Are you a cyclist of some sort? Are you looking for a iPhone bike mount (or any other brand of phone)?
Riding bikes is one of my favorite things. Maybe it reminds me of being a kid. Maybe I just enjoy the ability to get my workout in for the day by doing something other than running.
Do you enjoy the feeling being on the road, shooting for fast average speeds? Riding the trails, dodging roots and rocks at seemingly every twist and turn? Or just spending your time on a nice, safe, easy-going greenway?
Whichever path you choose, cycling can be a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful gift of God’s creation.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a numbers kind of gal, so I like to have my phone with me and track my ride on an app called Strava.
I have the Tigra BikeConsole iPhone bike mount.
It’s on my handlebars to make it super easy to bring my phone along, and I wanted to share with you what I like and don’t particularly like about it.
First of all, what I like…
- This iPhone bike mount is waterproof. I don’t have to worry about my phone getting messed up if we should somehow (quite inadvertently mind you) end up in a rain storm.
- It’s also really sturdy. The Tigra iPhone bike mount claims to be shockproof. Thankfully I haven’t dropped mine, but it seems like it would be able to withstand some force.
- The screen is still very responsive. The case does have a covering over the screen, but the only time I’ve had any trouble with responsiveness was when it needed a good cleaning. A little fingernail polish remover, and we were good as new.
- There are ports on the bottom of the case for a charging cable and for headphones. If you’re going on a crazy long ride, you could easily mount an extra charging battery to your frame and plug it in at a rest stop. You could also plug in headphones for an indoor trainer ride (Please don’t wear headphones on the road!).
- The case itself is removable. In other words, the phone case is attached separately to the bike mount. This is great for me because I use the case also when I go kayaking. I just put my phone in the waterproof housing and carry it along. I thought about adding another mount to my kayak, but haven’t gone that far yet.
- The phone is pretty secure once it’s in place. Each side and the bottom of the case have hinged lock-in mechanisms to help ensure that the case doesn’t pop open should it fall. Plus, the case not only clicks in to the mount, but it also has a screw in mechanism to keep the case from flying off the bike while you’re riding down the road.
- The case also rotates 90 degrees. If you prefer a landscape view of your phone – no worries.
Overall, for me, the things I like about the Tigra BikeConsole outweigh the things that could be improved.
Things that could be better…
- The speakers aren’t great. The case has openings on the front of the bottom that allow sound to come through. Unfortunately (in terms of sound only) the case has padding for the phone on the inside, which means the sound is muffled. I don’t like to listen to music when I’m on the road, so it’s not a huge deal for me.
- The screen lock button doesn’t work. This really only matters to me when I’m kayaking or transporting the phone in my pocket. On the bike, I unlock the screen, start Strava, and let it go. When I’m kayaking, though, I would like to be able to lock the screen back out so I don’t do some accidental pocket dialing after taking some photos.
- It is kind of big and bulky. In order to get the sturdiness, security, and waterproofedness (probably not a word) they’re going for, it’s a pretty big case – doesn’t fit great in a pocket during transport.
So, overall, I’m pretty happy with it. If you’re looking for a phone mount for your bike that’s waterproof and pretty sturdy but still really responsive – this one should do the trick.
Let me know if you have this mount or another one you like better. I look forward to reading your comments below.
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