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Old 04-09-18, 12:58 PM
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Bike theft alarms

I hope this question belongs here...

After having yet, another bike stolen from me (with entire load), I've decided to get some type of theft alarm for my latest bike. I live on my bike and can't afford to keep replacing my stuff. I scanned thru some of the site which Google brought up. I'm wondering if any of you have experience with any alarms which are NOT stupid phone operated? Meaning, regular battery alarms or key, or whatever. Any and all input is appreciated.
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Old 04-09-18, 01:13 PM
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I have no experience with them but they make a GPS tracking chip you can put in your bike. They put the little "pod" in your handlebars, seat tube where ever you like and your bike can be tracked if stolen. That is the only one I am aware of.
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Old 04-09-18, 06:16 PM
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GPS requires technology. I'm simple. From my scanning, there's a wide variety out there.
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I have no experience with them but they make a GPS tracking chip you can put in your bike. They put the little "pod" in your handlebars, seat tube where ever you like and your bike can be tracked if stolen. That is the only one I am aware of.
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I've not investigated too far into bike alarms, and only know of this one on amazon.

Having never been a victim of bike thieves, I have to question the circumstances. Were locks used and compromised? How long was it left unattended? Where?

I'd imagine an alarm only being a partial deterrent to a thief. Multiple combinations of preventative tactics and gear go a long way, but nothing can 100% defeat a determined low life in a the wild.

Sorry for your loss. Hope you figure out a better solution for the future.
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There are those little battery powered home alarms for windows and doors. I dont know how loud they are, so they may not deter anyone, but maybe they could be of use? One half on the inside of a crank arm and the other half on the chain stay and line them up and turn on when you park the bike? If anyone moves the crank then the alarm goes off? Just a random thought.
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I built one with an accelerometer, arduino micro and long range LoRaWAN chip.

It was fun, but kind of opposite of "simple tech" the OP wants.

If it's bumped, it triggers an alarm on an app I wrote.
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Originally Posted by travelinhobo View Post
I hope this question belongs here...

After having yet, another bike stolen from me (with entire load), I've decided to get some type of theft alarm for my latest bike. I live on my bike and can't afford to keep replacing my stuff. I scanned thru some of the site which Google brought up. I'm wondering if any of you have experience with any alarms which are NOT stupid phone operated? Meaning, regular battery alarms or key, or whatever. Any and all input is appreciated.
Really sorry for your loss.

Unfortunately, I have nothing to contribute to your specific question. Two things, however. (1) I doubt that a bike alarm will deter a professional thief -- they'd probably just disable the device. (2) Casual thieves are less likely to be able to break open high quality locks. Kryptonite offers a significant "insurance" (up to $5000) covering your bike (albeit not your possessions...). Seems to be a more cost effective alternative.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
I built one with an accelerometer, arduino micro and long range LoRaWAN chip.

It was fun, but kind of opposite of "simple tech" the OP wants.

If it's bumped, it triggers an alarm on an app I wrote.
I teach robotics and have a couple of kids that would LOVE that idea.
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Old 04-15-18, 05:02 PM
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Having never been a victim of bike thieves, I have to question the circumstances. Were locks used and compromised? How long was it left unattended? Where?

Well, I suppose the best solution (for you) would be to leave the bike behind and get into a gas-guzzling, non-eco friendly vehicle. How long it was sitting there has absolutely no bearing on anything. I can't even figure out what you're thinking there. As for the proverbial question which you dared ask, I'm letting that go. I'm so sick of people asking that question when it too, has no bearing on the fact that theft is theft whether or not something is locked down or cemented to the planet.
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Or leave your bike & gear, some where secure and rent a bike , to see the city you are visiting, on your bike tour , minus all your kit.
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3speed - while the idea sounds good, it actually isn't. If you have to pedal away for it to go off, what happens whne the thief walks away with it, thus the pedal doesn't move??

f4rrest - but has it been tested by a real thief???

gauvins - if alarms don't deter theft, what's up with all this noise the car industry is now inundating us with when these car owners park their cars and force that 2 beep on us as they walk away?? Everyone knows that if a car is broken into and the alarm goes off, nobody turns their head!! I'm willing to spend the money and get the alarm just so I can piss those drivers off by beeping my bike alarm on!
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3 speed - while that sounds like a good idea, if the thief walks away with the bike, the crank arm may not move. It would only move if pedalled or bumped. Granted, most bike thieves probably ride away, but some not.

f4rrest - have you tested it out on a real thief??? I'm actually at the point that I think since my 2 locked up bikes were stolen, I'm just not gonna lock this one up at all. If they steal it locked up, they'll take one look at the lack of the challenge and walk away from it since there would be no lock on it!

And by the way, this brings up the following question: I'm a quiet person. I like quiet. I really like quiet. I've noticed how noisy this country's become in the past few years, the latest addition contributed by the car industry with these ridiculously loud and irritating car alarms that beep twice when you press the super duper magic button on your key ring. Can anyone explain to me the point of having that alarm on your car when you know darn well that should someone break into your car and it goes off, NOBODY is going to turn there head to even look???? Therefore, in answer to the person above who said an alarm won't deter the,
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At some point if theft is such an issue, you either stop frequenting those locations or I think the only strategy left is to have the ugliest bike on the rack. Then a simple u lock and be done.
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Originally Posted by travelinhobo View Post
Having never been a victim of bike thieves, I have to question the circumstances. Were locks used and compromised? How long was it left unattended? Where?

Well, I suppose the best solution (for you) would be to leave the bike behind and get into a gas-guzzling, non-eco friendly vehicle. How long it was sitting there has absolutely no bearing on anything. I can't even figure out what you're thinking there. As for the proverbial question which you dared ask, I'm letting that go. I'm so sick of people asking that question when it too, has no bearing on the fact that theft is theft whether or not something is locked down or cemented to the planet.
I'm sorry you take offense to my empathetic response to your situation. My comment wasn't insinuating what happened to you was by any means your own fault. It sucks what happened, I get it, and again, I'm sorry for your loss. And sorry my input doesn't help you in any way, or prevent a reoccurrence.

But then I'm left to wonder...Your a quiet guy. Like quiet. Mock the use of car alarms, yet seek out similar tech for your bicycle? I'll walk away confused, and hope you find a solution and peace of mind.
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Originally Posted by travelinhobo View Post
Having never been a victim of bike thieves, I have to question the circumstances. Were locks used and compromised? How long was it left unattended? Where?

Well, I suppose the best solution (for you) would be to leave the bike behind and get into a gas-guzzling, non-eco friendly vehicle. How long it was sitting there has absolutely no bearing on anything. I can't even figure out what you're thinking there. As for the proverbial question which you dared ask, I'm letting that go. I'm so sick of people asking that question when it too, has no bearing on the fact that theft is theft whether or not something is locked down or cemented to the planet.
Ease up, those were valid questions. Stop fooling around with gadgets and just ugly up that bike! Ugly, worn out paint augmented with black or ugly green spray paint, lots of overspray, torn seat, milk crate for a basket. Mismatched wheels (oh the horror). Non-matching streamers. Go nuts. Heck, these days you can buy spray paint that emulates RUST. Of all things.

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