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 a built in GPS computer at no extra cost.
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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 such as 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.
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.
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 values peace of mind when using a phone mount.
It has a twist lock system for instant lockng and is drop tested to six feet, so you don’t have to worry too much about accidently dropping your phone.
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
If 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.
It is designed for an iPhone 6 but can fit an iPhone 7 – although the buttons and camera lens don’t line up.
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
A tool free screw clamp attaches this weather resistant phone holder to your handlebars, offering either a landscape or portrait fitting.
The standard version can fit a smartphone up to 14cm x 6.9cm x 0.8cm, while the ‘L’ version caters for wider phones.
Buy now: Triban 900m at Decathlon for £17.99
Finn Universal phone holder
This phone holder from Finn allows you to safely and easily mount your phone to any handlebar. Its clever universal design means it fits any size smartphone, which is useful if you don’t have a phone from one of the bigger brands.
It is made of a high quality silicone material that promises to withstand whatever you throw at it.
Buy now: Finn Universal at Amazon for £12.99
Tigra Sport FitClic Neo Magnetic Bike Forward Mount for smartphones
With an out-front mounting position this option from Tigra is great for being able to keep an eye on the road at all times.
It has an adjustable arm length to fit different sized phones and also features a detachable GoPro adapter for mounting a camera, which is useful for recording some slick footage of your stunning rides.
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 riding in all conditions, 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
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.