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Unstealable Yerka bike designed in Chile goes into production with self-locking frame

  • Design, called the Yerka, splits into two parts to lock around a pole
  • Only way for thieves to steal the bike is to saw it in half, say creators 
  • First 100 bikes sold for $400 (£255) and next 200 sold at $500 (£320) 

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Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com


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14:19 EST, 5 August 2015

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Even the best bicycle locks can sometimes let you down.

Now, a trio of Chilean engineers say they have found a way to thwart determined thieves with what they claim is the world’s first ‘unstealable bike.’

The design, called the Yerka, looks like an average bike, but the bottom tube of the frame can be split into two parts and wrapped around a pole.

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HOW DOES IT WORK? 

The bike’s aluminum downtube splits in two.

This then allows the seat tube to create a firm lock around a solid object, such as a bike rack or tree. 

The only way to steal the bike would be to saw through it, destroying it in the process. 

The designers are now working on an app that will let users open up their bike using the smartphone. 

According its creators, the frame can be dismantled and reconnected to make a lock in just 10 seconds.

Once the bike’s seat tube forms a lock, the only way to steal the bike would be to cut through it, destroying it in the process.

The Yerka is the creation of Cristóbal Cabello, 22, Andrés Roi Eggers, 23 and Juan José Monsalve, 24 who dropped out of university market their idea.

The design was first announced in November, but last week, the team said they had put in their first order to produce 300 Yerkas.

While an investment of $100,000 (£64,450) from a state enterprise fund helped the project along, the raised most of their funds on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. 

The start-up sold the first 100 bikes for $400 (£255) then increased the price increased to $500 (£320). In future it will rise to $600 (£385), according to a CNN report.  

‘The three of us have always been bike enthusiasts since kids, we love to use them as transportation or as a simple way to have fun,’ Juan José Monsalve told Fox News. 

‘Sadly, Andrés had two of his bikes stolen in a short period of time, Monsale added.

The bike's aluminum downtube splits in two. This then allows the seat tube to create a firm lock around a solid object, such as a bike rack or tree

The bike’s aluminum downtube splits in two. This then allows the seat tube to create a firm lock around a solid object, such as a bike rack or tree

To deter the theft of bike parts, the wheels have anti-theft nuts that can only be opened with a special key

To deter the theft of bike parts, the wheels have anti-theft nuts that can only be opened with a special key

The design was first announced in November, but last week, the team said they had put in their first order to produce 300 Yerkas

The design was first announced in November, but last week, the team said they had put in their first order to produce 300 Yerkas

The bike's aluminum downtube splits in two. This then allows the seat tube to create a firm lock around a solid object, such as a bike rack or tree

The bike’s aluminum downtube splits in two. This then allows the seat tube to create a firm lock around a solid object, such as a bike rack or tree

‘A few years ago we took an engineering design class at Adolfo Ibáñez University here in Chile and were asked to solve a problem to an actual commute. 

‘Using Andrés’ experience as a starting point we started to throw ideas to the table trying to solve this problem, and finally came up with something very similar to what we have today.’

While they call it the world’s first unstealable bike, critics have previously said the lock could be picked or the bike easily destroyed.

‘Remember how people used to open those ubiquitous cylinder locks with a Bic pen? Any lock can be picked and the bike stolen,’ said Lloyd Alter, the managing editor at the website TreeHugger. 

‘Over at BikeRumor, the one bike site that I have seen cover this, a commentator noted that one good kick on that seat post and it will be dented, making the bike unrideable for the owner as well.’

Thieves might also be happy simply to get the handlebars or front wheel. 

But the team say that if they weren’t working on something as revolutionary as this, they would have their critics. 

They also add that the wheels have anti-theft nuts that can only be opened with a special key.

The designers are now working on an app that will let users open up their bike using the smartphone. 

The start-up sold the first 100 bikes for $400 (£255) then increased the price increased to $500 (£320). In future it will rise to $600 (£385). Pictured are the key specifications

The start-up sold the first 100 bikes for $400 (£255) then increased the price increased to $500 (£320). In future it will rise to $600 (£385). Pictured are the key specifications

The Yerka is the creation of Cristóbal Cabello, 22 (right), Andrés Roi Eggers, 23 (left) and Juan José Monsalve, 24 (centre)who dropped out of university market their idea

The Yerka is the creation of Cristóbal Cabello, 22 (right), Andrés Roi Eggers, 23 (left) and Juan José Monsalve, 24 (centre)who dropped out of university market their idea

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