Why bike couriers need different phone mounts
I worked as a courier for five years and have experience in using different bike phone mounts.
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Summarizing the most important things to look for in a bike mount
For the bike courier, you need a phone mount that is secure, durable and is easy and quick to remove and attach your phone.
Best Budget Phone Mount
VUP Universal Bike Cell Phone Holder was a standard mount offered as a perk to Deliveroo riders. The silicone bands are compatible with any phone size and the universal handlebar mount is designed to fit 18 to 35mm handlebars. Fitting the bands around your phone is not as quick draw as other mounts, but it was secure. Caution is advised if you do leave your bike outside as the sun will deteriorate the silicone bands.
- Fits most phones
- Universal handlebar phone mount
- Low price
- The stretching mechanism is prone to breaking
- Silicone bands may interfere with buttons and jacks
- Larger/heavier phones may cause the clamp to slide on your handlebar
Best Quick Release Phone Mount
Spigen Phone Mount has a nice slim and lightweight design. It comes with two rubber spaces and is securely attached to the handlebar using a allen key. There is a universal adapter that you can put on the phone case you already have. Once mounted, your phone is secure. The simple one-click locking system ensures quick access to your phone. The Spigen Phone Mount comes in both a out-front mount and stem mount.
- Very secure handlebar attachment
- Quick release ensures easy access and re-mounting
- Good value
- You have to use the adapter on your own case
- Soft surface and TPU cases not recommended so you may have to buy a second case
- Locking mechanism slowly degrades over time
Best Waterproof Phone Mount
The ROCKBROS Phone Mount is a good introduction to a waterproof phone mount. There are always caveats with waterproof mounts. More material means more bulk, which can cause slippage when attached. The ROCKBROS attaches in between the handlebar and stem via velcro straps which at least keeps it secure. Screen protectors also leave a lot to be desired.
- Waterproof fabric ensures your phone will stay dry
- Large zipper handles for easy access
- Phone is protected
- Additional storage space
- Good value
- Touch ID does not work through the screen cover
- Attachment is to the handlebar and stem which may be an awkward angle on some bike frames
- More cumbersome to remove and attach your phone
- Zippers can break with overuse
Best Bike Phone Mount
Quad Lock is an industry leader when it comes to phone mounts. After going through several phone mounts, Quad Lock was my last and final purchase. The Out front mount can be reversed to set over the stem. The quick release is excellent and the mount has a nice overall aesthetic.
But the real bonus is the slim protective case. I’ve dropped the phone more times than I care to count, even having it pop out of my hands while riding. The polycarbonate core produces a satisfying impact absorbing thud when it hits concrete. Needless to say, the case stays on my phone at all times.
There are also plenty of options available for different devices, including GoPro attachments.
- Light, strong material
- Can be rotated for over stem mounting
- Quick release
- Mounting kit includes high quality slim phone case
- Plenty of options available
Alternatives to bike phone mounts
If you’re still not sure which bike mount is best for you, then consider an alternative. Many couriers have opted to use wrist and arm holders. There are several advantages with these but also a few drawbacks.
They’re relatively inexpensive, always secure and you don’t have to fiddle with removing your phone from a mount. Though they can be awkward to use or view while riding. But some couriers swear by it prefer it over using a phone mount.
Best Wristband Phone Holder
This model from HLOMOM can rotate 360° and is easily removable if you need to use your phone. It uses silicone straps to keep your phone in place. Note that if you have a very large phone, the straps will not last as long and may be awkward to wear while riding. Using a wrist holder really comes down to personal preference.
- Don’t need to remove your phone, though there is also a release mechanism
- 360° Rotation
- Phone is secure
- Awkward to wear with clothing
- Can be uncomfortable
- Can slide down your wrist and up against your hand while riding
- Not always easy to use your phone
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