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    Bike Mount For iPhone With Otterbox Case?

    I just got my 4s and it's sitting inside an Otterbox Defender case. So far, so good. Is there a bike mount available that would work with this case? IF so, I'd also like to be able to access the charging port so I can have the phone charging as I ride.

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    Just wanted to bump this.

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    I've ocassionaly lost a water bottle on a rough ride so aside from a couple specialty cases that would completely replace the Otterbox, I'd personally suggest a waterproof PDA wallet (Topeak or the like) rather than take a chance of something coming off accidently.

    Easy on / easy off isn't always a good idea.

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    Yep. I tired to DYI an Otterbox mount with rubber shims and zip ties. Even on smooth roads, I thought the large screen of the iPhone was a needless distraction. I stick the Otterbox in my pocket and haven't had any angst about it since.

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    While I was at work I received in the mail an armband I found on amazon that will hold the otterbox while I ride. I will post as to how well it works after I get a chance to test it.

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    After a freak accident that sent my nice front bike-light into the middle of the Fraser River, I wouldn't recommend anyone strap anything of value to their bike frame. You never know.

    I keep mine zipped up in my pocket.

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    Armband worked pretty well. I did twenty with it last Saturday. Only issue I encountered is that it was a little bit difficult to activate the screen through the band's plastic but I think that is almost to be expected.

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    Thanks everyone. I actually found a bike mount for the Otterbox. It very similar to the Otterbox belt clip but instead of the belt clip on the back side it has the bike mount. Here's some shots of it installed.


    http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...j/c0166333.jpg


    http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...j/004d6ef4.jpg



    And here's the actual link if you want to buy it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details



    I've only used it once on a 13 mile ride and it worked well, no problems. I even had a little fall onto the sidewalk because I couldn't get my shoes out of the clips at a stop light. It was my first ride with them. lol

    On a side note, my phone was fully charged before going. I had my screen on the brightest setting while using the map my ride app. I was also listening to music through my phone. I also attached a small charger for my phone into a small tube bag and had it running to my phone. My phone was still at 100% after my ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cm11599ps View Post
    Thanks everyone. I actually found a bike mount for the Otterbox. It very similar to the Otterbox belt clip but instead of the belt clip on the back side it has the bike mount. Here's some shots of it installed.

    http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...j/c0166333.jpg

    http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...j/004d6ef4.jpg

    And here's the actual link if you want to buy it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

    I've only used it once on a 13 mile ride and it worked well, no problems. I even had a little fall onto the sidewalk because I couldn't get my shoes out of the clips at a stop light. It was my first ride with them. lol

    On a side note, my phone was fully charged before going. I had my screen on the brightest setting while using the map my ride app. I was also listening to music through my phone. I also attached a small charger for my phone into a small tube bag and had it running to my phone. My phone was still at 100% after my ride.
    Looks pretty cool! So at some point please post an updated review! I'm still looking myself. As well as the Otterbox I have a mophie battery/case combo and neither is waterproof. Looked at the Blackburn VIP ZIP RIDE WALLET, but its only water repellant and won't take an iPhone with a case on it.

    So I'm still using ZipLocks!
    Last edited by Burton; 02-22-12 at 02:57 PM.

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    Looks like a nice product. I just use the belt clip and made a small strap to attack it to. I have photos of the first one I made before my otterbox with my DIY charger attached. The photos of my otterbox strap don’t have the case attached but I think you will get the idea.

    Only warning I have about the belt clip or the mount that attaches the same way is be sure it is completely snapped in. if you are off just a little it will feel like it’s in but can pop out. There is one other issue with the iphone4 that’s white the sensor that kills the screen when you put it to your face to talk is in a different location and the white phone will fit in the case ok but your ear will mute the call sometimes. The new case is supposed to have this fixed.
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    seriously? can't stay away from that phone or pay attention to the world around you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
    seriously? can't stay away from that phone or pay attention to the world around you?
    LOL Come on! He's obviously got that set up for touring and an iPhone can be pretty handy for navigation.

    I'm more curious about the reverse mounted handlebar bag myself.

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    Ha Ha I went the first 50 years of life with phones that were connected to the wall with a wire and now I can’t get more than 10 seconds away from my link to the world. Not really I’m pretty fine with being off the grid and yes that is a touring bike and the phone serves lots of useful purposes on the road. I guess you could call it my one luxury item. But actually it’s that but also more of a method to escape. If it’s a 20 mile ride at home or a longer tour being able to keep in touch is the reason I’m able to be out there sometimes. I spent a lot of time with Rand McNally on the bar bag and it didn’t hold 3050 songs, lol.

