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    iphone bike mount holder

    Hey guys,
    i'm looking for something that will stay on my handlebar & not worry about falling off while trail riding...
    Thanks in advance!

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    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resist

    Yeah,
    I already saw that thread...thanks!

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    otterbox

    checkout otterbox case (you could ziptie one on your stem).
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmngueko
    checkout otterbox case (you could ziptie one on your stem).

    hmmm...thats a good option but it would be hard to zip tie due to lack of holes to tie into...unless i drill some holes?

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    Otterbox

    I have been looking around for the same thing. I did some searching on google and came across a sweet website that carries their stuff. You can check it out here ---><a href="http://sewelldirect.com/otterbox">Otterbox</a>
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    I got mine here. $35 and free shipping. Took a good hit today flying down some asphalt and the phone was untouched. The product is top notch. I was getting some good air today and the phone came off the handlebar mount 2 times, had to put the asparagus band on there

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    I got my OtterBox Defender case from Amazon and love it. I can't find a decent bike mount though. I don't want to do the zip tie method because I want something that is easily removable.

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    Its a pretty sad day when I have to mount my ipod or iphone on a bike...... love riding my bike, don't need tunes or connectivity to pump myself up!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red PeeKay
    Its a pretty sad day when I have to mount my ipod or iphone on a bike
    Not really considering if you use the MotionX GPS app for your iPhone. It provides you all the information and more, a cycling computer does.

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    Anyone else with any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resist
    Not really considering if you use the MotionX GPS app for your iPhone. It provides you all the information and more, a cycling computer does.
    Ah,
    when I am riding, I'm too busy to look at devices mounted on the bar. I always carry my Nokia phone with me, and have recently been switching on the GPS too, so that I can show others where I've been.

    If I have to answer a call (doesn't happen often), take a photo, or figure out where I am, I can stop and fish the phone out of a pocket.

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    I have been trying to use my OtterBox case belt clip and use a Velcro strip to attach it to the bike. The only problem is the iPhone can fall out of the clip when the screen is facing forward. So a rubber band around the top part of the phone attached to the clip seems to work fine.

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    I just keep my iPhone in a freebie "defective" bontrager frame hugger bag inside a mini crown royal sack , and depend on my cyclocomputer on the bars for cadence and everything else.

    I would never want my Iphone exposed openly to the trail, even if it were in a "case" of some sort. If you dont want it to stay on the bike when you put it away, you can pretty much count on it being the first thing that flies off your rig if you dump in the woods sometime.

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    I took my iPhone last week using the "Trails" app. Kept it in my pocket the whole ride, worked perfectly! Very impressed with the app.
    There's a thread on a mount for the bike at www. macrumors.com, let me see if I can find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby12many
    I would never want my Iphone exposed openly to the trail, even if it were in a "case" of some sort. If you dont want it to stay on the bike when you put it away, you can pretty much count on it being the first thing that flies off your rig if you dump in the woods sometime.
    Yes but this can also happen to a $450 Garmin Edge 705, which I have. My 16GB iPhone cost me $299 and if you have the hazard insurance from SquareDeal then you are covered against accidental damage.

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    Smile Bike Holder for PDA, GPS, Phone, iPhone, iPod, MP3

    Quote Originally Posted by puffdc
    Hey guys,
    i'm looking for something that will stay on my handlebar & not worry about falling off while trail riding...
    Thanks in advance!
    why not try this one?
    Bicycle Holder for PDA, GPS, Phone, iPhone, iPod, MP3 (3)
    http://www.usbfever.com/index_eprodu...roducts_id=705

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshthomas
    why not try this one?l]
    It doesn't look like quality construction.

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    The problem using an iphone or some other cell phone as a bike computer isn't necessarily waterproofness or accidental loss from the mount failing (though that can happen). The problem is that the electronics aren't made to handle the shock and vibrations you get when you strap it to the handlebars, even in an otterbox. If it stays stashed in your camelbak, there's less of a problem. If you put it on the handlebars, the device is going to fail because some electrical connection inside will fail. Thank you, I'll stick with dedicated cycle computers and GPS receivers...and no, the Edge is not a practical device for me.

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    Actually the iPhone is made to handle the shock and vibrations. They took this in mind when they made it with accelerometers and knew apps would do things with those sensors, like shaking. Even the iPod Touch 2nd generation had this is mind as it includes the Nike running app.

    I would however, be interested in knowing how many (if any) people have had their iPhone fail due to use on their bike.

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    There's a new app out called b.icycle which is seriously making me consider putting my iphone on my bike. Especially since I'm paying extra for the insurance option with my carrier.

    http://www.apptism.com/apps/b-icycle

    There's a couple of bike mounts which are made for the iphone at www.semsons.com and www.ram-mount.com but the problem is they offer no protection against stacks or the elements. I'm still looking for something which offers protection and is easy to mount.

