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HipLok Original v1.5 – Protecting your frame and your ride

For most people, your ride is likely one of your most expensive possessions, which can in of itself cause a problem protecting your bike from theft, but also protecting your frame from your protection. After scratching up one frame, I refuse to use bike-mounted locks.  HipLoks eponymous bike lock aims to look after your bike and your paintwork!

HipLok Original – Protecting your frame and your ride

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Bike locks are part of life. My first road bike, a Scott Speedster was stolen from outside my training hospital in Coventry (Cast your own aspersions!). When I finally replaced it, I opted for a stiff carbon frame, and determined not to loose it again, purchased a Kryptonite lock, which mounted directly onto the frame.

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Great idea – in principle. The mounting system is quite chunky in order to bare to the 0.9kg weight

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How what this managed to do was to scratch the downtube of my frame before too long. Not the end of the world, but well MY FRAME WAS SCRATCHED!!!

I understand, I know, that the correct number of bikes = N+1, however, due to storage space as much as anything else,

So when that bike was replaced, with my current Scott Foil 15, the one thing which WASNT going to happen, was me sticking any more bike mounted locks on my nice new frame

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As a result, the Kryptonite lock was relegated to a backpack. But that can be a little irritating for things like going for a quick spin into town etc, to meet friends, where I don’t really want to be carrying a back pack, but still want to leave the bike unattended.

Now the HipLock FLX is great for a cafe stop, to work as a deterrent where you’re likely still able to see the bike, however, it’s not going to stand up to a good pair of wire cutters.

Hence I’ve had the opportunity to test out the HipLok Original. A Sold Secure Silver  bike lock which rather than being thrown in your bag, you wear around your waist.

Over the week or so I’ve been using the HipLok Original, I’ve found that even when I do have a back pack on, or if I’m just shooting home from the practice with a messenger bag, I’m finding I prefer the HipLok rather than having a bike lock knocking around inside my bag, for two main reasons:

  • I don’t have to think which bag I may or may not have left my lock in, I’ve just got the HipLok hanging up by the door, removed when I come in
  • More importantly, though, I’m not as worried about thing inside my bag getting broken by a large chunk of metal moving around inside.

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Another great use case I’ve found is sticking the bike on the train, and then hoping on the bike to shoot a few streets over for a meeting, it’s just a case of stick the HipLok Original around your waist and basically, forget about it until you arrive at your destination to secure your bike.

It might sound like a first world problem, but in the heat of the summer, I hate having to carry a pack, ostensibly just to carry a bike lock

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Product Design

The HipLok Original (V1.50) Is an 80cm, 8mm hardened steel chain, wrapped in a tough Cordura material (removable AND washable)

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But with a length of Velcro attached, allowing the chain to be comfortably wrapped through the 12mm hardened steel shackle like a belt

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The important bit there is that when you are wearing the HipLok around your waist, it is fastened with the velcro through the shackle NOT locking you in

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Not only does this make deploying the lock much easier. Particularly compared to faffing around looking for a lock in a bag, which may or not damage other things which you are carrying inside, but also provides a safety point. If you have a crash, you don’t want to be wheeled into A&E when a hardened steel chain locked around your waist!

Speaking of the steel shackle…

This is the main change between the version 1, and this version 1.5.

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The shackle has been improved by the addition of a curved lock and key, making picking the lock much more troublesome

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There are four colours of shackles available if you want something a little less green, the Cordura also has several lettering options, and a 3M reflective design as well, if you want to use the Hiplok to add to your visual security when on your ride

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Your get three keys with the HipLok Original. However, it’s a shame that their registration service only covers keys for the Hiplok models, GOLD, DX, DXC, D, and DC.

So that might be something to consider in your purchase, especially if you are looking for the maximum security, AND you are forgetful, as the HipLok Gold, is also a waist mounted, is Gold rated for security, and DOES offer a key replacement.

Personally, I’m happy with the silver security, as I’m mainly leaving the bike in public places, but I would have liked the key extension program on the HipLok Original too!

Conclusion

The HipLok Original is a great piece of design. Which is essentially what makes a great product. It improves the safety of your bike when it’s locked up, and in my case improves the safety of my frame, and hopefully means I won’t smash kit inside my bag.

Having a 90cm circumference, there are not many things you are not going to be able to lock around, and you’ll likely also be able to lock in a wheel too.

The only thing I would have liked to have seen is a key replacement program, and perhaps a glow in the dark Cordura sheath, because, well why not? They already have highly reflective 3M tape, may as well go all out!

So to put this review in another way – Kryptonite lock for sale!

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James Gill

Author of TitaniumGeek, which started after smashing off my RIGHT elbow. Feel free to drop me a line about sports tech, medicine, or frankly anything that you want to chat about!!