Quadlock Case for iPhone 5

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Quadlock Case – Image from MacWorld

Recently I decided that i need a way to mount my iPhone 5 to the bike somewhere. I have been having problems with the Wahoo RFLKT+ bike computer and I needed a way to mount my iPhone 5 to the bike. I’ve seen the Quadlock Case advertised and seen the Kickstarter project and really liked it. One check with Amazon and I ordered it with the bike kit.

photo 1The bike mount is one of those where you use the – rubber bands to secure it. I’m generally not a fan of those types but it also comes with zip ties. In the end, I ended up using the rubber bands. Initially I tried to mount it on the handlebar stem but I got one of short stems and it didn’t fit on it. The handlebars were out as I already got stuff mounted on them. The only other option was the top tube near the front. I joined two of the larger rubber bands and wrapped it around the top tube and secured the mount.
photoThe case is a simple slip on type which I love. I can easily take it off or put it on. I tend to leave it on but with dirt/dust making its way to the inside back of the case, I occasionally take it off to clean it. It does come with a clear cover to slip on over the top of the phone if it is raining outside. I haven’t tested the effectiveness of it.

Mounting and dismounting the phone from the base is quite simple and easy to do with one hand. Riding over some harsh chip seal roads as well as some calichie dirt roads the base stays put and doesn’t slide around. Being mounted on the top tube has it’s advantages. I can easily see when a call or text messages comes in. I can also quickly pop it off to take a picture and then put it back. To me, it’s very convenient.

The Quadlock case is not just for bikes. They have accessories to facilitate the use of the mount in a variety ways. There is a car mount where you can use the suction cup to mount your phone on any flat surface. Don’t like the case but like the mount? No worries, they got you covered there too with an accessory to convert your favorite case. They even have little pods to mount to phone on a variety of surfaces like a wall or bookshelf. On my next road trip I’m gonna get the car mount.

Over all it’s a very flexible system that I like and fits my needs. Would I recommend it to others? Absolutely! In fact, I’m going to recommend it to a friend of mine that would simplify attaching her phone to her bike. Go get one!

What you like about it or what peeves you about the equipment are welcome in the comments section. Drop me a line in the comments and let me know your experience with the Quadlock Case.

Slipgrip 1.5″ Bike Mount 4 iPhone 4 Otterbox Defender

Some news on the Slipgrip Bike mounts for us cyclists, I found a webpage for the Slipgrip products. On that page I found several new mounts that look interesting. Both do away with the ball and cup joint (although that is still available to order) and just go with straight bar. They also have them in versions that depend on the thickness of the handlebar, ranging from 1 inch to 1.5 inches. I chose the 1.5 inches as it gives me the flexibility to move it to another bike easily with the scissor type clamp that it uses. I hope to have it before the weekend as I have a long ride that I can use it on. Look for updates to this posting sometime next week.

Their new webpage can be found at SlipGripCarMounts.

Update: 09/08/2011

I finally got my new mount in on Tuesday. Upon opening the box, the first thing that I noticed was how big the clamp is. It’s huge! It looks like a crab claw. This is one beefy clamp and should quell any complaints about a flimsy clamp. There were no instructions that came with it, just the receipt. Installation is a simple process of adjusting the clamp width by spinning the cam lever until you reach the desired width. Place the clamp over the handle bar or t-bar and flip the lever. If too tight the undo the screw a little and try again. Keep adjusting until you have a nice tight grip. No need for any rubber shims either as the clamp jaws have a serrated rubber liner that grips pretty good.

The following day, I took the bike out for a spin and chose a route that takes me over several railroad tracks as well as some rough roads. I purposely placed the unit at a 45 degree angle from a horizontal position to see if it will slip. Nope. Not one bit. I am going to like this very much.

Other features includes being able to rotate the unit 360 degrees that is set on a spring tension ratchet. Just turn the unit to any spot you want and it stays there. It also has the cutout for the camera, although I don’t find it useful. I suppose you can mount the camera perpendicular to the road and use it to take pictures or videos as you are riding. I just don’t see me doing that. The case is the same as the original, but attached to a huge claw.

I paid $29.94 plus $4.95 in shipping for USPS First Class Mail, directly from their website and it took about a week to arrive.

My conclusion, it is definitely better that the original. No ball and cup joint and a much stronger method of mounting to the bike. I would definitely recommend this unit to other users of the iPhone and have the Defender series of the Otterbox.

Drop a comment if you have one yourself and share you’re experience with it.

Update: 09/16/2011

It just dawned on me that I can mount the Slipgrip on the handle bar stem. I am no longer limited to only one size of bar to mount it on, so I took it off the t-bar, opened the jaws some more, mounted on the handle bar stem and turned the case holder 90 degrees. Presto! A nice snug fit. Now I can take off the extra t-bar and declutter the front of the bike.

It has been several weeks since I’ve installed the new mount on the stem. I love it! It’s no longer in-my-face as it was when I used the T-Bar.

Update: 02/08/2012

It’s time for another update on this mount. It has been about fives months since I bought this mount and I am happy to say that I’ve had absolutely no issues with it. No wear and tear, no jury rigging, no breakage … rock solid!

Update: 05/24/2013

Some recent news has come to my attention as to the sturdiness of the bike mount. One individual had an accident with a car and the mount snapped off at the joint. Another reader has had problems with the phone popping out if he hits a jarring bump on the road. Read the comments below this post for additional details. Support from the vendor has been sketchy at best and that is a shame.

I like simple homemade solutions to problems that I have. If I had the problem of the phone popping out I would look to see if a rubber band on the top and bottom will keep it in place. It’s a simple solution that I would use as a temporary fix as I look for a new mount.