    I'm thinking of using an Otterbox and then attaching it to a generic PDA mount like this one.

    https://www.expansys.com.au/d.aspx?i=125297

    Its a bit ugly and bulky but at least its protected. I'd love to find something a bit more streamlined and don't mind the velcro strap to stem or bars option as long as the surrounding case offers decent protection. If anyone knows of any cases that have a hole or slot on the back for velcro or zip tie...

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    Check out gpscity.com they have mounts for just about everything. I've purchased from them three times and have been very happy with their service.
    They carry the RAM mount line.
    www.ram-mount.com

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    I have the RAM iPhone mount and it works great. If you want to keep your iPhone in a case then you want RAM's universal ATV mount.

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    Not sure what you goal is, I use my Sony W760 for music when I ride so I pair it with my Motorola S9-HD's and just toss it in my camelback pocket and then ride.

    The S9's are both headphones with no cords and a phone headset so I can make/take calls while riding.

    Though I only use them when biking on paved, out in the tree's I keep them off to hear other riders and prevent accidents.

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    iphone bike mount holder

    Try looking on the motionx.com site. I remember seeing something about them there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperKat
    I took my iPhone last week using the "Trails" app. Kept it in my pocket the whole ride, worked perfectly! Very impressed with the app.
    There's a thread on a mount for the bike at www. macrumors.com, let me see if I can find it.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=676823
    I bought this.... it's COMPLETE junk. I don't say that about many things, but it won't even stay shut out of the box. A simple bump will send your $300 investment skyward. I wouldn't even trust it on a paved road. Worst waste of $20 (they ship it from Hong Kong).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshthomas
    why not try this one?
    Bicycle Holder for PDA, GPS, Phone, iPhone, iPod, MP3 (3)
    http://www.usbfever.com/index_eprodu...roducts_id=705
    For the love of god, don't do it!

    Guaranteed to break and throw your device on the rocky terrain on the first bump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resist
    I have the RAM iPhone mount and it works great. If you want to keep your iPhone in a case then you want RAM's universal ATV mount.
    Will the clamp damage the stem? It's metal on metal right?

    If not, where can I find the one that I can use with a case?

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    Why don't you put your phone in your pack, and figure out who called you when you finish your ride?

    If I'm on my bike then the people on the other end of my phone can eat a dik before I stop to talk to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpartyBiker
    Why don't you put your phone in your pack, and figure out who called you when you finish your ride?

    If I'm on my bike then the people on the other end of my phone can eat a dik before I stop to talk to them.
    I'm not worried about phone calls. I'd just like to use the iPhone's GPS for a little track recording and stats (and maybe music)

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    oh...keep in mind that GPS can fail if there is a poor signal, especially if you're riding in the woods.

    I track my rides by time, start to finish (stopping the clock when I stop for something). I get close to the mileage by calculating how fast I thought I rode into the total trip time. It's close enough for me to feel a sense of accomplishment. If I take the same trail in the future then I try to beat my last time. Once I think I know where the trail goes then I'll chart the distance with Google Earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocketdrummer
    Will the clamp damage the stem? It's metal on metal right?
    The iPhone holder is plastic and the mount is plastic with a rubber spacer that makes contact on the stem. The whole thing is strapped to the stem with zip ties.

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    I've seen what you're looking for!

    Hey everyone, I've read all the posts and I know what you're looking for. I've actually been looking for something myself to mount/protect my iphone on my bike. The only really good solution I've seen this one from; http://www.velotrac.com/
    I figure why pay to have a Garmin 305 on my handlebars when I already carry my iphone with me everytime I bike (for music). I use the Cyclemeter app simply because it's the most accurate one I've found. Now the only thing I'm missing is my HRM...
    I plan to order the bag from velotrac myself, but didn't know if anyone's already used one and can provide some feedback??? Hope this helps...

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    I like the looks of that!

    Quote Originally Posted by jrendrag
    Hey everyone, I've read all the posts and I know what you're looking for.
    Looks way better than all those ishtty plastic things. It's a little big, but ohwell. Would be good for the road bike when I don't wear a pack.

    I've been using this setup for a couple years now. Works really well. It's a shoulder strap bag, with velcro loops, that I think was originally intended for two way radios or maybe a handheld gps. It came on an old cycling pack that I bought at Target like 8 years ago. I like the way it sits down in the riser bars, somewhat protected. It's thick neoprene so it provides some shock resistance. I've dumped with it on there several times, never had an impact, including a Clown Shoes ragdoll at Whistler.

    It's not a custom thing either, so there's plenty of room for vinyl cases or attachments like the InCase slider battery case, which ads about an inch and a half to the length of the phone. For those of us who use the Iphone on rides, more battery is an absolute must, but using the incase battery limits your options for mounts.

    I like the VeloTrac bag though. If you wind up getting one, be sure to post up a report. HRM's are another thread, but have you seen SMHEART LINK? I think it uses Bluetooth or WiFi for the connection. Anyway... off topic...





