I was wondering what people thought about using a motion sensing alarm for securing their unicycles?
I’m kind of thinking in relation to leaving a schlumpf wheel padlocked up somewhere or should I go to Unicon 21.
We have this great little device attached to our Tern GSD cargo bike:
It’s great for the price as it includes Apple’s Airtag tracking functionality too - but the alarm that can be enabled by its companion app. It attaches to a bike via special bolts to the bottle cage mounts.
For a unicycle of course we don’t have those mounts and in some senses the wheel can easily be taken off the frame. But of course the alarm is there to deter people from moving it or being able to tamper with things.
Pretty cool tech. And maybe it is just where I am at geographically in the world (remote region and not to mention I’m frequently on remote trails), but I am not all that worried about theft. Quite frankly, I don’t think most people would even know what to do with the thing if they did get their hands on it. Now, bikes on the other hand are obviously a different story.
But, peace of mind is worth that small price tag. For example, I did a MUni-packing trip last November, and was on a trail that wasn’t completely remote. It would be terrible to wake up to find gear gone. We had one MUni and one bike, and we brought a cable and lock. Got lazy and never used it
I guess at this point with unicycles I’m betting that any potential thief would move on to easier, more understandable rides OR be weirded out and afraid of whatever was riding that thing out in the woods.
You can find some less common bolts for the bearingcaps. I know security torx with dimensions that work exist for sure, but I’m sure there could be something even more obscure to use.
I was considering doing that for my muni (my golden hope brake isn’t exactly inconspicuous and it’s fairly common to know what those cost), but it’s actually small enough that I can take it into most places without any pushback, so I think not being able to use common tools is too big of a downside for me. If I had an expensive unicycle that I’d lock in public more commonly, I’d probably do it.
That’s a great idea. The Knog Scout even comes with a special key for the bolts it uses. Be great to fine some that use that key for the bearing mounts.
I have never worried about my previous / current unicycles, as I just aim to take them with me. But with a shiny G36er that clearly looks something of value even to the untrained eye - I like the idea of an alarm that deters with even the aspect of the wheel being tracked.
I’d probably make a small stretch out banner linked to the padlock I’d use, and the banner would say:
Unicycle is Alarmed and Tracked
It’s just to deter and would probably work fairly well. No one enjoys an 85db siren going off when trying to cut even a cheap padlock.
The alarm would work great, there’s also security bolts my hex lox, it’s expensive to do the whole uni but if you have 1 for each bearing cap and 1 or 2 for the saddle it would be pretty cost effective. There also gotta be some way to use a water bottle mount on the frame and throw some security bolts on it too.
Very doable with adapters and stuff to reduce theft possibilities