My current recommendation as been altered now because of the feedback you have provided. I recommend the use of this bike mount for leisurely rides at a slow pace (10 mph or less), for a baby stroller, or anywhere you want to mount the phone to jam to some tunes. For faster rides or rides on bumpy roads I do not recommend it.

Not to leave you hanging as to what else you can use, here are some options to consider (in no particular order).

1. iBike – Phonebooth products for both the iPhone 4 and 5 series that are water-resistant with secure mounts. I have used the iBike Dash case and like it.

2. Wahoo Fitness – They have several bike mounts worth looking into as well as the remote display called RFLKT. The RFLKT is an interesting product. You mount it to the bike and sync it with one of many cycling apps. Once synced, ride data is displayed on unit and you can put your iPhone in your pocket or bike bag.

3. LifeProof – Not only a pretty solid case but they also have a bike mount too. Not sure if it will survive an accident with a car, but how often is that? Other than that, it looks like the phone won’t be popping off if you hit a hard bump.

4. Quad Lock Mounting System – Something that came from a KickStarter project that looks pretty good. Neat locking mechanism that can be used in multiple ways. Take a look at the video of them mountain biking with the iPhone mounted.

If you have had any experience with the four suggestions above, drop me a comment and let us know what you think of it.

Update: 06/27/2014

I’ve been using the Quadlock Mounting System on my bike for a while and love it. Check out the post about it: Quadlock Case for iPhone 5 Yes, the Quadlock supports other phones.

Slip Grip bike mount

Well my new bike mount for my iPhone came in last night and I couldn’t be happier with it. This mount is specifically designed to hold the iPhone 4 in an Otterbox Defender series case. This eliminates having to take the phone out of the case when I ride and putting it back when I’m done. In addition, I feel a lot better knowing that if I wipe out, my phone stands a good chance of not being damaged.

Out of the box, it comes with no instructions but non is really needed as it is a simple hinge, shaped to fit the handlebar, with a nut at the other end. I disassembled it and took a picture of the parts. Assembly was just as easy, open hinge, find a spot on your handlebar to mount it, use rubber shims and tighten. It does come with two rubber shims and I used one for my T-Bar. About the only problem I had installing the mount was getting it to clamp enough around the T-Bar, so I can thread the nut at the bottom. I ended up cutting the rubber shim about a centimeter so that it would fit on one half of the clamp. After doing that, it had enough clearance to clamp it and tighten it with the bottom nut. After testing to see if I can move the mount, I found that it has a tight grip on the bar and will not budge.

It does a swivel to adjust the angle any way you see fit and you can lock it in that position. That along with the camera hole, on the mount, allows you to use it to take pictures or videos as you ride. That’s a nice feature that didn’t cross my mind until now. You also have full access to the iPhone volume, headphone and data port all while it is securely held in place. Mounting the iPhone with the Otterbox Defender series case is as simple as snapping it on. It is held in place with a large tension lever.

The Slip Grip, made in the U.S.A. and they do make them for other phones and cases such as the iPhone 3GS and the Otterbox Defender for that phone. I bought this unit on eBay for $35.95 plus $4.95 for shipping. I searched Amazon but they only had the 3GS version, so I went with eBay. Would I recommend this to my friends? Yes I would. The iPhone 4 is expensive and I want to take good care of it. Using this bike mount that allows me to keep my protective case on while cycling is important to me. Combine that with easy installation and a secure non slipping mount make this a good buy.

Update: 06/17/2011

Just a quick note to let the readers know that I still use the Slip Grip and love it. On a group ride, one time, someone with a Samsung Android phone was able to secure their phone on the same mount. Not a perfect fit, but it snapped into place and was secure in the mount. So, for those cyclists with Android phones this is a good alternative to securely mount your phone and use it as bike computer. Just an idea …

Anyone else use the Slip Grip? Post your comments and experience with it.

Update: 08/20/2011

After six months of use, the bike mount broke, sort of. I noticed that the phone was starting to turn sideways, so I figured I would tighten the knob at the joint. Doing so, I stripped the screw to the point where it would tighten only to a certain point then would loosen its grip again. I took the whole thing off the bike so I could take a closer look at it and see if I could fix it. I could not figure out how to take apart the ball joint, but I did come up with an idea. Insert some shims between the ball and the cup, so I found the double sided tape that is used to mount a third eye mirror to the helmet and decided to use that. It was no longer sticky with glue, so I didn’t have to worry about gumming up the joint. Cutting it half and inserting it between the ball and joint seemed to be the right thickness as I was able to tighten up the joint, but being careful not to over tighten it.

I went out for a 14 mile ride to test out the repairs. For the most part it seemed to work. About the half way mark the unit did start to droop down. I nudged it back into place and kept on riding. Going over some bumps and jarring the bike produced the droop back again. This time I adjusted the unit more perpendicular to the stem and that seemed to do the trick. The rest of the ride was uneventful as the unit stayed in place.

Not satisfied with the results, I was thinking of a better shim to use and the thought came to me as I was riding home. Use the rubber of an old tube! That should provide the needed friction to hold it in place. Once I got back home, I dug up my heavily patched spare tube and started cutting. I cut out several strips about an inch long and 1/2 inch wide. Loosening the elbow screw the max, I inserted the shims on either side of the ball joint. I folded one shim and left the other straight. Initially, tried to fold both shims but could not insert both of them, but you may be able to yourself. Aligning the bracket to where I wanted it, I then tighten the elbow screw being careful not to over tighten it. At this point the cup/ball joint looked to be solid.

I went ahead and mounted the unit back on my bike and took it out for a 14 mile spin and found that it was a much better solution for the problem. Now, I just need to ride and see how long this works. It would be nice if they made one without the ball joint and used a clip on bracket like what is used for the bike lights.

Drop me a comment if you had problems with this mount and what you did to fix it.