- Bicycle theft is not decreasing. And in South Africa, expensive mountain bikes are a prime target.
- Once your primary security layer has been compromised, you'll probably never see that cherished mountain bike again.
- But what if you could insert a stealth tracking device that thieves won't notice?
Criminal syndicates have recognised the value of bikes. With prices at all-time highs, criminal opportunists are targeting valuable mountain bikes, much to the dismay of riders.
Lockable bike racks and chains around frames aren't
theft-proof when bikes are left in the garage. The increasing number of
mountain bikes stolen from bike racks or locked garages is evidence to the
But what about tracking your bike once it is stolen? As with so many things in contemporary life, digital technology brings real solutions that were once the flight of fantasy.
Why not AirTag your bike?
Apple users will be familiar with the technology brand's AirTags. These tracking devices make it possible for iPhone users to track stolen devices and locate them.
The British mountain bike care and accessories brand, Muc-Off, has created a clever way to attach an AirTag to your bike.
The effectiveness of an AirTag is stealth. If potential bike thieves can see it, there is little purpose. Muc-Off's product team has designed a stealth holder, which hides the AirTag in your mountain or gravel bike's tyres.
Tough enough for MTB life
The Muc-Off AirTag holder has been thoroughly tested. It features a three-piece silicone construction and will protect your Apple technology tracking device, even rolling across the rockiest terrain.
Muc-Off's designers have been riding with the AirTag stealth holder in mountain bike tyres for six months, and not a single unit has sustained damage.
How does the stealth AirTag holder fit inside your mountain bike's wheels? It sits at the end of Muc-Off's Presta tubeless tyre valve. And has no influence on the way your tubeless tyres seal and mount onto a rim.
A smart way of getting your bike back
Muc-Off CEO Alex Trimnell is tellingly excited about the potential. "Technologies like the Apple AirTag can be a great defence against would-be bike thieves. This is what led us to develop our Tag Holders, we wanted to give riders secure and thief-proof ways of fixing the tracker to their bikes."
"The newest offering – the Stealth Tubeless Tag Holder – is a completely unique undercover solution unlike anything we have seen on the market so far. We will continue to embrace emerging technologies to enhance every rider experience, as we continue our exciting program of innovation in the future."
Any debits to using the stealth AirTag holder? Well, you can’t run protective rim inserts. But those are only used by the most daring of enduro and downhill riders, and shouldn’t influence the consideration of Muc-Off’s clever new product, for most mountain bikers.