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Bicycle GPS Recovery Device with Vibration Alarm & Automatic Text Alerts

Bicycle GPS Recovery Device with Vibration Alarm & Automatic Text Alerts


– Okay, guys, I’m out in the middle of the desert in California,
in Southern California here; it’s near Inyokern; beautiful place, beautiful
views of the mountains up here. And I’ve got my beautiful friend, Tom. (laughs) How’s it going, buddy? – Pretty good, how you doing? – [Man] I’m great. It’s been a long time since
we’ve seen each other, I think a couple years. – Yeah, it’s been just over two years. – [Man] I was looking
at this bike with you; you’ve still got it, and
it’s looking fantastic. I know you just cleaned it a little bit, right, for this.
– Right, right. – [Man] But how’s it working for you? – It works great, I have had
no major problems with it. – [Man] No major problems, and no one has stolen it. – No. – Right, okay, well, that’s the topic
for this, like, review. I get contacted by different
companies that say, hey, we have bike accessories,
will you review it? You know, and sometimes
I’m like, no, you know; but this one looked really, really cool. It’s called the Boomerang. It’s from, well, actually,
Boomerang is the company, and CycloTrac, I think, is the name of this device from them. So, it’s anti-theft alarm, GPS; it has motion detection, it has mapping; it gives you a lot of feedback, kind of like Strava does. And, in order to use this thing, you need bottle cage bosses. You guys know how I’m always
like, bottle cage bosses, like, check it out. Tom has bottle cage bosses,
right here on his trike; so we could mount this right
there, it would fit perfectly. They say that this is same size as one of the taller bottles; so if you have a bike that
has bottle cage bosses, specifically an electric bike, which tends to be a
little bit more expensive, it might attract some unwanted attention, this could be an awesome product for you. It comes with these
special security screws, so they have a star pattern with a little hole in the middle. And I think that’s kind of neat, it’s just an extra level
of protection, you know? And when you’re living
out here in the country, you’ve got a fence, you know, hopefully no one’s coming in. You even have some awesome dogs, – Right. – [Man] So you got a
little bit of protection. But when you ride to town, – Well, that’s where the
danger is, of course. – [Man] The game changes a little bit, doesn’t it?
– Right, right. I do chain it up to a post if I can. – [Man] Mm-hm. – Certainly put a wheel lock on it, too. But, I’ve always been a
little bit worried about it. Being a trike, it is a little unusual, and it does draw attention. – Yeah, yeah.
– So I, I like the Boomerang idea, myself. – Well, the idea is really fascinating. It weighs, like, 1/3 of a pound, so you’re add a ton of weight. It charges with microUSB. But, it has a really nice
rubber coating on the base, and on top, and I think
that’s just gonna help to dampen vibrations on this thing. The box actually says Verizon
on it, which is, you know, based on marketing and
stuff that I’ve seen, one of the better networks
to get a ton of coverage. And that’s sort of peace of mind, because this is a GPS unit, and you do actually have
to pay a monthly fee in order to use it. And, it’s about five bucks; they usually charge you quarterly, so every few months, you pay 15 bucks. The Boomerang itself is $199. If you pay $275, you get two
years worth of GPS service. Okay, so, GPS is one half of this, the other half of it is, is, kind of, that motion-detection piece
they were talking about. So it’s, sort of, deterrance: if this is one your bike, you
use an app and you arm it; and then someone moves your bike, it can, kind of, detect that movement; it start to chirp, and
it’s like, dee-dee-dee-dee, and it sends you a text alert. So, if you’re in the
coffee shop or something, maybe you’re in Walmart and
you’re getting some supplies, and you get that text message, someone out there has either bumped your bike at the bike rack, or maybe they were tampering with it, trying to steal your wheels, or maybe even take the whole bike; and you can, kind of,
come out and be like, hey, what’s the deal, you know? – Yeah, I like that
– Yeah. Yeah, hopefully it would deter them from taking further action. And again, if they do, then it updates, and you
can actually see on the GPS, that the application, that
works for iOS and Android, you can see, like, a little dot path, like, uh-oh, they’re going over to my neighbor’s house.
– Right, right. – [Man] Like, what the heck,
you know, it’s in the hay bales or something over there.
– Right, right. – [Man] So, it’s a really
neat concept, I think. You know, and, a lot of this, it’s like, just don’t be the weakest link, and it does flash, you know. You can see right now there’s this little flashing light on there. They say it can go 10 hours. It takes four to six hours to charge; but leaving it outside
in the extreme cold, or the extreme heat, you
know, this is a plastic shell, over time that might get, it’s just a little bit vulnerable. And, you actually store your
