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asked 2015-06-23 16:30:11 +0300

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I'm looking for a way to safely mount my Jolla on my bike. This would enable me to safely navigate, use cycling, geocaching and augmented reality apps, and not have to hold the phone unconfortably in my pockets while biking. Please share your experience on any attempts (succesful or not) of using either commercial or DIY mounts.

Points to consider:

  • weather protection
  • sturdy, secure and durable materials
  • universal mountability, versatility (ability to mount on different kinds of bikes, shopping trolleys, etc.)
  • low profile
  • quick attachment and detachment

Also, I'd like to hear your thoughts: Bike mount TOH - great idea or completely useless? Maybe a TOH with a slim bike mount bracket, so that it would still fit into your pocket. Maybe something similar to this:

a DYI phone bike mount

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Not a bad idea at all. My bike is my only transport, but I have made holders for previous phones and in the end I stopped using it., basically, I got bored with the idea/concept and never found a real use for it, other than it looks a bit flash for other geeky types when noticed. ;)

My previous phone was a Nokia N9. I made a holder using a Nokia CC-3015 case and a quick thumb clamp style bracket from an old back light, just right for my handlebar thickness. I literally screwed it together with 3/4" self tappers and a drop of superglue, clamped it to my handlebars and pulled the thumb lever to tighten, which in the end, I needed to wrap a short piece of wire around the thumb lever as it kept springing open while riding. I did have pics but I believe they've long been deleted.

My only reservation with a TOH type of holder, is the fact that the organic clips may not hold up under duress/rougher terrain and might simply pop off and let the business end of your phone, fly!, so a form of TOH that kind of wraps around the top/bottom and sides of the phone would be important. As for weather conditions, like rain, I'd prefer to remove the phone completely and stick it somewhere drier for the duration of the journey.

Perhaps a holder that can be used for a car or a bike would be appropriate, as this would appeal to a wider audience...?

Moreover, I don't think we are going to see much activity from Jolla on any range of TOH's, they barely stock the ones they did design, check out the shop, still only the Aloe one can be bought. - where is the TOH concept going?, will it be included in the J2 phone?, who knows.

The idea is a good one, but is possibly only for those with access to a 3d printer or the like, basically rendering it as nothing more than community based projects. That isn't to say Jolla won't get behind ideas from the public. But what have we seen so far, a handful of projects from Skark, Dirkvl, Kimmoli and one or 2 others, can we buy these items yet?, yes, some of them, maybe all, I haven't really looked properly.


Edz ( 2015-06-23 16:55:54 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-06-24 04:40:17 +0300

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My current setup for mounting smartphones on my bike :

This combo has several advantages:

  • it holds the smartphone very tighly (never had it fall down from the bike, even with strong vibrations)
  • can accommodate lots of other targets beside bikes' handlebars (you can twist them around a shopping trolley bar. Or you can open and extend it and have the magnetic tips stick on a car's free space on top the dashboard)
  • can accommodate lots of other objects (Phones, Laser pico projectors) unlike phone-specific back-cases.
  • it's very compact
  • though it's not instant snap-on to put on (you need to twist it around the handle bar, not simply snap it in like a LED lamp, or the back-case in your picture), it's still easier to take off (pull strongly enough to overcome the resistance of the twisty legs to untwist them) without falling down easily.
  • the grip has room for devices with lateral connector (both my older HP Pre³ and my pico projector have their connectors on the side, unlike Jolla's top connector. Other grips would need to be place off-center not to block them, but this one has it)

Another solution to think about: strong rare-earth magnet.

Like the ones on the keyboard other half. Or the ones you use for auto-alignement for DIY Palm Touchstone adapters.

People have reported that they are strong enough to stick the Jolla on a fridge (i.e.: TOHKBD's magnet against pure metal). If you screw a plate with really strong matching magnets on it, that's probably going to be good enough for most cases.

But I haven't explored that yet. (Haven't made my touchstone adapter yet).

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answered 2015-06-26 01:12:28 +0300

sfb gravatar image

Bike TOH would be great if it also coul charge over i2c

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i²c is for communication - but I get your point ;)

Yo ( 2015-06-26 12:20:07 +0300 )edit

is it called power pogo pins then?

sfb ( 2015-06-26 13:28:53 +0300 )edit

@sfb, here you go, this might give you a better understanding :)

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The 5V DC and ground is input.

Edz ( 2015-06-26 21:32:22 +0300 )edit

That is a great idea! Charge the phone from the bike's generator!

00prometheus ( 2015-06-26 23:08:54 +0300 )edit

Main problem with this kind of charging is that the frequency changes with your speed. To solve this, you need to e.g. DIY your own solution (if you are familiar with electronics). There are plenty of guides on the internet, but still the cost of this is IMHO bigger than benefits of it. I agree that the combination with TOH looks interesting, but stays geeky solution with uncertain result.

PetrK ( 2015-06-28 11:53:36 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-06-27 23:10:56 +0300

rgrnetalk gravatar image

I use minoura phone grip iH-100S (size small, 22-29 mm adjustable) for both race and mountain bike. can hold phone in landscape and portrait mode.

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Probably this one? Looks promising. Does it hold the phone firmly in both positions? Any pros/cons you'd like to share?

J24 ( 2015-06-27 23:16:30 +0300 )edit

yep, that's the one . Only pros: reasonable priced, holds phone firmly, very easy installation, is firmly mounted to the bike (firm click) (and available in different sizes)....

rgrnetalk ( 2015-06-27 23:39:55 +0300 )edit

Just created a TOH for it:

(disclaimer: printing and using this design is your own decision, the designer cannot be hold responsible for any damage caused by using the Jolla in combination with this design)

rgrnetalk ( 2015-11-01 18:30:18 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-06-27 15:34:39 +0300

sfb gravatar image

thanx Markyboy; you see how much of a non nerd i am: i thought they look the same => they'll be called the same. but sure; has to be the 5v CD + GND then.

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I think you should post this as a comment, not answer.

J24 ( 2015-06-28 12:27:45 +0300 )edit

sorry, you're right

sfb ( 2015-06-28 13:56:47 +0300 )edit
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