Is there a GPS tracking device for humans?

Today I had a flat tire on my bike and was very late coming home for a dinner out with my wife.

I was wondering if there was some sort of tracking device I could plant on myself or my bicycle, where my wife could monitor where I am at any moment and my speed of travel. Like today, she could have seen I was traveling at walking speed pretty far from the house.

A hair stylist showed me how she could keep up with the geographic location of her kids with their cellphones. I was wondering if there was a way to do it without a cell phone.

Don’t certain kinds of convicted criminals have to wear GPS tracking devices?

You can get a tracking device to stick to a car. There’s no reason you can’t carry one around if you want to stubbornly refuse to carry a cell phone

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Why not just take your cell phone?

This should work.

Thanks, but I doubt it has a range of miles and miles. I could be 10 miles from the house.

A few thoughts on this:

  • Use the free version of the Life360 app (be sure to turn off the setting that allows them to sell your data)
  • Enable persistent location sharing with your wife in Google Maps app (I like this one as it reminds you every so often that you are sharing)
  • Buy an Apple Airtag and hide it up under the seat of your bike, in a backpack you use, etc.

Hope this helps!


Excellent answers from @s3ank3nt ! I was going to suggest the Life360 and AirTag solutions.

I used Life360 between myself and a friend who drove a limo. If he was driving I would not call to chat.

Does this app not require a cell phone? I do not have a cell phone to carry with me. My wife has one.

Apple Airtag apparently sends out a bluetooth signal. Apple’s info says it is for locating “nearby” things- wallet, keys, etc. Wonder what the range is?

Doesn’t the Airtag rely on other people’s iPhones to locate it? I thought that the way it worked is it locates by connecting to the network via iPhones in the area. So, I could see if you’re not in an area where those with iPhones are going by you, then this wouldn’t accomplish your objective. But I’m not completely familiar with how it works exactly.

Look for GPS TRACKER FOR HUMANS. They seem to use a GPS chip and some thype of cellphone texting.

You can buy a burner phone at Walmart for $20.

Yours is an interesting situation. I can imagine times when having a cell phone wouldn’t help a rider who is knocked out in a crash, or tumbles and loses his glasses or phone, etc. etc. So this is a good question.

I asked on my bike club’s forum if there was a tracking device, and all the suggestions required the rider to carry a cell phone. Annoying that everyone just assumes everyone has a cell phone, despite my explaining your wife has one and you don’t.

Meanwhile, have you heard of Mr. Tuffy? It’s a urethane liner between your tire and tube to prevent punctures. I used it on my fully-loaded touring bike and it worked great. They won’t prevent flats caused by leaks at the valve stem, for example, just punctures from glass, thorns and the like. They come in different widths for different tires. Check amazon or your local bike shop.

Look at the Garmin InReach. For $15 bucks a month you can have it transmit your position every 10 minutes. I use it for flying. No cell phone required. A friend of mine crashed a couple of years ago and ended up in the hospital. He remembered none of it even though he was awake and apparently alert after the crash and in the ambulance going to the hospital. he carries an InReach now so his wife can see where he’s at.

Thanks, but for almost that little I can get a budget phone if I wanted. I am not sure if it would provide geo-tracking to another phone, however.

I used a similar product for a while. It was hard to keep centered in the tire. Still got a few flats every now and then. The few bikes I have with skinny, high pressure, flat-prone tires, I will convert to wider tires when the originals wear out. I don’t like anything skinnier than 32.

Apple Air Tags and Samsung Smart Tags are great for something like this.

My husband had a Spot gps locator that he took hiking and climbing so that he could be located and signal for help if needed. Larger than a cell phone, but it is made for use in remote locations.

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