More than just a guiding light for those of us lost in an unfamiliar location, GPS technology can also help you locate a stolen bike.
An increasing number of cyclists are installing GPS trackers in their bicycles to give them an extra level of protection against theft.
However both the placement and price of these trackers can vary. Trackers in the bike's tail light are one of the most common options, with prices starting around US$50 (RM202).
On the higher end of the scale, some tail light trackers can also be powered by a hub dynamo on the wheel instead of a battery, with prices averaging around US$150 (RM608).
Coming at around US$100 (RM405), trackers concealed inside the steerer tube are another option. However, while they are better hidden, they must be reinstalled every one to two weeks to recharge the battery, which can be a nuisance.
A convenient as well as cheap interim solution could be a matchbox-sized tracker placed under the saddle. With prices starting at US$40 (RM162), this option can be easily attached and removed for charging.
The trackers typically contain a GPS transmitter, a mobile module, a battery and often a motion sensor so that an SMS can be sent when the wheel is moved.
Using geo-fencing technology, a message giving the bike's coordinates can also be sent automatically if the tracker leaves a pre-defined radius. For the necessary wireless connection of the tracker, the attachment of a prepaid SIM card is normally required. — dpa