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New Connected Cycle smart pedal tracks thieves

Innovative design promises to track your routes and mileage via satellite too

French start-up brand Connected Cycle is this week unveiling a smart pedal that instantly tells you if your bike is moved and allows you to locate it at any time via satellite tracking. Assuming it works as promised, the pedal could help reunite cyclists with stolen bikes and even prevent theft in the first place.

Ah, but what if the thief removes the pedals to avoid detection?

Well, first they’d need to know that the pedals could potentially get them into trouble. Actually, it’s just the one pedal that’s the brains of the outfit; the other is just a standard, non-smart design.

And second, Connected Cycle say that although installation takes less than two minutes, the pedal can only be removed using a coded key that only the bike owner posesses. We’re not yet sure how that bit of the design works but we’re assuming that rather than having a hexagonal hole at the end of the pedal axle for an Allen key like you’ll find on many pedals, there’s some configuration that only an individual tool can turn – although that’s guesswork.

As well as the thief detecting measures, Connected Cycle say that the pedal automatically records the speed, route and incline of all of your rides along with the calories you’ve burned (although, in our experience, calorie measurements are generally approximate at best).

This information is sent to the cloud and you can check it out via the Connected Cycle smartphone app.

“The pedal is totally self governing and is able to run all over the world generating its own energy, and using its own Internet connection,” according to Connected Cycle.

There is no need to charge a battery because your pedalling provides the power.

The aluminium-bodied pedals will be available in various different colours.

How much? We’ve no idea. Connected Cycle haven’t yet released a price.

The pedals will be on display for the first time this week at the 2015 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.

For more info go to the Connected Cycle website.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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