Has anyone tried using Sugru to bodge a SRAM quickview mount for a Defy? Any reason why I shouldn't just bond the adapter to the back of of the battery cover using superglue or Sugru?
Home made GPS with mapping and tracking
I'm not convined that a non-mechanical fixing (unless you're going going to use proper aerospace/etc type adhesive and preparation techniques) will ever be sturdy enough to hold a phone - they're actually quite heavy and subjected to a lot of rattling around on the bars.
I've used some different adhesive solutions and none were sufficient.
I think the vibration from riding stopped it from being effective. There's probably a solution, but I'll stick with a screw being my main means of fixing.
A decent PU adhesive / sealer, eg Sikaflex or Tiger seal, should give a good strong bond. With a few mm bed it would give resonable vibration isolation too.
I could do pull ups on 18" lengths of batton stuck to the roof of my camper conversion with the stuff.
Only draw back is it comes in big tubes so not efficient for small quantities.
That looks pretty cool!
Hmm, I might try this. No need to wait for the Sugru magnet kit to become available. N52 neodymium magnets from ebay, one SRAM quickview mount, and a pack of Sugru.
Mind your credit cards near those magnets though...!
This may also be of interest: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/en/product/~product_id=8294081
That looks very like an UltimateAddons soft case:
I have one of their rugged cases for my Galaxy S3, which I rate very highly other than one aspect.
I use the compatible charger cable with an external USB battery, and the strain relief on the power plug is non-existent. The lead broke on my second ride using it. I got a replacement and beefed up the strain relief and waterproofing of the plug using Sugru.
holy thread resurrection! checking in as I'm currently playing with OruxMaps on my Moto G (and trying to avoid dropping hundreds of pounds on a pointless Garmin).
I'm not sure the garmins are pointless - battery life means that they're always going to have one big factor in their favour for longer rides.
I killed my defy mini - water got in unfortunately but I have a cheap Defy (not mini) that I'm going to try once I get round to it. I have found though that in the wet, the screen registers as though you're touching it with your finger and goes a bit crazy. Need some sort of touch screen lock I reckon.
yeah fair enough, not pointless, more I'm trying to establish where the sweet spot is on the cost/utility spectrum (without spending 500 smackers if it's not necessary for my use case)
partly it's just fun messing with the widgets I've got
And that's the bit I quite like My garmin is better though but as more apps become available, that may change.
Download your mapping onto your phone and then put it into Airplane mode while using it for navigation, it will use absolutely scads less battery that way. Only turn on comms or Wifi if you need to. Use an external USB battery pack to recharge overnight on multi-day trips, or just keep the internal battery topped up all the time.
how are Garmins for readability in bright sunlight?
Download your mapping onto your phone and then put it into Airplane mode while using it for navigation, it will use absolutely scads less battery that way.
It's the screen backlight that kills battery life IME.
My 605 is fine in bright sunlight. Not that we seem to ever have sun
I use a 5000mAh USB battery pack with my Desire HD for navigation. The longest route I've done so far took 7 hours and I still had full phone charge and one bar of life left on the battery pack.
I keep mine in a crossbar bag with phone window and the battery in with it so everything stays protected from the elements.
Just got a Samsung Y for £22. What is the agreed best way of attaching to bike?
Anyone with an update?
The sram / garmin adapter works well per clubber's earlier post.
I used a phone case and a Hope light mount, but I did trash the first case.
Must get round to mounting the second one properly
Here are some pictures of my Motorola Mini , with a mount I made from a rubber case, some tin and some sugru, mated to an older style garmin mount. Chatters a bit on rough down hills, but stays put, and good and readable. Use Oruxmaps.
This might be of interest:
It mentions the Kyocera Hydro phones, the original of which is now available for buttons on eBay:
Not stellar spec but easily adequate for a bike GPS/phone I would have thought.
I`m really stuck,
haven't used this (Orux Maps)for ages, forgotten everything and cant get back to the basic settings ?
I have buttons too big on the screen but cant seem to find the basic settings again to change the display set up ?
I`ve now wasted 2 hours of my life, got an Irate mrs, and a big ride on tomorrow which I cant get to display in a meaningful format
Please stop me going out and buying a garmin !?!?
Great idea many thanks for it, I bought a defy mini on eBay (as new re cons now down to £30, small scratches £24!). Then I got hold of the hope light bracket.
Rather than bolt to the phone direct this is bolted to a case - it's bendy meaning there's room for a big washer which will hopefully spread the load and that the phone retains its waterproofing.
Seems pretty stable so far.
I'm using viewranger as can easily plot and upload routes from my Mac.
Argh, my Defy has stopped picking up satellites and won't work with oruxmaps anymore. Anyone had a defy and fixed this?
Given that you can get them cheap, probably just get another one....
Thanks, I did think of that but given the slight hassle to setup a garmin plug I think I'll buy an garmin edge touring instead - pretty inexpensive from Germany
have you tried using the GPS Status app?
Faster GPS app miight be worth a look as well, you can use it to easily reset your NTP server and region settings if they have gone wonky for some reason.
Yes I did try that, no joy, it's possible that it will return but it dropped me in the poo the other day (had to ride an unknown route which worked ok but could have been a real pain). It's been a good and very cheap way to try digital mapping though.
I had this happen to me a week or so ago . Rebooting seemed to help. I'm now using Locus rather than Oruxmaps, and find it more reliable.
Sorry folks but my links never work....
So, if you are looking for a secure way to mount your smartphone, have a look at Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative
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Handlebar stem-mount Smartphone holder.
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Great little smartphone holder. Easy to attatch to the bike as well. Emphasis should be on little though, won't hold a phone like a Galaxy S4 in a secure way (the top doesn't close over). If you have a smaller phone though it'll be great. Should say in description it won't fit newest models though.
What at bargain! easy to fit, works great and pleasantly understated. Rivals start at about £50. Buy it, its a no-brainer
A great idea in theory and having had a bad experience with a less than solidly attached phone holder, this looked ideal. The construction is solid however Edinburgh Bicycle need to point out that this is not suitable for angled stems as the mount does not sit correctly on the headset. I do feel that I have been misled into thinking this product would work on my bike.
Just to mention that I bought it for a Nokia E72 and it fits perfectly.
I thought this might be a bit gimmicky - but it's not. Easy to fit onto the steerer, had to relocate the bell on to the fork on the bike but definitely worth it. I use the cyclemeter app to track my regular commute - this is great to keep an eye on progress. It's secure, weatherproof and just really simple. Fits the iPhone 4 perfectly and I fitted it to a Specialized Tricross Sport. Great for receiving that "can you pick up milk?" text or "you forgot your wallet" - now you can react to these messages in real time rather than view them at your journeys end after retrieving phone from your pocket.
I have been looking for this device for some time for my wife and was thrilled to find one on a notification from edinburghbicycles. I was just about to order one when I spotted the footnote explaining that it fits to the steerer/spacer on modern bikes and not it seems to the stem or handlebars. No good then, as it needs to fit to the stoker handlebars of a tandem.
That's the best I can do
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