As the warm weather moves in we can expect another year of increased bicycle sales and people experiencing the joys of peddle power for commuting, shopping, racing and recreation. Unfortunately, this increase in popularity has also created a surge in cycle theft. So, it’s good then that the trusty bike lock is getting a smart makeover. The team at SKYLOCK have squeezed smart and functional technology into the standard U-lock (or D-lock for some people). Integrating your smartphone allows optional keyless access, powered by a small solar panel, and antitheft alerts which are stimulated by a built-in accelerometer. The same accelerometer also knows if you have been in a crash and can coordinate with the emergency services via your phone to ensure you are looked after in such an event. They are not cheep but much less than we expected them to be. You can pre-order them now to save 35% which gets you the lock for just $159 (approximately £107). They also have a great promo video which can be found here.