trike inside, right, Tom? – Yes, I do. – [Man] Yeah, so in your case it’s like, well, whatever, it’s gonna be inside where it’s a little bit warmer anyway, maybe a little bit more
protected from the elements. And it comes in sort of a
grayish-white color as well. So, if you didn’t want
the black, on your bike, the black looks beautiful. – [Tom] Yeah, I think it
matches the bike great, and it won’t get it the way of hed-man at all. – [Man] Yeah, an it’s real narrow, and they even, on their literature, the screws that the give
you are a little bit taller. So, the idea is, you can
still mount a bottle cage on top of that, so it’s not completely
taking up that space. And, for the people that
don’t have bottle cage bosses, they have a little bracket. So it’s like a plastic shim
kind of thing, and it clamps; so, back here, behind one of your paneers, you could clamp it to
this rack if you wanted. But, I think a lot of times the idea is, put it right there
where people can see it; they can see it flashing,
and they’re gonna be like, what the heck is that, I have
never seen something like, you know, and they just
don’t want to mess with it. – Personally, I’d like it to show. – [Man] Yeah, yeah, isn’t that interesting?
– Yeah, it is. And it says right on it, I believe it says it’s
an anti-theft device. – Yep, yep, Boomerang Anti-Theft GPS. I think a lot of the
applications are for rentals. I think they’ve been using
this at Stanford University. The company is based
in Northern California. And then they’ve got some in El Paso, right near the border with Mexico. So everyone who rents a bike, they’re like, okay, beep, you
know, and it starts tracking, and you’re like, maybe I’m
not gonna steal this bike, You know?
– Right. – [Man] And it’s parked at the rack, and, you know, I don’t know
it I’d go chasing someone into Mexico over a bike, but it’s just kind of neat that, again, you’re not the weakest link, that you’ve got some of that feedback, you can see your rides, you can even see a heat map. So, there’s Rock Electrics, they’re a bike rental
shop in Austin, Texas. – Mm-Hm. – [Man] And they’ve got, you know, a whole bunch
of bikes that they rent, and they even do tours. But, when you rent it on your own, over time, they can see, like, oh, over the course of 100 rentals, people always go to, you
know, West 6th, or something; that’s a popular a popular space, maybe we should make a
new tour in West 6th. – Right – Because that’s where
everyone gravitates towards. That’s really neat, it definitely goes beyond security, it’s a pretty high-tech device. There were a lot of questions
that I had about this thing when I was calling the company and trying to get it figured out. I’ve listed some of the other URLs because there is actually
an online app URL, then there’s the official website, then there’s the app, and what it’s called, where to
find it, that kind of stuff, just so you can get into this, because it’s still a $200 thing. And I think, I’ve sort of had
this tendency to feel like, is it a gimmick, you know, the GPS stuff? Or is it going to be really expensive? But, you know, five bucks a month, you compare that to bicycle insurance, where you’re paying 40
bucks a month or more, depending on what bikes you have. And then your bike gets stolen eventually, or something happens to
it, and you get dropped, or the insurance goes up. You know, so, I’m not
trying to be a hater; I actually use Velosurance myself, but I’d prefer to not have the bike stolen in the first place. For a while it was like, do you want to hide it in your seat post or something like that? But then aluminum kind of interferes, it’s not gonna track as well, and you kind of lose the,
you lose the visibility. – Yeah, I like the visibility, and I also like that it has
the elevation gain and loss. – [Man] Cool. – And all the mapping it
does, I think is pretty cool. So, it’s just a fun thing to have, in addition to some security. – So you might be wondering, Court, why aren’t you screwing it
onto the bike and using it, and showing it. And that is because, unfortunately, we’re in one of the regions of the country where Verizon actually
doesn’t have great coverage. This is an AT&T zone. And there’s actually an
AT&T model that they have, that’s sort of universal, and you can use it in other countries. But it’s 2G and, you know, so, this is maybe something
that you want to call on, unless you are sure you have
Verizon and it works fine. This is the model that’s the most popular. I didn’t know, you know, I don’t visit Tom frequently, and I wasn’t sure what the
mobile phone setup would be. – Right, Verizon doesn’t
work at all out here. – It just doesn’t work at all out here. And, actually, it was kind of
recognizing it a little bit, but not enough to do all
the tracking and stuff. So I might do that separately. The other thing I want to
call out about this is, you know, you may be familiar with other little tracking things. There’s something called tile that I saw at Best Buy a while back, and you put it on your keys
and it helps find your keys, your remote, or you stick it to something, and you don’t lose it. That only works within 100
