Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by idanyd, 19 Jul 2017.
Do you use a mount to attach your mobile to your Brompton's handlebar?
If so, which one do you use?
I thought about doing this, and read many many reviews of many different mounts, but the one thing that struck me about most of the reviews I read is that you're putting a potentially vital and expensive piece of kit on your bike, that could potentially bounce out, especially on a bike like a Brompton where bumps in the road tend to be a lot more noticeable. Unless your phone is waterproof, you're also entrusting the waterproof-ness of any cover they might offer.
When I crashed into the side of a car that pulled out on me in Regents Park in March, I seem to remember that my Garmin 820 didn't stay in it's mount and was picked up by a friendly cyclist that stopped to help, but wasn't damaged in the slightest, and perfectly recorded my incredibly fast stop. The phone in my pocket was also completely unharmed. Me, the bike, helmet, sunglasses, faired less well. Apparently 20mph into the side of a car can bend a Brompton frame, as well as the front wheel.
Depending on what you need your phone on the bike for, and if your budget stretches, maybe a separate bike computer is actually a better bet, simply because they're designed to be there and put up with some rough terrain and can put up with rain. Then you can keep your phone out of harms way.
Also, as much as certain apps for navigation on phones are great, etc., I do wonder about having a phone on a bike, from the perspective of so many drivers, pedestrians, etc., with their faces stuffed into their phones while using the streets in London, paying no attention to anything around themselves, that as cyclists, we should at least be setting some kind of example.
Brompton do their own iphoNe mount. It's made from wattle and daub and costs 56 guineas.
What's the benefit to attaching my Samsung GT-B 2710 to the bars?
I use one of these. Simple to fit and remove, fits my Giant bars snugly and holds my iPhone securely. Should fit a Brompton?
So you can keep an eye on it. Maybe even use its compass facility.
I use a Quad Lock Mount for my iPhone (6 as it happens, but they do other versions).
It's the most stable thing I've ever come across and there's more chance of the mount being ripped off the bars than the phone coming out of the mount IMHO.
The case itself stays on my phone - it's pretty slim (unlike me), but has protected my phone against several pretty big drops so far.
It comes with a showerproof cover that can be easily fitted too.
As for why? I use my phone to track distance, and as a cycle computer, and occasionally as a Sat Nav.
It's great, but not cheap and the cases are iPhone and Galaxy specific. They do make an adapter, but this would mean gluing it to another case - this might be fine, but I wouldn't fancy it.
My only concern is with the increase of thefts in London, having an expensive bit of kit attached to your bars could make you a target. But unless you know how a Quad Lock works, you'd never get the phone out the mount.
I've been using a Topeak Drybag for years, just buying a bigger bag when I get a larger phone. The handbar mount is tiny so won't effect your fold, it's thoroughly waterproof, and you can clip the phone onto a pocket or your waist band while folding. The case would also offer a fair amount of protection in the unlikely even of a fall - most probably due to fumbling before you attach or after you remove it.
On the rare occasion I attach my phone to the handlebars, I use one of those Silicone 8 bands (often sold/labelled as Silicone Bandages - I know not why). For tracking, sat nav or cycle computer, it stays in my pocket, using audio to read out directions as needed or speeds at defined intervals - on an (whisper it) earpiece in busy cities.
I use the Bike Citizens finn universal mount. It's surprisingly good, though of course it doesn't protect your phone from the weather.
The mount also copes admirably with my Garmin GPSmap 60CSx, which is not the smallest, thinnest GPS receiver ever invented, and whose official handlebar mounts are a bit expensive to buy (and equally to lose… ).
What mount are you using with it?
Which mount are you using, and where is it mounted?
My old Bromptons had a Trigo mount (https://www.ecwid.com/store/bikegang/#!/Trigo-Gadget-Station-for-Brompton/p/56378172), which was brilliant, other than the fact that I needed to unfasten it using an allen key every time I folded the bike (and fasten it when unfolded).
So now I'm looking for a mount that won't interfere with the folding process.
The handlebar mount that is included
I use the standard mount that comes with it.
On my bike, I have it set off just to the right of centre. It's very slim, so doesn't interfere with the fold, once you remove your phone.
ETA: I have flat-ish bars though, rather than the M/H bars. So have a bit ore real estate on them.
Excuse the untidy garage, but...
Thank everyone for your answers.
I eventually decided to go for the Topeak Ridecase, because I wanted to have an arm I can mount the phone on.
It's rather similar to the Trigo I used to have, but instead of sitting on top of the stem, it comes with a handlebar grip. The benefit here is that this allows me to install the arm in an angle, that allows me to watch the screen while riding, and since it's slightly off-centre ,doesn't interfere with the folding (unlike the Trigo one, which had me take out an allen key every time I un/folded my bike).
However, the main disadvantage of the Ridecase is that it doesn't come with a universal adapter, only with cases to specific models, and I have a Oneplus Two, which isn't as popular as iPhones or Samsungs,
So I had to improvise - I sawed off the adaptor itself out of the case that came with the Ridecase, and glued it to the back of my phone's case. It's not the prettiest thing, but it works.
Well, nor now at least. I'm still looking for a rainproof solution.
Here's what it looks like unfolded:
Folded. Notice how it fits right between the spokes:
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