Review – Pinhead Locking Skewers

With the adoption of quick-release skewers, bike wheels have never been easier to steal. At a minimum, it’s a nice bit of security to have Allen Key secured skewers, but if you want to take it a step further, Pinhead Locking Skewers are a nice option that won’t break the bank.

Bike Accessory
Cost: $59.99 USD
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What are Pinhead Locking Skewers?

Pinhead Locking Skewers replace your quick-release skewers on your front and rear wheel. Instead of a lever to release the wheel, you use a specially coded key to tighten and release your wheels.

The skewers themselves are well made, light weight, and are effective deterrents for wheel thieves.

You can see from the pictures the uniquely coded key, and how they slot into the skewers. There are also additional washers with the kit to make it more difficult to grab onto the skewer with pliers and just force the rotation.

Unique Pinhead Coded Key Unique Pinhead Coded Key

Pinhead Locking Skewers – The Good

These are effective theft deterrents. You’ll need more than just a set of pliers to remove these.

Back end of Pinhead Locking Skewer Back end of Pinhead Locking Skewer

You can get a headset bolt and seatpost bolt that also use the same coded key, for total bike peace of mind.

Pinhead Locking Skewer Business End Pinhead Locking Skewer Business End

The coded key gives you pretty good leverage to tighten the skewers.

Pinhead Locking Skewers – The Bad

These are bit expensive, but you do get a uniquely coded key, and it’s a fairly small company so their cost is pretty understandable.

Don’t forget your key when you go out for a ride. There’s no way you’ll get the skewers off on your own with your regular bike tools.

Adam’s Take

Totally worth it. You get a set of well made skewers, peace of mind, and upgraded security for your wheels for those times when you don’t want to bring an additional cable to lock them up.