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Best handlebar mount for iPhone?

Old 06-04-20, 02:36 PM
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Best handlebar mount for iPhone?

I tried to find another thread on this (as to not duplicate), but had no luck.

Wondering what the road cycling community says about the best mount to use my iphone as my computer. When I say 'best', I'm referring to look/design, location on the bars, functionality/ease of view, aero design (if that's a thing), any other factors that would make on of them the 'best'.

I've decided to stick with the iphone instead of moving to a wahoo style unit (for now), so just want something that is sharp and works great.

Thanks!
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In my experience, there is the Quad lock, and there is everything else. I had a hard time spending that kind of dough to hold a phone, but after looking at dozens of other phone holders, I picked one up and have not regretted it. Pretty good looking and I have no concern whatsoever that I'll lose the phone. I started with the stem mount and later got the out front mount.
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I've tried a few but landed at the Quad Lock as well. I use the out front mount. Very satisfied with this product.
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I ummm'd and ahhhh'd for a while before throwing the money at quad lock. Once you've got one, you'll know why everyone does. It's a brilliant design and absolutely rock solid. I first found out about them because someone I follow on instagram is riding round the world on a motorbike. She has two phone mounts on her bike bars for navigation and comms and even after riding off road across Africa, they still stay solidly in place. If they can stand up to that punishment they'll be fine on a bicycle. I now have a mount on each bike and one in the car and I'm getting one for the motorbike when I'm riding it more regularly again.
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
In my experience, there is the Quad lock, and there is everything else. I had a hard time spending that kind of dough to hold a phone, but after looking at dozens of other phone holders, I picked one up and have not regretted it. Pretty good looking and I have no concern whatsoever that I'll lose the phone. I started with the stem mount and later got the out front mount.
+1 Quad lock is the only one I would trust

I keep mine in my jersey, or in a hydration pack when commuting/mountain biking.
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I'm a devout RAM mount system kind of guy. I have never lost anything or had it damaged while using Rams. I have a cradle for my GPS, a cradle for my Iphone, and a universal X mount for other gadgets. I have 2 balls on each of my bikes so all I have to do is plug and play. Rams used to be a lot less expensive than they are now, but if you care about your gear, it can;t be beat. Also, it's a snap to pop out your phone when you want to run into a store or whatever. My 2 centavos and I have no vested interest in this company.
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Old 06-05-20, 10:35 AM
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this is exactly what i was hoping to find. thanks everyone! was leaning toward the quad, but i'll take a look at that ram too.
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Suit yourself, but I think this is a better idea:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHEEL-UP-Bi...6/122531236650

I prefer it because it doesn't just hold my iPhone. It also holds my Anker PowerCore charger (which extends my iPhone's usable battery life by days, literally), plus my garage door opener, and my car key, and my office badge/keycard when I commute, and an energy bar, and a chap-stick, and an extra nose rag.

It keeps my phone safe and dry. I don't have any trouble seeing the display, or working the touch-screen.

And it only costs ~$15, including shipping.

Downside? It doesn't fit all the largest and newest phones models, though it does hold my iPhone 8 just fine or my iPhone SE even better.
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Originally Posted by BritishV8 View Post
Suit yourself, but I think this is a better idea:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHEEL-UP-Bi...6/122531236650

I prefer it because it doesn't just hold my iPhone. It also holds my Anker PowerCore charger (which extends my iPhone's usable battery life by days, literally), plus my garage door opener, and my car key, and my office badge/keycard when I commute, and an energy bar, and a chap-stick, and an extra nose rag.

It keeps my phone safe and dry. I don't have any trouble seeing the display, or working the touch-screen.

And it only costs ~$15, including shipping.

