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Riding with a phablet

Old 12-19-15, 06:12 PM
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Riding with a phablet

I had to get a new phone. In a fit of damn-the-torpedos, I got one of those newer big honking half phone/half tablet thingies: a phablet.

It's awkward to ride with. Sticks up out of a jersey pocket. Anybody find a good solution? In a perfect world, I'd love a weatherproof holder that put it where I could see it.
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Old 12-19-15, 06:13 PM
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I bought a holder for my phone and put it in a Lifeproof case. I doubt it's really weatherproof, but it may buy me enough time to find shelter in inclement weather.
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Old 12-19-15, 06:23 PM
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Roadies should not use phablets.
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Old 12-19-15, 06:23 PM
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my 6+ fits in my middle jersey perfect, sometimes i have it in one of these, or one of these

still fits

when i use my phone for trail map reading i just tuck it inside the leg on my bibshort
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Wait, is it "phablet," as in phat x tablet, or "fablet," from fabulous x tablet? I thought the latter; at least I've never seen one which would fit my definition of phat.
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I think the "ph" comes from phone. Phone/tablet.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Wait, is it "phablet," as in phat x tablet, or "fablet," from fabulous x tablet? I thought the latter; at least I've never seen one which would fit my definition of phat.
It's a honking big phone that is too big to carry in your pocket. Definitely not phat.
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You should trade it in for one of these babies, way easier to carry...
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I think the "ph" comes from phone. Phone/tablet.
Ah, of course! Thank you!
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aero top tube bag, perfect for holding a phone. I use one from LG.
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Originally Posted by Buffalo Buff View Post
aero top tube bag, perfect for holding a phone. I use one from LG.
i have one of those, and it worked great with my iPhone 4, but this new one (iPhone 6s+) doesn't fit it. I'm not opposed to another top-tube bag. Cough Fred Cough.
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I have an iPhone 6+. Big honkin' phone. I put it in a ziploc bag as well and stuff it in my jersey pocket. It's perfect - waterproof, light, and dirt cheap. You can even use your phone without having to take it out of the bag. You will not win style points, however, pulling it out at the coffee shop afterwards.
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A crash on a $2,000 bike might do $300 or $400 damage. A crash with a $600 phone can easily do $600 damage. Just to make sure it's damaged people here talk about a holder?
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Originally Posted by EthanHawley View Post
I have an iPhone 6+. Big honkin' phone. I put it in a ziploc bag as well and stuff it in my jersey pocket. It's perfect - waterproof, light, and dirt cheap. You can even use your phone without having to take it out of the bag. You will not win style points, however, pulling it out at the coffee shop afterwards.
Yeah, I did that today. It did stick up higher than the top of my jacket pocket. Annoying.

The top tube bag I have now, which also has all my bike kit in it, has a pocket with a clear plastic screen on top. It was convenient. I don't get a lot of calls and texts, thankfully, and it was nice to be able to glance down and at least see who was trying to contact me. But, this phone is so much bigger that I think a top bag of similar design, but just dino-sized to fit my ridiculous phone, would be too big...? Maybe not.
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StanSeven, that's a legit concern fo sho. I do think my top tube bag would protect a phone pretty well in a crash by dint of its location if nothing else.
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Try carrying one of these bad boys in a fanny pack.

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Do you have to carry that phone with you when you ride? I get that some people have to be in contact with work or whatever at all times or use it to track rides on Strava. But if it's just used for emergencies and doesn't have to be checked frequently, I might suggest a burner phone with a minimal amount of minutes on it that you could just toss in your jersey pocket and forget until you need it. And if it gets broken/dropped/lost it's no big deal. Leave the phablet (not heard that one before- great nickname) at home.
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..... But if it's just used for emergencies and doesn't have to be checked frequently, I might suggest a burner phone....
They aren't just phones anymore. They're much more than a phone. And in an emergency.... like a break-in or fire at home or work. It might be the Internet camera connection you need to confirm a problem... that will send the police or fire. It's great to be a cyclists but disconnecting from the world isn't doable for everyone. My phone has a tracker as well. So if I end-up hurt in a ditch at least my wife can find me.

I don't have the tablet sized phone. But my phone is always with me. I run an app that logs my cycling miles and stats. But it does so in a Ziploc bag in my jersey pocket. I resist putting a phone/tablet on the handlebars. It doesn't even look safe!
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Originally Posted by Long Tom View Post
I had to get a new phone. In a fit of damn-the-torpedos, I got one of those newer big honking half phone/half tablet thingies: a phablet.

It's awkward to ride with. Sticks up out of a jersey pocket. Anybody find a good solution? In a perfect world, I'd love a weatherproof holder that put it where I could see it.
I'd put it in a baggy in my center jersey pocket rotated so the long side is down and therefore it doesn't stick out.

I haven't seen a phone mount that didn't look really awkward, and the bigger the phone the bigger the awkward.
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They aren't just phones anymore. They're much more than a phone. And in an emergency.... like a break-in or fire at home or work. It might be the Internet camera connection you need to confirm a problem... that will send the police or fire. It's great to be a cyclists but disconnecting from the world isn't doable for everyone. My phone has a tracker as well. So if I end-up hurt in a ditch at least my wife can find me.

I don't have the tablet sized phone. But my phone is always with me. I run an app that logs my cycling miles and stats. But it does so in a Ziploc bag in my jersey pocket. I resist putting a phone/tablet on the handlebars. It doesn't even look safe!
Yes, I am aware they are not just phones anymore. And I wasn't suggesting disconnecting from the world. But the OP does have an overly-large device that doesn't sound like it is comfortable to ride with. It was an alternative suggestion for his technological situation. If the OP or anyone else needs to be connected 24/7 then no, this will not work for him/her.
But I will ask: if a person is so afraid to leave home that everything about their life has to be monitored, then where is the benefit to going for a ride at all? There is nothing that I could do from thirty or forty miles away that a burglar or fire alarm or neighbor or coworker could not do. A phone call or text could get me to ride faster or get picked up in a car. And I leave an itinerary at home so people know where to look if I'm not home within a certain time frame. But I admit, I have chosen to not live with a lot of technology in my personal life. I understand that is not everyone's preference.
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Maybe something like https://www.sfbags.com/collections/c...ing-ride-pouch

It would be great for carrying other accessories as well
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