feet and it requires Bluetooth, and so, that’s more like
near-field communication, versus this which is
true, like, radio GPS. Really cool. And, you know, for me, that was gonna
be one of things, like, even if you live way out
in the middle of nowhere this thing will work. And it should, again,
we just got, kind of, the wrong version for
this specific example. And I still wanted to
show Tom and, you know, the great flag, I love the flag, it’s looking good today.
– Thanks. (beep) (beep) (alarm beeping) – Okay, now, that’s how
it’s supposed to work. Right, you hear the beeping. A little bit of consideration going on, should I take this bike,
you know, what’s the deal? It’s amazingly quick to cut cable locks, the cheap cable lock that we had on this with bolt-cutters. And I was surprised, you can kind of hide it
pretty well in your pants or your jacket or whatever. That went pretty smoothly,
no one is really around here, I probably could have stolen the bike. But it definitely gave me pause, I’ve never actually stolen a real bike. It’s just a very interesting product, this whole Boomerang GPS thing. So, let’s get into the details, like, what’s the reality of this situation? What’s behind this product
and how does it work? So, not every electric bike
has bottle cage bosses, but I’m looking at the
Motiv Shadow here, and, you know, it has two pairs; I really love that, and the
Boomerang fits on either one. So you could put it
there on the seat tube, or right here on the down tube; and I think you could even flip it around in either direction, which is really nice. And you might be thinking,
gosh, I only have, you know, one pair of of bosses, what do I do then? You can actually mount a bottle cage right on top of this thing, and the screws they
give you are long enough to accommodate that. So as long as you have
a wide open triangle like we do here, it’s probably going to
be a high-step like this, or maybe a curved step-through, you should be fine. It’s a bit of an inconvenience to try to take this thing off. You do have to charge it, it
only lasts 10 hours per charge; and once it gets low, it really
just kind of stops working; and, at that point, you basically gotta bring the bike inside, or close enough to a
charging outlet to reach. Now, this, unfortunately,
this is not the correct cable; I got it mixed up, so I
want to be clear about that. But the one it comes with, I don’t remember it being that long; I mean, you know, a
couple feet or something. That’s really close, you’re
plugging it into the wall, what if the bike tips and it, you know, pulls out and breaks this thing, or just, you know, gets tangled up? That’s one area, I guess I
would like to see a longer plug, or maybe some other alternative, maybe even like magnetic charging port. This is $200, it’s kind of a lot of money, and you just, you don’t want
to get that thing damaged. At first I thought this
little charging port area was kind of messed up, and I wasn’t able to
plug into it real well, but I was just because
of this rubber seal. I love that there is kind
of a rubberized edge, so if you drop it it might
not crack the plastic; rubber on the top, where you
might mount your bottle cage; rubber on the bottom, so you’re
not gonna get a vibration. It’s really nice in that sense. You just have to be kind
of careful with that plug. And it’s not real obvious which side is up and which side is down; in fact, it might even kind of be flipped. So using the microUSB just
took a little extra care. Okay, we’re doing another test. I’ve activated the Boomerang. You can see it’s flashing red right there. We’ll move it around, Cameron’s taking it, and we’re gonna track him on the phone. Now, it didn’t beep, that
was kind of interesting; I think it’s taking a minute. You can see it’s flashing
and it’s tracking. (alarm beeps) There we go, now it
knows it’s been stolen. See that’s what I mean, there’s a little bit of, like, there’s a little bit of, you know, room for tightening this up, and maybe it’s just the pinging. He’s gonna go ride. There it is, the bike’s been stolen. And now we’re gonna say, find bike. And you already start to see the dots appearing. So it’s not, like, a line or dashes or anything,
but, oh, there it is, see the second one come up? That’s kind of cool. And then, I think you sort of have to, I suppose you just zoom in on it, and figure out where on the map that was, and then copy and paste
it into some other, whoa, look at that, (laughs) he’s going around the block or something. Copy and paste it into
some other application, like Google Maps or Ways
or Apple Maps or something, and then you could hop in your
car and try to hunt it down. As it stands, I don’t
think this map shows me, like, where I am relative
to the other things. So I feel like you’d have to switch back an forth between apps. It’d be kind of cool if they’d show, like, here’s the phone, because, remember, I am, like, right here; I’m, like, back where we started. And now Cam’s way, he’s way out there now. And all my stats are messed up right now. You can see today I’ve gone 266
