Bike Commuters recently got The Helmet Lock into our hands for review. Construction is simple. It’s a figure-eight loop steel cable with a steel nut in the middle and a crimped end, all plastic-coated.
The Helmet Lock is designed to be passed through helmet vents, then locked to the U-lock or chain of your choice. It’s supposed to pack easily on your u-lock when not in use. I don’t have a U-Lock to try that with. It does hold my helmet to my heavy chain (which I leave on the bike rack in the patrolled parking garage at work) though.
This device is remarkably simple in its design and function, but I’m left with a few thoughts:
- If someone really wants to steal my $30 helmet that’s more than a year old, with most of the padding either missing or drenched in sweat, they probably need it more than I do.
- One could simply pass the lock through the triangular helmet straps. It’s a serious pain in the ass — even impossible on some models — to un-thread the straps from the helmet, and cutting the straps would make the helmet useless.
- No lock will stop people from vandalizing or damaging your helmet. If that’s a concern, you should just take it with you.
Regardless, the inventor, Blake Mills, gets high marks. The design is clever, and he actually took the idea and implemented it. That’s more than I can say for the cool ideas I’ve had. I’m just not certain that The Helmet Lock solves any of my immediate problems.