One accessory that’s transformed bike tours over the last few years is the smart phone – it can plot you route, record your stats and video your progress. You could just carry your phone in a pocket or pannier, but it’s so much more convenient to have it available all the time to check the map or record a particularly stunning section of the road – which is where a phone mount comes in.
A mount needs to be quick and easy to use, hold your phone securely and then give you options such as acting as a camera mount or providing a waterproof cover. Quad Lock Mounts makes it to our top bike cell phone holder for their ruggedness and lightweight features. It’s also one of the most secure phone mounts with its exclusive dual lock feature.
This article would outline what to consider when choosing a bike phone mount for bike touring.
What to Consider when Choosing a Bike Phone Mount
Aside from the mount’s features, one thing you should look out for is the phone mount that matches perfectly with your bike setup. If you can, it’s a good idea to go a test run to decide how best to use your phone mount. Here are few things to consider when choosing a bike phone mount.
You don’t just use a bike cell phone mount for aesthetic reasons but mainly to safeguard your phone while using it on bumpy rides. It’s safe to say that not all phone mounts would guarantee the safety of your phone.
There are mounts that have safety features like silicone straps that help to hold the phone firm on the bike. They wrap on the phones and ensure they don’t fall off even when doing a 90 on a freeway (LoL). For instance, the Syosin phone mount comes with a shock-absorbing silicone strap that protects your phone. The silicone holder is soft so no sharp edges to potentially scratch your phone.
Some bike mounts are made with a sponge holder rather than silicone. This offers reliable protection in an accident of the phone drops, during biking and ensures your smartphone. The GUB Bicycle & Motorcycle Phone Mount comes with a sponge clamp that helps to hold the phone firmly.
Ensure to have the correct dimensions of your phone before getting a holder, as this would help you get a matching mount. And if it fits snugly, then it should protect your phone even in an accident.
The Phone Mount Style
You may think all phone mounts would fit your smartphone if you get the right dimensions, but that’s not always the case. Make quite sure that the mount works for your make and model of phone – and will support it in your preferred orientation (portrait is normal, but some riders prefer landscape mode).
For the best fit, go for a mount that is specifically made for your phone model; some mounts can adapt to different size phones but you’ll generally get a better fit if it’s made for a specific model.
You may, however, want to go for a universal mount in case you change phones. Some phone mounts can be adjusted to hold a range of phone models. The Nite Ize Handlebar Universal Smartphone Bar Mount is one of the universal phone mounts out there. It can support a range of phone sizes.
What Type of Bike Mount Should You Get?
When it comes to phone holders for cycles, there are three main types.
Top Tube Bags
The major reasons that should inform your choice of phone mounts include favorite cycling discipline, the mount’s choice position, and the phone model.
Case mounts are specific to the phone style and model. Thus, if you have, for example, an iPhone X phone, you’ll should go for a mount that’s designed specifically for the X phone. And if your phone has a bigger than normal screen, for example the Samsung ‘S’ series with its longer screens, you’ll need to get a matching mount.
With a custom rather than universal phone mount you should also check that you can orientate your phone horizontally or vertically and that there’s the ability to quickly insert and remove your phone – most mounts use a twist and click locking mechanism.
The mounts can be attached to the stem or handlebar of the bike, Quad-Lock Stem Handlebar Mount is one of the best-case mounts on the market. Its simple twist and lock system makes it easy to fit and remove your phone before or after a ride. It has a dual-stage lock that helps to hold your phone without worries. It is attachable on a stem or handlebar with either a landscape or portrait orientation (though most route apps are designed for portrait mode).
This type of mount uses a universal mounting system that attaches to the handlebar or stem of the bike. One main advantage of the universal mount is that it goes with many phone styles. This feature avoids you having to buy a mount each time you change your phone.
A good option is the Roam Universal Bike Phone Mount. It comes with a changeable 3.5 inches width that fits a wide variety of phones like iPhone, Blackberry, ZTE, Google, and Nokia. You can either get silicone, plastic, or metal material. It can also fit on any bike’s handlebars of a mountain, road, or touring bike.
Top Tube/ Frame Bags
Frame bags come with a little extra storage space for your essentials like keys and credit cards. It also gives you the chance to access your phone through the transparent part of the bag. The other part of the frame bag conceals the other items while leaving a clear space for your phone screen.
These kinds of mounts don’t usually attach to handlebars, although some models do. But if you get a frame bag that doesn’t hang on the handlebar, it leaves that space open.
This makes it a bad idea for those who may want to use the GPS on their phones while biking. The bag hangs below your immediate sight and can be fatal if you keep removing your eyes from the road.
