The idea of wearing a bicycle lock around the waist or across the shoulder isn’t new; bike couriers have been doing it with heavyweight chain locks for years, but the Hiplok is the world’s first bicycle lock developed specifically to be worn on the body.
The principle of carrying a lock independently is sound; there’s no need to take a bag with you and you transfer the weight of the lock from your back and shoulders to your hips, which makes your riding more stable and comfortable. At 2.2 KG the lock isn’t light, but it has the maximum security rating of gold.
We have a gold-rated Hiplok worth £85 to giveaway. Simply leave us a comment at the bottom of the page and we’ll pick a name out for the hat next week.
Ethical cycle insurance
On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the devil is the detail. Check your small print for so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use the term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.
With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. Little wonder The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be Britain’s most ethical provider.