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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

SaleBestseller No. 1
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.
Bestseller No. 2
TruActive [Upgrade 2.0] 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
  • ✅ UNLIKE PHONE HOLDER FOR BIKE MODELS THAT RATTLE LOOSE AND FALL OFF DURING YOUR RIDE, TruActive’s UPGRADED 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!
Bestseller No. 3
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 Deerfun 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. 4
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 & 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. ❗ Must lock the phone clamp when ride! 🚲
  • 【 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).
Bestseller No. 5
iBytoc Motorcycle Phone Mount, Upgrade [Full Protection] [Security Lock] Bike Phone Mount 360° Rotatable, Phone Holder for Bicycle, Scooter, Handlebar, Widely Compatible with Cellphones (4.7-6.8”)
  • 🚴‍♂️【Full Protection-No Fear of Bumpy Roads】This bike phone holder featuring four corner anti-drop silicone cushions outside and non-slip silicone pad inside that constantly absorbs vibrations from the road, will hold your phone in a stable condition even at high speeds.
  • 🏍️【Security Lock-Keep Your Phone Safe】The four-arm lock system with the unique safe switch of this motorcycle phone holder will keep your phone in place, and it can withstand short drops and dings while encountering an accidental fall.
  • 🚲【360° Rotatable-View Freely】The 360° rotation function on the bicycle phone mount lets cycling enthusiasts choose between a vertical or landscape view, so you can safely access GPS or music player when you’re on the road.
  • 🛵【Easy to Install-Fits 0.59-1.38” Handlebar】 This phone mount for motorcycle takes little time and effort to install and needs few readjustments. Comes with two pieces of silicone pad, which can be used for a wider range of handles in 15-35mm diameter and provide a super strong grip.
  • 🛴【Wide Compatibility-Fits 4.7-6.8” Cellphone】 Universal phone mount for bike fits 4.7" - 6.8" iPhone & Android phones with thickness up to 15mm (including phone case), widely compatible with iPhone 14/iPhone 14 Pro/iPhone 14 Pro Max/iPhone 14 Plus/iPhone 13 Pro Max/12Pro Max/11 Mini/XS/XR/X/8 Plus/7/6s/6, Galaxy S22/S21/S20 and other cell phones.
SaleBestseller No. 6
whale fall 2023 Hard Casing Bike Bag, Bike Accessories, Never Deform / Lighter / Waterproof, Bike Phone Holder Bike Phone Mount, 3D Hard Eva with 0.25mm Sensitive TPU Touch-Screen, with Rain Cover for Phones under 6.9''
  • 👍【High Quality Material】Whale Fall bike frame bag are made of COMPOSITE EVA and German Bayer TPU. We tried our best to use materials of high quality to product our bike accessories and make it be your best cycling partner.
  • 🧰【Large capacity】7.48*3.94*3.94 inch, suitable for smartphone up to 6.9 inches(iPhone13/iPhone 13 12 Pro/X/XS/XR/XS Max, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra/S9/S8/Note 10/20, Redmi note 9s/9 pro max etc). Large interior for mobile phone, power bank, wallet, repair kit and more. The double-layer mesh bag design of bike bag ensures large main compartment and prevents items from accidentally falling out. The length of straps are 21cm, 43cm and 36cm, you can even install the bike phone holder on E-Bike.
  • 📱【TPU Touchscreen&Sun Visor】The touch screen of whale fall bike frame bag is made of 0.25mm TPU film with high sensitivity and clarity. While cycling, you can easily touch the phone in bike bag and view map on phone, etc. Face ID supported, you can easily unlock your phone without open the bike phone holder while riding.
  • 🚴【Easy to Install】Whale fall phone holder for bike is suitable for any bike with a frame. With three magic straps you can adjust the phone holder on the bike frame and top tube of the bike. The bike frame bag firmly fit on your bike! It never disturbs your knees or legs while riding.Tipps: Before you put your phone in the bike bag, please turn off the Aaccidental Touch Protection in the phone settings to prevent the phone from being inoperable after putting it in the bike frame bag.
  • ☔【Harder & Pressure-Resistant】All-in-one design with 3D die-casting process make Whale Fall EVA bike phone bag hard, pressure-resistant and waterproof. Therefore, this bike phone holder is durable, shake-proof, pressure-proof and non-forming. This bike bag the perfect and indispensable bike accessories.
Bestseller No. 7
iBytoc Bike Phone Mount, [360°Rotation Shockproof] Bicycle Phone Holder, Universal Silicone Motorcycle Phone Mount Compatible with iPhone 14 13 12 11 Pro Max, More 4.0"-6.7" Phone
  • 🚵‍♀️【Ultra-Stable & Safe】Made of tough and stretchy premium silicone to resist strong vibration and impact. The silicone bike phone mount catches your phone firmly without scratching phone screen. Anti-slip rubber grooved clip ensures phone mount is securely attached to the handlebars and keeps your cellphone safe even on a bumpy rocky road.
