Wordlock Combo Locks

Word-based Combo Locks

Word Perfect

Not everyone is good with numbers, so why has every combination lock up ‘til now used them? Many kids (and most adults) have suffered from the dreaded “combo amnesia” from time to time, which is especially stressful when there are bikes to be secured and lockers that need opening. Wordlock founders Todd and Rahn Basche went looking for a letter-based padlock for their own number-challenged family and couldn’t find one. And that’s how this memorable security solution was born. Instead of a meaningless chain of numbers, you need remember only one four-letter word. (Okay, maybe not that four-letter word! It could be as simple as “snap” or as easy as “abcd.”)

Each Wordlock provides 10,000 possible letter combination’s, so surely one will appeal to even the youngest of users. The heavy-duty braided steel cable lock comes with a mounting bracket, and is five feet long and vinyl-coated—perfect for securing a bike anywhere, and it won’t scratch the paint, either.

Choose your color, choose your word, and then leave the stress behind. Wordlock may be the first combination lock you never forget.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Rahn, Wordlock Founder
    Rahn, Wordlock Founder

    My husband, Todd, and I started Wordlock, Inc. because no one in our family could remember the numerical combinations of our bike locks and padlocks. Since words are so much easier to remember than numbers, we thought it would be great to replace the numerical locks with locks that used words.We went shopping to find a lock that used words instead of numbers, and when we couldn’t find one, Wordlock was born.

    We couldn’t believe no one had ever created this before!

    In 2007 we quit our day jobs and started Wordlock out of our house. Two years later Wordlock has patented products(bike locks, travel locks, padlocks), and our office, located in Santa Clara, CA, has ten employees (we still bring our dog Sasha to work with us every day).

    What good is a lock if you can’t remember the combination? Wordlock bike locks are as strong and secure as any lock on the market today. With a Wordlock bike lock you can set your own combination to a four letter word that is so much easier for you, or your child to remember. And we’ve removed the really bad words so the locks are parent friendly. Our bike locks make 10,000 word and letter combinations so you can find a word that has meaning to you, and that you won’t forget.

    Thanks for visiting the DailyGrommet. I’d love to chat with you today!

  • Jessica Angell
    Jessica Angell
    3/18/2009 12:25 PM

    That is awesome - what a clever idea!

  • Howard
    3/18/2009 12:39 PM

    Wow! What a cool concept. I can't believe no one's ever done this before!

  • Bob
    3/18/2009 12:50 PM

    We bought some of these locks and they do everything the video says -- easy, fun -- but what impressed me additionally was the quality in the manufacturing. They are beautifully made, built to last.

  • Bob
    3/18/2009 1:08 PM

    Love this!! perfect for creative linguists!! :)

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/18/2009 1:23 PM

    OK true story. My oldest son chides me for not riding my bike to the office...it is a very short ride. He wants me to do my bit, environmentally-speaking. I'm all for it. I like to ride my bike. But here is the embarrassing reason I do not. It's because I cannot remember the code to my bike lock. (I am relieved to learn I am not alone on that score, but.....Shhhhh. Don't tell my son.)

  • Robin
    3/18/2009 1:46 PM

    For boomers like me, remembering a word is way easier than remembering a string of numbers. I use my WordLock not on a bike -- sadly, I don't ride one :) -- but on our liquor cabinet so my teen's friends don't get tempted.

  • Kim
    3/18/2009 3:12 PM

    Really great product...I love the idea of an easy word to remember!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/18/2009 3:18 PM

    @Robin....now I need to buy two Wordlocks...never thought of that liquor cabinet scenario. Another funny story....when we moved into our house it had these aqua colored metal kitchen cabinets. Very hip retro. There was even a liquor cabinet with a rollling pullout shelf and a built in lock. The key was neatly placed in the lock, awaiting us, the new owners. Keep in mind the whole shebang was about 40 years old....within 40 minutes of occupying the house, and the liquor cabinet, the key was permanently lost. A casualty of three pint-sized, key-and-lock-height sons.

  • Rahn, Wordlock Founder
    Rahn, Wordlock Founder – Special Guest
    3/18/2009 3:40 PM

    Thanks everyone! It's so satisfying to take an idea from your head, get it onto the store shelf, and learn that others find merit in it. Keep it coming!

  • Jessica
    3/18/2009 4:09 PM

    What a great idea this bike lock is for people like me who can never remember their combinations. I just bought it!

  • Rose
    3/18/2009 4:18 PM

    I have a small Wordlock for my luggage and I never forget the code - so now I'm getting one for my bike (that is, in 19 hours when the inventory is back)! And I just bought a bike lock last year, but I already can't remember the number... sigh. Anyway this is a great idea!!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Grommet Team
    3/18/2009 4:53 PM

    @Rose--More inventory is available to purchase the Wordlock Bike Lock now! No need to remember tomorrow! Have fun making up your go to 4 letter word! Rahn- I could use a Wordlock system for my garage door opener, my son could not remember the 4 number code to get in to the house today!

  • Laurin
    3/18/2009 7:28 PM

    I just got the Wordlock padlocks for my kids the other day. I'm reviewing it for MomsLikeMe Tampa. This product is genius!

  • Johannah B
    Johannah B
    3/18/2009 9:05 PM

    I love this idea.... so easy --

  • Frank L.
    Frank L.
    3/18/2009 9:17 PM

    I bought the padlock for myself and the bikelock for my daughter. We both love it!

  • Katherine
    3/18/2009 11:58 PM

    With all the passwords I have to remember...I'm not even sure I could remember a word password! To the person who hacks my computer, yes I have a Word document called "passwords". I still wake up at night having had the dream that I forgot my locker combination for my locker at school. This is truly a brilliant product!

  • Patricia Roller
    Patricia Roller
    3/19/2009 12:50 AM

    Wordlocks are the best. I have thrown away all my old locks and will never look back.

    Now I only wish someone would tell me how I can get my old lock (with missing key) off my bike.

    So, happy about this product!

  • Rahn
    3/19/2009 6:35 AM

    Thanks, everyone, for the the feedback, and so glad you're enjoying our products. It's been a great opportunity to visit with you on dailygrommet, a terrific website!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

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