For many of us, our bikes are our most prized possessions. A lot of time, money and miles are put into them, so losing one would be devastating to say the least. Sadly, bike theft is rife in many areas where bikes are being taken from homes, the streets and even elite professionals.
We’ve tried, tested and done our research to help you keep your bike safe. Everything from bicycle locks, to sheds and storage ideas for the home. It makes sense to spend the money on security, when you’ve already spent the money on the bike.
Stingray is a new bicycle security device which is fitted to your bike. The idea is that when the motion sensor is tripped, the alarm will sound an incredible 140db siren to deter the thief. When not being used as an alarm, the Stingray serves as a 300-lumen front light. Equipped with a keyfob, the front light can then be remotely activated as an alarm.
The inventor of Stingray is Manchester University Electronics graduate, Obaidah Sheikh, who has been a victim of bike thieves three times. He says: “When a thief takes your bike, no-one knows he’s a bike thief. To passers-by it’s just another cyclist.” With that in mind, Obaidah set out to create a bike alarm like no other.
As a light, Stingray features five operating modes and an oval beam shape. The internal lithium battery is rechargeable via USB and offers up to 10 hours of usage.
The alarm is activated by a radio-controlled keyfob – similar to those used for car alarms. As well putting the device into security mode, it engages an internal lock mechanism meaning the Stingray cannot be removed.
The whole unit weighs less than 250g and the keyfob also features a panic button, to activate the alarm in emergencies.
Stingray’s mount size is 31.8mm (designed for oversized handlebars), but it can fit onto smaller handlebars using shims. Each Stingray unit ships with a complete shim set, which includes adaptors for the following handlebar sizes: 22.2mm-23.8mm / 25.4mm-26mm /
The Stingray security device is looking for a total of £50,000 from pledges in order to get the first round of production going. The early-bird special is £50 to secure yourself one of the first from the production line. For more information and to make a pledge, head over to their Indiegogo page here.