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Bike Tag has taken some of the new crash detection innovations out there and put them into a single, easy to use package in the simplest form. And when we say simplest form, you don’t even have to charge it! It tracks your ride, will detect an accident automatically, and you can easily put it on any bike.

Safely cruise past the break to see how Bike Tag gives you an extra layer of safety…

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We’ve all been there. From poor conditions to pilot error, crashing is inevitable. Though we most often escape with little or no injury, there are times when it can be more severe. We’ve seen some pretty innovative things come along that keeps us more connected with our activities and why shouldn’t safety is one of them? Like a few other devices we’ve reviewed, Bike Tag incorporates a crash sensor that communicates with your phone via Bluetooth to alert your emergency contacts and let them know where you are.

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Instead of being incorporated into another piece of equipment that you may or may not use, the Bike Tag is just a unit that you can put on any bike and it has just 2 functions. Detect a crash, and, as a secondary function, lets friends track your ride and be notified when you make it home giving everyone a little more peace of mind. There are no buttons or displays, nothing to start or pause. You do an initial setup to pair it with your phone, program in who you want to be notified and stick it on your bike. It starts and stops automatically so you don’t have to think about it, and you won’t worry someone if you forget to start it.

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If a crash happens, the unit sends you a notification and if you don’t cancel it, it reaches out to your followers via the app and notifies them of your location.

The Bike Tag unit is small and attaches to the included mount, or simply placed in your saddle bag. There is no need to charge the unit as it runs on its internal battery for more than a year. At a price of $99, it’s not a bad price for an average of about $1 or so a ride, (If you ride less, it will last longer). It currently only works with iPhones, but an Android app is coming soon.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. But doesn’t work if out of cell phone range right? Though you don’t have to charge it, there must BE a way to charge it or is it a throwaway when dead? Website didn’t have too much in way of details.

    “Splash resistant” is a funny way to market something that you show mounted under your seat too. No way it would survive 30% of my rides…

  2. Why would I need something like this in a populated area? I need something that will pair with my Sat phone/PLB where I’m in the mountains, isolated, and out of cell range.

  3. Typo: Should be “peace of mind”…

    “Detect a crash, and, as a secondary function, lets friends track your ride and be notified when you make it home giving everyone a little more piece of mind.”

    Editor: Thanks, got it.

  4. Hi folks – I am the co-founder of the company that makes the BikeTag and wanted to respond to some of the comments / questions to this article:

    – Cross platform support: the BikeTag itself is platform agnostic. Building an Android app to integrate with the BikeTag is a top priority for us.

    – Battery: the battery is a standard CR2477 coin cell and is user replaceable.

    Cell phone range: correct, you must ride with your phone so that we can capture the GPS location and send out the notification when/if you crash. We made the decision to not include GPS and cellular in the BikeTag device itself so that we could keep costs low(er), run off of a coin cell and because we recognize that many riders ride with their phones already. Is there interest in a self-contained unit (containing GPS and cellular)?

    Slash Resistant: we are confident it will survive your rides. While the device is officially supported at IP64 levels (splashing of water from any direction), we have done complete submersion tests subjected it to jets of water with no issues. Having said that, we do recommend removing it from your saddle when washing your bike and avoiding complete submersion. As for riding through rain, mud, etc. Have at it!

    Hope this helps. Great comments/questions!

  5. MB — according to the FAQ page, the battery is a user replaceable 3V Lithium Battery (CR2477). Looks like a useful device for my concerned other half when I go out for a solo ride…

  6. I don’t understand these, doesn’t any modern smart phone already do this?

    Apple has “find my freind” native app, I am sure there are others.

    You need this device and your phone, seems redundant. Or am I missing something?

  7. @John at Bike Tag

    “Is there interest in a self-contained unit (containing GPS and cellular)?”

    YES! Mainly as an “in case of theft” tracker, that I can hide somewhere inside the frame (eg bottom bracket, seat tube, etc) 😉

  8. Interesting that they went with a bike mount rather than helmet or rider mount. Are there some occasions where an impact can occur (to the rider) but the bike won’t detect it – maybe.

  9. I use an icedot as a lot of my riding is at night or during the week when you’ll be lucky if you see another rider out, I didn’t get it for myself but more for my family so they know if I have a big off they will be notified, luckily I haven’t had that serious crash yet..

    As for reception issues 99% of the trails I ride have reception of some sort and even out in whoop whoop I noticed I get 3G reception, sure it’s not pretty (not that that maters)
    Sure you might give them a wide birth. But I’d rather have one on my helmet and have my ice contacts notified of my location in a crash than being knocked out for god knows how long in the bush ..

  10. I am looking for something like that (crash detector with Friends & Family alert system) since 3 years and Biketag seems totally appropriate for MTB rides: most of the time I am (well) covered by cell network even in moderately remote location in Canada

    So no needs for expansive device with low battery lifespan for most of the rides although an independent device containing both GPS and cellular totally make sense for me as an alternative/addition

    One issue to Biketag however. Product can be only purchased/shipped in US…

  11. @John at Bike Tag: Another YES for a self-contained unit. I ride plenty in areas of no cell phone service, so carry a ResQLink PLB, but if I’m really banged up, who is going to take it out and trigger it?!

  12. Thanks for the feedback! We also agree that a self-contained unit makes sense for a variety of reasons and we love the theft detection/tracking use case.

    As for differences between us and the IceDot…here’s a quick list:

    – BikeTag is completely automatic (no starting, stopping, etc.). This was an explicit engineering decision as we think being automatic is a safety feature in and of itself. Imagine if you had to configure, pair, turn on… your air bag each time you drove your car.

    – the BikeTag identifies crashes not just impact events. You can’t just slam the BikeTag onto your table and generate a crash event. This is important in reducing false positives and identifying crashes that do not necessarily create concussive forces to the head

    – when we designed the BikeTag we did not want another piece of tech to manage. It already takes way too long to get out the door to get our rides in (find shoes, helmet, check tire pressure, grab garmin, etc.). We wanted to build a smart safety device that just works…”tagit” and forget about it….the way tech should be.

    – price, battery life, etc.

    The Icedot is a great product we just wanted to build a better smarter safety device for your bike.

    P.S. we’ve got some really cool features on the roadmap that I think everyone will be excited about….more on that later in the year.

  13. Just purchased not knowing that it is not Android friendly. 🙁 I have not used, and still have all original packaging. Should I return, or expect droid app soon?

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