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Old 06-29-16, 07:00 AM
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Bad accident caused by cell phone mount

Thought I'd put this out there as a cautionary tale. A friend was using a handlebar cell phone mount. The phone dislodged when they hit a bump and because it was attached to earbuds instead of dropping to the ground it dangled and as they were attempting to pull it up the phone got wedged between the chain & crankset and brought the bike to an immediate halt. They went flying, got hit in the face by the handlebars which came down on them after they hit the ground - ended up with a broken eye socket and are out of work for several weeks. The doctor told them they were close to losing their eye.

Probably not the kind of thing you would normally envision happening. They attribute part of it to the fact that the cell phone didn't fit completely securely in the holder. In hindsight they should have stopped immediately instead of trying to keep rolling while dealing with the dropped phone.

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Old 06-29-16, 09:29 AM
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Frightful story there Glad to hear that it didn't result in losing an eye.
Btw - the magnetic mounts work well. I've hit tree roots and it hasn't budged at all.
The phone for gps only tho, and I'd never consider using earbuds while riding. Scary stuff!
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Old 06-29-16, 09:33 AM
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Can be a problem dangling down in the spokes also. Bluetooth for safety.
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Old 06-29-16, 09:46 AM
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in hindsight the rider should not have had ear buds in while cycling.
when cycling or using other public spaces like bike paths, earbuds are just a menace. every time - EVERY TIME - i use a bike path i'm ringing my bell over and over trying to let walkers or other cyclist know I'm coming up behind them. when I come up on someone who just stays in the middle, I know they have earbuds in and no situational awareness. yesterday's ride home - some guy has his bike parked diagonally across the path while he's doinking with his phone - no clue i'm there until i have to squeeze between his rear wheel and a guard rail.
i take no schadenfreude with your friends misfortune, but it's just another reason to keep your ears clear when in traffic (pedestrian or otherwise).
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The problem here is not the earbuds; it's that the earbuds attached the rider to the bike. Clearly a bad idea!

A few years ago my MIL got me a very nice phone mount for my iPhone 5S... I smiled politely and installed it on my least-used bike. I want that thing in my pocket.
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Old 06-30-16, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
The problem here is not the earbuds; it's that the earbuds attached the rider to the bike. Clearly a bad idea!
Sticking stuff in your ear on a bicycle is always a bad idea unless it's a stationary bicycle.
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Old 06-30-16, 09:20 AM
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I agree ^

If you want to listen to music or a podcast, do so while stationary cycling or sitting in your living room.


While on the bike in the real world, remove the gizmos and distractions, and maintain situational awareness at all times.


Why are we so entertainment focused, anyway? The scenario given in the OP reeks of bad ideas compounded on one another...
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Old 06-30-16, 09:53 AM
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I'd have to ask whether the rider was using earbuds or headphones. Fixie?

I've jammed my crankset on occasion with a bad shift or chain suck, or something, and haven't sent myself flying. So jamming the chain and cranks causing the bike to stop would almost require a fixie. Of course, there are also problems with getting stuff into the spokes.

The next issue is why the rider got hit in the face with the handlebars. Ape Hangers? One possibility is that when the cell phone (or walkman) got lodged into the chain, the headphone system failed to come disengaged, yanking the head downward. And, thus my question of earbuds vs headphones. Wrap-around headphones may have had more of a tendency to pull the head downward, whereas earbuds might simply pop out (with a little downward pull).

Also, note those people who like keys and ID cards on a dangly necklace should have breakaway straps, especially around equipment.

I do listen to a radio if driving alone in a car, but not when riding a bike. I feel that it would detract from my ability to pay attention to the surroundings, but that is a completely separate issue. I do a lot of riding on roads, some with a high speed differential. Mostly MUP riding might be different, although one is never truly isolated.
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Old 06-30-16, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
The next issue is why the rider got hit in the face with the handlebars. Ape Hangers?
The handlebars hit her after she hit the ground.

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Old 07-01-16, 12:10 AM
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At Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, I have enough trouble noticing the hardcore folks coming up behind my leisurely self even WITHOUT earbuds! At least most riders will holler, but some just sneak past and assume I won't turn or stop.

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Some cell phone mounts for bikes include a short tether as a backup in case the phone is dislodged. Whenever I mount a camera on my bike for videos I add a short tether in case the mount fails.

So far the only thing I've dropped in the chain was my water bottle when I fumbled it while trying a no-look replacement into the cage. Jammed between the chain and frame but didn't knock me off balance -- I didn't even need to stop. Chewed up the water bottle. I'm probably lucky it wasn't worse.
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Old 08-06-16, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Some cell phone mounts for bikes include a short tether as a backup in case the phone is dislodged. Whenever I mount a camera on my bike for videos I add a short tether in case the mount fails.

So far the only thing I've dropped in the chain was my water bottle when I fumbled it while trying a no-look replacement into the cage. Jammed between the chain and frame but didn't knock me off balance -- I didn't even need to stop. Chewed up the water bottle. I'm probably lucky it wasn't worse.
The few times I've used a handlebar mount for my phone (for MapMyRide app), I've wrapped a rubber band around the phone and mount a couple of times. Even going over some big bumps in the road, the phone stayed put with no issues.


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Old 08-18-16, 07:48 AM
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thanks for sharing. I use a cell phone mount to hold my car's tomtom gps sometimes. when I do I use a cpl strips of electrical (or duct) tape on both sides to ensure it doesn't pop out
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