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Airlok to hit market after beating Kickstarter target

Wall-mounted bike hanger-cum-lock is from team behind Hiplok

Airlok, the wall-mounted bike hanger that doubles as a lock, is to go into production after comfortably beating its fundraising target on Kickstarter.

Devised by the company behind the popular Hiplok, the security device, which will retail at £130, was on display at this week’s Cycle Show in Birmingham.

£70,000 had been sought through the crowdfunding website, but in the end 308 people pledged a total of £80,399 to enable Airlok to hit its goal.

> Hiplok’s new Airlok combines security and storage, and it wants £70,000 funding on Kickstarter

Hiplok co-founder Ben Smith said:“We have been overwhelmed by the reaction from the hundreds of Kickstarter backers who have supported us in putting Hiplok’s first secure bike storage into production.”

His partner in the business, John Abrahams, added: “The reaction has proven the need for secure yet elegant bike storage. We have lots of ideas for developing the sector further but for now, we’re concentrating on getting the first Airloks to the very first customers.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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