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Arkon Bicycle Handlebar Mount for iPhone 3GS 3G and Original with Custom Holder
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- Item is discontinued and available while supplies last
- Features custom iPhone holder and is compatible with iPhone 3GS 3G and Original iPhone
- Fits on handlebars measuring up to 33mm in diameter
- 2 year limited warranty
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Please note that this item has been discontinued and is available only while supplies last. The IPM127 bicycle handlebar car mount holds iPhone 3GS, 3G, and Original iPhone. It includes Arkon’s custom iPhone holder, and a bicycle handlebar mount. Just set your iPhone in the mount and snap it into place. The custom holder does not accommodate cases or skins. The bicycle/motorcycle mount fits on handlebars and is easy to install with a Phillips screwdriver. The mount’s swivel ball adapter head rotates 360°, providing the ultimate flexibility in viewing the iPhone from any angle. Please note that this mount is not suitable for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, or 5C. For a handlebar mount that fits recent iPhone models, Arkon recommends Models SM432 (Mega Grip Handlebar Mount) or SM632 (Slim-Grip Ultra Handlebar Mount). Both models are available on Amazon.
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My question is, why not? Many bicyclists purchase "computers" for their bikes that track distance, speed, maximum and minimums, time and the like using a magnetic piece that hooks to the wheel with a corresponding reader mounted to the fork. But with the GPS features on the iPhone and the right application, you can duplicate this functionality without messy cables. The Arkon bicycle handlebar mount is one way to make that happen.
The unit itself is actually two pieces: The handlebar mount and the iPhone bracket that fits into it. It seems that this would function just as well with one piece, but the iPhone bracket is universal and can work with other Arkon mounts, so I understand the thinking behind this. Install was extremely simple: a single bolt tightens the mount onto your handle. Spacers are included for those with less beefy handlebars.
When I decided to look for an iPhone mount for my bicycle, I found that there are actually quite a few options out there. The Arkon bicycle handlebar mount stands out for a couple reasons.
First, the mount is very sturdy. The entire unit is made of a hardened plastic including where it attaches to the bicycle handlebar. I mention this because many mounts out there mount with a zip tie, which I have found are more likely to slip and even dryrot.
Second, a ball-and-socket makes it possible to view your iPhone at virtually any angle. The ball fits snugly into the plastic socket and can be tightened down with a tightening ring directly below it.
Thirdly, it is specifically made to fit the iPhone (another Arkon model is designed for iPhones with cases) so it's not as bulky as some of the universal-fit units out there.
Finally, the unit just works and adds very little weight (less than an ounce) to your bicycle. I field tested the unit on a combination of smooth and rough roads. The adjustable ball-and-socket tightens down enough that the rough spots will not move your iPhone from your ideal position. Adjusting the mount on the fly is not a problem with the oversized tightening ring. For my tests I adjusted the unit to the point where it held when going over bumps but could be moved to a different angle by hand. Worked perfectly.
Besides using the mount for GPS applications on your iPhone, it also puts your iPhone at the perfect location for controlling your iPhone. Take calls? Maybe, but I didn't. I used my iPod app and was gleefully selecting and skipping songs. For safety purposes, I will mention that having your iPhone available like this can distract you, just like when you're driving your car. Don't ever let me catch you texting on your bike, regardless of how good the Arkon mount is.
When I returned home from riding my bicycle and testing this unit, I proceeded to dismount from my bike and remove the "computer" I already had mounted on my bicycle. With the Arkon mount and my iPhone, I had no need for it anymore. If you're a bicyclist looking for an elegant way to incorporate your iPhone into your ride, you need to consider the Arkon bicycle mount.
After using it on the hybrid bicycle for a while, I decided to move it to my road bike (a Felt). It was easy to move because the nut used to tighten it to the handle bars is a wingnut. I needed no tools. It mounted to the road bike handlebars with no problems. I'm buying a second one today so I don't have to move the mount.
I'm going to find another solution and make sure it has a release lever as well as being large enough to hold the iPhone in a case.
Note to manufacturer....either make the handlebar attachment larger or make it connect with two screws so there is adjustablity.
I made it less than a mile when the top part that holds the phone apparently vibrated loose while crossing the brick intersection. It fell to the ground and landed on a corner shattering the screen. I think this could have been prevented if the two pieces of the mount locked together and if the cradle had covered the corners on top as it does on the bottom.
Looked good but in my case the design flaws showed themselves rather quickly. I was not able to continue my review of the iBike app and now I'm faced with trying to contact Arkon to see if they will pay for the repairs of my iPhone.
Could be my bad luck but the flaws seem rater apparent to me now, i'll be more skeptical in the future.
I called and emailed Arkon, but there customer service was unreachable and never returned any of my messages.
Beware when using this product that you don't harm your iPhone. I am meticulous with usage instructions, and still this $20 product managed to significantly damage my $200 iPhone.