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Bikes are great, but you know what’s not great? People who want to steal your bike.

Of course, having a decent lock — or even multiple locks — is going to be your first line of defense against people making off with your bike. However, in the event that your bike is stolen, you can utilize modern technology to help you get it back.

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And things don’t get much more modern that the Apple AirTag.

tracking your belongings. It’s a small battery-powered device that is shaped like a button. It pings nearby iPhones, so you know its location.

Apple intended AirTags to be used to keep track of keys and bags and such. However, their small size, long battery life, and pinpoint accuracy have made them perfect for all sorts of applications — even tracking your bike.

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An AirTag is Apple’s answer to tracking your belongings. It’s a small battery-powered device that is shaped like a button. It pings nearby iPhones, so you know its location.

Apple intended AirTags to be used to keep track of keys and bags and such. However, their small size, long battery life, and pinpoint accuracy have made them perfect for all sorts of applications — even tracking your bike.

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An AirTag is Apple’s answer to tracking your belongings. It’s a small battery-powered device that is shaped like a button. It pings nearby iPhones, so you know its location.

Apple intended AirTags to be used to keep track of keys and bags and such. However, their small size, long battery life, and pinpoint accuracy have made them perfect for all sorts of applications — even tracking your bike.

effective lock, and securing your bike to a solid object when not in use. 

An AirTag will help you recover your bike if it is stolen. Everywhere your bike goes, the AirTag will be pinging nearby iPhones, and that allows you to find its location using the Find My app.

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It won’t. 

Your first line of defense should be having an effective lock, and securing your bike to a solid object when not in use. 

An AirTag will help you recover your bike if it is stolen. Everywhere your bike goes, the AirTag will be pinging nearby iPhones, and that allows you to find its location using the Find My app.

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It won’t. 

Your first line of defense should be having an effective lock, and securing your bike to a solid object when not in use. 

An AirTag will help you recover your bike if it is stolen. Everywhere your bike goes, the AirTag will be pinging nearby iPhones, and that allows you to find its location using the Find My app.

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Of course.

But the thing is, a criminal stealing your bike doesn’t want to be all obvious and hang around the scene of the crime looking for a hidden AirTag — after all, it could be in one of any number of different spots. On top of that, some methods of attaching an AirTag to a bike require special tools to remove them. Again, a bike thief might not want to hang around long enough to start stripping the bike.

Yes. In fact, a criminal might give up after finding one, leaving the other one active on the bike to aid with recovery.

You have two options.

The first option is to hide the AirTag on the bike itself: Perhaps tape it under the seat, conceal it inside the frame tube somewhere (there are usually a few voids where this is possible), or pop it inside your saddle bag.

The second option is to put the AirTag into something and attach that to the bike: There are a lot of custom holders out there that allow you to hide an AirTag on your bike inside something else.