Theft-Resistant Bike Light by Gotham Bicycle Defense by Brad Geswein & Slava Menn — Kickstarter.
Last summer, our friend got hit by a car…
He was riding his bike home at night after a thief stole his bike light. His story isn’t unique. As it turns out, 1 in 3 city bikers have had their lights stolen and 80% of bikers frequently forget their lights at home.
We want to make city cycling safer
so we created The Defender – theft-resistant bike light. It locks onto your handlebars making it next-to-impossible to remove.
It’s tough as heck and super-bright
The Defender is made of lightweight aluminum, has ultrabright LEDs, and has 3xAA batteries for 100 hours of battery life. We’ve put it through extensive durability and reliability testing and it’s nearly indestructible.
No tool from a hardware store can remove it
you need a security screwdriver which is included in the box. If you lose it, we’ll send you another one. It takes 30 seconds to attach the light. You can’t steal the batteries either. You need the tiny allen key (provided) to open up the set screw which releases the battery door.
It’s very, very waterproof because
The Defender has three, tightly sealed silicone gaskets. You can leave it on your bike outdoors year-round.
1. What would it take to steal it?
A security screwdriver which you can’t get in a hardware store. You’d need to order it online. So it’ll be the toughest thing to steal off of your bike. Bike light theft isn’t premeditated, its opportunistic. If someone ever steals your Gotham light, get in touch. We’ll help you out.
2. How waterproof is it?
Let it rain! It’s designed to be submerged up to about 1 foot under water, which will certainly make it last through the toughest rain storms.
3. Where should I install it?
On your handlebars – either above the bar, or hang it below the bar. Get creative, Brad put one on each of his bar ends.
4. Why does it look like the barrel of a revolver?
As you know, city biking can be a battle. We captured the struggle of the urban cyclist in our design.
5. What happens if I buy it and it gets stolen?
Highly unlikely. If it does, give us a shout. We’ll work something out.
6. What size handlebars will it fit?
All standard sizes. From undersized to oversized: 22mm-32mm (7/8 inch to 1.25 inch).
7. What does the beam look like?
It’s a “be seen” light. So it has 30° spread. We also designed it to have a reflection off of the front face of the light. That reflection happens at 80° so it shines along the periphery.
8. What about my tail light?
9. I don’t need a light, but I want to support your project! How can I help?
Tell your friends, be our friend, follow us. Thanks!