Having your bike stolen is one of the worst things that can possibly happen to a cyclist. It’s a soul-crushing experience.
These days the thieves are getting pretty prolific too, but thanks to some new French technology, we may soon be able to rest easy at night.
The smart pedals broadcast the location of your ride and a whole lot more…
Behold, the instrument of your liberation – the Connected Pedal. And yes, that was a paraphrased quote from the Dark Knight Rises.
You won’t need a caped crusader to save you when you get your hands on this tech. The smart pedals broadcast the location of your ride to a connected phone app, as well as the speed of the bike, the incline of the hills you’re riding, and an estimate of how many calories you’ve burned on any given ride.
So, not only can you track your bike thief through the city, you can also tell if you could take him on Strava or roughly judge whether or not you could beat him in a 10km sprint.
Better yet, the anti-theft pedals generate their own power from the rider’s pedalling, use their own internet connection and have a special lock feature which means that not just anyone can pop them on and off.
Sounds great, right? Right. So how do you get them on your bike?
Well, the French startup behind the invention, Connected Cycle, debuted the product at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, but they didn’t come forward with any approximate price or release date.
Here’s hoping the pedals hit the market soon though. They seem like a pretty cool way to keep track of your ride in a world where too many two-wheelers are nicked every day.