SEATTLE — Those who dislike lugging around a hefty lock to secure their bikes may be in luck.
The handlebar of the “Denny,” a bike expected to hit the retail floor in 2015, isn’t just useful for steering — it can also be converted into a lock. The handlebars can be completely removed to secure the frame of the bike to a pole with a lock, or opened at the top to attach only the handlebar for a quick stop.
“Denny is the ‘all-in’ cycling solution that meets security, safety and importantly convenience needs,” a statement from the design team reads. “Ultimately, the Denny bike was born from a simple premise — ‘an everyday bike that removes the barriers to becoming an everyday rider.’”
The Denny got its start at a bike design competition hosted by Oregon Manifest where five teams from five cities developed a new urban bike based on the same design brief. Designed by the Seattle team TEAGUE x Sizemore Bicycle, the Denny will be mass-produced by Fuji Bikes after it won popular vote.
In addition to the transformable handlebar, the Denny also features turn signal lights and automatic shifting.
Other companies have also been experimenting with the idea of a bike with parts that can be used as a lock. Yerka, a bike created by students from Chile, uses the frame of the bike to secure itself to poles. A release date has not yet been announced.