There’s no doubt that cycling will play a big part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, but one of the negatives about cycling is that bikes are easy to steal. Sure, you can use a bike lock, but most won’t stand up to a hacksaw or bolt cutters.
GPS tracking devices have been fitted to cars for some years now, but until recently it was not possible to fit them to bikes. The SpyBike, from Integrated Trackers in the UK, fixes that, with a complete SMS-controlled GPS tracker that fits inside the steerer tube and looks like a standard headset cap. It uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery to power the unit and is motion activated. Provided you remember to turn the unit off when you’re riding the bike, the battery will run for several months.
When the unit is turned on by the discrete remote, it starts uploading its location to the free online tracking service as soon as it is moved. If the unit loses GPS lock, it will use GSM signals to provide an approximate location until it can get a GPS lock. The SpyBike is a quad-band GSM device and works anywhere in the world. All you need to do is install an active SIM card, fit the tracker to your bike, turn it on and configure it via SMS. The tracker comes complete with battery and charger and has a 12-month warranty.
RRP: UK￡97.35. For more information or to buy direct, go to www.integratedtrackers.com