We’re not sure if bicycle theft is a big problem in Taiwan but Cheng-Tsung Feng of the National Taiwan University of Science & Technology. As part of the Department of Industrial and Commercial Design he developed the Pedal Lock, which is exactly what it sounds like – a bicycle lock that is actually two flat platform pedals.
The designers claim that it takes about 13 seconds to install, which seems optimistic given that users have to remove the pedals from the cranks. The idea here is that the two pedals can essentially make a “boot” of sorts for the rear wheel, making it impossible to ride away.
However, this pedals aren’t large enough to lock the wheel against anything so it seems like a chain lock would still be required. However, in areas where locks are easily defeated this seems like a great way to add a second lock, and it removes the pedals in the process.
In other words a theft might seem this and just move on to another bike.