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    Garmin or RAM GPS mount?

    Hi all, looks like I'm going to get a Garmin Oregon 550 GPS, so wondering if anyone has opinions on the RAM mount vs the Garmin one. Obviously the RAM one is much fancier, has a ball-and-socket joint, etc - but looks big and cumbersome, especially when the GPS isn't mounted.

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    My Garmin bicycle computer (Edge 305) experience has been spotty- poor battery life (8-10 hours, then it MUST be charged), rubber cover for charging port is feeble which exposes unit to water damage and I've had several just do a total electronic meltdown. OTOH, when it works it's wonderful. On my transam ride I took both the Garmin and a Sigma computer...the Edge work fone for the most part, but I don't trust it.

    Maybe the Oregon model is better than this.

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    Well, yeah, the Edge and the Oregon are really different beasts. Which mount did you use? How did it hold up?

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    i'm using a 60csx and i use my mountain bike for well, mountain biking. except the joke is that singapore is relatively flat.... with not too much serious long trails of offroad. but hey, use the included wrist strap to secure to the bar using a lark's head, and you're ready to go - no flying gps!

    i prefer the cheaper garmin mount method because it doesn't hold up the gps to subject it to vibrations or to be struck...

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    I have a Garmin 705. The mount is nice and small, but I had to replace it once already. If you get the Garmin, make sure you have lots of zip ties.
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    The Oregon Mount for Garmin is pretty decent. It has seen good use and still going strong. just be aware that initially, the mount feels stiff and also there is a small stopper. Some wrestling will be in order the first couple of times you use it. Otherwise, the mount is low profile and pretty decent. I mount it on my Stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remacutetigisti View Post
    The Oregon Mount for Garmin is pretty decent. It has seen good use and still going strong. just be aware that initially, the mount feels stiff and also there is a small stopper. Some wrestling will be in order the first couple of times you use it. Otherwise, the mount is low profile and pretty decent. I mount it on my Stem.

    The Garmin bike mounts are a joke, I've broke every one I've ever owned, the ones for anything other than the edge are simply crap, none have ever lasted a week.

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    Heh cool, thanks for all the contradictory advice
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    The Garmin plastic mount WILL NOT last.........I got lucky and caught my GPS jsut as the mount failed. Spend the money for the RAM mount....It is well worth it.

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    Oh well, too late, ordered 2x Garmin mount (for MTB as well). I'll have to find a good way to doubly attach it so if the mount fails, it won't actually fall off.
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    i suspect there's a possibility there's some better way to fasten the gps to the garmin holder. i was seriously considering getting the RAM mount, until i thought it's useless to have it on a 1" "swingarm" which amplifies vibration...

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    RAM is the only way to go. The Garmin stuff won't hold up. The RAM arm absorbs vibration - I have used RAM mounts for years on my motorcycles which vibe more than any bike I have ridden. Garmin mounts have allowed the unit to come loose and the batteries vibe out. I mount a RAM ball using a u-bolt right on my stem perfectly centered and even when the Garmin isn't in use its not in the way and weighs nothing. I do suggest using a medium arm on a bicycle and use it to project the garmin unit as far forward in front of the handlebars as possible. Keeps the unit out of the way, rides better and cuts vibration way down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ocho View Post
    RAM is the only way to go. The Garmin stuff won't hold up. The RAM arm absorbs vibration - I have used RAM mounts for years on my motorcycles which vibe more than any bike I have ridden. Garmin mounts have allowed the unit to come loose and the batteries vibe out. I mount a RAM ball using a u-bolt right on my stem perfectly centered and even when the Garmin isn't in use its not in the way and weighs nothing. I do suggest using a medium arm on a bicycle and use it to project the garmin unit as far forward in front of the handlebars as possible. Keeps the unit out of the way, rides better and cuts vibration way down.
    it's quite interesting, our differing viewpoints. perhaps i haven't been riding enough with my 60csx so far. the longest single ride i did with it was a 320km road ride on a brevet, which i didn't need to take it off the bars at all, except when having food stops along the way. i've read about the electrical contacts "vibrating" loose, but really find it hard to imagine so far...

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    On a motorcycle I used a Tour-Tech mount which has vibration isolators built into it for use with the 60 series GPS unit. Later I just bought a Zumo which was better and built to withstand vibrations. I use the 60cs on my bicycles now or when hiking and or canoeing. Its not a real vibe proof model. I had to pad the battery compartment to keep the batteries from coming loose in contacts. Just last week on a nice single track ride with lots of roots and tighter technical stuff I hit a section of trail where the unit popped right out of the mount saved only by the tether (I make my tethers out of 80 lb spectron fishing line and 100 lb test snap locks). Before using a tether I had lost the unit on other trails and had to back track over a mile to find it.

    I have adapted that Tour-Tech mount to my mountain bike but it still can pop out, as stated above, when you get the whole bike moving enough. On normal road rides I have had the unit's batteries "shake" loose from connections causing it to power down and up when on rough sections of road like cobblestone or city streets
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    ocho, you mean the touratech mount?

    i'm making a wild guess - the 60csx i'm using has one small piece of foam inserted just behind the battery contacts - presumably garmin decided to solve that problem, i guess. i do mountain bike hashing on my hardtail mountain bike, so far i haven't had anything unforeseen happening - except my power switch decided to fail me - so i'd sent it promptly under warranty service.

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    Yep, its the Tourtech mount. The foam in the battery department wasn't my idea; it came from Garmin support when we talked about the batteries popping loose. I just glued a piece in and it was end of problem. The Tourtech helped even more but like I said the Zumo (made for motorcycles) is the real way to go. I'd use a Zumo on a bicycle except the unit is HUGE by comparison but the touch screen is a very neat feature when up on two wheels. I own 4 Garmin units so I don't really want to add one of the newer models for bicycling although its crossed my mind. Right now everything is working so....
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