By Andrew Liszewski
Often times a chain or a bike lock is just a minor inconvenience to a bicycle thief who wants to pinch your ride. And while removing the wheels and your bike seat is a useful visual deterrent, it can also be a giant pain to deal with day in and day out. So like the blinking dashboard light of your car’s alarm system, this bike-specific anti-theft alarm is supposed to let would-be thieves know that they’d best move on to the next bike lest they set off an ear-piercing alarm while trying to steal yours.
It connects to your bike with a set of included nuts and bolts, and since it’s completely weatherproof it never needs to be removed, even if you leave it locked up outside. Arming it is as easy as pressing the ‘B’ button for just 2 seconds, at which point a motion-sensitive alarm is activated which can be set to one of 3 different sensitivity levels. If and when someone tries to tamper with your bike an 80db alarm will sound for 15 seconds, hopefully scaring them away. If they continue to tamper with it the alarm will continue to sound, requiring you to enter a custom 4 digit code using the three buttons to deactivate and disarm it. (i.e. BACA) It’s powered by a single 9V battery which will probably keep it powered for months on end with no incidences, and is available from VirtualVillage.com for just $3.99.