“I was surprised to find that I especially like the fact that CycloTrac beeps and blinks when disturbed which even a stupid thief would realize was not a good thing to be messing with. I think I read something about this being a deterrent. All in all I feel you have a winning product, which I have been telling anyone I meet who is interested. The main thing now is to make more people aware that it exists. I am using it on my new $3k Trek e-bike.” – Mike H., Cyclist
‘I recovered my stolen bike’
“Don’t know if I am your first. My FLX was stolen yesterday.
Boomerang was charged up and activated. It sent me a signal, but I was in a meeting and did not have my phone on me. But 6 hours later when I did look at the phone, it told me where the bike was. My wife drove me there. When we arrived the bike was standing in the middle of the sidewalk. Two policemen had a guy in handcuffs. I could not believe the police were that efficient.Especially since I hadn’t even called them. Turns out the not so bright crook also stole a brand new BMW. He was putting the bike onto the car rack on the car. The cops thought it was suspicious, so they ran the plates and figured out this was a bad guy. Anyway, I have my bike back.” – Rocky B., West Los Angeles
‘I got a solid week of battery life’
“Hey Boomerang Team: I’m just about done with the Boomerang, yes – pretty happily surprised! I got a solid week of battery life out of it, and it’s done a good job holding up to Portland’s rainy season. The app has a lot more functionality to it than I expected. It looks like you have put a lot of work in there. My plan here is to write up and post a review within the next week or so and link to your campaign in that review.” – Bryan, Bike Index
‘My bike will be there’
“After seeing the Boomerang CycloTrac featured in the local newspaper, I quickly purchased one. I live in an apartment with limited storage space and my bike is stored in a community garage that is not totally secure. This provides me the peace of mind that my bike will be there for my daily commute ” – John M. San Diego.
“My Boomerang has arrived…and I’m liking it so far! It was very easy to install, and I’ve ordered a bottle holder to add as camouflage. I get a text message if the bike moves, and I can locate the bike using the smartphone app. Great product!” – Paul Cook-Giles
‘I’m enjoying the two Boomerang units’
“I’m enjoying the two Boomerang units on the Radrover ebikes. I’ve put around 1600 miles between both bikes since Sept/2016 with fun rides, dusty trail riding, and work commuting around town. I have taken the units/ebikes out of state to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ, for vacation. I haven’t had an issue with anyone tampering with either bike, false alarms, or issues tracking my bike with the iPhone or web app. I even had a trip from Albuquerque to Denver a few weeks ago and I removed the Boomerang from my bike and placed the unit in the hatch of my SUV to use a vehicle tracker (I have a 12v plug in the hatch to re-charge as needed when on the road). I don’t have any flights planned; but, I don’t see why I couldn’t place in a suit case just to make sure nothing gets lost along the way. I have 5-6 more out of town trips with and without the bikes over the next 6 months” –M. Robert G.
‘Peace of mind’
“As a bicycle rider in San Francisco I have always been afraid of leaving my bike parked anywhere outside, regardless of the very strong U-lock that I use. The device gives me peace of mind knowing that if someone tampers with my bike I will know about it right away. I highly recommend Boomerang as an additional layer of protection” – Tom P. San Francisco
‘The Whole Thing’
“Anyways, after taking it around for the last week or so, I have to say you guys did an awesome job! Loving the whole thing.” –Sean M., Santa Barbara
‘Don’t Think Twice’
“Had 3 bikes stolen within my lifetime and obviously each time was a frustrating moment. Did a Google search and found this. Didn’t think twice about this purchase. Glad I did and am very happy.” –Kerry S., Amazon Customer
“Painless installation, good phone app interface, works exactly as expected!” –Amazon Customer
‘You really need this device!’
“I bought this to protect my new FLX bike. It is a terrific device – I almost wish someone would try stealing the bike so that they get a nice surprise. It is held in place with screws that have nonstandard heads (not slot or phillips head) which makes it difficult for a thief to easily remove it. The app has a lot of great features as well. If you have a relatively expensive bike you really need this device!” –Mystery Fan, Amazon Customer
‘I now see the need for security!’
“I will soon order another Boomerang since I have three bikes. On Feb. 22 2017 I had my $1000 bike stolen and I now see the need for security. It happenened in broad daylight download Salem, Oregon. Thank you again.” –CHRIS M., Cyclist
“Thank you very much Boomerang! It is truly a revolutionary product.” –Etezad M., Cyclist
‘They can be reached anywhere’
“Boomerang vs Other GPS devices.
I have two other GPS devices. The first device is specific to bicycle and the second an ultra small generic GPS / Cellular device. Neither one has the critical feature of Boomerang. They lack audible alert. I think that’s a killer feature like a car alarm. Without it, even if you find out that your bike was stolen, the thief would just take the bike a couple of miles away then take the time to remove the device. It’s really not a deterrent if it doesn’t make a loud sound. The second handle bar embedded device is very hard to comprehend. It has a battery and a cellular radio but how do they expect to get adequate antenna performance inside a bicycle handle? The assumption that bike handles don’t have any metal because even a little bit of metal (like metal flakes in some composites) in that scenario would completely detune the antenna and kill the performance. Further, even if the device works in the handle when no one is riding the bike, it could stop working as a tracking device once the rider (or thief) grabs the handles thereby damping all signals. The ultra small is different. They are going for small. I get that because small is cool. But again, multiple band (cellular, Bluetooth, GPS) antenna performance in that size will be limited. Additionally, they are not guiding the user on how and where to mount the device so the product orientation could be in any direction with completely unpredictable results. I noticed they said it could communicate up to 5 miles. That means it is the theoretical maximum distance. Cell phones don’t advertise a range of “up to 5 miles”. They can be reached anywhere there is coverage. I don’t think it will work well in real life applications leaving a list of very unhappy customers. The Boomerang size allows for adequate antenna size and performance. Plus, the location design allows for good access to the GPS satellite and cellular base stations.” –Rahul, C., Cellular Communications Engineer
If you have any real-world Boomerang alert or rescue stories please let us know.