Henry Grabar is a staff writer for Slate’s Moneybox and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
A bike lock that only a monkey could pick.
Germany electronics giant Conrad have put new meaning in the expression "locking up your bike." Up, as in 15 feet up a pole.
But the coolest part is yet to come. The German text on the screen reads: "You have the fun, we have the technology" (Sie haben den Spaß, wir haben die Technik), which is the name of a side-project on the Conrad site dedicated to inventing crazy things like this.
The bad news is that Conrad isn't selling this doohickey. The good news is that they've included a video (below) that shows them working on it, along with a list of parts for the mechanically inclined. As the good people at Conrad like to say, Knifflig? Vielleicht. (Tricky? Maybe.)
I say tricky yes: where the hell am I going to get three DOGA gear motors at this time of night? Actually, they thought of that too: all the parts you need to build this machine are on the list and available in the online Conrad store. Sadly, even the most ambitious mechanic will be fazed by the prices: one DOGA gear motor costs more than 100 euros.