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Sherlock Plus GPS anti-theft bike tracker now upgraded with 4G capability

Tucked away into the bar end, the device has a claimed battery life of eight weeks and provides real time tracking across the world

Manchester-based Strategic Analytics Team (SAT) has brought out the latest generation of its GPS anti-theft bike tracker which can now be used in any country around the world with 4G networks.

The Sherlock Plus is a GPS Anti-Theft Bike Tracker that fits into the bar end of a bike so it remains out of sight.

Previously the Sherlock Bike Tracker only had 2/3G capability and so it could not be used in North America, but now it comes with 4G LTE as well as the latest generation of Bluetooth. 

Sherlock the original
The Original Sherlock

 

The device connects with an app - that can be downloaded on Google Play or the App Store - to give you real-time insights on where your bike is, as well as historical data. 

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“Our motion sensor technology will detect even the slightest movements of your bike, and will then send a notification to your smart device to alert you before your bike ends up in the wrong hands,” says SAT. The theft reporting feature can be switched on and off remotely from your phone. 

Battery life from a single charge is claimed to be up to eight weeks, depending on what mode the device is set to. 

Slightly narrower and longer than the original Sherlock Bike tracker, SAT says it will now fit into more bar ends. 

While SAT’s offering is tucked away inside your bars, other brands offer GPS tracking devices that are discreetly placed on the bike, but in other locations. 

Alterlock’s security device is unobtrusively placed under your bottle cage, while custom bike accessory brand Kapz produce a under-the-seat-mount for hiding Apple’s AirTag beneath your saddle

> Review: AlterLock Anti-Theft Alarm and GPS Tracking Device

With AlterLock’s offering Mat found the Sigfox network that it uses to provide tracking even when indoors doesn't provide universal coverage, so it can't be described as a failsafe. We’re looking to test the Sherlock Plus and will let you know if this does deliver greater coverage. 

Priced at £225 with the first two years of data included as standard, the tracker is currently available for pre-ordering with shipping expected to be at the end of February. 

Following the first two years, a data subscription fee costs £54 for one year and £75 for two years.

sherlockbike.co.uk 

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Veloism | 2 years ago
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Erm, this won't fit drop bars...

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Rendel Harris replied to Veloism | 2 years ago
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Veloism wrote:

Erm, this won't fit drop bars...

According to the website it will fit some; it has two flexible joints incorporated. It requires 60mm of straight run from the bar end and  a median curve radius of no less than 50mm. Looking at both my drop bar road bikes I think it would fit.

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rustygecko | 2 years ago
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I would respectfully suggest that just telling us about these products isn't that useful, as we all know they exist.
What is useful is real life experience with the device. I was thinking of getting one, but the sites with owners' comments were not encouraging. These things are a great idea, but nobody has brought out a really good one yet.

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Guitarman replied to rustygecko | 1 year ago
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Well rustygecko, I would avoid Sherlock at all costs. Mine never worked out of the box. It set the location of the bike in the app but the app would never show any new location even when the bike was moved many miles away. (So I guess if you are someone who forgets where you parked your bike this might be helpful) I contacted Sherlock and after a few back and forths (I sent them screenshots after following a few of their suggestions) they eventually just stopped replying after stating it was the vendor who was responsible for troubleshooting their device. Total rip off as far as I am concerned and judging from the lousy reviews of their app I am not the only one.

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hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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Come on See.Sense - how long until the Air is shipped?

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icouldbequicker replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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See.sense Air how been relaunched as Knowhere as there was a trademark dispute. Last update in December was it was due for delivery in March 2022. They informed me they were scheduled to be giving a public update on manufacturing process and deliveries over a week ago. Hopefully we will hear soon, but suspect another delay is likely.

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hawkinspeter replied to icouldbequicker | 2 years ago
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icouldbequicker wrote:

See.sense Air how been relaunched as Knowhere as there was a trademark dispute. Last update in December was it was due for delivery in March 2022. They informed me they were scheduled to be giving a public update on manufacturing process and deliveries over a week ago. Hopefully we will hear soon, but suspect another delay is likely.

I didn't realise it was re-branded - I think some Kickstarter updates may have gone into spam

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