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    Full Rigid GPS Mount?

    Anyone here tried mounting their GPS on a full rigid SS? I am riding trails and scared that vibration will wreck it, so its always on my Camelbak. I am just tired of frequent stops to operate it. Should I care less and buy a handlebar mount or anyone has better suggestion? Homebrew?
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    no problem here

    I've had my Edge mounted to the stem on my monocog (full rigid) for at least a year now - no problem.

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    Same here with the Edge 305 on the stem, no problem inlcuding a few major Wipe out

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    Will it matter if it is not cycling specific gps like the Edge? I have a humongo Venture Cx and thinking it cannot take the abuse as the Edge can.
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    Got My 305 Perpindicular on my Mary SS . . . Pic . . .

    Ain't had no problems yet, and it's fully "exposed" on the One One Mary Bar . . . Can you see it? It's just "above" the stem. It actually sits just to the right on the Mary Bar--like a road bike. No problems, and I've been riding some pretty rough trails lately. <a href="https://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v617/crazy4blues/?action=view&current=MarySS.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v617/crazy4blues/MarySS.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    One thing I always check, though: MAKE SURE THE MOUNTING CLIP IS FULLY OPERATIONAL! I lost my 205 on the trail because (on my full susser, no less), as I discovered later, the little plastic locking piece on the mount had broken off, so the Garmin didn't "click" into place. Bottom line: always check to make sure your 305 clicks into place on the mount. It won't go anywhere then.

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    Hi guys, this is my first post here

    I've been running a Garmin E-trex Legend with a rigid fork in competition, mounted in the Garmin standard mount. I've had problems before, when the internal connections of the gps came loose with the vibrations. I had to open the GPS and replug the connector. To ensure it stays connected, I've secured it with a tiny drop of super glue.

    I have also filled the space between the batteries and the battery cover with bubble wrap. This guarantees that the batteries keep contacting the terminals and avoids shutdowns.

    Do not take for granted that the GPS will survive the experience unscathed, but consider that eventual problems can be easily solved.

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    I run the Garmin Legend as well. Never had any issues with it on my rigid SS or my road bike.
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    I'm running a Garmin 305 mounted vertically on my Thomson. It's been great and haven't had any problems riding with it for over a year on the rigid.

    <a href="" title=""><img src="https://farm1.static.flickr.com/203/517876692_4026d175d3_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="Garmin on the bars" /></a>

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    Over a year initially on a rigid 29er SS, now going on three years on that rigid SS, a cross bike, a monstercross bike, and a FS 29er. It gets used 5-6 days a week, 2 to 4 hours a day.

    Ride, don't worry.
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    I use an eTrex summit with the Garmin handlebar mount on my aluminum rigid SS and I haven't had any problems with power cut outs. It seems to work fine.

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    Thanks!

    thanks for all the input, i guess stem mount is the way to go, will do some mods.
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    No problem here:

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    I run my GPS -- Garmin eTrex Vista C -- in a RAM shock-absorbing handlebar mount. I've put on a lot of km fully rigid with no issues.

    You don't have to have it sticking up like they do in the picture... I flip the mount over and run it upward so the GPS sits flat, just in front of the stem. YMMV.


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    305 on the stem for over a year. Only time it came off was hike-a-biking through some downed trees. I've also had the "clip" break off and had to buy a new mount. As for internal damage, none.

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    I've gone through two 305 mounts where the clip broke off... (one on the rigid and one on my 575)... Those things are just not designed that well. Ugh. Reminded me to order another one - I make it about a year before the clip breaks.

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    attach the lanyard that comes with the gps to the bars this way if the mount brakes the gps will still be attached to the bike and it won't hit the ground. I've broke a mount once but the gps stayed it in and I had the lanyard as a back up so i'm not worried.
    good luck with what ever yo come up with.

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