a lamp post, securing your bike in the sky. [via GOOD]

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • http://jagipson.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Jeff

    This will work great, until someone else also attaches and ascends a bike on the same pole, under the first one, and is nowhere to be found when the first bike’s owner needs his bike back.

  • http://jagipson.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Jeff

    This will work great, until someone else also attaches and ascends a bike on the same pole, under the first one, and is nowhere to be found when the first bike’s owner needs his bike back.

  • http://jagipson.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Jeff

    This will work great, until someone else also attaches and ascends a bike on the same pole, under the first one, and is nowhere to be found when the first bike’s owner needs his bike back.

  • http://jagipson.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Jeff

    This will work great, until someone else also attaches and ascends a bike on the same pole, under the first one, and is nowhere to be found when the first bike’s owner needs his bike back.

  • http://jagipson.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Jeff

    This will work great, until someone else also attaches and ascends a bike on the same pole, under the first one, and is nowhere to be found when the first bike’s owner needs his bike back.

  • http://jagipson.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Jeff

    This will work great, until someone else also attaches and ascends a bike on the same pole, under the first one, and is nowhere to be found when the first bike’s owner needs his bike back.

  • http://twitter.com/NevynPA Jeff Haskell

    Good point – Could they put in some sort of “intelligent” sensor that won’t allow it to ascend if there’s already a bike on a pole?

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.cairo Scott Cairo

      simples-a microswitch that reverses the motor if it hits an obstruction. Should have that anyways, Im guessing. I suppose since its an IR device-the tech behind a TVBgone could jam IR activity if your bikes up there, obv not jam YOUR IR activity.

      • Anonymous

        That’s makes sense.  Also, you don’t have to carry a few pounds of metal and motors around in your backpack.  It would them become an added source of income for the owner, probably the local municipality (which will now have an incentive to encourage theft of bikes not using their protection racket, uh I mean protection system.).

      • Anonymous

        That’s makes sense.  Also, you don’t have to carry a few pounds of metal and motors around in your backpack.  It would them become an added source of income for the owner, probably the local municipality (which will now have an incentive to encourage theft of bikes not using their protection racket, uh I mean protection system.).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Roach/1015294203 Chris Roach

        Kind of like this? http://www.biketree.com/

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.cairo Scott Cairo

      simples-a microswitch that reverses the motor if it hits an obstruction. Should have that anyways, Im guessing. I suppose since its an IR device-the tech behind a TVBgone could jam IR activity if your bikes up there, obv not jam YOUR IR activity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1588053380 Hendry Betts III

    I didn’t read Jeff’s comment. I had the exact same question.

  • Anonymous

    curious how these stories skip across the temporal pond.  this one is approximately a year old.  and even nearly the same comments are (serendipitously?) revisited …
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/29/bicycle-lock-climbs-poles-encourages-would-be-thieves-to-look-e/

  • Anonymous

    curious how these stories skip across the temporal pond.  this one is approximately a year old.  and even nearly the same comments are (serendipitously?) revisited …
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/29/bicycle-lock-climbs-poles-encourages-would-be-thieves-to-look-e/

  • http://twitter.com/rorysouthworth Rory Southworth

    What happens when the batteries run out and your bikes still “safe” up a lampost?  I hope theres a battery warning light.

  • http://twitter.com/design006 Grant Carlile

    Great idea! Where can I follow the project? Good luck.

  • Bruce Hubbert

    What if someone figures out what frequency your remote is? Bye Bye Bike.

  • Bruce Hubbert

    What if someone figures out what frequency your remote is? Bye Bye Bike.