Even if bicycle thefts in Germany are slightly declining, according to the German insurance industry, around 145,000 bicycles were still stolen in 2020 (source: GDV). A decent lock is still the best protection against theft. But what if the thief has overcome this too? here the “AirBell” could then provide a remedy.
AirBell: Bicycle bell offers space for Apple’s AirTags
She looks like one classic bicycle bell and works the same way. Pedestrians and other road users are made aware of the approaching bicycle by a ringing sound. According to the manufacturer, the AirBell complies with the Road Traffic Act (StVO).
Of the practical use is hidden inside the bicycle bell: there is space for an Air Tag – Apple’s coin-sized tracking devices, which the US manufacturer introduced in April last year. A stolen bike could be easily located via the connected “Where is?” network.
Of course, bicycle thieves don’t live on the moon either and should now be actively looking for an AirTag. A self-mounted AirTag, for example on the underside of the center bar or on the saddle, is Easier to find and remove than a hidden AirTag in the bike bell – you have to come to that first.
Here’s how Apple’s AirTags work:
Fits on any e-bike or bicycle
Dank standard 22mm connector fits the bicycle bell made of extra-robust, fiber-reinforced plastic on any standard handlebar.
With The AirBell costs 24.99 euros (an AirTag is not included). Not exactly cheap, but certainly worth every penny if the stolen bike is recovered as a result. The AirBell is currently sold out, but the manufacturer promises a 10 percent discount if you order it anyway. Delivery times should be two weeks (see AirBell at the manufacturer), shipping costs are not incurred within Germany and Austria.