The first bike hardware project that Slava Menn Kickstarted was a bike light that no one could steal. He’s provided thousands of them to bikers, all over, and so far, only 0.2 percent of them — about 10 total — have been stolen.
Now he has a new Kickstarter project: an even better bike light.
What is better than a bike light that no one can steal? A bike light no one can steal that’s so sturdy it will outlive your bike.
This new light has the same sort of “proprietary set screw” as the anti-theft one. But it’s also got aluminum casing, better waterproofing, a battery that pops out and recharges through a USB line, and a really, really bright light. Menn and his team, the Fortified Bike Alliance, say it’s indestructible. And if they’re wrong, well, no skin off your back — they’ll give you another one for free.
The only question we had was about the battery. I mean, it’s great if no one steals your light, but it’s less great if they steal the battery that powers the whole thing. The FBA says:
We purposely don’t require a tool to take out the batteries, instead there’s a “trick” to open them, like a pill bottle. If you know the trick, it’s easy. If you’re a thief, it’s hard.
We can’t open pill boxes half the time anyway, so we’re reasonably convinced by this.
They’re making a front light and rear light, in normal and “boost” (with a really, really, really bright light). A pair of the boost lights is $129 on Kickstarter right now. Get ’em! Because if you wait for someone else to get them so that you can take them, you’re going to be S.O.L.
MIT Engineers Create Indestructible, Guaranteed Theft-Proof Bike Lights, Inhabitat.