It seems that there’s a new smart or connected bicycle security device that pops up on Kickstarter almost every month. But Bisecu offers something new – a fully automatic locking mechanism.
By installing a cylinder that’s slightly bigger than a hockey puck on your fork and your front hub, the device is able to instantly lock your bike – or at least keep it from rolling. Thanks to the Bluetooth connection with your smart phone, once you park your bike and walk away, Bisecu engages a steel rod from the outer disc into the inner disc which prevents the front wheel from turning. Coupled with a 100dB alarm and smartphone notifications if the bike is moved, that should keep it reasonably safe for quick trips into a coffee shop or other short stops.
Of course the paranoid cyclist in me thought, “what’s gonna stop someone from just taking the whole thing or stealthily removing the front fork to steal the rest of the bike?” It seems that Bisecu has thought of that with their connectable mount system which uses a cable lock that attaches with the same keyless ease of the main system. While it won’t be ready until after Bisecu launches next year, the cable looks to simply plug into the hub mounted lock and would allow you to lock the frame while locking the whole bike to a bike rack.
However, Bisecu seems like it’s really more suited towards less expensive bike or commuter bikes with frequent stops since you have to leave the 350g device on your bike at all times (we can’t see many roadies willingly mounting these up).
Micro USB rechargeable, the device claims to gain enough juice for six months of use from a single two hour charge. The above photo also illustrates the built in lights which have functions like indicating your current riding speed, the lock status, or charging status. Using the included app, of course you can also track your rides.
Bisecu promises a 5 minute installation process, though you do have to make sure your fork blade is small enough to be covered by the device using their simple print out guide found on the Kickstarter page. It also appears that it requires a bolt on front hub, or a bolt on quick release skewer (which is included with the Kickstarter offer). Full compatibility is a little murky, but it definitely seems like this won’t work with suspension forks and probably bike with thru axles as well.
Currently priced at $89 through the Kickstarter Super Early Bird special, the locks are expected to ship by March, 2018.