However, the top tube phone mount type is one of the best bike cell holders for extra protection from rains and dust. One of our favorite is the ROCK Bros frame bag which comes with a highly sensitive touch screen cover that keeps your phone waterproof but makes it easy to operate. It has a large space for other items like your money to fit in. Besides, it’s water-resistant, which gives an edge for bike touring in the rain. It’s a great choice when you’re touring with your phone, keys, and other sensitive items.
There are different mounting techniques that come with using phone mounts. Some are attachable to the handlebar with a strap. Others may come with one point of attachment that you fit around the handlebars and tighten with an allen key like Roam.
A bike mount is not a one-size-fits-all accessory, and this is why you have to ensure that a prospective phone bike is compatible with your bike. Your answer to the following questions would give you an insight into the kind of phone mount you need.
What is the size of your stem? Is there an accessory mounted on the bike stem already? Do you mind glancing left or right to view your phone? Is your phone for navigation purposes? Do you want to view your phone looking down? Do you want a top tube phone mount?
The answers to these questions would help you streamline your choices. If the purpose of your phone is navigation, then placing it in front of you is ideal, so it becomes easier to view it while riding
It’s advisable to always check the exact model before buying a mount – most bike phone mounts are ‘about’ 7 inches in length and 3.5 inches wide, but if you’ve got an unusual model of phone, so you should be careful in checking out these specs. Or go with an adjustable mount, like Rockform Universal mount that helps ensure the mount fits on any phone.
Installing a smartphone mount on your mountain or road bike should be an easy, straightforward process. If it requires a complex installation procedure, then it is probably not for you. It is advisable to go for mounts with a quick-release feature for easy clip on and off.
Bike phone mounts are essential for you to enjoy your biking. If you’ve not plotted your route with a cycling app, you’ll find it a revelation after a paper map… plus you get real-time stats about your speed, gradient and more. Most apps also store your route so you can scroll back through your archives and even link them with photos or videos taken during the ride.
Install your route tracking app for your phone, select the right phone mount and then a bike tour from our list of tours and enjoy your ride !
【 Sturdy and Safe】 A special shape of this motorcycle & bike phone holder grips each corner of your phone tightly. It ensures the safety of your cell phone attached to the bike handlebar even on a bumpy road.
【 Shockproof Protection】 This adjustable bike phone mount comes with silicone pads that keep your phone from scratches and vibration. The motorcycle phone mount holds your phone perfectly when cycling.
【 Wide Compatibility】 Universal bike cell phone holder for 4.7 and 6.8 inches with thickness up to 15mm (including phone case), like Phone 13 1 2 Pro Max Mini Xs XR X 8 Plus 7 6s 6, Galaxy S10 + S10e S9 S8, Note 9, LG and other cell phones.
【 Adjustable Features】 Easy to adjust the cellphone to horizontal or vertical screen. It is convenient to answer the phone, play music, GPS positioning during the riding.
【 Easy Installation】 This one hand operation bike phone mount is easy to install without tool. The extra 4 silicone pads make your phone fit better with handlebar, can add or remove the silicone pad according to the diameter of handlebar. Suit well with various types of bicycles, motorcycles, stroller, shopping cart, electric scooter, indoor treadmill, indoor bike. ❗ Handlebar diameter: ⌀ 0.59 - 1.57" (15-40mm)
UNIVERSAL - Compatible with smartphones and devices up to 3.5″ wide, our bicycle and motorcycle phone holder is adjustable to fit handlebars 7/8" - 1-1/4" in diameter. NOTE: will not fit super sport bikes clip-on style handlebars.
SAFE - From mountain bikes, to exercise bikes, to motor bikes, our premium phone mount for bike handlebars allows you to safely secure your device using two points of contact, a premium plastic grip, and a silicone net.
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COMPATIBLE - These bike accessories for adult bikes are compatible with the iPhone Series 13, 12, 11, SE (2nd gen), XS Max, XS, XR, X; all Samsung Galaxy phones, including S21, S20, S10. Refer to sizing guide.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT - Whether this bicycle phone holder is a gift for yourself or for the cyclist in your life, our customer support team is on-hand 24/7 to assist you with all of your needs surrounding bicycle accessories.
360 Degrees Rotation Bike Phone Mount: Freely adjust your phone to any angle that suits your need when you are riding. The design of our bike phone mount will not block any buttons and allows you to access all the buttons easily.
Upgraded Detachable Bike Phone Holder: No need to disassemble the whole bike phone holder. You can rotate phone holder to take your phone from the bike for emails, calls, selfie during a biking journey.
Safe Protection and Shock-absorbing: Different from plastic mount, this flexible silicone can absorb some vibration. This bicycle phone holder can withstand powerful vibrations and shocks. Additional, the soft silicone holder won’t cause any damage to your valuable cellphone.
