SKUNKLOCK Co-Founder shows cyclists the vulnerabilities of their locks, by stealing their bike.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2018 | The SKUNKLOCK is a major innovation in bike lock technology and the only lock that punishes would-be thieves as they attempt to steal a bike. With 1.5 million bikes stolen each year, Daniel Idzkowski and Yves Perrenoud have taken on the task to finally put an end to bike theft. But that is just the beginning of the problem, most cyclists still don’t know just how easy it is to steal a bike, and may not even lock their bikes properly. This year, SKUNKLOCK has taken to the streets to show you first-hand, by actually stealing your bike.
Most U-Locks are simply made of carbon-steel and other metals and plastic, which are extremely susceptible to power tools known as angle grinders. These tools are specially made with silicon carbide blades that rotate 6,600 rotations per minute and can cut through any type of steel with ease. “We knew we had to do something extreme to prove our point, and sometimes that means bending the law,” said co-inventor Daniel Idzkowski. “We decided that actually going out and stealing bikes, and having cyclists feel the pain of losing their bike is the only way to really communicate the severity of the bike theft epidemic.”