Depending on their location and bike usage, I live near the outskirts of London. It suits my needs quite well. The tracking only updates when the bike has stopped, so I would not recommend the product for areas like the city of London or some high-crime surrounding regions. If the thieves in your area are not as bold or cunning, this is a great product. My advice for the city of London riders would be to get a rented bike rather than using your own; if a thief wants your bike, they will take it, and most are wise to trackers on the market anyway. I once had a motorbike stolen with a minimoto tracker under the seat; the thief took it round the corner, removed the bike seat, and discarded the tracker. But london is a hard area to keep anything safe, if you live in an area like horsham, this tracker should be perfect for you.
The AlterLock is so simply to use and connect to your bike and give you great peace of mind. I now feel alot better about leaving my bike locked up outside knowing that AlterLock will alert me and then allow me to search for my bikes location if it was ever to be stolen.
The installation of the app under Android from the app store was done quickly, and with a normal mount for the bottle cage, the installation under the bottle cage would also have been done quickly and easily.
For my special bottle cage mount, the included M5x16mm screws were a little too short.
About setting up the lock in the app:
Since the app unfortunately does not allow pre-taken pictures of the bike, and also the setup can only be completed with a picture, it is best to do the initial setup during the day and near the bike.
The recommended firmware update didn't work for me, but the lock still works perfectly.
The battery life is certainly not too short, in the course of the test of 2 weeks the battery level in the app dropped by one of three bars.
I can't judge whether or not the lock will send a thief running when the alarm is triggered, and how long it will take for the thief to remove the Alterlock. But for parking at the bakery or on a bike marathon it is a good investment in any case, light and inconspicuous, and sensational when the alarm goes off.
It was easy to fit and arming/disarming was faultless, the tracker facility is the main feature and being discreet under the bottle holder is a nice stealth touch.
I would definitely recommend it’s easy to install and works brilliantly on the GPS for tracking my bike.
functions. The alarm is loud enough for someone putting back your bike when they want to steal it.
AfterLock is one of a range of latest generation anti-theft devices for bikes that combine an alarm with GPS tracking. Its waterproof and lightweight, aerodynamic design, ease of use and long battery life make it a standout amongst its competitors.
Designed primarily for road bikes, the AfterLock works equally well on an ebike, attaching easily to any of the bottle cage bosses. Setup with the app is relatively straightforward via Bluetooth, and once this is done locking it via your phone is a cinch. The device uses a vibration detection algorithm with multiple sensitivity settings which sounds an alarm and sends notification to your phone via the app. An on-board alarm will also sound if the bike is moved.
If stolen, AfterLock tracks your bike on-the-minute to determine its location via GPS, or WiFi if GPS is unavailable. For shorter-range distances, it switches between Bluetooth and SigiFox connectivity.
Unlike some GPS trackers it won't continuously display your bike's location, opting instead to focus on saving battery consumption to aid long-term tracking. Charging is done via a USB-2 port, with battery life reckoned to be around 1.5-2 months depending on use.
AfterLock retails at £114.99 and the app requires an additional monthly fee of £3.49 (or 34.99 per year), which seems like a price well worth paying for peace of mind over your precious set of wheels.
The peace of mind it gives you is amazing. When you’re stopping for a coffee or a pint on a ride, you can relax knowing that the lock will deter and track should anyone try to take your bike.
I was in two minds about the Alterlock - on the one hand, having GPS tracking, and an alarm & being notified in case of someone interfering with my bike is appealing, but is it worth the subscription cost, will it be robust enough to be effective, and will it deter or attract thieves?
With regards to the product itself, it's made nicely, it's well packaged, and the phone software was straightforward. I found the installation a breeze - and even in my XS frame, it sits snugly under my bottle cage, and doesn't draw too much attention to itself. If you want to use it as an active deterrent I like the stickers that come with it.
When it came to using it, I found it very reassuring at a café stop, when I don't use a very robust lock, knowing that I'd know if anything happened to my bike, and being able to check where it is.
With regards to cost, the device itself isn't cheap, but the subscription is less than equivalent tracking subscriptions e.g. for a dog gps tracker. Will it stop a determined thief? No, but ultimately, if you ever need to lock your bike somewhere outdoors - particularly if you're close enough to respond if the alarm starts going off, I'd recommend it. For café stops, it's excellent.
Yes!! I think it is a great addition to bikeprotection. Especially in Amsterdam bicycle theft is a big problem. And a bike alarm ensures that a thief leaves your bicycle. (campaign reviewer)
Good peace or mind to have something like this on the bike. Its one of thoughs items you wish you dont have to use. but great to have when you do truely need it.
Alarm is a great feature for when its parked near by. I live in an apartment building and can hear it in the bike lock up through the wall, where my last bike was stolen from. I have lucky not had to test the real world GPS tracking. but works well when testing.
How easy it is to set it up, and arm the lock when you arrive somewhere (press one button and your bike is secure). App functionality is good and the alarm is LOUD - would definitely cause a scene if someone tried to walk off with your bike!!!
Instead of an insurance, I thought this would be a better and cheaper way to look after my bike. It works nicely; my bike hasn't been stolen yet ;-)
Still relatively new, so some improvement points are:
* when testing a movement with the alarm engaged, the alarm sometimes takes a minute before it is received on my mobile.
* When locking the bike during a pause in my ride, I can press a physical button on the device to lock/unlock the alarm, which I like a lot. I prefer not to use my phone all the time, since it is a hassle and takes time, and hence will stop me from using it. Unfortunately, currently I need to have the app running on my iphone for the lock action with the physical button to take effect, which means I need to use my phone.
I hope/assume these can be improved when the system is developed even more. So far so good!