Re: [CR]Re: eChipping bikes

(Example: Framebuilding:Norris Lockley)

Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 10:12:29 -0600
From: "John Thompson" <>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
Subject: Re: [CR]Re: eChipping bikes
References: <>
In-Reply-To: <> wrote:
> snip:
> I think someone ought to design, manufacture, and sell some sort of
> tracking system. One could epoxy a tiny water-proof "chip" way down
> in the seat tube. Then, the owner could have a "link" to the chip
> and look on the internet to see exactly where his/her bike is
> sitting/moving at any given time on a computer enhanced map.
> Ted, that solution is soooo "Palo Alto"... but it would certainly
> work. They Lo-Jack cars as well as eChipping pets...and soon:
> Children! Yes, it's coming, the brave new world of constant
> surveillance, just worry who is doing the surveilling. I have
> occasionally seen bikes with cards inserted into tubes to help ID
> them when they turn up at the police warehouse, but I guess the cops
> don't give priority to opening up bike frames to search for such.
> Funny, but they must have other things to do. I suppose any serious
> thief/fence with a real collectors bike would just pop out the chip
> and throw it into a passing garbage truck.

Why wait? Here's something to get you started:

It's designed for laptops, but maybe it could be used on a bike -- stuff it up the down tube where it isn't obvious or something...


-John Thompson (
Appleton WI USA