Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bike Cuff: Bicycle Theft Deterrent and Immobilizer

It's coming to the end of the school year for some of us. Time to show off what we've been pouring our time into!

Here's my term project for my industrial design class (IEOR 170). It's a possible solution to bicycle security! Asuka and I are going to make miliiiiiiiiions with this!
The Bike Cuff is designed to be used with another lock. Like "The Club" for cars, the Bike Cuff is a theft deterrent. It takes care of securing the front wheel and the frame, and in the process immobilizes steering at a 40 45 degree angle. The tight adjustable fit was inspired by handcuffs. This reduces space for insertion of pry tools and cable cutters.

This was a term project for IEOR 170 at the University of California Berkeley.

I am aware of the Master Lock Street Cuff. The Bike Cuff was designed with this in mind and has several advantages of the Street Cuff and AXA Lock widely used in Europe. The primary problem with the Street Cuff is that it the two halves are joined by a vulnerable metal chain. This lock has been defeated by simply cutting or even bending the chain. The Bike Cuff also features thicker, contoured edges to resist bolt cutters. The Master Lock Street Cuffs are more or less standard hand cuffs with some decorative plastic overlaid.

These slides could not be included within the 10 minute presentation unfortunately.

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At May 13, 2008 at 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its amazing how its exactly 10 minutes. and its a ... genius idea?? does that make sense?

At May 13, 2008 at 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pawkee spends his nights working on this instead having a life or watching movies with his little sis ;____;

At May 13, 2008 at 6:21 PM, Blogger Pocky said...

lol yeah I knew YouTube had a 10 minute limit, so I was watching a clock while I recorded the presentation. Took a few tries to get it down to 10.

At May 17, 2008 at 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should market this idea, I'm sure you'd make a lot of money. *so wants one now*

At May 19, 2008 at 9:15 PM, Blogger Bazza said...

I'm afraid this has been done already - http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=19413

At May 22, 2008 at 11:35 AM, Blogger Pocky said...

Hi, please see the second paragraph in the text above. There are several differences between this and the Masterlock product. I was aware of the Masterlock product in designing this.

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