Wide Compatibility: Universal Bike, Stroller, Grocery Cart, Wheelchair, Treadmill, Motorcycle, Handlebar(0. 66" - 1. 68") in diameter. Made of high quality elastic silicone. Securely fit many cell phones between phone screen size(4. 0”-6. 5”). Compatible with iPhone 13/12 Pro Max/XS max/SE/XS/XR/X/8 Plus/8/7Plus/7/6Plus/6, Galaxy S20/S10/S9 Plus/S8/S8 Plus/S7/Note 8, Google Pixel Series and more.
LARGE SPACE: Bike bag has enough inside room for long rides, holds a lot of stuff like iphone X, battery, energy gel, small tire pump, repair kits, keys, wallet etc. Perfect compatible with cellphones below 6.5 inches, iPhone XR XS MAX X 8 7 6s 6 plus 5s / Samsung Galaxy s8 s7 note 7, shake-proof bike front frame bag
HIGH SENSITIVE TOUCH SCREEN: The bike phone bag has a high sensitive TPU film window which can helps you use cellphone easily while riding, great way to see your activity while using maps on a ride. (Note: Touch ID NOT worked through the screen cover)
HUMANIZATION DESIGN: The bike phone mount bag has many humanization designs. A, The hidden earphone hole allows you answer the phone or enjoy music freely while cycling. B, reflective tapes on both sides of bike bags to keep your night ride safety. C, dual soft rubber zipper pulls make it convenient to open & close
DURABLE & WATER RESISTANT: The bike top tube bag is made of ultralight and stylish carbon fiber material with sealed double zippers closure, which ensures the water doesn't flow into the bag.The sun visor and flashing board is great use for rainy or sunny day
EASY TO INSTALL & QUICK RELEASE: 3 straps are firm enough to hold up on the bike, 1 velcro commuter strap on the front + 1 longer commuter strap on the upper bottom( the long strap can fixed the bag on the head tube firmly) + 1 commuter strap on the lower bottom. The bicycle bag would not move around even if you ride on a bumpy or rocky road
【Strong Grasp Motorcycle Phone Mount, No Worry about Bumpy 】Grip and protect your phone in all directions with phone mount and to prevent you device fall, make sure the safety of the mobile phone in high-speed cycling or on a bumpy road.
【Upgrade Stable Design, Anti Shake and No Wobble】This Bike phone mount with unique design handlebar clamp and silicone butterfly bands makes sure that your phone is more stable during the ride, wouldn’t slide even with severe bumps
【360°Horizontal & Vertical Rotation Fit Most Bikes and Motorcycles】Bike cell phone holder is 360°adjustable, also ecure the angle from loosing up while you're riding, perfect fit most mount bike, dirt bikes, motorcycles, scooters, stroller and spinning bike etc.
【Bicycle Accessories and Wide Compatibility with Cell Phone】Motorcycle phone holder for all smart phones from 4.0" to 6.5". Upgrade 2.3-3.5" wide clamp can hold iPhone 13/12/11 Pro Max/11/11 Pro/XR/XS/XS MAX/X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S, Samsung Galaxy S20/Note 10/S10/S8/S7 Edge/S7/S6, LG G5/G4, Google Pixel, Huawei, etc.
【10 Seconds quick to Install without tools and Easy to Use】Simply attach it to the handlebar and screw the nut tight. 3 setting and rubber can be at least 5 different installation diameter, the max diameter is 1.33 inch. Extra soft red rubber lines for clamp can reduce vibration as well as avoid phone surface scratches.
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[DOUBLE PROTECTION - NO NEED TO REMOVE THE THICK CASE] The Phone Mount For Bike Has Enough Space To Be Compatible With Larger Phones, Even With Thick Cases.Compatible With iPhone 13 13 Pro Max 12 11 Galaxy S22 S21 Note20 & More.The Clamp Of This Motorcycle Phone Mount Does Not Block Speakers/Mic Or Interfere With Buttons. It'S Convenient That I Can Use Google Maps When I Have Long-Distance Riding, Also I Can Have Video Calls While Riding With No Problem.
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[SUPER EASY TO INSTALL - NO ANNOYING ELASTIC BANDS] No Rubber Bands To Untie. It'S Super Easy To Load/Unload The Phone Or Even Lock The Mount For Those Extreme Off-Road Rides. You Can Adjust The Fittings To The Diameter Of Your Bike Or Motorcycle Handles, Which Is Between 15mm And 45mm (0.6-1.75 In) Diameter. This Bike Phone Mount Still Can Stays In Place While Riding Under A Variety Of Conditions Smooth Roadways Or Bumpy Trails.
[MECHANICAL MANUFACTURING - FITS THE PHONE MORE PRECISELY] This Phone Bike Mount Is A Mechanical Piece Of Device That Uses Precise Gears To Widen And Tighten To Adjust To Your Phone'S Size And Secure It, But Some Use Internal Springs Or Rubber Straps That May At Some Point Begin To Fail With Consistent Use. Also, The Panel Allows You To Open The Mount By Simply Turning The Disc. Very Stable And Does Not Move At All, Even At High Speed.
