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Old 10-08-10, 07:23 AM   #1
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Mount for phone

Hello all...got a new phone that has all the bells and whistles to act as my bike computer/mp3 player. Looking into two things, first a stereo bluetooth headset that allows me to listen to music and take calls if needed and more importantly a good mount for my phone on my handlebars. So far all I can find is this clunky looking thing...
http://www.fommy.com/view-full-page....G2&skuno=83818

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Old 10-08-10, 09:46 AM   #2
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I've not tried them on a bicycle, but RAM mounts are generally very high quality and secure, and they do have handlebar mounts that would probably work.

http://www.ram-mount.com/Products/Bi...3/Default.aspx
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I've not tried them on a bicycle, but RAM mounts are generally very high quality and secure, and they do have handlebar mounts that would probably work.

http://www.ram-mount.com/Products/Bi...3/Default.aspx
That looks like it could work, thanks!
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I doubt if your phone would take the vibrations that it would get being strapped to the bars of a cycle.
If you really want to try it you may be able to adapt a car screen mount for your phone, and fix that to the bars with zip ties.
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Over-do it if you mount a phone on your bars.
had the Krussel bike mount set-up. seemed real solid and well made.
Hit 40 on a rough road and the mount somehow managed to let go. Mount didn't break. It undid the latching mechanism on it's own somehow.

It's amazing how much something can bounce around under rough-fast conditions,
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Try this. I've bought from this place in Hong Kong and been satisfied.



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Toss it in a Ziplock bag in your center jersey pocket. My Blackberry lives back there on a semi-regular basis. Plays my music (through one earbud for safety), takes my phone calls if I get one (rarely do), and tracks my route via GPS while riding for download and analysis later. Ziplock keeps it from getting coated in sweat, and the jersey pocket keeps it close enough I don't need bluetooth for the headset, and it doesn't have the chance of "rattling off".

Works like a champ for me. My buddy has recently adopted the same "system" for his iPhone with equally good results.
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It's amazing how much vibration your stem and handlebars get even from a paved road. I often ride on brick and cobblestones, as well as packed gravel roads. My bars are often a blur with the vibrations coming up.

Which leads me to wonder how they make bike computers and GPS units to take it without breaking solder joints and printed circuit board traces inside.
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Since the bike computer has less mass, the vibration probably introduces a lot less force on it. But I really don't know if they do anything special to make them.

I'll be getting an iphone in a day or two. I'll see how it likes life on my handlebars.
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The biggest issue with shock and vibration is probably flexing of the circuit board, which leads to fatigue and broken solder joins, broken traces, etc. This is usually more of an issue with larger boards. That's why big boards aren't just mounted on the edges, but have standoffs all throughout the area of the board. A smaller board is going to be stiffer and lighter, so it's less of an issue. Still, I've seen some high end electronics (e.g. pro SLR cameras) where everything is mounted on shock absorbing materials. There's also the issue of connectors shaking loose, such as the connection to the display.

The biggest problem I've had with portable electronics is the batteries shaking loose and the unit shutting off. This is usually with AA or AAA batteries. Never had an issue with a built-in battery.

P.S. I second the recommendation for at least a ziplock bag to protect the phone from the elements. Rain, sweat, dust, etc will take their toll. I have a Polar F11 HRM that has logged pretty close to 10K miles on my handlebars. It still works great, but the glass is noticeably pitted

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