miles according to this app, but that’s because I had the tracking on
(tires screech) Oh, yeah. Nice, dude, it worked out, check this out, I can show you the little dots. I closed the screen so
there are only three, but, – Oh, right on. – You can kind of see where it is. I as just talking about how it would be nice to see where
I am, like, where my phone is, so I could see how close I am. They said this tracks to within nine feet. So, you know, if it’s
within someone’s back yard, you’ve got kind of a nine square feet. So, yeah, you can see that the stats are a little bit off here, the calories and the carb, and that’s because I had
it on auto start here. So if I go into the settings, right here, and then I say, auto start, I gonna turn that to off, and that will make it, there we go. So that the things isn’t
just tracking the whole time. And it’s nice that that can
only be controlled by me, I don’t think that has anything to do with the Boomerang itself; even if it’s reset, it’s still tied to me and my phone. So, you have been
instrumental in this review. I really appreciate the time, lending your bikes to test this, and doing some excellent
camera work there, I appreciate that. So, you know, we’ve got the
Boomerang here in front of us. It’s really interesting. Did the little demo a minute ago, where, you know, there’s
the fake bike theft, what does that feel like, the criminal is potentially taking it, it’s beeping a little bit. This is certainly something that I am not used to seeing
on bikes at the bike rack. But how does it actually
perform in practice? Like, that’s a big question
mark for me, because, you know, there’s this
big button right on top, like, this big rubber button,
and you’re like, you know, what is that? It’s right on the top next to
all these blinking LED lights. By the way, that means it’s
being tracked right now, that little bullseye. Well, it’s a reset button. So, if you were a savvy thief,
and you knew what this was, you could just come up to this, press the reset button like that; now the alarm is not gonna go off, like, you could take the bike. (both laugh) And there’s also another
reset button on the side, right there where you charge it. I’m gonna try to peel, this thing is kind of a pain, now, there’s one beep, because it’s resetting. A little microUSB, they
should have put that, the on/off reset switch stuff,
that should be on the bottom. By the way, there isn’t an
on/off switch on this thing, it’s always tracking, and I think that’s part
of the beauty of it. Even if someone reset this, they took your bike, without you getting the text notification, without any beeping happening, it would still be tracking
in the background. It gives them more time to
run over to Harbor Freight and buy a star wrench and take this off and throw it in the bushes or something. But, you know, it kind of defeats part A, right? The first thing is, it’s
got a motion detector, it’s an alarm, it texts you, awesome. And then the other part is is had a radio, wireless Verizon signal; and it tracks it, you can hunt it down. And that’s cool, you
really can’t turn it off, that’s always gonna be happening. I guess, coming back to
that first piece, the alarm, in practice, like, I haven’t actually used this to commute, using a bike rack or something, but bikes get bumped all the
time at the bike rack. You know, you got your bike parked there and someone’s like, oops, and then it’s like, beep, and you’re in class and
you’re like, oh, man, my bike’s getting stolen. That isn’t the best feeling in the world. And then, after a couple
of times of that happening, you’re like, you know, oh, it’s a false alarm, no worries, don’t worry about it, it’s just someone bumped it at the rack, and then that’s the one day that your bike – It gets stolen.
– Actually gets stolen. And, you know, it’s like, this thing happens to beep, and then you gotta be, like, resetting it and re-locking it, because it only does once, and then the beeping, as you
saw with the little demo skit, it beeps for a couple
seconds and then that’s it. That’s it, so, those are some of the areas
of possible improvement. Do most thieves know what this is? Probably not. Are they going to choose another bike that’s not beeping and stuff. Probably.
– Probably. – That’s all great. But, you know, this is $200, and you’re spending
monthly to get the service. I’d definitely like to see them improve, put the reset button on the bottom, so the thief has to unscrew
it to hit the reset. That kind of stuff. And even some of the tracking,
it’s just a little wonky. This thing sends out, like, a ping, where it’s like, here I am. Okay, you’re safe, here I am, and it’s like every, I don’t know, half-a-minute or a minute
of something like that. It’s not super immediate, so
even when I arm this thing, you know, if I get the app going, and now I’m gonna go back
here and say, set alarm. So, notice that whole time that we’re talking about this
thing, messing around with it, the alarm was set. It’s just, it had already went off, so now it’s like, oh, it went off, that’s, good luck with that. So, set alarm, slide to activate, whoop, there we go. And now, we’re just gonna look