Downside? It doesn't fit all the largest and newest phones models, though it does hold my iPhone 8 just fine or my iPhone SE even better.
bulky isnít it?
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30 bucks for a quad lock? From the posts, I thought it must be near $100. 30 bucks sounds like a bargain for what it is! A K-edge garmin mount will set you back $50-60.
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Originally Posted by Bigbus View Post
I'm a devout RAM mount system kind of guy. I have never lost anything or had it damaged while using Rams. I have a cradle for my GPS, a cradle for my Iphone, and a universal X mount for other gadgets. I have 2 balls on each of my bikes so all I have to do is plug and play. Rams used to be a lot less expensive than they are now, but if you care about your gear, it can;t be beat. Also, it's a snap to pop out your phone when you want to run into a store or whatever. My 2 centavos and I have no vested interest in this company.
Ram does make great stuff. That is what I used on my motorcycles but find it on the heavy side for the bike and not near as sleek looking as the Quadlock. Not sure how they compare cost wise, but would imagine that piecing together the Ram bits you need, it's similar.
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Quad Lock. Nothing else is close.
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
30 bucks for a quad lock? From the posts, I thought it must be near $100. 30 bucks sounds like a bargain for what it is! A K-edge garmin mount will set you back $50-60.
That would be nice, but no. Got to have the case for your phone as well as the mount. $60 for everything you need.
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That would be nice, but no. Got to have the case for your phone as well as the mount. $60 for everything you need.
How much are the cases? Thinking in terms of how much outlay itíll be when my current iPhone Xr needs replacement with an inevitably slightly different sized handset.

Also, of all the bike mount questions here, how do people find their in-car mounts? Does the suction cup work? And the dash mount?
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How much are the cases? Thinking in terms of how much outlay it’ll be when my current iPhone Xr needs replacement with an inevitably slightly different sized handset.

Also, of all the bike mount questions here, how do people find their in-car mounts? Does the suction cup work? And the dash mount?
Ram windshield suction mount uses the same 1" ball as all their other mounts. I have one, but don't use it because I mounted a ball on the front of my console for the GPS and just aim the screen up towards me.
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Delta phone caddy if you want better protection on the bike but don't need a phone case off the bike. I used one for my old iPhone 4s for awhile. It's a bit bulky but no worse than a phone in a protective case plus a Quad Lock or similar mount. I liked the Delta because I preferred the iPhone without a case in my pocket, although I also had a Mophie Juice Pack Air, a nifty combo protective case/battery extender. I'm hoping Mophie makes one for the new iPhone SE, which I'll probably get even though I switched to Android a few years ago. Just kinda curious about the 2020 version of the SE.
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ok - quick follow up question. does your phone to zapped by the sun on hot ride days? seems like it could overheat with direct sunlight for a couple hours.
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ok - quick follow up question. does your phone to zapped by the sun on hot ride days? seems like it could overheat with direct sunlight for a couple hours.
Has never been an issue for me although I don't run with the screen on constantly.
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ok - quick follow up question. does your phone to zapped by the sun on hot ride days? seems like it could overheat with direct sunlight for a couple hours.
when mine was moinyed it was never an issue. Constant wind flow kept it cool.
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Now here is a question for those with the quad. Do you find the non-flat surface of the case to be annoying?

this is one reason why I did not go this route.
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ok - quick follow up question. does your phone to zapped by the sun on hot ride days? seems like it could overheat with direct sunlight for a couple hours.
Before I became a Ram devotee I used a bar bag that had a separate compartment on top with a clear plastic window so you could see your phone while riding. I was up in the mountains building trail and there wasn't any shade and sure enough, it cooked the phone (Iphone 6 at the time). Fortunately, when it cooled down it came back to life. I threw the bag in a locker and ordered Ram gear for all the patrol bikes. That's my personal experience for what it's worth.
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Now here is a question for those with the quad. Do you find the non-flat surface of the case to be annoying?

this is one reason why I did not go this route.
I was worried about that as well. I really dislike bulky cases. The case is actually very form fitting and the bulge for the lock is roughly 1/8" tall and it's in the center so setting it down it sits flat. I can use it with a wireless charger without any issues and I have a small universal phone holder that I take on work trips and it works fine with that also.
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I love my Quad Lock so much I put it on 3 of my bikes. I pop my phone in the special case whenever I ride, I donít use the case otherwise. Itís hands down the best solution to hold your phone on the bike.
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I just got an adhesive garmin-style mount and put it on a phone case. I've never had a problem with the adhesive. But I don't ride with a phone or computer out front most of the time because it's hard to see an iPhone screen in bright sun with shades on.
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OK - one last follow up question (i promise!). did you guys buy the option rain cover? any experience with that?
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