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Old 06-01-12, 03:52 AM   #1
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Android Apps and Handlebar Holder For Droid

I have a Droid 4 and use My Tracks to calculate my miles. I am using my tracks so I can upload the stats to Daily Mile. It wasn't until today that I noticed it had real time stats and speed until I took it out of my pocket during my ride. I am looking for a handlebar holder so I can see stats as I ride. What do others use to keep their phones on the handlebars.
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Old 06-01-12, 06:59 AM   #2
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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.

- Cheap!
- 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:

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Old 06-01-12, 11:24 PM   #3
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That is some good improvising there. Thanks for sharing this, I may try something similar.
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Old 06-13-12, 08:45 PM   #4
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I use the Minoura handlebar phone holder... works great... very secure... and it looks nice on my bike.
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