Using a metropolis bike comes with two certainties: thieves will goal you and vacationers will stroll in your path. AirBell addresses each points by discretely hiding one in all Apple’s AirTag trackers inside a small mechanical bell with a loud and nice ding.
Bicycle theft is an unlucky actuality in lots of massive cities, particularly in Amsterdam the place I stay with my household of 5. We use bikes as our major technique of transportation each day, rain or shine. We will’t afford to be with out them. As such, I’ve already fitted a number of of our bikes with water- and dust-resistant AirTag trackers that I MacGyvered underneath the saddles to keep away from the tags being noticed. I’m consistently fearful that the double-sided velcro tape will loosen now that the moist and chilly months have returned.
The great thing about the $18.99 / €24.99 AirBell is that it’s ugly, identical to a budget generic bicycle bells discovered on most metropolis bikes. There’s zero indication it holds a flowery $29 AirTag (offered individually) so there’s no motive to steal it, or, for that matter, take away it after a motorbike is stolen. Meaning you possibly can finally monitor it down utilizing Apple’s ubiquitous Discover My community.
Or discover it in an infinite sea of bicycles in a Dutch parking storage:
The corporate despatched me a assessment unit to check and I’m tremendous impressed by its easy ingenuity, which has already been copied by numerous imitators. Putting in the AirBell takes lower than 5 minutes. The steps wanted to entry the AirTag are simply sophisticated sufficient to stump anybody with in poor health intent, whereas making certain that the meeting stays shut throughout common use.
The one potential downside I can see for some is handlebar thickness. The AirBell is designed to work with 22mm handlebars discovered on nearly all of bikes. There’s additionally a 31.8mm AirBell for newer street and gravel bikes. Nonetheless, it’s solely on the market in Europe proper now, with provides headed to the US as quickly as subsequent week. The plastic clamp on my 22mm assessment unit is simply too inflexible to bend over the thicker handlebar on my mountain bike, but it surely suits superb on all our different bikes — all seven of them.
The AirBell is an easy and efficient insurance coverage coverage that’s really helpful each day. For lower than $50, you’re additionally getting the peace-of-mind that comes with understanding that you will discover your priceless bicycle ought to it ever be misplaced or stolen.