Choosing A Bike Phone Mount

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.

Phone Safety

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.

  • Case mounts
  • Universal mounts
  • 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

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).

Universal Mount

bike phone mountThis 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.

Mounting Method

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.

Bike Match

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

Phone Capability

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.

Easy Setup

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.

Conclusions

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 !

Bestselling Bike Phone Mounts

Bestseller No. 1
Viccux Motorcycle Phone Mount, Upgrade [Never Fall Off] [0 Shake] [3s Put & Take] Bike Phone Mount, 360° Rotatable Phone Holder for Motorcycle Bike Bicycle Scooter, Compatible with Cellphones 4.7-6.8”
  • 🔒【Powerful Security Lock-Never Fall Off】 This motorcycle phone holder with an unique safe switch which can lock the clamp, grips each corner of your phone tightly. Ensure super stability no matter how bumpy the road conditions are.
  • 🏍️【Full Silicone Protection-Shockproof】 Featuring four non-slip silicone cushions and silicone pad on back that completely wrap your phone, this bicycle phone mount keeps your phone from scratches and vibration.
  • 🔄【360 Degree Rotation-View Freely】 You can easily adjust the orientation of the phone according to personal preference, which is convenient for you to answer the phone, play music, GPS positioning during the riding. No blocking Face ID and Fingerprint Unlock. Operate freely.
  • 📱【Wide Compatibility-Fit Different Phones】 Universal bicycle cell phone holder is adjustable for 4.7 and 6.8 inches with thickness up to 15mm (including phone case), compatible with iPhone 13 Pro Max/12 Pro Max/ Xs/ XR/ X/ 8 Plus/ 7/ 6s/ 6, Galaxy S20 and other cell phones.
  • 🚲【Fits 0.59’’-1.38’’ Handlebar-Wide Application】 Equipped with 2 silicone gaskets for you to adjust the mount base. Make your phone fit better with handlebar in 15-35mm diameter. Not only suitable for bicycles, motorcycles but also for stroller, shopping cart, electric scooter, indoor treadmill, spin bike. You can use it in all respects of your life.
Bestseller No. 2
ORIbox Bike Phone Mount, Motorcycle Handlebar Mount, 360° Rotation Silicone Bicycle Phone Holder, Compatible with iPhone 13/12/11 Pro Max XS Max XR X 8 7 6S Plus SE 2022 12 mini,Samsung Galaxy
  • 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.
  • WHAT YOU GET: 1 Pc ORIbox Bike Phone Mount.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Bike Phone Holder, Motorcycle Phone Mount - Lamicall Motorcycle Handlebar Cell Phone Clamp, Scooter Phone Clip for iPhone 14 Plus / Pro Max, 13 Pro Max, S9, S10 and More 4.7" - 6.8" Smartphones
  • 【 Sturdy and Safe】 A special shape of this motorcycle 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】 These universal bike accessories bike cell phone holder for 4.7 and 6.8 inches with thickness up to 15mm (including phone case), like iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max,iPhone 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.
  • 【 Ajustable 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: ⌀ 0.6 - 1.57" (15-40mm).
SaleBestseller No. 4
Roam Bike Phone Mount - Adjustable Handlebar of Motorcycle Phone Mount for Electric, Mountain, Scooter, and Dirt Bikes - Bike Phone Holder Compatible w/ iPhone & Android Cell Phones
  • 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.
  • SECURE - Crafted with premium quality plastic material, these motorcycle accessories are complete with a heavy duty silicone net that, unlike rubber, won't crack or break in extreme weather conditions.
  • COMPATIBLE - These bike accessories for adult bikes are compatible with the iPhone Series 14, 13, 12, 11, SE (2nd gen), XS Max, XS, XR, X; all Samsung Galaxy phones, including S22, 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.
SaleBestseller No. 5
TruActive 2022 Premium Bike Phone Mount Holder, Motorcycle Phone Mount, 6 Color Bands included, Cell Phone Holder for Bike – Universal Any Phone or Handlebar, Bike Phone Holder, ATV, Tool Free Install
  • ✅ 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!
SaleBestseller No. 6
Deerfun Detachable Bike Phone Holder, Universal Bicycle Motorcycle Cell Phone Mount, 360° Rotatable Adjustable Bike Phone Mount Compatible for 4" to 6.7" Smartphones
  • 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.
SaleBestseller No. 7
YITELA Bike Phone Holder, Aluminum Alloy Bicycle Phone Mount Fits All Length and 2.6-3.7 Inches Wide Phones, Bike Phone Mount Rotates 360 Degrees, Foam Pad for Shock Absorption
  • Aluminum Alloy Bracket: The bike phone mount with pure aluminum alloy structure has a stronger mechanical structure. Press to automatically tighten, and the shock-absorbing film protects the phone, secondary fixation with silicone frame, making it tighter and safer.
  • Compatible With Most Phones: Bike phone holder can use it on ATV, Scooter, Stroller, Peloton. Supports phones from 2.6 to 3.7 inches wide and all lengths, the thickness (with case) ≤ 0.71 inches, supports iPhone, Samsung, Google Pixel, Motorola, OnePlus, etc.
