Zip tie cycle lock to deter opportunist thieves

Z LOK cable tie lock bicycle

They say that every bicycle weighs the same; a lightweight (and by extension, expensive) bike requires a heavy lock whereas its cheap and cheerful cousin (which weighs more) can make do with a lighter version.

If you own a lightweight road bike it’s likely that you often ride without any lock at all, but what to do when you stop for a coffee or loo break? Hoping to solve this particular conundrum is HipLok with its new Z LOK.

ZLOK

The Z LOK is a reusable reinforced zip style tie for use on car racks, with accessories and other outdoor equipment. While the Z LOK might look similar to a conventional zip tie, it features a stainless steel core to deter the opportunistic thief.

We know it’s stating the obvious, but the Z LOK is not rated by Sold Secure and, as such, it’s use as a primary lock will render your cycle insurance policy void. Its designers intend the lock to be used to deter opportunistic thieves when the bike is within your sight.

The Z LOK costs £14.99 for a pair.

Win a pair of Z LOK zip ties

We have a pair of Z LOK zip ties to give away. Leave us a message at the bottom of the page and we will draw a winner at random.

How do thieves steal bikes?

A few years ago, the lock manufacturer Kyrptonite suffered a bout of bad PR when it was alleged its D-Locks could be opened with a modified Bic Biro. The episode called into question the efficacy of many cylindrical-lock products, but in reality most thieves don’t have the time, patience or skill to pick locks – they prefer to cut, freeze or smash them.

A well-equipped and determined bicycle thief can defeat most designs of lock within minutes and with many bikes now worth thousands on the second-hand market, the crime is rife. And when a thief is unable to remove a lock, it is not uncommon for him to vandalise the bike or simply steal parts. Thieves in London this spring have taken to stealing handlebars from road bikes. Once a few control cables are severed, they walk away with bars and shifters worth hundreds of pounds.

The lesson is that even stoutest lock is no replacement for a good cycle insurance policy. Cycle insurance from the ETA includes the theft of parts – get an instant quote.

Comments

  1. Stevo

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    I love the simplicity of these, they are a nice compromise between a heavy lock and nothing.

  2. Gillian D.

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    Z LOK zip tie me up please ETA!

    Cables crossed!

  3. MARK

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    These could also be used to supplement larger locks to provide some deterrence for the theft of components, such as saddles. My daughter had a lovely helmet stolen off her bike recently and it’s really annoying!!!

  4. Craig

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    I am always petrified of leaving my precious stead anywhere, even for a wee break. Nice idea HipLok.

    Thanks to ETA for the opportunity.

  5. Peter Clark

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    True innovation. Great looking product

  6. Mikhail

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    Would be great when I need to buy something on a control point during an Audax.

    Fine for a few minutes I believe.

  7. Philip

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    I agree with Mark.

    More useful to protect a cycling accessory than your cYcle.
    Let’s face it. Securing with a proper lock takes how many more seconds?
    As for the extra weight….

  8. Huw Thomas

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    Especially helmets

  9. Kath

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    Would be a useful addition to my usual security. Most probably to secure my helmet instead of lugging it around

  10. Douglas Milsom

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    Great idea. Also handy to secure a wheel not protected by the main lock.

  11. Christopher Johnson

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    A very useful lightweight addition to a cyclists’ defence against theft. For example, at a cafe when the bike is pretty much nearby throughout, or for securing accessories when you stop and leave the bike.

  12. Susan Lancaster

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    My son has been unlucky enough to have several bikes stolen in the notorious hotspot of Cambridge. Despite this, he is cycling more than ever and I’m sure he would appreciate a pair of these!

  13. John thys

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    I’d be all tied up with these

  14. Dave Nunn

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    Security simplicity. Never be without Z LOK protection!

  15. Fergus Duncanson

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    Lightweight lock – a great idea for quick locking. Yes, please.

  16. Gavin

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    Handy and can be placed in a pocket… that said my “loo”, as a rule, would be a hedge so not a problem. A cafe is a different proposition altogether.

  17. Helen

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    Great idea. Would be super handy for locking my bike outside for school drop off and pick up…

  18. Richard Scrase

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    Be good for securing panniers to racks too

  19. Andrew McKellar

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    A couple of these would be a useful supplement to my regular lock to secure my luggage when on long cycle tours.

    It’s often not possible to remove luggage when stopping for a break or food and the added security would be reassuring.

  20. Pat

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    Gimme gimme gimme a lock after midnight!

  21. Brian Dorsett

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    So light, so useful.

  22. Jamie J

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    Yep, definitely worth carrying a couple of these around, panniers to rack and front wheel to frame…

  23. Andy

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    Well worth having

  24. Stephen

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    I can see several potential uses for one of these and would love to try one out. Thanks for the opportunity to win one ETA.

  25. David

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    Light weight is clearly the number one feature.

  26. Keith Bichard

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    Great for a quick stop.

  27. Sue

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    What a simple idea. Wish I had thought of it! Would love an opportunity to try them out.

  28. Isabella Gray

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    These look great! 🤞

  29. Jane Collier

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    So handy to keep something light in your bag. Would love these please.

  30. mike jupp

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    good idea

  31. Mrs Smith

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    Yes please! Would be great for securing saddle etc when leaving my bike at the train station.

  32. Darren C

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    Very useful for securing your quick-release wheels too.

  33. Greg

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    Zipidy do dah.

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