Great Phone Mounts for Securing Your Device to Your Bike

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Photo credit: Staff
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Bike phone mounts are genius in their simplicity and functionality. They take a device you already carry in your pocket on every ride and move it to your stem or handlebar, where you can follow turn-by-turn directions at a glance and track your progress through apps like RideWithGPS and Strava. Sure, there are plenty of awesome cycling-specific GPS computers to buy, but why spend more money when you already own—and know how to use—a device capable of most of the same functions?

If perceived risk is holding you back, know that the latest phone mounts aren’t nearly as flimsy as you’d imagine a piece of plastic holding your $700+ device to be. The same way that a multi-hundred-dollar GPS is securely held into place, so too will your phone be safe—even on fast descents and bumpy roads. Bad weather doesn’t need to be an issue, either. Many phone mounts, like Topeak’s RideCase and the Quad Lock, come with accessory covers that promise full waterproofing. And don’t underestimate what you can also accomplish with just a plastic sandwich bag and a rubber band.

Over the past few years, phone mounts have become increasingly sleek and unobtrusive, offering a similar experience to riding with a big-screen GPS. Mounts can be cell-phone-size specific and require the purchase of an additional case that clamps onto your handlebar or stem, much like a traditional cycling computer. Others, like the Gearlock and Quad Lock, can be mounted by affixing a universal adapter to a phone case you already own. Alternative options include small bags that attach to your bike’s top tube and fit not only your phone, but snacks and cash, too.

We tried a few different styles to bring you the best options. Here are our picks for the best ways to connect your phone to your bike.

How We Tested

Every piece of gear on this list has been thoroughly evaluated and vetted by our team of test editors. We research the market, survey user reviews, and use our own experience riding hundreds of miles on all kinds of terrain with these phone mounts to determine the best options. We evaluated the bike phone mounts here on performance, value, durability, security, safety, versatility, ease-of-use, and aesthetics to come up with models that best serve every type of rider, kind of phone, and style of bike.

Quad Lock Bike Kit

Light, strong, and secure, the Quad Lock is among the best at what it does—which is allow your phone to click onto a stem, handlebar, or out-front mount so you can use it while riding. The brand’s universal bike kit has an ultra-sticky universal adapter you can permanently attach to any phone case. (Use a cheap throwaway if you don’t want to sacrifice your usual case to the cause). Then you just have to twist the adapter into the mount for a “dual stage lock” secure fit. If you need bonus protection from the elements, Quad Lock sells a slip-on cover that works like a snug poncho for your phone in bad weather. If you choose to buy a Quad Lock-specific case, they’re available in sizes for all iPhone and Galaxy devices.

Blackburn Local Plus Top Tube Bag

Perfect for your next gravel or adventure ride, the Local Plus can hold your phone, wallet, and snacks with ease, while keeping it all right in front of you. The bag attaches securely to your bike’s top tube and stem with a pair of straps. A transparent touchscreen pocket keeps your screen in view and touchable. The Local Plus accommodates the iPhone X or smartphones approximately that size.

Rokform V4 Pro Series Bike Mount

One of our tester’s favorite things about the V4 is that, once it’s installed, it can stay there and be forgotten until you need it. The CNC-machined, aircraft-grade aluminum mount replaces the top cap on your 1⅛-inch steerer. It’s so low-profile (a little over 5mm at its thinnest point) that when it’s not in use, it can lay flat against your stem. When it is in use, it can be tilted at an angle up to 55 degrees. It uses a twist-lock mechanism to attach the compatible case and has a magnet for even more security. Sure, you have to buy a Rokform case that works with the mount, but you’ll get more use out of it than you think. Rokform also makes a more versatile handlebar mount that you can swap from bike to bike as well as a variety of magnetic car mounts that let you display your phone on the dash. It’s a universal system that goes a long way.

