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Anti-Theft Collapsible Bike Wheel

This Anti-Theft Collapsible Bike Wheel appears to take a page out of the Folding Bicycle concept we saw not long ago. Unlike that concept, this one uses the folding wheel as a theft deterrent/protection device. It's designed by Carmond Lai, an individual who I assume has never actually ridden a bike.

 

The concept is straightforward and innovative: the user breaks down the sides of the wheel and then locks it into place with a key. The bike is rendered unrideable given that the wheel is no longer fitted to the tire. Good luck getting away on that! Brilliant!

And yet you come back to the lamp post on which you rested your bike and find your uber-cool concept wheels lying in the grass with no bike in sight. What ever went wrong?

Well, the bike thief removed the wheels with the quick release skewer, dumped those hideous yellow demons onto the lawn and installed a set of cheap wheels from his old Huffy. Then he rode away at his leisure. He's likely sipping a green tea under the shade of an elm tree just blocks from where you are. You can almost hear his evil, throaty chuckle as he thinks about those plastic safety wheels. Unfortunately, you'll never find him and you're out a bike.

At least your cool wheels are safe. You can throw them in the pile with the cheap cable lock that was snipped with a pair of sewing scissors and your single bike wheel that was left when you decided to lock just the wheel to the bike rack. 

Outside of the serious flaw mentioned, these wheels would require a pretty specific type of tire. Otherwise you'd have to reseat the bead and pump them up every time you rode. And riding around on collapsible, plastic wheels probably isn't the safest move for your health. Overall, we're glad these are just a design.

Via: Yanko 

Comments
Nov 24, 2009
by Anonymous

Folding bikes

The thought was nice, but really, those don't look safe to ride on. How about instead of folding wheels, just buy folding bikes. I got a Montague LX a few months ago, & it's the perfect bike. Nobody even knows it's a folding bike because of the full-sized wheels, so it's fun to shock them when I fold it down. No need to lock it outside = no theft, & my wheels are not plastic little folding rings like the ones above.

Nov 24, 2009
by Anonymous

tires

Outside of the serious flaw mentioned, these wheels would require a pretty specific type of tire. Otherwise you'd have to reseat the bead and pump them up every time you rode.

Bike tires use tubes...

Nov 24, 2009
by Chris Weiss

Good points. A folding bike

Good points. A folding bike does sound like the more practical (and widely available solution).

I don't know why the hell I wrote pump; you wouldn't necessarily have to repump the tire every time, but leaving the tub exposed when the wheel is folded and constantly pulling the bead on and off certainly wouldn't be the best thing for the tube and one would probably suffer quicker wear. Thanks for pointing that dumb error out--egg on my face.