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Great little phone holder with ample space for bits and bobs
on 8 May 2018
I got this simply for navigating a tricky 40 mile circuit I had planned a few weeks ago, but it's ended up being a very useful bit of kit that I now use for all of my longer evening spins in place of my little cycling computer. With a phone and the right apps, it can be as powerful as the £400 Garmin if you're looking for ride data and navigation.
The bag underneath is roomy, I could comfortably fit my brick style ½kg external battery in there and could also plug it into the phone to charge on the move. It'd be fine for keys, cycling spares, food, even a lightweight raincoat.
The Touchscreen plastic works well enough for the job its doing - you'd struggle to draw through it, but for tapping away or typing it's grand.
Most importantly, the waterproofing held up to a gruelling solid 8hrs of on/off-road cycling in sporadic heavy rain.
The zips are sturdy also, and it clips on and off quickly enough. With the three straps, it is really quite secure and it's location on the stem/bars is much more convenient than a top-tube style frame bag (which is largely why I chose it).
My only criticism would be that a clip at the front would be useful for attaching a light (or even a camera). Also, if anything it's a tad too big - it wouldn't suit a slimline road bike for instance - but it's fine on my hybrid amongst its various other attachments.
I use my old LG super basic smartphone without a SIM in there, which I've converted solely for bike computer usage (w/offline OS maps of England, Bike Computer App, Strava, Google Maps).
There are a few really handy YouTube videos if anyone is interested in doing that with an unused old phone. Search "convert phone to bike computer".
The speed, distance and location are all spot on, even with no cellular signal. Its handy, because all the settings (screen permanently on, no unlock code etc) can be left as-is, whereas it'd be a hassle to change those all the time if using an everyday mobile. Also, with no extraneous apps it feels less distracting and there is absolutely no possibility for interference from the outside world - which is sometimes exactly what one needs when out cycling.