Lifeproof Phone Case and Quad Lock Bike Kit

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Fred


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.

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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.

Recommendation

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.

2016 GMC 2500 HD Denali 2018 Navigation System Map Update

Emily


Evening, Peeps.

In our ‘about’ page we mention this blog concerns Airstreams, mountain bikes and the things we buy to feed our habit.

To that end, meet Dee. She’s my 2016 2500 HD Denali.

I like Dee.

A lot.

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I bought Dee to tow the Airstream and she does a really good job at that. Witness her might in the Rocky Mountains.

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See that white stuff on the mountains back there? We were up there!

Ahem – anyway, I digress.

So, Dee…

Considering that this is one of the best machines I have owned in my entire life, and that I paid somewhere around $80,000 for it, I was somewhat perplexed at the slapdash way she updates her maps.

Consider this:

  • Are the maps updated through that fancy built-in WiFi? No.

 

  • Are the maps updated through the fancy always on boosted cell connectivity and OnStar? No.

 

  • Are they updated with a cheesy USB stick shipped via snail-mail? Yes.

 

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You open this very technical package and slap this little pinky into an available USB slot in the rig.

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After $160 out of my pocket the first attempt at this the stick was corrupt. This triggered a month of RMAs, phone calls, lost shipments and utter ineptitude on the part of the folks who ship this silly thing.

Nonetheless, I finally received another USB stick today and alas, success!

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Recommendation

I give this map update strategy a thumbs down. GMC, if you’re listening – let us update this thing over the internet, you’re so close already!

A Night Ride on Desert Classic

Emily


Good morning, peeps.

One of the enduring features of living in southern Arizona is the heat. You learn quickly that year-round riding here means hitting the trails in the mornings/evenings to make things bearable.

Though the rest of America is cloaked in a tawdry winter storm warning, today I caught an early ride on Desert Classic. The temperature was a crisp 43º F (6º C).

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I catch this ride a few times a week before work. The trip rounds out to a nice 9 mi (14.5 km) loop with about 680′ (207 m) climbing.

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Gear

My weapon of choice for riding the night? The NiteRide Pro 3600 Enduro Remote.

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This unit comes with an 8 Cell Li-Ion battery that also offers a USB port.

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A handlebar mounted remote.

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And a 3600 lumen head (roughly equivalent to a car headlight).

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Thoughts

I have been a NiteRider customer for many years and generally I’ve been happy with this latest revision. The only issue I’ve had thus far is a bum battery that refused to charge at unboxing.

Working with their very responsive technical support NiteRider explained that a fully discharged battery will never charge again, suggesting this unit possibly sat on the shelves for more than three months. They also explained that the unit must be charged when in storage which I found somewhat head-scratching. Still, they replaced the battery at no expense to me so it worked out.

As for field of view I’ve been perfectly comfortable with this unit as my only source of light, though Fred also wears a smaller light on his helmet. I’ve also done very technical high speed descents with this unit revealing the beam to be more than adequate. Below is an example of how wide this light is.

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The handlebar mount is also rock solid.

The remote is useful when passing head-on traffic, though I feel a simple auto-dimmer would have been better.

The USB port on the battery at first seems somewhat bizarre, until Fred and I realized it was quite useful to power our equipment during longs days of filming for our YouTube channel.

My only genuine complaint about this product is the charging strategy – you have to pull apart the D connector that couples the head to the battery and plug in a flimsy wall adapter. Over time I am worried the delicate connector will wear out with habitual plugging and unplugging. A seemingly much better solution would have been to use the USB port like every other product does.

Recommendation

I give this product an enthusiastic thumbs up.