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    Quote Originally Posted by jrendrag
    Hey everyone, I've read all the posts and I know what you're looking for. I've actually been looking for something myself to mount/protect my iphone on my bike. The only really good solution I've seen this one from; http://www.velotrac.com/
    I figure why pay to have a Garmin 305 on my handlebars when I already carry my iphone with me everytime I bike (for music). I use the Cyclemeter app simply because it's the most accurate one I've found. Now the only thing I'm missing is my HRM...
    I plan to order the bag from velotrac myself, but didn't know if anyone's already used one and can provide some feedback??? Hope this helps...
    Looks like a good option. will also provide some shock protection. That has got to be the worst website ever though.

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    Protected iPhone mount

    Here is another one I came accross. (Can't vouch for it as I don't have one.)
    It's expensive, but appears to do the business. The silicon lining inside should offer decent protection, it keeps water out and the design is elegant. Not 100% convinced by the bracket setup but can't really say without trying it out.

    They also state not for offroad use, but appears to offer some of the best protection available if the phone does come off.

    http://us.dahon.com/accessories/2010...e-mount-iphone

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrendrag
    I just went ahead and ordered one of these up... I'll post a review after my first ride, well, second ride... One off road, one on...
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    Reading through this thread it amazes me how many people think that a smartphone is just for making calls hahhaa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsavage
    I just went ahead and ordered one of these up... I'll post a review after my first ride, well, second ride... One off road, one on...
    It's been a few months so how's it working out for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randrage
    It's been a few months so how's it working out for you?
    It works pretty well... It's a pain in the butt to get the phone in and out if you wanna snap photos while you ride if you're using TrailGuru or Everytrail or some such app that geotags your images... The problem is, to insert the phone, you have to unzip it and completely fold the flap over so it's practically inside out and slide the phone in from the top where the flap "hinges". This is difficult with a bulky external battery and the stem gets in the way as well. But if you don't ever pull the thing out then you're fine, it's also very secure in there that way in case you forget to zip it.

    The zipper pulls are noisy, I took them off and replaced them with strings. The interface for the velcro strap that goes around the stem/steer tube is a little flimsy. I'll probably restitch it on with some leather backing to keep it from ripping off the bag. The velcro straps are super long and should fit most big, abnormal hydroformed top tubes.

    It holds a 2.2/2.5" tube just fine along with maybe a snack or some tire levers. You could fit more probably, my battery takes up alot of space. The gps gets excellent reception and the touch screen works great under the plastic. The plastic window could be a little larger for apps with buttons on the edge of the screen or sliding the bar over if you're waking the phone up.

    The only other issue is it's a little wide. Your knees can rub when you're standing on climbs. Not a big deal, again. But you kind of develope this weird bow legged climbing stance just out of intuition, not because it's necessary. You have to really be sawing away to get that thing to bump into your knees.

    I'd give the product 4/5 stars or whatever, despite it's minor annoyances. It works. It's probably the dorkiest cycling product I've ever purchased, but I kinda like it...
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    Nice, thanks for the info. So far it's the only one I've seen that looks secure and shock resistant enough for rough trail rides. My problem is my brake and gear cables are partially exposed on the top of that tube it mounts on (no sleeving after about 2 inches from the stem). So it looks like the stem and front-most velcro straps will probably work fine, but the rear most strap will probably be wrapping around moving cables .

    Guess I'll find out soon enough, maybe I can jerryrig something or just redo all my cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmanla
    Reading through this thread it amazes me how many people think that a smartphone is just for making calls hahhaa.
    Or how many people feel the need to berate others for their personal choices.

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    well, I use mine for music as well as running cyclemetre app, for ride logging, stats. etc. slip the thing in the back pocket of my jersey and everything runs sweet, and surprisingly the GPS still works, If I was a courier that was wanting a lil realtime HUD, or sometype of dashboard setup, then I'd go the lil universal strap mount thing that someone has already posted, looks ok ?, but either way if its mounted at the front on the handle bars, I dread to think what would happen if you take a fall !!, Steve Jobs has already hit me hard enough with the cost of the initial purchase !!
    Feel that burning in your legs, yeh .... !!, Love that **** !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miami_Son
    Or how many people feel the need to berate others for their personal choices.
    Not trying to berate, but why not get a feature phone or just a phone instead of a smartphone if you dont want to use its potential? Would you get a full suspension bike and only ride paved bike trails?

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    Has anyone tried this mount? I have a otterbox defender case and would like to find a good mount for the bike. Ram-mount would be perfered, but I have been unable to find one that interfaces with the otterbox.

    http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hst...t-4/Detail.bok

    Has anyone tried anything new or have updates since last post?

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    iPhone 3GS bike mount

    This product I've found to be reliable and inexpensive!http://www.gpscity.ca/g/gps/l/7/rap274-1ap9.jpg
    The company is in Calgary,Alberta

    Good luck!

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    The Ibera works well for most smart phones. Iphone fits too.
    http://www.ibera.info/products/handheld/PB3.htm

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    everyone try this, get the gopro handlebar mount and get a very good (phone, gps, iphone) case, use one of the gopro adhesive mounts and stick it to the back of the case, screw the quick release buckle to the handlebar mount and Voila! you got probably the most sturdiest and least bulky mount out there.

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