It was not that long ago when our founder, Lisa Cotton, cycled into town and realised she had forgotten her bike lock. It was at this moment that she realised this must be a problem faced by riders and commuters every day, all around the world. The answer seemed simple, a helmet with an inbuilt bike lock would mean you’d never be caught without your bike lock ever again. To Lisa’s surprise, nothing like this seemed to exist on the market, so she set out to solve this problem herself. From the very beginning, Headlokt’s mission has been clear; keep what matters most safe, not just your head, but your belongings too.
At the heart of our revolutionary product lies an unsung hero which allows us to achieve this dual purpose, stainless steel. Here’s why we chose stainless steel for our Headlokt helmets.
Built to Deter
When asked about the strength of Headlokt's bike lock, the answer is straightforward: it's tough enough to make potential thieves think twice. The 65cm stainless steel cable, coated in plastic for a smoother touch, isn't just a deterrent; it's a symbol of security that discourages opportunistic theft. The cable, though sleek in its design, possesses a deceptive strength that contradicts its size.
The decision to use stainless steel was deliberate, driven by its unmatched combination of durability and resilience. It stands as a tough material due to its exceptional strength derived from a combination of iron, chromium, nickel, and other alloying elements. These elements also allow for some malleability, allowing the cable to be thread through and around a variety of equipment and applications, making it an adaptable solution for securing bikes, scooter wheels, skateboard axles, and more while enduring the rigours of everyday use.
Stainless steel is renowned for its exceptional heat resistance due to its unique composition and inherent properties. The elements which make up the wonder material all have a remarkable ability to withstand high temperatures. The key component, chromium, forms a protective oxide layer, creating a barrier that shields the underlying metal from oxidation and corrosion. This oxide layer not only enhances the material's durability but also provides excellent heat resistance by preventing direct contact between the steel and potentially damaging elements. As a result, it remains structurally stable and maintains its mechanical properties even when exposed to elevated temperatures.
Chromium, the same element which makes it heat proof, is also built to withstand corrosion. Chromium forms a thin, invisible oxide layer on the surface of the steel, acting as a protective shield against corrosive elements. This passive layer prevents the metal beneath from interacting with moisture, chemicals, or other corrosive agents, thereby significantly reducing the risk of rust and deterioration. No matter the weather conditions or the environment, this material remains resistant to the elements, guaranteeing a long and dependable lifespan.
An Eco-Conscious Choice
In a nod to sustainability, stainless steel aligns with Headlokt's commitment to choosing materials that can be recycled (where possible). The process of recycling involves melting down the alloy and reforming it into new products without compromising its inherent properties. Unlike some materials that degrade during recycling, stainless steel retains its strength and corrosion resistance, making it infinitely recyclable without loss of quality.
Beyond functionality, its metallic silver finish contributes to Headlokt's aesthetic appeal. The sleek, modern look turns the lock into more than just a security tool; it's a style statement for urban commuters who appreciate both form and function.
With a wrap sheet this impressive, it’s a no brainer that our locking cord would be crafted out of the seemingly magical stuff! Take comfort knowing that what matters most is in strong hands, so you have more time to get out and enjoy the adventures.
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