Vibrelli Universal Bike Phone Mount

Vibrelli’s phone mount features an adjustable clamp that fits on most handlebars, and silicone bands that hold your phone in place while you ride. The ball-and-socket design lets you angle your phone in any direction and provides access to all control buttons and the audio jack. Silicone bands in black, red, and grey are included with each mount. Given the word “Universal” in its name, this mount can accommodate almost all smartphones.

Team Obsidian Bike Mount

Made from a single piece of silicone with bands that hug just the edges of the top and bottom of your phone without scratching it, this mount comes in two sizes that can accommodate nearly every smartphone. It can be mounted vertically on the handlebar or horizontally over the stem. The size medium mount is compatible with phones between 4 and 5.2 inches long, and the size large mount is compatible with phones 5 to 6.2 inches. The silicone bands are claimed to hold their shape without stretching over time.

Topeak RideCase

The RideCase consists of two parts—a plastic phone case, which is available in several different sizes depending on phone model, and a slide-on mount that you can attach to your stem or handlebar. The case slides smoothly into the mount, where it clicks into place and holds your phone securely. Once your phone is locked in, you can tilt the mount to any angle so you can view your phone from your saddle. If you want to take your phone out to snap ride photos, it’s not difficult to pull it out without stopping. Together, both components feel durable and stable, no matter what kind of terrain you’re subjecting them to. If you live in a rainy or snowy climate, check out the Weatherproof RideCase options.

Spigen Gearlock

The Gearlock doesn’t require you to buy a matching phone case—it comes with a universal adapter that you can put on the case you already own. Once you’ve affixed the adapter, your phone will click easily into the mount, where it’s secure enough to hold your phone with no jiggling on rough terrain, but also easy to pull off the mount when you want to take photos. The out-front mount works with most handlebar sizes with the help of two different rubber spacers, and sits at a convenient angle for mid-ride viewing. It’s a sturdy, solid mount that attaches to your bar and tightens with an Allen wrench rather than a flexible band that relies on your own hand strength to get a firm fit. It’s also lightweight, aerodynamic, and low-profile, so it won’t get in your way or crowd your hands on the bar.

Roam Co-Pilot Bike Phone Mount

With its side clamping system and silicone net, the Roam provides a solid, inexpensive way to mount your phone to your bike. Adjust the angle from portrait to landscape to suit your needs. It’s compatible with most phones on the market, including plus-size iPhones. And because it’s made to also work with motorcycles, it has one of the largest-diameter clamping mechanisms on our list, fitting handlebars from ⅞ inches up to 1¼ inches.

VUP Silicone Mount

VUP’s phone mount has a similar design to that of TeamObsidian’s—instead of using a special case or adapter to affix your phone to the mount, you just strap your phone into an elastic web—no side clamping system—attached to a universal handlebar mount (designed to fit 18 to 35mm handlebars). This stretchy silicone webbing makes the mount compatible with any size phone. The whole thing is simple to use, stable, inexpensive, and provides easy access to your screen while riding. And you can still rotate the phone 360 degrees for a better view.

Nite Ize Wraptor

The Wraptor has a similar design to the VUP and other stretchy, silicone bike mounts. Just wrap it around your bar (it works with handlebars of all sizes) and hook your phone into the corners, where it will rotate 360 degrees so you can put it in landscape or portrait mode, and stay put as long as you don’t leave the pavement. We didn’t have any problems with our phones bouncing out of the mount, but other users have reported an issue when venturing off-road. The mount is small, compact, and very easy to mount and unmount, so you can take it with you when you lock up your bike.

Loop Mount

This recently Kickstartered product’s most radical feature is simply that it looks cool. Most handlebar mounts are focused purely on function at the expense of style—they look cheap and plasticky when left on your bike without a phone. But the Loop Mount’s sleek design folds in on itself and blends into your handlebar when not in use. It’s well-made and sturdy—mine has held up for the past six months of use without any signs of wear. When you do need to use it, it’s simple: Just stretch out the curved metal arms far enough to hug your phone, and go.

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