Pinhead Components makes a line of products that will keep your bike and all it’s bits safe from thieves.. The locking mechanism keeps your wheels, seat post and fork secure and the added benefits their website offers makes this a great security measure for your bike.
The Pinhead system comes in four flavors:
2-Pack – locks both wheels – $55
3-Pack – locks wheels and seat post – $65
4-Pack – locks wheels, seat post and headset – $75
Ultimate Pack – the 4-pack plus their new Bubble Lock bike lock – $125
The Bubble Lock is Pinhead’s answer to the U-Lock and they claim it reduces the accessibility of a leverage attack on your lock, plus the way the key slides in it is absolutely un-pickable.. “You can’t pick what you can’t see”
Each pack comes with it’s own unique key that will fit each component and fits easy on you key ring and doubles as a bottle opener (not that any of us would have a beer while riding…)
The really cool part of the Pinhead system kicks in when you register for their website.. Once you’ve put your key’s code in, you can order replacement parts or upgrade your 2-Pack to an Ultimate pack and get the three extra pieces and they will all work with the same key.
Also, if you’re a bike nerd with several bikes, you can order multiple sets and the same key will work with each set.
At the showing they were showing the system on a mountain bike and I would steer clear of using the Pinhead seat lock with your mountain bike if you do any heavy riding.. A few months ago my flat, dull quick release lever on my seat post rip a sizeable chunk out of my calf when I fell.. I can only imagine if that was the end of a narrow bolt!
But as far as securing your commuter bike, this seems to be a great system that will keep you from having to constantly take apart your bike to lock it up every time.