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iPhone 4 mount for MTB

Anyound found a decent iPhone 4 MTB handlebar mount readily available in CH? I've seen the RAm Ez-on on Toppreise, but they don't have any in stock, so it'll be around a 4-6 week delivery I reckon.
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Old 16.06.2011, 13:42
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Re: iPhone 4 mount for MTB

Great way of killing your iPhone in my opinion. I run a purpose built for biking Garmin 705 on my stem on a pretty low profile mount and it's pretty scratched up as it is.

Any iPhone mounts I have seen look pretty large will most likely lead to a damaged phone if you come off.

BTW, I reckon iPhones are not a good tool for bike tours unless they are
a) short (battery life, with GPS, date and screen activated for extended time)
b) have no technical sections (plastic mounts break easily in rocky terrain, likelyhood of crashing and destroying phone).
c) are in places where you can navigate out of without a map anyway. (in case a or b happen, but also in case you need to find a new route in case of bad weather, injury or other emergency)

A small bit of food for thought:
http://backcountrybeacon.com/2010/03...e-backcountry/
http://www.switched.com/2010/08/24/o...ers-in-danger/
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a) short (battery life, with GPS, date and screen activated for extended time)
b) have no technical sections (plastic mounts break easily in rocky terrain, likelyhood of crashing and destroying phone).
c) are in places where you can navigate out of without a map anyway. (in case a or b happen, but also in case you need to find a new route in case of bad weather, injury or other emergency)

A small bit of food for thought:
http://backcountrybeacon.com/2010/03...e-backcountry/
http://www.switched.com/2010/08/24/o...ers-in-danger/

Thanks for the reply, but to answer your reservations:

a) Shouldn't be an issue, I'm looking at max 2-3 hr rides
b) No intention of doing technical sections, mainly XC, or tracks on prepared footpaths, cycle tracks. I'm not a big crazy downhill fan. At all.
c) I'm collecting GPS tracks fairly close to home, so it's manly a case of being able to follow them correctly.
I've see another case, the Biologic Mount, which looks fairly sturdy, has some good reviews and the iPhone is pretty much entirely enclosed. Just can't seem to find a supplier in CH yet.
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Re: iPhone 4 mount for MTB

Have you not been looking at Ebay again
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c) I'm collecting GPS tracks fairly close to home, so it's manly a case of being able to follow them correctly.
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Have you not been looking at Ebay again
Not for Motorbike mounts, no
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Not for Motorbike mounts, no
Replace "Motorbike" with "handlebar" and it might suit your purpose .

However, it looks like a piece of plastic crap .

What you really want is one of these dogs bollocks:

http://www.touratech.com/shops/008/p...f128340098079b
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Re: iPhone 4 mount for MTB

You don't need a GPS for local trips - only for long runs, or up in the bergs. That's just gadgets for gadgets sake.

Do what I do - follow your nose and see where you you end up - you're (one's) never going to get lost within 10 or so clicks from home.

Although I've done most runs near me (and got a bit bored), I managed to find a new area to explore yesterday evening - down by the river, where the Aergera/Gerine meets the Saane/Sarine - Bois de la Glâne - dangerously close to your manor. Also out towards Grangeneuve (and the place with the red and white stripy chimney).

If I hadn't had a problem with the bike (after a bit of a bump), and had to return home, I'd have happily continued and got lost, especially as it was starting to get dark - that's the fun for me, anyway.

Will be back, once the bike is sorted, although I'll probably take the kiddy seat off the old one and use that in the meantime.
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Although I've done most runs near me (and got a bit bored), I managed to find a new area to explore yesterday evening - down by the river, where the Aergera/Gerine meets the Saane/Sarine - Bois de la Glâne - dangerously close to your manor. Also out towards Grangeneuve (and the place with the red and white stripy chimney).
Yes, that IS dangerously close to me . I've done the Bois de la Glâne a few times, and then headed out towards Posieux and beyond. I've found a nice circular route which takes in Neyruz, Cottens, Posat and back towarsd VsG which I might try this weekend.
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Re: iPhone 4 mount for MTB

I would be very interested in seeing how long your iphone would survive the shocks and vibrations while your bike is pointed downhill. I've been riding with Garman GPSs for about 7 years and the fact is that they are great to have with you and most of the time an iphone would do nicely as well.
However the time that you really need a GPS is when things start to go seriously wrong. Usually if you end with a drastic change of weather or over extend your ride due to an injury etc, then forget about your pretty iphone getting you home. You need a rugged, waterproof, battery replaceable device that will get you to safety. Think about being stuck with a 10 km hobble with a broken bike and lashing rain and no GSM coverage for downloading new maps.

Having said all that I find myself ignoring my handlebar mounted Garman 405 more and more and pulling out my iphone to consult "Swiss Maps" or google earth more and more
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Re: iPhone 4 mount for MTB

Serously guys, you seem to think I'm going to the back of beyond for my biking. That couldn't be further from the truth. The most adventurous route I have planned at the moment is from Charmey up to the Vounetse, where there is a very nice ski resort restaurant . Neither do I intend to hurtle hell for leather down a mountainside . I'm merely looking for something so I can easily refer to a downloaded route without fishing it out of my pocket.
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That's just gadgets for gadgets sake.
And for that exact reason I buy gadgets
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Re: iPhone 4 mount for MTB

It's an old post but just wondering if you ever got a case... I only use my ip4 for music and I'd like to add biking info while riding ...just need a case
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