A California-based man quietly began posting videos of padlocks on YouTube a couple of weeks ago. The traffic for "LockMan28's" account was what you'd expect, given the subject matter: A couple hundred views here, several hundred views there. But after posting video of an unusual bike lock over the weekend, traffic rocketed to nearly half a million views in less than two days.
Here's the video of the unusually-designed bike lock that did it. The unfortunately verbose poster wastes the first two-and-a-half minutes blathering about nothing, so skip ahead to 2:40 to see the mechanism in action:
Neat design, and while it is technically unassailable using conventional picks, anyone who's ever lived in a city knows that any lock is only a temporary deterrent to whomever really wants your stuff. The thing can still be cut, and even if angle grinders didn't exist, a casual jaunt through New York will reveal scores of rusting bike frames shackled to racks—and missing every part that could be removed using conventional tools.
As far as who designed it, "Lockman 28" is purposefully vague, as he has plans to distribute the Chinese-packaged lock for $140 a pop. But we have faith in the internet; it's just a matter of time before some fanatic uncovers the "Asian market" manufacturer, and perhaps then we'll learn of the brains behind the actual design.