at this for a minute here. See how there’s, like, a
yellow light on the gear; we’re waiting for a
red light on that lock. So, imagine you’re locking your bike, you’re at the bike lock,
you’re fumbling around with it, it’s all locked, you’re getting ready to go
to class or work or whatever, you’re waiting, and you’re waiting, you’re
waiting for it to lock. (laughs) It’s just kind of like, you know, I’m not trying
to hate on these guys, I think it’s because the signal needs to go up and come back. And, to be fair, this isn’t one of those
cheaper systems where it’s Bluetooth and it
relies on crowd sourcing and all this stuff, you have to be within 20 feet or whatever. With this you’re good. As long as you have Verizon coverage, or whatever, because they have
the international version, you’re good. But it still hasn’t happened, the lock still hasn’t tuned red, so you’re like, is it working,
am I low on the battery? There, it just turned red, it just turned. So that’s how long it takes, at least, because I might have set it
halfway through a cycle, too, the up and down cycle. (beeping) There we go, we set the alarm off. We set the alarm off, let’s listen to it for a second. Okay, that’s it, that’s the full alarm. Now let’s get the phone. Look at that, you’re bike is being stolen as you read this. That’s an awesome message
to be honest with you. You know, again, you’re
in work, and you’re like, something’s happening. But I think that it’s really
just gonna go off all the time at the bike rack, unless you park completely alone, and there’s no wind, and there’s no branches
bumping the bike rack. Like, I get it, again, this is not hating on the product, it’s just, there’s a real conundrum. You need it to be sensitive enough that a thief is like, whoa,
whoa, what’s happening? But you don’t want it to be so sensitive that it goes off all the time either. How do you differentiate
between just normal vibrations. Maybe a truck goes by, like that annoying situation
when you live in an apartment and car alarms are constantly going off. That happens all the time in New York. Yeah, so this suffers
from that same thing. I guess I have to deactivate it and then activate it again. Like, let’s say I look out the window, I’m like, oh, my bike’s still there. I deactivate it, I activate it. I feel like you’re gonna
be doing that a lot. So that’s another area
of possible improvement for this thing. You know, and again, the size
was another question mark. I think the first time
we saw it, it was like, wow, that’s huge, like, what’s going on with this thing? I wanted to see what was inside, and then I brought it
to Cam and he was like, what’s inside that thing? So,
– Yeah. – [Court] Why don’t we
find out, you wanna help? We’ll take this thing apart.
– Yeah, let’s do that. – [Court] Let’s do that. And, while he’s unscrewing
it, this is the app. Okay, so, we’re already logged it, it just uses your last name
and then your phone number, so that’s cool. And then in the middle we got Google Maps. And, you know, this week,
how much have we used it. How far have you gone. Your last trips, I’ve done
a whole bunch of trips, because I’ve been driving with this thing. Kind off messing it up. It’d be nice if that button there was more of a, I’m
going for a ride, click; I’m done with the ride, you know? I’m driving to my aunts house; I don’t want it to record that stuff and mess up all my stats,
because the stats are cool. Go under the trips here,
and we can click on it, and, you know, it shows the
miles and everything in here. I think this is, this
might have been today. Speed, elevation, battery. If we go to this little icon right here, from the homepage, and grab this little thing here, and we just create a little
circular map or whatever, like this. And this is really cool, because if you have rental program, you’re like, people shouldn’t go outside of this zone, and if they do, I want
to get a notification, I want to know if one of
our bikes is walking away. Or if someone’s having an emergency, we should check in on them. Those are all really cool features, and I feel like there’s the start of something really special here. I know these guys are gonna
fix some of the minor things, and dial it in even more. And, you know, even if there are some inconveniences, or just
the false alarms and stuff, maybe they give you some more
controls, where you’re like, look guys, I don’t like, maybe there’s a way, unfortunately, like, you have to set a little geo-fence every time you park the bike; but that would be a cool way to do it, where you’re like, I
don’t want to be notified if the bike gets bumped at the bike rack, but I do want to be notified if it goes, like, one
foot in any direction; then if it’s beeping, I’m like, cool, definitely getting stolen. It’s not gonna deter the thief, because they’ve already cut the lock and they’re already going. And that’s the other thing about this, it’s like, this is really
more of a deterrent, I think, than anything. What are you gonna do when
someone steals the bike, and now you’re like, well, I’ve never been to this
