Best GPS Bike Trackers and Smart Locks

Find and compare the best bicycle tracking devices and locks. Fight theft, get sent an alarm alert, and increase your bike security.

The Internet of Things is making a new breed of gear available to tech-savvy cyclists.

Anti-theft devices track a bike's location and send alerts if it leaves a designated area, while smart bike locks can be opened without a physical key and allow several riders to share access to a single bike. Many of these devices offer additional features like ride analytics and crash alerts.

The following Channel Guide will help you:

  • Determine which connectivity type you need for best tracking and coverage (WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, or GSM Cellular)
  • Get app reviews, and see if the lock can work with your Android or iPhone.
  • Filter based on monthly fees, or if the lock or tracking device has additional social or safety features.


Off-the-Shelf Smart Bike Locks

Digital bike security is available in a variety of forms, from smart accessories and U-locks to bikes with GPS trackers built right into the frame. Here are some options available on the retail market.

BitLock

"Go Keyless "

Highlights

  • Access Sharing
  • Backup Combo Code (Bluetooth 4 Connectivity)
  • 5-Year Battery Life (10,000 lock/unlock operations)
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Pricing & reviews

Apps

Download2

Download3.5

Noke U-Lock

Highlights

  • Access Control (Time, Location, Duration)
  • Audio Alarm (If someone enters an incorrect quick-click code more than four times, a shrieking alarm will sound)
  • Quick Clcik backup access (A unique combination of short and long clicks on the end cap set when you purchase lock)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 w/ 5 years standard battery life
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Apps

Download3

Download4

User & Technical

Pre-Order & Crowdfunded

The market for smart bike accessories is rife with innovation, and many promising gadgets are launched via crowdfunding and pre-order campaigns. If the feature set you need isn't available yet, you may be able to support a project that will deliver it soon.

Mobiloc

$129.99 "Designed and tested to be the smartest lock on the streets, Mobiloc® secures your mobile property so you have peace of mind. Its built-in...

SkyLock

$179 SkyLock "Skylock is a smart bike lock that connects to your smartphone to provide keyless entry, theft detection, crash alerts and more."

Linka

"With LINKA's revolutionary Auto-Unlock feature, you no longer have to pull out your keys or fidget with a bulky lock. As you approach your bike,...

Additional

Questionable / Defunct


Tracker

Bluetooth and Cellular Bike Tracking Devices

The Cricket

"THE CRICKET Your Extra Sense"

Highlights

  • Replaceable CR2032 coin cell battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (Range of up to 150 feet (50 meters)
  • Cricket becomes a beacon that alerts all other Cricket users in the area if bike is stolen
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Pricing & reviews

Apps

Download

Download2.5

User & Technical

Additional:

GPS embedded in lights

Bluetooth Trackers

GPS Tracker not initially intended for bicycles

Pre-Order / Crowdfunded

Questionable / Defunct


Social Bike-Sharing Platforms

Can't wait for your city to create an official bike-share program? These tools will let you start a grassroots effort in your own garage or backyard. Smart locks and cloud platforms let owners share access to their bikes with specific friends and neighbors, or allow anyone to find and rent them via a mobile app.

Lock8

"The bike share solution that is not only the most convenient for users, but also the most efficient and scalable for operators.. Our smart...

Social Bicycles

"Social Bicycles uses wireless technology to enhance personal mobility. Our smart bike works with regular bike racks making our system affordable...

AirDonkey

"AirDonkey is a lock and a platform that, together, allows bike owners to rent out their (spare) bike in the simplest way possible and allows...

DIY & Open-Source Bike Trackers

Serious cyclists often have a do-it-yourself approach to bike maintenance, so why not build your own smart bike-tracking device? Here are a few projects that will walk you through the process.

Instructable Arduino GPS Tracked Bike Lock

By Scott Bennett (stbennett) - This project requires around $225 in parts including an Arduino Uno and GSM shield.

Build a Realtime Bicycle Location Tracking Map App

"Our tutorial will show you how to build a realtime bicycle tracking application that collects position of a bicycle in realtime using the LinkIt...

Smart Navigation and GPS Bike Accessories

BeeLine

BeeLine is a handlebar-mounted device that helps you find your way on a bicycle. It strips back navigation to the bare basics, turning convention...

SmartHalo

SmartHalo is a smart biking system that lets you focus on what matters the most - the road.