If you're like me, you never ride your bike without having your phone with you. You're either on your way somewhere where you'll need it (like work or school) or else you carry it in case of a mechanical problem, thunderstorm or some other challenge. Or else you just carry it with you all the time, no matter what, even in places like the shower because we're all 21st century nerds and can't do anything without our electronic tether.
If you're like me, you're also liable to drop your phone at the most inconvenient places and times. Like going through a busy intersection on a four-lane road about 25 mph on your bike. Nothing like the feeling of looking back and watching your phone bouncing across the pavement amid the auto traffic.
Fortunately, there are options to protect your phone in episodes like these, and also to help make it more useful to you overall in your cycling. Protective cases like the ones made by Element or Otterbox (review here) are a nice option. We had the opportunity to try out Element's Ion3, which had me from the moment I picked up on its a marketing bent aimed squarely at cyclists. Designed for the iPhone 3, the Element case is constructed of soft silicone rubber "that grips like a new set of track tires." No joke. When's the last time you've read something like that in an ad? Like its counterpart for the iPhone 4 series, the Element Ion4, (shown in the photo to the left) the corners on the phone case are molded for added protection in case of a crash and complement a durable carbon fiber backplate, and we found this to be an attractive and reasonably-priced (@ approx. $20) product.
A handlebar mount such as the smart products made by Arkon (like their Slim Grip handlebar mount for smartphones) are sweet option too. If you've using a mapping tool to find your route and/or devices such as a wireless speedometer/cadence meter/heart rate monitor that tie into your smart phone, this sort of mount will put the display right in front of you so you can monitor results and information in real time.
Do you have a favorite case or handlebar mount? Comment below.
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