'lock on' by hanjong kim + hayan choi + byunghoon chung + duckhwan kim
'lock on' by hanjong kim + hayan choi + byunghoon chung + duckhwan kim 'lock on' by hanjong kim + hayan choi + byunghoon chung + duckhwan kim
sep 23, 2010

'lock on' by hanjong kim + hayan choi + byunghoon chung + duckhwan kim

‘lock on’ by hanjong kim + hayan choi + byunghoon chung + duckhwan kim

‘lock on’ by hanjong kim, jayan choi, byunghoon chung and duckhwan kim from korea is one of the shortlisted design entries from more than 3000 participants in our recent designboom competition, ‘seoul cycle design 2010’, organized in collaboration with seoul design foundation.

designers’ own words: ‘lock on’ is a new type of bicycle helmet that can be ”locked-on” to the bicycle. eco-friendliness and well-being are two keywords that effectively reflect the new global trend. major urban cities recognize bicycles as the new way to travel which noe only cares about the environment, but also the health of the bicycle users. seoul, one of the biggest metropolises that aims to build a people-oriented city, is greatly increasing bicycle infrastructure coverage, which includes roads, racks, and rental system. renting and riding a bicycle is easier; the issue regarding safety and secuirty, however, has not been solved. in may of 2010, we conducted a survey on 200 bicycle riders. surprisingly, while 71.5% of riders recognized helmets as an indispensable safety equipment, only 22.4% answered to actually using it. the main reason why bike-riders do not wear a helmet is because of its inconvenience in carrying (67%).

in this sense we propose a new type of helmet, which allows convenience in carrying by locking it onto the bicycle as a lock. this way, the rider can be free from the difficulty of carrying the helmet, while increasing the security of the bicycle. by eliminating the inconvenience, helmet usage and the safety of the riders will increase. by renting a ‘lock-on’ helmet when renting a bike, seoul metropolitan government, who holds ‘caring for citizens’ with sustainable design as their vision, can not only increase the safety of bicycle riders, but also protect the environment with a sustainable system.

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  • A few problematic scenarios:

    Someone undoes the clamp on the seat post, seat post comes out, bike’s away.
    Seapost is somehow welded to frame, thief just cuts through it or takes saddle and clamp off, bike’s away.
    Theif has pliers on them, snips through mediocre cable, bike’s away.
    Thief picks up debris from floor and uses lampost as a base on which to hit cable, bike’s away.

    Cyclist gets knocked off bike, head hits floor, locking mechanism is pushed into cyclists skull by pressure from top knob.
    Cyclist gets knocked off bike, weight of locking mechanism and steel cable creates massive whiplash and breaks cylists neck.

    Epic fail all around, much research needed. Nice colour though.

    Roo says:
  • This is a just embarrassing.

    There is a clear lack of the most basic research, any one who rides a bike in any major city is aware that putting a lock around your seat post has about as much chance stopping a bike thief as leaving a sticky note on it saying dont steal me. even if it was attached around the frame like a proper lock this still leaves the wheels exposed, and if you check the weight of a decent bike lock then add that with a helmet your going to have all sorts of issues with pressure on the riders neck plus the basic idea of a bike helmet is to crumple and break under impact where as a bike lock is suposed to do the opposite so as a result combining the two means that you compromise the basic functionality of both.

    Dom says:
  • At least it’s better than that wing design that the cyclist wears on his back to clean the air. LOL.

    newbiker says:
  • Maybe in Seoul only unlocked bikes get lifted and the flimsiest of bike locks is enough deterrent.

    Uhmm… Scratch that hypothesis.. If you Google “korea bike theft” you’ll see that:

    “More than half of bicycle users of all ages have had their two-wheelers stolen. The survey asked 1,026 residents about bicycle riding life in the city.

    About 38 percent have had their bicycle stolen once, 34 percent twice and 28 percent three times or more.'”

    Marino says:
  • Wow, the helmet has also a egg timer in it.

    aaj says:
  • . It seems clear to me that the intent of the design is to lock the helmet and not the bike. Locking the bike is a seperate problem. If you commute and choose to use a helmet, then there is an issue of what to do with the helmet. The lock only needs to be good enough to protect the helmet. If the helmt get damaged stealing it, then it is useless, so no point in stealing it.

    Why someone on the design team tried to expand on is idea with a cable is unclear. Some people can’t leave well enough alone.

    RBuss says:

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