Whenever we travel to mountain bike destinations, we like to plan out our rides using MTB Project or Strava. It becomes quite frustrating when you need to stop and pull out your phone at a trail intersection to determine which direction to go.
To solve this problem, I picked up the Quad Lock Universal Bike Kit which includes the stem mount, o-rings, zip ties and the universal mount (on the Lifeproof case pictured above). I had picked up the Lifeproof case about 3 years ago when I got my iPhone 6. Instead of getting a new case it made sense to pick up the universal kit and just stick it on the back.
The case is expensive but it does a great job of keeping the phone contaminant free on our dusty rides in the desert. When the occasional rain does come, the phone is well protected from water. I like the case since it’s slim and you can still fit your phone in your pants pocket. The phone has been dropped several times over the years and I have yet to damage it.
The only issues I have come across is using the speaker phone. Some people have trouble hearing me so it forces me to speak close to the microphone. I also had a few issues with the touch screen (apps I didn’t select would start up) and sometimes the finger print reader doesn’t work.
QUAD Lock Bike Kit
As you can tell from the video above, the system has been working well. All of that bouncing around and the phone stays put. When I first used the system I was paranoid and kept looking down to make sure the phone was still on the bike. When I finished the ride, I had forgotten how to get the phone free and I couldn’t pull it off (to unlock the device, you just need to push down on the blue ring).
The only concern I have is if one of the o-rings fails and my phone flies off the stem. I’m sure the phone case would hold up, as long as I can find the phone. If that were to happen we would use the Find Friends app to locate the phone.
I try not to ride crazy, but every now and then there is the opportunity to endo and break the phone. I guess that is a good reason to get insurance.
I would give both the Quad Lock bike mount and Lifeproof phone case a thumbs up. Eventually I will upgrade my phone and I will need a new case so maybe I’ll try the Quad Lock case and give it a review.