Riding around with an all singing all dancing super computer the size of an energy bar in your back pocket is a sin that most of us commit, but don’t let all that technology go to waste there. By installing a bike phone mount you can use your phone as its very own bike computer with built in GPS computer at no extra cost.
Why use a bike phone mount?
Traditional cycling computers – like the popular Garmin Edge models – have their own benefits. A purpose designed unit will be able to intelligently track training metrics, advise you when you step outside of a ‘training zone’, and often sessions can be uploaded and followed as you go. However, thanks to a host of clever cycling apps, a lot of basic functionality – mapping and ride recording, can be managed by a smartphone. If you don’t want all the extra metrics, then using your smartphone with a bike phone mount will save you the financial outlay of a GPS computer.
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If a smartphone on the handlebars seems like best option for you right now, then you’ll need a mount to keep it safe. All mounts are not made equal – and there’s a host of different styles – each with their pros and cons.
Here are a few of the models we rate, to help you choose what’s best for you…
Our picks for the best bike phone mounts
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Rokform bike phone mount
With a solid rubber case and magnetic fixture, this is a hardy mount that would be a good place for someone who value peace of mind when using a phone mount. These versions are for iPhones
Topeak Ridecase with mount
One of the most popular brands for cycling phone mounts and cases is Topeak. Their nifty designs include a flipstand on the phone case and a stem cap that also acts as the phone mount, freeing up your handlebar. The angle of the phone can be adjusted, and you can set it up to be landscape or portrait. The case is made from high grade plastic, with a carbon finished base plate – and can also be used as an every-day phone case when you’re off the bike.
Topeak Ridecase Waterproof case bike phone mount
f you’re a keen rider come rain or shine then the Topeak Ridecase Waterproof would be a good upgrade. Working with the Topeak system you can either buy this from the offset or upgrade if you decide to ride more in the rain. The weatherproof covering allows use of the touchscreen as normal, so you can still use all of your features whilst keeping your phone safe.
Buy now: Topeak Ridecase at Chain Reaction Cycles for £52.99
Buy now US: Topeak Ridecase at Wiggle from $62.98
Quad lock bike phone mount
One of the newest contenders of the phone mount market, Quad Lock claim to be the strongest and lightest system out there. The system allows for both horizontal and vertical orientation, great for changing preferences. A standard stem mount is supplied, but you can also opt to go for an out-front version if you’d prefer.
Triban 900m waterproof smartphone holder £17.99
A tool free screw clamp attaches this weather resistant phone holder to you handlebars, offering either landscape or portrait fitting. High demand means that the 900m size has sold out, buy you can still get the 900L for the same price.
Things to be aware of when buying a bike phone mount?
Hardcase vs softcase
Generally speaking, hardcase phone mounts are a lot more expensive than their softcase cousins but that doesn’t mean that softcases don’t have their uses. Versatility among brands means that softcases can usually work with any smartphone and allow touchscreen capability on the most part when hardcases are model specific and sometimes miss out on the touchscreen aspect. It depends what you prefer more.
If you’re a solid rider come rain or shine, it would be handy to check when buying if your phone mount is waterproof. While they may look it on the surface, some may not be up to the job. Look for reference to a screen cover that allows you to use your touchscreen device as normal, whilst keeping it dry.
Handlebar mount vs Stem cap mount
While this is purely a preference choice, it should be thought about. Some mounting systems offer the chance to replace your bike’s stem cap with one that will allow you to connect your phone clearing up your handlebar space. However, this will make the phone a bit further out of your periphery meaning you’ll have to move your head downwards more obviously. If you prefer to have the phone on the edge of your sight then a handlebar mount may be a better option but the con will be the added clutter to your cockpit.