✅ UNLIKE PHONE HOLDER FOR BIKE MODELS THAT RATTLE LOOSE AND FALL OFF DURING YOUR RIDE, TruActive’s Bike & Motorcycle Phone Mount features a UNIQUE, CUSTOM FITTING with an ADVANCED SECURITY GRIP and NONSLIP, ANTI-VIBRATION PADDING so your phone remains stable even on bumpy roads. ✅ Our lock grip guarantees that your phone won’t slip around or scratch your handlebars, and our CRADLE ARMS AND RUBBER SECURE STRAPS hold your phone firmly in place!
✅ WE FOUND THAT OTHER PHONE MOUNT FOR BIKE MODELS WERE MADE WITH CHEAP PARTS THAT FELL APART OR BROKE WITH USE. That’s why we wanted to create a motorcycle phone holder that was different – DURABLE enough to hold up to the wear and tear of riding and INTUITIVE enough for everyday use. Our materials have been put through RIGOROUS TESTING BY ENGINEERS WITH YEARS OF ROAD SAFETY EXPERIENCE to ensure their quality and durability, for a bicycle phone mount that’s truly THE BEST OF THE BEST.
✅ UNIVERSAL FIT – FOR YOUR EXACT PHONE CASES AND HANDLEBAR SIZE. Use our Bike & Motorcycle cell phone mount with devices ranging from 4.0” - 6.7” and maximum thickness (with case and pop-socket) of 0.71" (1.8cm or 18mm) ✅ Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max/12 Pro/12/12 mini/11 Pro Max/11/11 Pro/XR/XS/XS MAX/X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S, Samsung Galaxy S20/Note 10/S10/S8/S7 Edge/S7/S6, LG G5/G4, Google Pixel, Huawei, etc.
✅ Our bicycle phone holder also comes with 2 BOLT SIZES for a tight fit on any handlebar with a 0.55”–1.26” diameter or circumference of 1.72" to 3.96". With our secure ball joint, you can swivel your phone 360 DEGREES for any viewing angle! ✅ Use with anything with a handlebar - Bike, Bicycle, Motorcycle, ATV, UTV Stroller, Electric Bike/Scooter, Dirt Bike, MTB.
✅ EASY, TOOL-FREE INSTALLATION! Absolutely no tools are required for installation of our bike cell phone holder – EASY-TO-FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS included. Our cell phone holder for bike cell phone mount comes with 6 COLOR SECURE BANDS with a 4-CORNER GRIP to hold your smartphone firmly in place – in Red, Black, Blue, Pink, Orange and Yellow for your handlebar phone mount!
Detachable Design -- The detachable bike&motorcycle phone mount allows you to remove the cell phone without having to disassemble the entire phone holder, making it easy to send and receive emails or texts, answer calls, take selfies, and more.
Tool-Free Installation -- Absolutely no tools are required for installation of our bike cell phone holder. Built-in silicone pad, just tighten the silicone buckle on the handlebar, no matter what the terrain, it will firmly grip your handlebar and stay stable without shaking, also easily removable.
Wide Compatibility -- Made of tough and stretchy silicone bands, this universal bike phone mount will securely fit almost any cell phone up to 4.0 inches wide! Holds iPhone 12, 11, X, iPhone XR, iPhone 8 | 8Plus, iPhone 7 | 7 Plus. Samsung Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S9, OnePlus 3, HTC 11.
Universal Handlebar Phone Mount -- With adjustable elastic silicone straps, fits all 18-35mm handlebars, suitable for bicycles, motorcycles, scooter handlebar, strollers, shopping carts, etc. Just tighten the silicone buckle on the handlebar, no matter what the terrain, it will firmly grip your handlebar and stay stable without shaking.
Adjustable Features -- Easy to adjust the cellphone to horizontal or vertical screen. It is convenient to answer the phone, play music, GPS positioning during the riding.
360 DEGREE ROTATION - This rotating universal smartphone mount rotates a full 360 degrees so you can easily view your smartphone in portrait or landscape or anywhere in between
EDGE TO EDGE SCREEN VISIBILITY: The unique silicone harness holds phones, with or without a case, securely while also allowing you to see and access the entire screen for easy access to all your maps and apps
UNIVERSAL MOUNTING STRAP - Universal mounting strap is compatible with most handlebars, stroller handles, grocery carts, and more The durable silicone wristwatch style mount allows mounting on both handlebars, stems and more
TOOL FREE INSTALLATION - Tool free mounting strap is simple to attach, holds secure, and allows quick removal for security purposes
HOLDS PHONE SECURELY ON OR OFF ROAD - Durable stretchy silicone harness holds phones tightly and securely even over rough terrain