Last week after I’d packed some gear into my Kriega and backpack to climb Pen Y Fan and hauled it to the underground garage to load on my bike, I was greeted by the infuriating sound of a groaning starter motor.
I already knew that if I leave my bike for more than 2 weeks without being ran the Bike Trac inside it will drain the battery, I just forgot that I hadn’t touched my bike in two weeks on this occasion. The first time this happened to me I got an SMS warning from Bike Trac prior to the battery getting too low, but sadly that can’t happen anymore because my new garage is underground.
It was a real pain in the ass. Had to wheel the bike out of the underground garage and down the road to Kwik Fit who kindly gave me a jump. Knackering .
I see it that I’ve got four options:
- Swap my Bike Trac for a Monimoto, which last 1 year on their own bat
- Buy a portable jump starter and jump it in the cases where it dies again
- Use a trickle charger - my underground garage does not have plug sockets
- Remember to run the bike once every two weeks - Just won’t always be possible
Obviously option 2. means that the bike potentially can’t be tracked if it’s stolen.
What do you all think? Anyone else faced/facing something similar?
EDIT: also, if 1. - anyone know how to remove a Bike Trac? maybe I could just cancel my subscription? I don’t fully trust that that would stop it pinging Bike Trac servers. Maybe I can unplug it easily from somewhere…