part of Compton or wherever, and you’re heading down and
it’s, like, rough-looking, you know, then you get stabbed
over your bike, you know. I’m just, speaking from my own experience, I would maybe talk to the police, but I’ve talked to the police before, and they’re like, good luck with that. Maybe if you had a GPS on your bike they’d be more willing to go with you. Have you experienced that? Have you ever had a bike stolen, Cameron? – I have never had a bike stolen, but I’ve actually had
customers have bikes stolen. And we try to do as much as we can to get those bikes back. For example, on electric
bikes there’s a charger. So when you steal a bike,
you don’t have a charger. – [Court] Yeah. – So we’ll get random phone calls, hey, do you have a 40-volt charger? Well, what happened to yours? Um, I lost it. Oh, okay, cool, you
know, where’d you buy it? Um, I don’t know. Alright, well, yeah, go to one of my dealers, and you’ll be able to get a charger. – [Court] They’ve got some
nice bracelets to give you. – So, I think, I want to say, two months ago, there was a bike purchaser named Sam, and the bike was stolen from a customer, and he ended up finding it on an app. – [Court] Oh. – And, basically, we sent the
information to the police, and the customer got their bike back. – [Court] Did they actually? The police did it.
– The police did it. – It take it back. Police, great job. Like, maybe, maybe this
isn’t New York or something, I was hearing about,
they didn’t want to help. – Right, but we did spoonfeed them; we gave them all the information, you know, all the contacts. So once they got all that
information, they went, so, – Awesome, okay.
– No, it’s great. Don’t get me wrong, I hate stolen bikes, and this is a product that will
deter that, which is great. But, you know, there’s
only so much you can do, and this is a great deterant. – [Court] Okay, well, now we’re inside. And it looks like they just got a really long piece of PCV, you
know, printed circuit board. Maybe, I don’t see an antenna
going the length of the board. Like, and that was my first thought, was maybe it needs to be long
because there’s a big antenna. Like, on a lot of phones, I
think it’s like the top portion of the phone, like, right along here, in a lot of cases. This is their battery. You only get those 10 hours. Again, there’s really
no off switch, and so it’s constantly needing to be recharged, like, every day. And then if you leave it
uncharged for a long, long time, it kind of resets the thing, so that, it’s not as
convenient in that way. Like, you really need to
pay attention to this thing. If you just put it in a drawer, I get the feeling it might stop. Hey, that might be the GPS. – [Cameron] Yeah, that looks
like the GPS system there. – At the top.
– Right. – [Court] In the future, it’s like, just get a smaller board, and, like, pack this stuff in. I get, the battery, so
it’s like, you know. – [Cameron] You at least need, you know, you at least need this much. – [Court] Yeah, you
could, maybe, half this. – [Cameron] Right. – [Court] If you’re really aggressive. And, you know, they gotta keep the price
down and stuff, too. P.S. if you are working
with this, be careful not to have, like, the
electrostatic discharge touching the electronics. There’s the little, the microUSB, there’s the battery connection. One point, oh, 5.18 watt-hours,
is that what that says? 3.7 volts, 400 milliamp-hours. Yeah, I don’t know, what’s
this thing on the bottom? Maybe that’s part of the antenna. I think it’s a neat concept, and it’s fun to see, like,
what happening in this space. It came with pretty good instructions, but I had no idea about this portal until I really started working with it, I didn’t realize they had a separate site. It makes a lot of sense. And I think, I don’t know, do you have any thoughts about this thing? As just a third party? – I like the concept of it. It’s really cool to have a GPS system that you can put on your bike. – [Court] Yeah. – If you are in an area
where you do leave your bike, personally, when I ride my bike, I’m always looking at it; I have line of sight, restaurant. If I don’t have line of sight, I’m not gonna stay there. – [Court] Yeah. You have nice bikes, too. – Right, so that’s, you know, one of the, – [Court] And I think
that’s the biggest takeaway: Will this, this definitely puts
you above the weakest link, and that in and of itself is a lot. I love the direction this is going, I love that its a real GPS, that it has pretty good coverage. And, you know, we’ll look for, maybe, some
of the user-experience pieces to improve in the future. For the full write up on this, I’ll see you back at the
electricbikereview.com. If you’ve heard of
another product like this that you really like, feel free to chime in if you
have some other thoughts. Maybe I’m missing something. I’ve tried to be thorough with this because it is a little bit more technical. I didn’t find a lot of
information out there before I got this myself. So, again, Cameron, I really
appreciate you diving into this – Thank you.
– With me. And we’ll see you next time.
– Yeah, likewise.


