As many know from unfortunate experiences, bike thieves target components just as often (perhaps if not more so) than bicycles as a whole. While a sturdy U-Lock does well to secure a frame, it leaves one—sometimes both—wheels vulnerable. Carrying multiple locks and chains is cumbersome, and looping and locking it all up is time-consuming. Nutluck aims to solve the issue of wheel theft with custom-engineered fasteners that replace conventional hex-nuts or quick release skewers.
The Nutlock works exclusively with a unique key that comes with each set sold—an undisclosed, but significant number of design variations prevents thieves from simply obtaining the key and beating the system. Plus, a conical shape and novel key formation also defends against the use of hacksaws and other tools, including wrenches, hammers, pliers and even damaged nut-removers. "That's not to say it's impenetrable—nothing ever is. But by deterring as many tools as possible, we strongly believe [Nutlock] provides a hell of a lot of security for bike wheels," says Nutlock co-founder Mikey Ahdoot.
Ahdoot will continue to make variations of the Nutlock well into the future as well, making it extremely difficult for thieves to adapt their nasty tactics. A single set of Nutlock can be purchased with a pledge of $25, or $39 for a full set—a rather reasonable sum, considering an average quality new wheel can run well over $100.