When it comes to bike security, there’s lots of ways of protecting what can be one of your biggest investments.
The surging popularity of e-bikes means it’s now not unusual for people to be riding around on a £5, 000 steed, and it’s inevitable we’re going to have to leave them unattended from time to time.
While a quality bike lock is essential, sometimes it’s an impractical solution – or you might want to go one step further and add an alarm and a tracker.
That’s where devices like the Alterlock come in.
Aimed at the sports bike market, but suitable for any premium bike, the Alterlock is ridiculously simple and incredibly lightweight.
It attaches to the bottle cage mounts, sitting subtly beneath the bottle cage, and it’s charged up through an USB cable which will give you plenty of battery life.
When you park up your bike, you log in towards the flawless app, slide a locking “button” at the bottom of the screen, and you’ll hear an acknowledgment. That’s it, your bike is secure.
If anyone tries to move it, or if the bike is given some sort of jolt, an alarm will sound and you’ll instantly receive a notification on your phone. Time to run back and take a look!
It gets better than that though; the Alterlock will also use WiFi and GPS to track your own bike, so if someone has charged off with it, you should be able to locate it again.
Another clever feature of the app is that it records vital information about your bike, including the frame number and a description, making it much easier to prove it’s yours once it’s recovered.
I’ve used it for a few months now, and it is just what you need for that extra bit of peace of mind. I have noticed that the alarm isn’t as loud as I expected. It’s not exactly ear-piercing, and I doubt it would put off a thief as he rides away, but coupled with the smartphone app, you won’t need to hear it to know your bike’s been pinched.
It’s also quite a pricey security solution. The device itself costs £114. 99 , which I think is fair enough because it’s a beautifully-made bit of kit and works flawlessly, but for complete use you’ll need to sign up to the service fee, which is £3. 49 per month, or £34. 99 per year.
Having said that, if you’ve just indulged yourself in a £10, 000 Pinarello, it’s quite a small price to pay.