Reader Comments

  1. Nice – hadn't heard of this product. Any more inconspicuous gps locator alternatives? I would prefer something that hides more easily but comes with a sticker. As a thief if I saw a sticker but didn't see anything I wouldn't waste too much time or take a chance, and I'd just move on to my next target.

  2. No tech savvy thief needed.
    Step 1: cut off the chain/bike lock.
    Step 2: hammer out the POS GPS.
    Step 3: ride away.

    I remember seen somewhere a GPS for bikes with a tubular design, you toss it into the bike frame and tighten with a internal screw. It charged with wireless charger. If I find it again I'll post it. I'd rather have a GPS that the thief won't see and break it off the bike than somethings with leds lights and beeps and plastic casing with buttons to be reset by anyone. High cost + monthly subscription.
    Regardless of the fact that even if you find where your stolen bike is, you'll still have to fight for it.

  3. I have this product and I can tell you it's the best peace of mind you can have for your bike. Especially when ebikes are so expensive. You do not have to keep charging it every 10 hours. That's only if you wanna unlock full tracking mode that records all your data in real time. The most common mode is "sleep mode" or active when unlocked. In real life daily use you only have to charge it once a week for everyday riding.
    The arming is a slight delay but it's not a problem since you arm it when you get off the bike and it gives you enough time to lock it up and walk away. There is suppose to be a geo-fence option but the software is still in progress. Overall I would highly recommend this for anyone who has a bike and wanted security. If a thief sees a rack full of bikes, your ebike will the one targeted. For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can't go wrong.

  4. I own a Boomerang Cyclotrac and glad I have it as well as my Velosurance policy. A $3,000 bike is too easily lost and I've fallen victim to bike theft in the past. You state it only lasts 10 hours on a charge but that's when actively tracking your ride (or theft) in standby the battery lasts for weeks. I can charge the Cyclotrac right from my ebike's USB battery port so it really not a big deal for me.

  5. Nice review as always court .but this is an extremely poor product for your youtube channel,(my fav by the way)a mini gps tracker thats used with car,motobikes that uses a sim card (from any network) is a far better option for only round $40 also it can be wired into the ebike battery so it wont go flat,they also have movement sensors that alerts the uses as well as having a programmable geo fence option as well as being a 1/3 size of a cellphone so easily hidden.I dont know why this product is so big and bulky and been designed to be so easily damaged.The name is well suited as it will come back and bite the company for designing such an obsolete product.
    I really liked your prius/camping review as it shows your dedication towards the industry
    Sorry bout the rant but this fast growing industry and consumers are being duped with this inferior product and deserve better.

  6. I wonder if it can be charged by the micro usb ports that are on most ebikes. Perhaps while the main battery is being charged?

  7. Hey Court, you should check the connected pedal : http://connectedcycle.com/pedal.html
    You don't need to charge it and it's harder to disable or take apart.

  8. Court ;; EXCELLENT & CONCISE review ( as usual ) but for the price and cons of the devices battery life i'll continue to shop for other choices~

  9. Ridiculously large, ridiculously noticeable. Would take a thief less than 5 seconds to break it off and be on their way. Tracking should be hidden. Have to recharge or it dies in 10 hours? Sorry, but this one is worthless for me. Then you have to pay monthly. And it's close to 200? No.. For an alarm, get an actual motorcycle alarm, add 12v converter, and still have money left over for what you'd pay for that.

