There’s a big storm brewing among bicycling enthusiasts after a post on a popular bike forum showed how easy it is to unlock a popular bike lock using a Bic ballpoint pen.
This is the most absurd thing I’ve seen in a very long time.
As you guys might remember, I recently had the nicest set of wheels I’ve ever had stolen from me. Today I was hanging out with a friend and we got to talking about that – he said his friend showed him just recently how to open a U-Lock with a ball point pen.
Of course I didn’t believe it. That is until just thirty seconds ago when I opened my own Kryptonite Evolution 2000 with a bic ball point pen!
This has to be the most absurd thing I’ve ever seen. Try it. Take the end off the pen, jam it in the lock, wiggle around and twist.
Please tell everyone you know and make sure they do something about it right away. The thieves probably already know this trick but from what I’ve heard it’s fairly new. I figure the information is going to get out anyway and so it’s better to let the honest people know first and hope this problem gets fixed.
You’ve got to be kidding me – most people consider these the standard for locking up. And it’s a BALL POINT PEN that can break them open!? WTF. I will be on the phone with Krypto first thing tomorrow morning.
Movie #1: http://thirdrate.com/misc/krypto.mov
Movie #2: http://biginjapan.com/extranet/asse…ev_disc_web.mov
Movie #3: http://biginjapan.com/extranet/asse…o_ev_speedy.mov
Movie #4: http://www.engadget.com/common/videos/pt/lock.wmv (right click, save as)
Movie #5: http://gallery.iamjp.com/ids/albums…eo/MOV00104.MPG
Reading the thread gives a clearer picture in that it appears this flaw only affects certain models of lock which use a rounded key mechanism and the type of pen used must be pretty specific, but if you have one of the locks in question it’s ridiculously easy to open them using the method described. Folks have been on the phone to the company, Krypto, and the company is already looking into the issue further. Considering how expensive these locks are this could be a devastating blow if they don’t address it. Check the videos out for examples of how it’s done. If you own a Krypto lock you may want to contact the company to see what plans they have to address the issue:
781-828-6655 (outside USA)
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Canton, MA 02021, USA