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DIY Garmin Mount!?!

Old 03-17-16, 04:50 PM
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DIY Garmin Mount!?!

Well, not exactly the Garmin Garmin you were thinking. But it's one no less.

After looking up options for a Quick Release for the Garmin Fenix 3, and seeing the prices ($25 for the QR, $40 for the QR Handlebar Mount), I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Went to Home Depot, purchased insulated pipe tubing for $1.59:



Cut a couple inches up, cut in the middle, placed over the handlebar, and voila:



Got yourself a fully-functional handlebar mount. What's better, its shock absorbing qualities will end up treating your watch better than a mount like this:

Handlebar Watch Mount

And won't end up being so bulky when putting it on your wrist like this:

Quick Release which someone would use with this.

Heck, I don't even need to use tape to hold this thing down to the bars, which makes it truly a quick release

I actually am quite fond of this idea.

Made me wonder, for the sake of discussion... have any of you done any cool mods to your bike that somehow "beat the system"?
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Old 03-17-16, 07:13 PM
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Neat solution.

The only DIY handy work I can claim is that I use a toe strap to keep my saddlebag attached to the rails on my saddle. The straps that come on saddlebags today seem to fall apart too easily and you can never get them tight enough to stop the bag swaying about but a toe strap around the bag keeps it tight and they seem to be more resilient than the saddlebag straps.
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Old 03-18-16, 09:30 AM
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That's pretty cool.

I've been having dropouts from my power meter to my Edge lately, so I set my Fenix 3 up with a single-field data page that just shows instantaneous power. My Edge can't even do instant power, so it's kind of nice. But hard to see on my wrist. Might do this for a ride or two to get a better handle on what's going on. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 03-19-16, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
That's pretty cool.

I've been having dropouts from my power meter to my Edge lately, so I set my Fenix 3 up with a single-field data page that just shows instantaneous power. My Edge can't even do instant power, so it's kind of nice. But hard to see on my wrist. Might do this for a ride or two to get a better handle on what's going on. Thanks for the idea.
It's definitely nice to be able to see instantaneous info... in my case it's current speed and my HR zone data. Tried turning the dial on my palm side to see if I could see it better and still would need to take hands off the bars to see those numbers.

Not sure if this would be a permanent solution, but so far with the two rides I've taken, it just works. Make sure to strap it on tight enough that it doesn't shift downward.

Thanks again for your recommendation, this watch has definitely been awesome, really nice to see how quick it connects to bluetooth and the satellite is fairly quick too.
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Old 03-20-16, 08:38 AM
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Yep! I zip-tie the belt case of my phone to the stem so I can use it while riding. I also made some PVC aero bars once.
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