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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar phone mount.

Ordered a new mount today for my phone. Last fall had a new ram mount snap off and send my 800 dollar phone skipping down the interstate at 65 mph. The one I ordered is solid aluminum. So hopefully I have better luck with it than the last one.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 06:15 AM
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my phone stays in my pocket. my smart phone is 100 dollars.. J3...

I use an old an trusted GPS, hard mounted above to the handlebars
( Garmin ) car unit. $99 new.

6-7 years or so.. and been WET many times. even the power connector is rusted.
I do not have a windshield... or fairing... so its out front..
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Same here, my phone normally stays in my pocket (because if I fall of the bike, I want to have a phone on me to call for help if I am hurt).
However, I do use it for its GPS capability sometimes at which point it sits in the aluminum mount. And if I lose it? Oh well, I'll buy another one for $20. Smartphones are cheap nowadays.

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I wouldn't put my phone in a solid mount like that. Phones are not vibration proof and now you've mounted it to a solid piece of aluminum bolted to a vibrating bike. It may not skip down the highway, but it probably will scramble the insides just the same
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I wouldn't put my phone in a solid mount like that. Phones are not vibration proof and now you've mounted it to a solid piece of aluminum bolted to a vibrating bike. It may not skip down the highway, but it probably will scramble the insides just the same

yep..
Magellan gps,,, hard mounted to bikes... died in 3 months
second Magellan... vecro-ed to mount. died in 5 months
third Magellan... 2 sided 3m tape.. died in 2 months.
forth Magellan.. 2 sided and vecro... 11 months..

all covered under warranty.. over 3 different models..

my Garmin 2597 .. is vecro to hard mount... 6-7 years no issue...

just saying... a high dollar phone.. NO WAY.. even if it never gets loose.
vibrations... road shock.. high wind.... intermittent rain... even a good splash for a water spot on the road.

CHUCK HOLES... pot holes... unapproved road detours...

your bike, your phone, your money... your loss.
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I used a Ram Mount X-Grip https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-HOL-UN7BU with no problems for a while. But one day it gave way and my iPhone slipped out at 60mph, but thank to the Lifeproof case it was fine.

But after that I started using a belt clip that holds the phone more securely. I added a Ram Mount ball to the back of the clip to use it with the Ram Mount setup I already had.

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I have found that when my phone is in my jacket pocket and ringer is turned off, I usually have no need for it!!
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I also use a Ram Mount X-Grip. One feature I like is that it can be articulated to be positioned in many ways. Also, by mounting the small ball mount onto all my bikes, I can use the phone mount with all of them.
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Ordered a new mount today for my phone. Last fall had a new ram mount snap off and send my 800 dollar phone skipping down the interstate at 65 mph. The one I ordered is solid aluminum. So hopefully I have better luck with it than the last one.

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My ram X broke too so I drilled a hole through the ball and ran a bolt through it and solved the breaking problem. that was 30k miles ago.
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I bought a $20 “super durable plastic mount” on amazon in July 2017. It came with a rubber piece which holds the corners of the phone in case the spring clamp fails. I added a strategically placed zip tie to hold the whole thing to the handlebars so that if the plastic mount to the handlebars fails, the zip tie will keep it from falling to the ground. I usually keep my garage door opener in the mount, but put that in my jacket pocket and my phone in the mount when I need GPS. So far, it’s been perfect. 🙂
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