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Old 07-23-16, 11:41 PM
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Boomerang bike tracker

Went to an event today and this was on display.

http://boomerangbike.com/

It tracks your bike, gives you stats and provides an alarm.

It attaches to a monthly service to access the app and tracking. It was pretty light but seems like it might clash with your frame.

The sales guy said it was most popular on cheaper bikes for people who,use bike for transport. The pricey bike people care less about the $$$.

Would you get one?
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Old 07-24-16, 12:25 AM
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The thing costs $250 up front, plus $60 per year for service, and the sales guy said it was "popular on cheaper bikes"? The alarm costs more than my "cheaper bikes" are worth.

I wouldn't consider one unless the price came down considerably.
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If I was a bike only transportation rider, it would make more sense. But I have a car so that is my backup plan.

We have a lot of those and there are lots of areas where transit access sucks unless you have time to walk 3/4 of a mile or more on either end.
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I wouldn't consider one ...
Took the words right out of my mouth.
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...there are lots of areas where transit access sucks...
Assuming "408" refers to your area code... Yes, transit there sucks. I *hated* commuting there.
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Stated to be "anti-theft" but advises on its main page to just "arm the device and walk away", though it does advise using a good lock in some of the other pages.

It seems to me that this device won't inhibit theft much. Alarms won't stop someone from throwing it into the back of a pickup and fleeing. Perhaps the value is related to the potential recovery; however, given that it takes just a few minutes to remove the device and ditch it, will it really work?

Also, the price is higher than my investment in my favorite bike, which I use as a daily commuter.

Bottom line: Costly gimmick of doubtful worth.

They present no testing info and offer no guarantee (yeah, I know these are generally worthless).
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So I did see in the FAQ that they use anti-tamper screws to mount it, which is okay- if you don't rotate among your stable (if you are lucky enough for n+1).

What I didn't see was any claims to weather/water resistance.

Yet another gadget that did not make it to my wish list.
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Assuming "408" refers to your area code... Yes, transit there sucks. I *hated* commuting there.
No longer live in the 408. Now I am a "transit friendly" spot - Oakland. But there are some weird pockets of transit stupidity. Few buses run east / west. I have a friend who lives 2 miles northeast. Taking transit would require 2 buses and 10-15 minute walk on each side. Illogical! And for her to transit to the grocery store there is no useful bus to get to any of the ones nearby (1-1.5 miles) so you have to walk!
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I know the neighborhood -- I used to live in Alameda and worked in Emeryville. I totally get what you mean by pockets of transit stupidity! It seems most of the Bay Area isn't all that great when it comes to local public transit. Coverage seems concentrated mostly on commuter routes ...unless you're commuting into the 408 area code. The lack of decent mass transit into Silicon Valley is a major public planning fail decades in the making.
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