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Old 02-21-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Best mount for iphone with the 650?

Any suggestions on iphone mounts? I want to be able to use it as my GPS. Not sure if RAM mount is the best way to go, just taking a bit of a poll.

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Old 02-21-2011, 05:09 PM   #2
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I personally would not expose an iPhone to the elements (sun, wind, rain, etc), but if you want to here's the best option I've seen:

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...acket-iBracket



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Old 02-21-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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Get a tank bag with a map case on top and stick it in there.

You're going to want some power going to it from the bike because the battery will only last about an hour or so with both the GPS and screen on.

You also have to consider that most of the maps for most of the GPS software out there is downloaded on the fly from the internet so if you ride in an area with no signal you have no maps and thus no directions.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:16 PM   #4
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I personally would not expose an iPhone to the elements...
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The iPhone has a hair trigger moisture sensor, and should it get misted on or even exposed to high humidity, Apple will void your warranty in the event you need it repaired. Vibration will wreak havoc with the internal electronics. And the GPS drains the battery in a little more than an hour. Bottom line, you may want to reconsider your plan.

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Old 02-21-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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Yep. All great points.

Already have my power/tank bag covered. I used it in the map pocket and it overheated in an hour.

The map issue...Got it.

Just trying to get down to one device. I think it will work for what I'm needing it for...

One thing for moisture protection that I've seen, are un-lubed Magnum condoms. Not that I'd want to be explaining that one. I'd be nervous enough to pull it if it got rainy and go "old school" paper at that point.

Thanks for the feedback.


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Old 02-21-2011, 07:05 PM   #6
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This is what Ive been using since my iphone 3g works great and keeps the iphone safe and dry.

http://www.amazon.com/BioLogic-Bike-.../dp/B004G7XYU6
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:18 PM   #7
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I found a mount on Amazon for $18 and it came with a neoprene Biceps carrier AND a stylus. Handlebar mount works great, never used the arm-thingy, but the stylus was a huge bonus for gloved hands. Don't be dissuaded by the Luddites. The day of the dedicated electronic device has long passed. I use my 3G exclusively - music, GPS, still camera, video...and I even use it as a phone. Get a bluetooth headset and you have all the capabilities of a full dresser.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:18 PM   #8
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Just picked up a Sena BT system for the helmet....partially the reason for the mount..or I'm going to fashion a case to velcro to the top of the tank bag.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:22 PM   #9
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Does the BioLogic case have any kind of venting? Seems like a plastic heat coffin. Mine overheated in my tankbag if it was in the sun for more than hour. Dont think it helped my phone much.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:34 PM   #10
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Just picked up a Sena BT system for the helmet....partially the reason for the mount..or I'm going to fashion a case to velcro to the top of the tank bag.

I got Sena system too. I got a GPS mount for the bars, not specific for an iphone but it works and was only $20 at REI. I am worried about the heat though. I think it may cook it, might just use it for short trips with mapquest.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:57 AM   #11
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I'd like to get down to one device also...
I have the "MotionX" GPS app. which for $15 is very clever.
It is advertised to be able to download topo/street maps ahead of time, I have not tried that function yet.

Apple warns about exposing the iPhone to direct sunlight... direct sunlight in a condom / coffin ( ) makes it worse.... not sure we have any answer for that ... ???

The vibration worries me from a reliability standpoint, but if people mount them on mountain bikes without issue ...
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:16 AM   #12
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The mount that I got from Amazon is actually for a mountain bike. It has a crystallographic ocillating chip for vibration/stabilization.

Not really. It's just a plastic clamp. It works great in 99.44% of conditions I ride in.

Don't overthink this.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:24 AM   #13
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The mount that I got from Amazon is actually for a mountain bike. It has a crystallographic ocillating chip for vibration/stabilization.

Not really. It's just a plastic clamp. It works great in 99.44% of conditions I ride in.

Don't overthink this.
NO damit! I want the crystallographic ocillating chip
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:17 AM   #14
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I'd like to get down to one device also...
I have the "MotionX" GPS app. which for $15 is very clever.
It is advertised to be able to download topo/street maps ahead of time, I have not tried that function yet.

Apple warns about exposing the iPhone to direct sunlight... direct sunlight in a condom / coffin ( ) makes it worse.... not sure we have any answer for that ... ???

The vibration worries me from a reliability standpoint, but if people mount them on mountain bikes without issue ...

I've tried to get a response to this in the GPS forum...

I downloaded MotionX, but when I use it the movement of my position is, for lack of a better term, jumpy. It is not a continual smooth motion across the map. I've checked settings and even preloaded maps. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

I have a Garmin Oregon and a Ram mount for the 800, which works fine, but I wouldn't mind having the Iphone set up as well.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:53 AM   #15
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Magellan ToughCase

You could try one of these. http://www.magellangps.com/Products/...ucts/toughcase
It will protect your phone from the elements and increase battery life as well as make it a better GPS. I am not sure about your mounting options as they only appear to have a automotive mount for it. This would at least provide external power and you might be able to modify the mount to make it work on your bike.
I have one for my iPod Touch and I really like it.
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