"I was sick of passive measures to prevent bike theft so I invented this," says Yannick Read, launching Bike Mine on Kickstarter. Read is hoping to raise £15,000 to bring the explosive device to market. When tripped by a thief, Bike Mine releases a 150db blast of sound via a legal-to-own-and-use detonator. The trip-wire device, and three saluting blank detonators, are available on Kickstarter for £49.
"When thieves come for your stuff in the dead of night they have a massive advantage. You are asleep. They have time to carry out their mischief in peace," says Read.
He bills Bike Mine as the "world's loudest alarm" and says it will be a "quick, safe and reliable way to protect your stuff from thieves."
Bike Mine comprises a length of titanium wire, a spring-loaded trap and a small detonator. There are no batteries to run down and only one moving part.
Read's first Kickstarter success was the Handlebar Minibar, which raised more than £500.
He's in the Guinness World Records for having created the world's smallest caravan and the Hornster, the world's loudest bicycle horn. Both of these projects were created as promotions for the Environmental Transport Association, or ETA. Read is head of content at ETA Services. Prior to that he was communications manager at the CTC Charitable Trust."