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    Bike Tracking

    Hi Lads & Lasses,

    Having lost my last super folder to the light fingered brigade, I intend to fit some form of tracking to my GoBike once Ben from Kinetics has sorted it with Rohloff, Speed-drive Hope minis etc.
    I am on the lookout for a small hybrid GPS/GSM tracking unit that could be fitted into the frame or forks with an external aerial tucked somewhere like the hydraulic lines. Any suggestions? I don't want one of the units which velcros under the seat.
    The technology is fast getting there, but I just haven't yet found a suitably small, cylindrical shaped unit with a reasonable battery life. The technology exists, in many forms, but does anyone know of a suitable solution? Thanks!
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    I don't know if this is of any use to you?

    http://www.symmetry3.com/bicycle_tracking.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shilun
    I don't know if this is of any use to you?

    http://www.symmetry3.com/bicycle_tracking.htm
    Thanks Shilun,

    I'll get some more details off them as there are no tech specs on site & I am not sure about the " Can be tracked up to 8.5km away". If they drive it more than 6 miles away.......
    Anyway, will keep you posted.
    Thanks for the help.
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    If a handheld GPS unit can't locate itself under heavy foliage, how can any of those units work if someone takes it inside? And if when I lost my cell phone a few weeks back, and I call them and ask where it is, and they say that's not possible, how can we tap into that technology? I think it's an interesting idea, but I think any bike worth $$$ is going to have a thief that's going to find the hiding spots. And there aren't many hiding spots on a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasong
    If a handheld GPS unit can't locate itself under heavy foliage, how can any of those units work if someone takes it inside? And if when I lost my cell phone a few weeks back, and I call them and ask where it is, and they say that's not possible, how can we tap into that technology? I think it's an interesting idea, but I think any bike worth $$$ is going to have a thief that's going to find the hiding spots. And there aren't many hiding spots on a bike.
    I intend it to be internal, these units are not just an idea, they're huge business in freight/container/truck etc fields. There are also units you can give your kids so that you can pin-point their position. It is well proven technology that is in daily use.
    I know of stolen motorbikes found in steel containers on a remote farm.
    The problem I have is that no-one has, as yet, made a unit that is both small enough and the right shape to be inserted into a frame or fork member. (probably they have, but I haven't found one yet.....)
    A phone, once stolen, can be turned off, have the sim card removed & have it's IMIE changed.
    On the odd occasion that I don't fold my bike and take it with me, it is locked with the strongest D-lock on the market, in Amsterdam, I use two different super locks. If they get through these and make off with my bike, they will not have time to strip the bike down and de-activate the device because I'll be right behind them.
    I would definitely have been able to recover my stolen Birdy in Dublin if I had only gotten around to fitting a tracker. GGGGRRRR!
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