    When you can get 3 gps trackers that take watch batteries for 19.99 small enough to fit on a keychain, with no monthly fee, this solution makes no sense.

  10. It's an excellent Idea. You should use your bike battery to charge the security unit itself. Probably would be a lot easier then removing the unit.

  11. These are two trackers that I'm considering:
    1. Spot Trace pros: real gps, shaped like an old time pager, sort of concelable as long as the units view of the sky isn't obstructed by metal. Cons: needs to see the sky, $99 unit cost and $99 for a year of sat service.
    2. Iota Tracker pros: smaller than an old time pager and very conceilable
    Cons: is rf based with a base unit that gets about 3 miles range and the tracker itself. The company is counting on selling a lot of units per city because the more base units that are plugged in the larger the sevice area will be. I'll wait to see if more units get plugged in in my area before I'll spend $149 on one of these.

  12. Is there a feature to have it track once every 10 minutes to save battery instead of every 4 seconds or nothing? This is needed if it gets stolen while you were asleep without track mode on. Let's say you lock it up in your garage and your family leaves the garage door open overnight. By the time you wake up the thief has already got it home, found it, and smashed it to pieces.

  13. Boomerang GPS CycloTrac customers have been very satisfied with the peace of mind from having the alarm tracker on their bikes. The San Jose Police were confident enough to use them in a sting operation in a high bike theft area in downtown San Jose this past summer. Typically 30 bikes a month are stolen there. The results after equipping the bikes over a month were zero Boomerang CycloTrac's were stolen. The detective's conclusion was the blinking activation lights and periodic beeps discouraged the thieves to move onto easier prey. The police tell us consistently to do anything you can to make it harder to take your bike. The story is here: https://boomerangbike.com/boomerang-gps-cyclotrac-used-in-san-jose-bike-theft-sting-operations-had-unexpected-results/

  14. I am looking for a GPS tracker for a bike, but this looks junk. It's only plastic and is clearly visible. All a thief would have to do is hit it with a lump hammer and the thing would be shot. Would only take a second. Being plastic they could even melt it with a blow torch, which would not create any movement and not even set the alarm off. Plus being clearly visible, even if it was metal they would only have to drill out the fixings. Something like a tungsten carbide bit on a high speed rotary tool would just rip through any fixing. A GPS needs to be concealed if you are to have any hope of getting your bike back. Does anyone know of any decent GPS devices that actually work? Most of the reviews for these products are terrible.

  15. Is the casing strong enough to survive a hammer hit?If a thief cant get rid of alarm he can simply hammer hard on it.

  16. "Maybe i don't wonna steal that bike."  (make believe thief)
     Maybe I wonna break that stupid looking thingy off and take your bike anyway. ( real life thief)
    WTF who need GPS that can be removed off your bike faster then any lock. 2 fucking open screws. What a waste of $155. Idiots

  17. Maybe the alarm isn't so important. If you can deactivate it but every 5min or so you can locate the bike to make sure it is still in place? Ocassionaly
    enabling he alarm as secondary protection.

  18. Shouldn't they have videos of people trying to defeat this device the way they would a lock? If they have an angle grinder or cutters for the lock, couldn't they just grind away or cut the device itself?

  19. This is the most useless product I've ever seen. 10hr battery yet screwed to the bike. Really obvious tracker. Even beeps to warn the thief there's a tracker, but not a proper alarm to cause them a problem. Terrible, terrible design.

  20. Best place to put a tracker is in the down tube, a long flexible tube with electronics bend in each pes push in and then install bottom bracket. So this way you take things apart. But I I haven't seen something like that yet, only for handle bar but I haven't seen a pro ler solution yet

  21. I don't think it would take extreme weather that well, I could not see any seal/grommet, or withstand a high speed impact. This is pointless for knownlagable thieves.

  22. Is it hammer proof? Or bolt cutter proof? I mean if you're cutting off a chain or steel cord why not use the same tool to silence or destroy that alarm? Or simply muffle it with some fabric wrapped around the thing? Or ignore the alarm as you ride off with a stolen bike until you can disarm it?

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