Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets - Anybody with an Ibikepak?
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06-23-09, 10:46 PM
I'm looking for reviews or anyone that has used an ibikepak. I'd like to have a sturdy mount for my iphone and I like the idea of it being "in" something rather than mounted to the outside. Ibikepak also says that it is waterproof... I don't know if I buy that it it waterproof, but water resistant... perhaps. I just want to make sure I don't buy some junk. Any help is appreciated.
07-06-09, 06:16 PM
SOMEBODY'S got to have one. Has anyone seen one? Does anyone have an opinion on them?
07-06-09, 06:26 PM
Check this link (http://www.runkeeper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1113&p=4554#p4554)
07-12-09, 06:32 PM
Great help! I would have hated to buy the thing and been disappointed. Thanks!
If you get it, let me know. I've been stuffing mine in my saddlebag, but it sure would be nice to be able to easily look at the phone when riding. I use Runkeeper, so it's tracking my time and distance.
07-13-09, 05:57 PM
I'll post a review if I decide to get it.
07-13-09, 07:33 PM
I decided to get it. Review pending. Bike's in the shop and I literally just ordered the thing so once I get the two main ingredients, I'll let you know how it works out!
07-19-09, 06:01 AM
I've been using the Tune Up for a few months. While it's expensive, the sound quality is unbelievable. The upside is that my wife is relieved I'm not wearing headphones while riding anymore. I keep a Ziploc freezer bag and a rubber band in my saddlebag and throw the bag over the whole thing and secure it with the rubber band when it looks like it might get wet out. The sound still comes through the bag. The unit itself has a built in rechargeable lithium ion battery which lasts about 16 hours. The nice thing is that it has a quick release to remove the speakers but leave the mount behind. Just an FYI for anyone else looking. It works with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and later generation iPods.
07-19-09, 04:27 PM
Looks pretty cool! If the ibikepak doesn't work out, I may check into that.
I gave in and ordered an iBikepak a few minutes ago. It looks better than other solutions that leave the phone kinda exposed to everything. The phone has been doing pretty well in my saddle bag, but I think I'd like to see it from time to time while riding. :thumb:
07-26-09, 08:54 AM
got my iBikePack last week and am returning it. my knees hit the bag on the Top Tube and are rubbed raw by the hits. sent note back to iBikePak with some suggestions for improving it and they are looking into them. the bag is too wide. probably 1/2 inch wider than the iphone body. needs to be much tighter in that dimension and the bag sags downward and flattens out a bit making it wider on the top tube and bumps my knees. the velcro tabs slip around too much to keep it in one place. I suggested they put some type of rubber backing on the velcro to keep it from slipping. other wise the bag would have been really good. the space inside would have held my backup battery for the iphone and my SMHeartlink device (wifi interface for GSC10 speed/cadence sensor with iRPM application). oh well. Now I ordered the RAM mount aqua Box mount. Looks promising.
hope that is ok to post the link? Sorry if it's not.
I will post a review when I get the Aqua Box mount.
07-26-09, 09:07 AM
by the way... reason for the iBikePak was that my older RAM mount will not work with my iPhone in a case. I dropped my iPhone (not while on my bike but at work in a hallway and had to replace the iPhone) and bought a case to protect it better. But with case the RAM mount for the iPhone won't fit it. I really liked the iPhone RAM mount as it snapped that iPhone in very tightly and no matter what I bumped over on my commute the iPhone never fell out. Solid mount. Highly recommended if you don't use a case for your iPhone.
I do not work for RAM mount or ExpressMount just impressed with the product.
07-27-09, 04:53 AM
I got this on Friday, and used it for the first time on Saturday. It's OK and I'll probably use it on some rides, but not as a replacement for a Bento box:
Pros: nice and roomy :) Lots of room for my bars and wallet etc. It seems well-constructed.
a bit too wide. My legs will hit it sometimes when standing on a climb.
It's hard to get the iPhone in it because of how "sticky" the clear plastic is. If it's humid out, it can be very difficult. Deciding to take the phone out for a quick photo, or even to answer a call, is not a no-brainer. In fact I'm not sure I could get it out in time to answer a call...
Unzipping the two zippers makes it hard to get at bars etc. inside the bag while on the bike, unlike a bento box which uses velcro.
The little zipper handles make a jingle-jangle sound. Drive me nuts until I figure out what it was :)
The thing is a little floppy on my top tube. I think it needs a better velcro connection around the stem. One narrow strip is not enough.
In general I think it's OK as a nice roomy supplementary bag to carry stuff on a long ride, but it's not great for easy access to an iPhone.
I got mine and also think it's OK. I'll keep it, but I'm not as happy as I'd hoped (threw the "packaging" away, so it's moot anyways according to their policy).
No problems with the knees on my hybrid Trek FX 7.3, but getting the phone in and out is a bear. I have to unhook the velcro on the front / top to allow the top flap enough room to swing open. For me, a hinge on the side or back would have been better, instead of right up against the stem. I would also like to have some rigidity to the sides of the bag to keep it from squishing down. I absolutely would not be able to get the phone out in time to answer a call, and getting it out to take a pic would be too annoying. I keep a tube, multi tool, tire tools, and a my house key in mine, with room to spare.
Seeing the phone can be difficult due to the loose fitting top plastic, which is the same reason the phone is hard to use in the plastic as well.
The bag rests in a place that I think would leave the phone in a safe place if I were to drop the bike. I do like being able to see the phone while riding because I leave RunKeeper running to track my time & distance. I can't easily hit the top lock to lock the phone though, so I gotta leave the screen on the entire time but the Runkeeper folks say locking the phone gives better GPS tracking. Would like to be able to unlock the phone, view the screen, and lock it again.
So, slightly disappointed in the product overall. Works a bit better than having the phone in the saddle bag.
The Bento box looks neat. If iBikepak and them made a product together, I bet it'd kick ass :)
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