Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: South Bend, IN (U.S.A.)
Bikes: Surly LHT; Surly CC (as fixed-gear commuter); Hunter CX; Dahon Mu Uno
I spent a while researching fairly expensive and cumbersome options until I realized that a cheaply made arm band for holding a phone while running would work very well.
I happened to already have one lying around that a friend gave to me -- he bought it for just a couple of dollars through Amazon. It was originally designed for an iPhone / iPod Touch, but it holds my LG Optimus V Android phone just fine (perhaps your Droid 4 is bigger, but I bet you could find something quite similar), although after using it a couple of times I cut away a bit of the rubbery material for better access to the buttons.
- Versatle: depending on which bike I use, I can wrap the stretchy arm-band material to hold it just about anywhere in either a portrait or landscape orientation.
- Not too rigid: it has enough give that it seems to absorb even major bumps quite well. My phone has never been knocked loose.
- Easy to get the phone in and out.
- Nothing stays on the bike, and it can readily be moved from bike to bike or, of course, my shoulder if I want to bike to the start of a run.
- Looks cheap
- No weather protection, but a single wrap of Saran Wrap could easily take care of that, while still providing touch access.
- This would not be idea if you want it for constant display and reference. I use it for navigation, and even then not for constant reference. I only turn the screen on when I need to check a turn, and then I use my thumb to angle it just right for viewing. When I'm not actually looking at it, I turn the screen off and let it rotate so the phone is actually suspended, as shown in the second photo below.
Here's a photo of it mounted on my folding bike:
And here it is from the underside so you can see how the strap is wrapped around:
Last edited by Derailed; 06-01-12 at 07:06 AM.