The top 3

GPS tracker bike (to the comparison table)

Before you, as a potential buyer of bike GPS trackers, are overwhelmed by the numerous options, you should know what really matters. Different areas of application require different priorities. A tracker for cars should have a long battery life and be easy to install. Devices for daily use in the pet’s pocket or on the collar should be light and handy. With a GPS transmitter for bicycles or e-bikes, not only the weight but also the appearance certainly plays a role. We explain why this is the case below. The price depends on the value of the bike. To give you a clearer overview between the confusing sales pages and the small print in the product descriptions, we have created a comparison table for bike trackers here.

In addition to the 3 top GPS devices from above, we have tested other bike trackers. You can access the individual test reports here:

  • vc|one from Velocate
  • BikeLogger C
  • insect from FahrradJäger
  • SherLock Antitheft Tracker
  • TK104 from Incutex

Bike GPS tracker – what should I look out for?

In the case of GPS tracking in various areas of application, we have compiled an overview of the best GPS trackers here, which provides all the important information at a glance. But what do you need to pay particular attention to?

Important categories of bike GPS trackers:

The special thing about GPS bike trackers is that there are all kinds of options for GPS bike tracking. Normally, the bike tracker is also used for theft protection and should therefore adapt to the bike. A comparison is therefore not easy. Which functions should not be missing under any circumstances:

Functions: It is important to know how the GPS device should protect your bike. Theft protection can be provided by a loud alarm, a well-hidden GPS transmitter or even a theft detection community.

Battery: As always, the battery plays an important role. Some devices are charged via the dynamo. Others have a limited battery life.

Why does my bike need GPS?

In Germany alone, over 315,000 bicycles were stolen in 2015. The police are powerless, because further prosecution usually makes no sense due to the lack of evidence. The GPS tracker on your bike provides a remedy, as the small transmitters under the saddle allow you to locate everything without being noticed. We explain how it works, what you should look out for and how to find the right device.

Finally a remedy against thieves

Anyone can pick a bicycle lock. A few tools and time, and suddenly the bike is gone. Even if you buy a high-security lock for your bike, no lock is unbreakable. Besides, nobody wants to spend as much money on a lock as they do on the vehicle itself.

In addition, everyone forgets important things from time to time. Keys lost, wallet left behind or bike not plugged in. All of these are not uncommon in the stressful everyday life that many people have these days. You cannot forget a bike tracker that is already attached. Once attached, it protects your bike in a very effective way. Regardless of whether the thief picks your bike lock or simply carries it away with the lock, you can always see exactly where it is and the best thing is: the police can see it too. This means that no thief can escape unnoticed.

It doesn’t have to be a vicious criminal. It is often drunken people who lose their minds and carelessly take a bike that is not (properly) locked. You just get home faster. At least faster than staggering. The bike is then often simply left somewhere. A GPS transmitter for your bike will help you find it again quickly the next day. We recently heard that there are actually people who have forgotten where they left their bikes. Thanks to the bike GPS tracker, long searches are a thing of the past.

We have already discussed how GPS works in general and how a GPS tracker is used in our blog. Now we want to show you how other functions can also help you to protect your bike. Look out for these in our test reports.

Important additional functions

We definitely have to start with the geo-fence. We have already explained the so-called radius alarm in a small interactive article (you can find it here). Of course, it’s super practical if you leave your bike outside the door overnight or are hanging out at a friend’s house. So super important if you are looking for the right transmitter. Alternatively, a speed alarm would also work. As the name suggests, the alarm is triggered when your bike exceeds a certain speed. So you could simply set the speed to zero if you can’t keep an eye on it. Of course, we still prefer the geo-fence.

A battery alarm would also be good. After all, you don’t always remember to charge the battery. But once it’s empty and you don’t realize it, the investment could be a failure. This feature is therefore particularly useful for forgetful people. The alarm sends you a short text message, recharges the device and you are back on the road safely. However, a good device should include this function anyway. Nevertheless, it is better to make sure that it is included.