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Another great question from one of our local customers:

Hi Dana! Happy Sunday! Wanted to ask if you knew if a bike/trike could be chipped (maybe like LoJack)? If so, do you know how much it costs? Do you think it’s a worthwhile investment? Thanks, Lisa.

Hi Lisa,

This is a great question, but unfortunately I do not have a great answer.

In the past year, a few different manufacturers have released models on the market that have moved away from looking like large, obvious boxes on your bike to normal bicycle components. They can look like lights, seat posts, or fit in your handlebar or headset. They all seem to cost around $125ish. Some come with a subscription, some require that you purchase a subscription. I have not tried any of them (but would love to), so I cannot speak to how well they work.

I can tell you that products like Tile and Trackr are NOT good GPS trackers. They are Bluetooth units and only work if the unit (bike) is in Bluetooth range of your phone. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE my Tiles. As a constant looser of keys, wallets, etc., the Tile makes it easy to relocate it when it is just around the house. If I left my wallet at work, and I am at home, it will tell me the last place I left it when it was in range of my phone. But it will NOT GPS track as a thief moves my Tile around. If I leave my keys at work and Kate grabs them to drop off at my house on her way home, I will not know where they are.

I hope that is helpful. I CC’d Kate since you included her in this conversation and to remind her not to try bringing my keys home. 🙂

Have a great night.