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Old 03-06-16, 02:50 PM
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Accessories: Recommended Attachment for Android Phone

Hi Everyone,

I found a few postings recommending attachments to have your iPhone attached securely to the bicycle. However, does anyone know of a product that would work for Android devices? I have a Motorola Droid Maxx and I ride a Specialized Roubaix. Ideally, I'd love to find something that attaches to the stem or to the head tube. Thank you to all that reply.

ps. - please don't make this into an Android vs. Apple thing ...
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Old 03-06-16, 07:04 PM
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I have this on both my bikes. They work with almost any phone. I love it.
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Originally Posted by jamis_2008 View Post
Hi Everyone,

I found a few postings recommending attachments to have your iPhone attached securely to the bicycle. However, does anyone know of a product that would work for Android devices? I have a Motorola Droid Maxx and I ride a Specialized Roubaix. Ideally, I'd love to find something that attaches to the stem or to the head tube. Thank you to all that reply.

ps. - please don't make this into an Android vs. Apple thing ...
I bought a SlipGrip RAM-HOL plus a RAM EZ-On/Off bike mount which can be stem or bar mounted. The SlipGrip is phone-specific and smaller than the generic RAM mount. The RAM bike mount is smaller than SlipGrip's.

A cursory scan of SlipGrip's website shows one for the Droid Maxx.

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I would suggest a Ram mount. I use two on my bike, one to hold my phone and another to hold my headlight in an unconventional position. Be forewarned that this is probably one of the more expensive options, as you have to buy multiple items to have a complete and functional mount, which requires a mounting bracket, a socket arm, and finally the phone holder. It'll cost you about fifty dollars, all things said and done.

The beauty of the system is that the arm allows you to position your phone anywhere you want it, even if it's attached to the stem or handlebar. The mounting base comes with two differently sized U-shaped bolts, one that will fit on a handlebar and the larger of which should work with your stem. I would advise against buying the X-Grip phone holder, as it is not as secure the one that I'll link to at the end of this post. When I was using the X-Grip, I actually had my phone fly out of the grip after hitting a large bump and go bouncing behind me on the pavement. Luckily, I use an Otterbox case and there was no traffic behind me on both occurrences.

The only other consideration I would advise is to wrap the area you attach it to with grip-tape or an old inner-tube (my preferred option), because by the time you get the base tight enough that it won't move, there is the possibility that I'll damage the paint/finish. I know that this sounds a bit extreme, but this setup is super customizable and about as stable as you could hope for. Here are the Amazon links to all of the required parts:
Ram Cell Phone Cradle Holder
Diamond Base (attaches to the rear of the holder)
Ball-Socket Arm
Mounting Base
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Old 03-07-16, 04:02 PM
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Old 03-07-16, 04:35 PM
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Do they make out front mounts for phones? I keep my Garmin on the stem and it works great for me, but a lot of people like having their display a little bit further forward, you don't have to look as far down that way.
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Old 03-07-16, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Do they make out front mounts for phones? I keep my Garmin on the stem and it works great for me, but a lot of people like having their display a little bit further forward, you don't have to look as far down that way.
This one goes on the handlebars, photos below. Is that what you meant by out front mount?

Originally Posted by jamis_2008 View Post
Hi Everyone,

I found a few postings recommending attachments to have your iPhone attached securely to the bicycle. However, does anyone know of a product that would work for Android devices? I have a Motorola Droid Maxx and I ride a Specialized Roubaix. Ideally, I'd love to find something that attaches to the stem or to the head tube. Thank you to all that reply.

ps. - please don't make this into an Android vs. Apple thing ...
I use this one. I used it when I had my Samsung Galaxy S2 and now use it for my iPhone 6. Fits both fine. It's adjustable. The photo shows it at its most extended point. Ruler for size.

In another note; does anyone know why all my photos upload sideways when they're not like that on my desktop?
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Old 03-07-16, 06:08 PM
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I am a big fan of RAM mounts and have completely outfitted my kayak using them. I also have a phone mount. Not sure of the size of the phone mount but they tend to be a little big but very sturdy.
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Originally Posted by Ty0604 View Post
In another note; does anyone know why all my photos upload sideways when they're not like that on my desktop?
Phones always generate horizontal images, as in 1920x1080.

They embed EXIF meta-data indicating the "correct" orientation based on where gravity was when the picture was taken.

Some viewers respect that. Some processing code keeps it, some throws it out.

You need to edit your images and rotate them to the "correct" orientation (as in 1080x1920) before uploading.
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
Phones always generate horizontal images, as in 1920x1080.

They embed EXIF meta-data indicating the "correct" orientation based on where gravity was when the picture was taken.

Some viewers respect that. Some processing code keeps it, some throws it out.

You need to edit your images and rotate them to the "correct" orientation (as in 1080x1920) before uploading.
They are vertical and 1080x1920 on my iPhone. They're the same format as all the photos I've ever uploaded on here but they just recently started showing up sideways.
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Old 03-07-16, 10:00 PM
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What do you look at while riding ?
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honestly I don't look at the phone much while riding. i have a bike computer already on the rig. just looking for a way to take it with me and not have to keep in jersey pocket. i keep it with me mainly for emergencies and for the camera. some of my favorite pictures of all time are from me on a solitary ride along a new route. there is nothing better than tackling a tough climb and a picture from the top.
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I would worry that the constant vibration eventually jiggles a connection loose internally. Maybe unfounded. I sometimes bring my phone and don't notice it my pocket. It's in a baggie to protect from sweat.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I would worry that the constant vibration eventually jiggles a connection loose internally. Maybe unfounded.
No need to worry about that. The few connectors that exist inside modern phones use flat flex cables with locking headers. You couldn't shake one loose if it was strapped to a booster on the space shuttle.
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I have an iomount Nomad. Requires affixing a slim metal disk to the back of your existing phone case. The magnetic mount is bombproof it's simple on/off for bars, stem, etc.
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
I have this on both my bikes. They work with almost any phone. I love it.
Second the Nite-Ize. I use one on my bike with a Samsung Galaxy S4 (in an Otterbox Defender case).

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I recommend keeping your Phone in your pocket and paying attention to the traffic so You dont get hit and Die.
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