    Will report back on the bar bag that’s backwards and how that came about when I have more time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burton View Post
    I'm more curious about the reverse mounted handlebar bag myself.
    This photo shows the bar bag pretty well and also the iPhone belt clip attached. It was taken when I was weighing the bike at different stages of loading it with touring gear.

    First off my thoughts about the phone mounted to the bike while riding. Yes it can be distracting and it can be unsafe. Almost everyone I know has a cell phone now and my thoughts are having one with me could improve my chances of staying alive more than it could cause a problem if used properly. Not really any different than having it in the car and driving. I have seen many cyclists distracted going for the phone in a pocket while riding, getting it out one handed and trying to flip it open and take a call. In my case if it’s right there glance down and see who it is and if it safe answer if not let the machine get it. The speaker phone works great. I have apps that look at my GPS location and give weather warnings that are spot on and allow time to find cover rather than being caught in a dangerous spot riding in a storm. In the event of a problem with myself or others it’s nice to know there is a chance of calling in help and once again GPS numbers tell 911 your location within a few feet. I would guess I only have it mounted like that less than half the time for reasons mentioned. I can’t see cooking it or freezing it or having it getting wet in the rain. That leads me to the bar bag setup.

    When on the road I wanted a small bag to serve a few needs. The biggest being one that it comes off and goes with me every time I have to leave the bike. Needed it to be big enough to hold phone wallet good digital camera SLR and all the little things you need. I also wanted it to house the DIY battery boast backup batteries and power for the lighting that’s detachable and can come in the tent etc. for other lighting needs. They don’t really make one like this most are too large to mount backwards and most people don’t have such a high stem on a drop bar bike. I wanted it to do a good job keeping rain out along with Ziploc bags. Some outside pockets for quick to reach stuff and a place to attach a shoulder strap and not look like a purse when carrying it around. Belly room while standing and being able to ride seated or standing were also requirements. I found a camera bag that was light and suited the needs and made a hook from thin aluminum rod that goes thru a belt strap place and hooks over the bars. It came with dividers I don’t use. It has a cloth handle on top that’s great to carry it with and also perfect to stick my bike gloves under when not in use. Most people use a larger bar bag and having a lot of weight hanging from the handlebars is not the best thing in front having the weight on the backside is more stable. I have a front rack and I wanted all that space for mounting my Military Sleep System (more bulky than heavy). The bag opening from the rider side is really nice to pull over flip it open grab a photo or a snack and off you go. With good weather I don’t zip it only snap the snap at the bottom. Cost was around 30 bucks.

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    Had lunch with a friend who turned me on to life proof cases for iPhones. They look kind of amazing and make their own bike mount. http://lifeproof.com

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    I use a bar bag. If I mounted on the iPhone on bars I'd be messing with it instead of paying attention -- sounds like a cager, huh?? Like Bud, up above, I have mine mounted backwards on the bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuncoastChad View Post
    I use a bar bag. If I mounted on the iPhone on bars I'd be messing with it instead of paying attention -- sounds like a cager, huh?? Like Bud, up above, I have mine mounted backwards on the bars.
    I think ours are mounted the right way and the rest of the world is doing it backwards.

    I agree if itís in the car or on the bike anything can be a distraction to the business at hand. Itís much easier to pull over on a bike if you need to mess around with a gadget. On a long ride without much traffic the phone with its iPod features and internet radio etc. can be a good distraction also. Itís like anything else there is a time and a place to use them. Some people will say never I would say use common sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bud16415 View Post
    I think ours are mounted the right way and the rest of the world is doing it backwards.

    I agree if it’s in the car or on the bike anything can be a distraction to the business at hand. It’s much easier to pull over on a bike if you need to mess around with a gadget. On a long ride without much traffic the phone with its iPod features and internet radio etc. can be a good distraction also. It’s like anything else there is a time and a place to use them. Some people will say never I would say use common sense.
    Exactly! What good is a bag opening over the front of the bars?

    I wear LG HBS700 bluetooth earbuds pretty often and can listen to music OR answer a phone call from the headset. If I get a text or such I will wait until I get to the next light or just pull over if I think it's important. I've busted my tail just riding before all the electronic distractions - I don't bounce and heal like I used to.
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