Three Chilean Engineering students, think they have found a solution to prevent stealing of bikes. It is the YERKA bicycle, currently prototype, has a lock that is made OUT OF THE FRAME. The only way to steal is to break the lock, and, therefore, the bike. They call it THE WORLD’S FIRST UNSTEALABLE BIKE.
“The concept of making a lock out of the frame, came to us as a team about 2yrs ago”, Andres Roi Eggers, one of the 3 founders of the YERKA PROJECT, told CNN. ——– “We made some digital models, and then we built a PVC frame, followed by our 1st FUNCTIONAL BIKE prototype. We are currently conducting some STRENGTH & PERFORMANCE TESTS,” says Andres. “Joining Kickstart, in the near future, is one of our options, but we also want to travel to US or Europe, to look for partners or investors. The modifications, on the frame, didn’t add any extra weight to the bike, and the current prototype is made out of steel with aluminium components —— for the lock.
The DOWN TUBE splits in two, and allows the SEAT TUBE to be inserted, creating a LOCK OUT OF THE FRAME. The ‘locking operation’, according to the YERKA team, takes only 20secs. ———- “But don’t the wheels remain stealable ?”. “Today there are other Companies that have a solution to that, and a Kickstart can be created around special bolts and screws —— to secure the wheels. This could be a great option, to partner with, but we are also working on our own technology to deliver full protection, while always keeping COMFORT & DESIGN, in mind.”
The final price of a commercial version, depending on specifications and components, will be between $400 and $1,000, according to the creators of the bike. The 3 students, who invented the YERKA bike : Andres Roi Eggers (22), Juan Jose Monsalve (23) and Cristobal Cabello (22)