Spybike installed (Integrated Trackers )
A sad part of having a nice bicycle – or even a not so nice
bicycle – is that there is a chance someone might steal it. While a good lock
will help deter would-be thieves, it won’t actually help get a stolen bicycle
back. Registration of your bicycle, engraving your name in the frame or creating
other identifiable marks on the bike can help if the police or authorities
recover the bicycle.
But the truth is: a stolen bicycle is often gone for
good. That is, unless you’ve installed a GPS tracking device from Intergrated
Trackers in the U.K. They have developed a GPS tracking device for motorocycles
and bicycles, called the Spybike. The bicycle mounted model can actually be
hidden within the steerer tube.
The unit is designed so as to look like a normal headset cap,
but inside features a simple GPS tracking device that is activated by vibration.
When a bike is moved it will send its coordinates to a free online service, and
if the bike is taken indoors there is even a GSM wireless fallback that will
provide a general location.
The tracker does require the use of a SIM card, which also
means that the device can be used virtually anywhere in the world. “Any SIM
card will work,” Harley Clack of Intergrated Trackers
“We suggest a cheap pre-pay SIM. The tracker only uses a very small amount of
data, a few SMS and no voice so best to avoid contracts where possible.”
The Spybike unit weighs just 67g
The key to the system is that it is designed to look
inconspicuous, but so thieves can’t easy remove the tracker the Spybike comes
with a special installation key. In addition to the steerer tube version there
is also a seat post light version.
And while the GPS technology could be good for getting a
bike back, it probably won’t see use as a training aid. “The current Spyibke
stem tracker would not be so good for this,” said Clark. “The reason is that
the battery is fairly small so I would worry that the battery would become
depleted too fast. Spybike is more of a GPS Tracking alarm which is designed to
lie dormant most of the time, just drawing microamps of power and then wakes up
when your bicycle is stolen and starts tracking. It could work in theory but
probably would require a larger battery. We have a seat post version which may
be more suitable for this.”
But even if the Spybike can’t be used to help you train, it
could help you get the bike back so you can still resume the training.