  • 🤳【Flexible Rotation】Freely adjust your phone to any angle that suits your preference, providing you with ultimate flexibility in viewing your phone and keeping track of mileage, time or maps during riding.
  • 👋【Simple Operation】Easy to install or remove in a few seconds. No screws and no tools to be securely mounted on any handlebar. Adjust the silicone bands arbitrarily for easy fingerprint or face unlocking of the phone.
  • 📱【Universal Phone Holder】The phone holder for bike works with all smartphones with screen size from 4.0'' to 6.7''. Compatible with iPhone 14/iPhone 14 Pro/iPhone 14 Pro Max/iPhone 14 Plus/iPhone 13 Pro Max/13 Pro/13/12 Pro Max/12 Pro/12/12 Mini/11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11/SE/XS Max/XS/XR/X/8 Plus/8, Samsung Galaxy and more.
  • 🛵【Handlebar Compatibility】With adjustable band, the motorcycle phone mount fits for any size of cylindrical handlebar, such as, mountain bike, street bike, road bike, electric bicycle, spinning bike, motorcycle, scooter, strollers, shopping carts, motorbike, etc.
Bestseller No. 8
Motorcycle Phone Mount, [Outdoor Super Strong] Bike Phone Mount, One-Button Lock & Release Cell Phone Holder for Bike 360° Universal Motorcycle ATV Scooter Handlebar for All Smartphone (Black)
  • Super Sturdy and Safe: Once the bike phone mount locks the clamp, it will grip your phone tightly. The adjustable bike phone holder has an upgraded safety lock on the back to securely secure your phone to your bike handlebars. Ensures your phone is safe on high-speed rides or bumpy roads.
  • 1S Place and Remove: motorcycle phone mount is installed on the handlebar according to the Quick Start Guide, within 1 second you will feel the security feeling of placing your phone: Tilt the phone to the top of the holder, 4 arms will automatically hold your phone firmly, and unlock by pressing the back of the holder.
  • 360°Viewing Adjustable: phone holder for motorcycle is equipped with a 360 degree swivel ball, allowing you to freely adjust the angle during riding. You can easily adjust your phone to a horizontal or vertical viewing angle, making riding easier and safer. Choose the best angle freely!
  • Anti-shake Design: bike phone holder comes with anti-slip silicone pads on the four corners and back to prevent scratches and vibrations from the phone. cell phone holder for bike perfectly holds your phone  even on rough roads.
  • Wide Compatibility: The handlebar phone mount is compatible with handlebars from 0.8” to 1.25” (22-32mm), you can use it on a bike, like bicycle, motorcycle, stroller, shopping cart, electric scooter, indoor bike, treadmill. Universal design fits most smartphones with 4''-7'' screens. Cell Phone from 4.7” to 7”, thickness (with case)≤0.71”, support all phones.
Bestseller No. 10
Acrhkoor Bike Phone Holder, 360° Rotatable Adjustable Detachable Motorcycle Phone Mount, Universal Silicone Phone Holder Compatible with iPhone 13 12 11 Pro Max/XR/XS/8/7/6 Plus, Samsung (4.0"-7.0")
  • Ultra-Lightweight Material - The bike phone holder is made of an ultra-lightweight silicone material that puts almost no pressure on the bike handlebars. It makes riding easier and safer. No need to worry about it affecting the display of all phone screen, the curved silicone bands that never blocks the face ID, light sensor, home button and finger sensor. 360° adjustable, your phone can be freely adjusted to any angle.
  • Easy to Install - The bike phone holder requires absolutely no tools to install. It comes with an integrated silicone pad, adjustable belt with close thread and nut design firmly locks the handlebars. Even if you are driving on a rough road, there is no shake.
  • Universal Phone Holder - This phone holder for bike with adjustable elastic silicone straps, fits all handlebars from 18-35 mm, suitable for bicycle, motorbike, scooter handlebars, prams, shopping trolleys etc. Simply tighten the silicone buckle on the handlebar and it will hold your handlebar securely and steadily without wobbling, regardless of the terrain.
  • Wider Compatibility - This universal bike phone mount is made of durable and flexible silicone and will fit almost any mobile phone up to 4.0 inches wide! Suitable for 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.
  • Detachable design - The detachable bike phone mount allows you to take your phone out without removing the entire bike phone mount. You can easily send and receive email or text messages, take calls, take selfies and much more.