Thwart Bicycle Thieves With a Solar-Powered Lock

In Northern California, bike theft has become a major problem, and a number of companies have come up with high-tech solutions to fight it.
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In Northern California, bike theft has become a major problem, and a number of companies have come up with high-tech solutions to fight it.

With security cameras everywhere and so many people filming everything on their smartphones, it’s hard to imagine anyone who would be willing to commit a theft these days. If you steal something, it could wind up all over YouTube before you know it.

Yet it’s still a heck of a lot easier to steal a bicycle than a car. In Northern California, bike theft has become a major problem, and a number of companies have come up with high-tech solutions to fight it, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

This summer, Skylock plans to launch their “solar-powered U-lock that opens automatically via a Bluetooth link with your phone when you approach your bike,” Bicycling.com reports. But the price of protection won’t come cheap. Skylock says it’s taking preorders for $159 and that it will retail for $249. They defend the price tag here.

Other options? FlyKly’s app allows you to lock their Smart Wheel. And if your bike does get pinched, it’s possible “to track the person using you bike so you and your Smart Wheel will soon be reunited,” FlyKly explains on their site.

In addition, Wi-MM created a bike alarm called the Bike+ that is built into your water bottle holder, the San Jose Mercury News reports. If someone tries to steal your bike, an alarm will sound off and you’ll get a text message. 

The Bike+ can also track your bike through GPS and Verizon, and if you’re in the zone of a Verizon tower, your bike can be located. Five bikes have been recovered so far with the technology, according to the San Jose Mercury News. In the age of texting and GPS, bike theft will hopefully be harder to pull off in the future.

Top photo courtesy of Skylock