  • 360° Adjustable: Thanks to the universal ball design, the bike phone holder can be adjusted in all directions, you can rotate your phone to any angle. The surface of the swivel ball adopts a high resistance type, which prevents the angle from loosening when riding.
  • Easy To Operate: This bike phone holder is very easy to handle, take off and put on your phone with one hand. It can be fastened to the handlebar in two steps and will not come loose once it is tightened. The phone can be easily removed by pressing the middle button.
  • After Sales Service: Motorcycle and Bicycle Phone Holder provides full access to phone screen controls and all buttons without blocking your Face ID and Finger Touch ID. If you have any problems during use, you can contact us at any time, we will solve it for you within 24 hours.
SaleBestseller No. 8
Universial Phone Holder for Bike, Motorcycle Cell Phone Holder, Bike Phone Mount fit for Smartphones iPhone 14 14 Plus 14 Pro Max 13 13 Mini 13 Pro Max 12 Samsung Galaxy S21 Note20 etc
  • [Safe and Stable Bike Mount] Adopted the stable metal holding foot and firm lock design in the back, the bike mount can grip your phone tightly. And along with the sturdy the bike mount clip, they can ensure the safety of your cell phone attached to the bike handlebar even on a bumpy road.
  • [One Hand Operation] It can be quickly locked/released within 1s. Just pull down the bike mount to install your phone and turn off the safe lock. It will be very convenient and safe to begin your journey and enjoy your riding life.
  • [Super Easy to Install] This innovative bicycle phone holder can be easily to install to the handlebars. Put on the bike phone mount clip to the handlebar and screw the nut tightly. The soft non-silp rubber inside of the bike mount clip make sure the phone firmly when riding.
  • [360° Adjustment as you like] Benefits from the 360-degree swivel head, your phone can be oriented to portrait, landscape, or any angle in between. It can ensure you have a perfect riding perspective during the journey.
  • [Wide Compatibility] TSMATOL bike phone mount compatible with all 4.7-6.8 inch smartphones, such as iPhone 14/ 14 plus/ 14 pro/ 14 pro max/13/13 Mini/13 Pro/13 Pro Max/12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max/11/XS/XR/X/SE2/8/8 Plus, Galaxy S22/S21/S20/Note 20/Note 10/S10/S10E/S9/S9 Plus etc.
SaleBestseller No. 9
Motorcycle Phone Mount, Bike Phone Mount Holder, IPOW Universal Cell Phone Bicycle & Motorcycle Handlebar Phone Holder,Compatible with Smartphones 13/12/11/X/XR/XS/8/7,Galaxy S20/S10/S9
  • 【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 phones from 4.0" to 6.5". Upgrade 2.3-3.5" wide clamp can hold Phone 13/12/11 Pro Max/11/11 Pro/XR/XS/XS MAX/X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S, Galaxy S20/Note 10/S10/S8/S7 Edge/S7/S6
  • 【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.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Lamicall Motorcycle Phone Mount, Bike Phone Holder - Upgrade Quick Install Handlebar Clip for Bicycle Scooter, Cell Phone Clamp for iPhone 14 Plus / Pro Max / 13, Galaxy S10 and More 4.7 - 6.8" Phone
  • 【 Upgraded Handlebar Clip】 The upgraded handlebar clip adopts a new design, just press and hold the button on the handlebar clip to quickly adjust the clip to fit the handlebar. No tools are needed. This bike phone mount with the up and down linkage smartphone clamp, easy to install your phone with one hand and also quick release. ❗❗❗If you meet any problems when install or feel like the handlebar clip isn't “tight enough”, please contact us, we will help you solve it.
  • 【 Safe & Sturdy】 The new design handlebar clamp makes sure that your phone is more stable during the ride, wouldn’t slide even with severe bumps. The detachable phone holder for bike has a upgraded security lock at the back to help you lock the cellphone more easily, make sure the safety of the mobile phone in high-speed cycling or on a bumpy road.
  • 【 All-around Protection】 The four corners and back of the motorcycle phone holder are all equipped with non-slip silicone pads, keep your cell phone from scratching and slipping. Help hold your smart phone tightly, keeping your phone safe and steady even on rough roads. ❗The max height/ width of the phone clamp is 6.61" (168mm)/ 3.11" (79mm), for Galaxy S21 ultra and S22 ultra when they have a case, it may can’t fit.
  • 【 360 Degrees Rotating】 The adjustable motorcycle cell phone mount comes with a 360 degrees rotation ball, allows you to freely adjust the angle during riding. With this 360-degree rotatable phone clip, you can easy to adjust your cellphone to the viewing angle to horizontal or vertical, help use your phone to do GPS position/ have calling/ play music conveniently during riding.
  • 【 Wide Compatible】 This universal bike cell phone holder can fits 4.7 - 6.8 inches phones, the max thickness is 0.59", the max width is 3.11", like iPhone 14 / 13/ 12 Pro, Pro Max, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone Xs, iPhone XR, X, 8 Plus 7 6s 6, Galaxy S10 + S10e S9 S8, Note 9, LG and more. The handlebar clip is suitable for various types of bike, like bicycle, motorcycle, stroller, shopping cart, electric scooter, indoor bike, treadmill. ❗ Fit handlebar diameter: ⌀ 0.59 - 1.57" (15-40mm)