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Jeff Werner

Designer in Vancouver, Canada. Secretary of the 221A Artist Run Centre, member of Fieldwork design collective, and former exhibit designer at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Vancouver Aquarium. Graduate of Emily Carr and University of Victoria, and worked in the Philippines, Indonesia and the Netherlands. Cycling advocate and race on the Garneau Evolution team.

canada vancouver In the News, September 22, 2004 2:58 AM 2 comments

Kryptonite Locks Open with Bic Pen

This has been going around online for a few days now, but I just found out you can pick a Kryptonite bike lock with a bic pen. You remove the cap from the end of the pen and insert it into the circular key entry in the lock, wiggle it a bunch and it opens. Well, so these videos here and here, articles here and here, would say, because I'm having trouble getting the end off my Bic just now...

Anyways, man, these were considered the standard in bicycle anti-theft. I sold them for years and I've used one for years. I use it almost everyday. Time for a new lock.

Update Sept. 22: Good article at Wired about this. And I tried with a couple different Bics on my own lock, couldn't get it to work.

Update Sept. 22: Kryptonite will replace your lock for free. I've sent my email off, and am supposed to send my lock now, too, but won't get a replacement until October. And what shall I do till then?

2 comments on Kryptonite Locks Open with Bic Pen

1. Ron Ablang | June 1, 2008 1:59 PM

I have the Kryptonite model 830603, but they never respond to me whether or not it is replaceable.

2. william | April 4, 2009 6:11 PM

You have to cut slits

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