The “Un-Pickable” Bike Lock (and Lifehacking: Food, Music, etc)

Lifehacking: If you’re fat, it may be because you’ve fallen victim to foods that are engineered to make you eat more.[1] Solution: KILL ALL PROCESSED FOODS from your diet. (Organic raw food for the win!)

Here’s how to generalize this principle… in a way that will let you discover some really neat (and sometimes totally horrifying) secrets about the world around you. It’s simple.

Pay attention to how stuff affects you.

Food, music, people, etc. There are basically two points to look at: how it affects you immediately, and how it affects you after a few minutes.

Eventually you’ll notice things, like what I call the “McDonalds Curve.” To wit: initially, it makes you feel “OM NOM NOM THIS IS GOOD.” Then, a few minutes later, “bleargh, I feel like CRAP.”

And some foods (or bits of music) are kind of bland to start with, but then you’re feeling GREAT within a few minutes.

Start making mental notes — “never again” and “moar plz” are pretty much the only two you’ll ever need. Ironically you’ll often find yourself WANTING to go after the “never agains” and thinking “do I have to” with the “moar plz’s”…

Which probably has a lot to do with why our world is as fucked up as it is.


So anyway, an “unpickable” lock?

Yeah. Someone designed a bike lock where it is physically impossible to insert a pick into the lock keyway.

The secret is what the safe design folks know as a “Lafayette” — a mechanism into which you insert the key, which then conveys the key for you into the keyhole and turns the key.

Now this has been around for a while [2] in the high-security world. These were originally invented, if my memory serves, to stop burglars pouring gelignite into the keyway and from there blowing open the safe. And they’re still used on a few modern, high-security European bank safes.

However, this is the first time someone’s ever brought the concept to a consumer-grade lock.

The upshot is, if you want to open this lock surreptitiously, you’re probably going to have to do something based on impressioning. And if the lock manufacturer replaced the current lock cylinder (which is a dimple lock) with something even a LITTLE bit more secure… like an Abloy-knockoff disc tumbler mechanism… good luck with that!

All in all a very clever design which has quite justifiably “gone viral.” The only thing is, I’m not actually sure many bike thieves resort to picking, or even attacking the lock cylinder at all.

I think most of them just angle-grind the shackle or lock housing…


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