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A good lock will prevent your bike from being stolen. But the Apple AirTag might actually be the best way to track it down.
Bike tracking devices are not new, but they all come with caveats that have prevented widespread adoption. Limited coverage, expensive subscriptions, and small networks to aid in location tracking have kept trackers from becoming a cyclist’s best friend.
Enter Apple. Yes, this Apple. Last week, the Silicon Valley giant – and maker of all kinds of handy, trendy, high-tech doodads – launched a harmless-looking coin. Called that “AirTag“This half-dollar disk promised a” private and secure way to find your most important items easily “.
According to Apple, the AirTag would leverage the immense reach and ubiquity of the Apple network – and its 100 million users – to keep an eye on lost items.
And because the AirTag is small and designed to be used in almost any way a user can think of. It wasn’t long before cyclists tried it on lost or stolen bikes.
How well does it work? And should cyclists buy this $ 29 AirTag – less than a simple padlock? Check out this video for a complete breakdown of how an AirTag can work on lost or stolen bikes.
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By Adam Ruggiero
Adam Ruggiero is a junkie for all sports – from biking, running and (not enough) surfing to ball sports, camping and ranching. If it’s outside, it’s worth it. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like emergency: ties, escalators, well-tended lawns.