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    Question Smartphone bike mount with rain protection

    I am wondering if there is a good smartphone bike mount that also works well in rain.
    How important it is for a smartphone bike mount to also be rainproof? Does this causes any visibility issue when the mount is rain proof? Any specific brand or model anyone is happy with?

    Thank you very much for your help.

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    If I mounted my phone I would want rain protection, why wouldn't you?
    I choose to mount a bike computer, and not to protect my phone but felt running GPS and displays and etc., it's going to run out of power.
    When it comes to phone mounts, and sensors, and bike computers, there is as many answers out there as there is riders.

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    My smartphone is water resistant by itself.
    Eschew simplistic dogma.

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    In Your Pocket. pay attention to traffic so you don't Get Killed.

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    I use an app on my smart phone but I don't feel compelled to see the digital imagery displayed on my handlebars. There are plenty of other stuff to see (and watch-out for) when I am riding. I keep my phone in a zip-loc bag in a jersey pocket... just in case it might rain. On rides when rain seems certain... I double-bag.

    I do have a small (limited functions) bicycle-computer mounted on my bars of my daily rider. It's nice to be able to see my speed.. or the time.

    I do have a "holder" for my phone that easily attaches to my bikes handlebars. It isn't water/weather proof but that's OK... I only use it to watch the news on my phone when on my trainer in the winter months.

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    I heard some of the mounts with rain protection cause seeing the phone screen difficult. Is there any specif good brand out there?

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    I'll come back via edit and post up photos later, but I think yes, it is needed if one is to use the phone as a computer.

    The GPS chip (in any device) needs a clear view to provide maximum tracking effectiveness, so the way I solved this was to remove the belt clip from an iPhone 4S phone holster and then mount a RAM ball on the back of the holster.

    Next, another RAM ball was mounted on the bike. Then a RAM short arm completes the setup. Cost was less than $30 for all the RAM stuff. The inordinately expensive Apple holster is another story...

    For water-proofness I can put the phone in an ordinary zip-loc sandwich bag and it still clips nicely into the holster, and the GPS chip has an unobstructed view of the sky.
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    Missing option: I don't think smartphones should be mounted on bikes, any more than I think that people in cars should be looking at smartphones on the road.
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    Are you looking for something like this?
    Universal Waterproof Mobile Cell Phone Bike Cycling Bag Holder Case Pouch New | eBay

    Description looks like it can even hold a larger screen smartphone. Anyone have this? I might consider getting it instead of the saddle type bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    In Your Pocket. pay attention to traffic ..........

    +1

    I carry my cell for emergency calls. I also use track my ride just for fun, but it is tucked way for the actual ride.

    I do have a cycle computer mounted on my bars but it is only displaying cadence, I glance down at it every now and then. My facebook and BF posts can wait till im off my bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJ1 View Post
    I am wondering if there is a good smartphone bike mount that also works well in rain.
    How important it is for a smartphone bike mount to also be rainproof? Does this causes any visibility issue when the mount is rain proof? Any specific brand or model anyone is happy with?
    The primary cases I use are from Ultimate Add-Ons, which I supplement with lower-quality Ebay purchases. I stick velcro hooks to the back of my phone so that I actually don't need to close the pouch when riding, or at least fully close. I have a pouch+mount in a suitcase or other piece of luggage that I throw onto handlebars if I manage to rent a bike at my destination and use the phone to guide me around unknown or poorly known terrain. When I managed to rip the vinyl cover of a pouch, I managed to repair it with a piece of vinyl and vinyl glue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    Missing option: I don't think smartphones should be mounted on bikes, any more than I think that people in cars should be looking at smartphones on the road.
    Awe, you're just trying to start an argument. I say we poll all the 16 yr old girls who have a drivers license and see how they feel about your idea.

    I can't see why using a smart phone ( mounted ) on a bike should be an issue. When I bring mine it's basically just there if I need to navigate. Now to do that sometimes I have to stop because I need to scroll a map, otherwise if I'm running a programmed route all I have to do is listen for the turns. As for phone calls; I don't take calls while riding ( unless I stop ). Anyway, I can't see any of this being any more distracting than glancing at a bike computer, checking for heart rate, checking mileage, speed, pace ..etc. People have been using computers on bikes for years without issues. I see no reason to call foul because someone has a smart phone mounted on a bike.

    Back to the OP subject: I use the Satechi bikemate holder for holding my android phone. That phone broke last year and I now use the Droid Maxx ( with Otter case ) which is slightly larger. The Satechi still works although it is a little harder to get in or out of the plastic sleeve. The real down side is that it is a little hard to press the power button on the phone. Other than that I have no doubt that any rain can get inside the plastic envelope. The mount itself is rock solid and works on the stem or bars.

    I use mine so I can keep up with IJM's posts at all times.......
    Last edited by 01 CAt Man Do; 06-29-15 at 01:02 AM.

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    When I'm driving I put my fuel gauge and speedometer in my pocket so I can pay attention to traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athens80 View Post
    When I'm driving I put my fuel gauge and speedometer in my pocket so I can pay attention to traffic.
    Huh? I thought everybody did that.

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    I just bought this Cell Phone Bike Mount. It is waterproof and large enough to hold my phone, including the case it comes with. And right underneath, there is a compartment to put your keys, wallet, and extra tools.

    Universal Waterproof Touch Screen Bike Cycling Cell Phone Bag Pouch Holder Case | eBay

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