As people have grown fonder of their smartphones (and the connectivity their smartphones provide), the likelihood of leaving phones at home while going on a bike or motorcycle ride is becoming more and more infrequent. Why leave your phone behind when taking it along has so many benefits?
The best way to keep your smartphone close by while riding your bike is with a phone holder for bikes. If you’re not convinced, keep reading to learn why you should bring your phone on your rides and what the perfect phone bike mount looks like.
What Are the Benefits of Bringing Your Phone on Your Bike Rides?
It may seem like a hassle or extra worry initially, but cyclists and bikers will find many advantages to bringing their phones while riding. In our opinion, the safety consideration itself makes the pros of carrying your phone far outweigh the cons.
1. Navigating your rides with GPS
If you’re riding through new areas or planning a big ride, you should always review maps beforehand. If you happen to get lost along the way, carrying your smartphone with you gives you access to GPS for navigation assistance.
There are some navigation apps made just for cycling, such as Komoot or Trailforks (specifically for MTB and highly recommended), but even Google Maps has great functionality built-in for bikes with its bike-friendly routes. Check out this article on the 5 Best Cycling Apps to Keep You Connected.
If there's a possibility you'll be riding through an area with low reception, don't forget to download maps while you still have a signal, so you can access your maps while offline.
2. Tracking, measuring, and sharing your ride
Whether you are riding purely for fun or training for an upcoming event, you can use your phone on the road or trail to track your performance. Popular apps like Strava and MapMyRide by Under Armour help you keep track of your rides, view feedback and stats, and share your progress with friends. With the GPS built into your phone, you can view your route, dig into stats like pace, distance, elevation, and much more.
3. As a safety measure
Navigation and performance measurement are both important advantages to having your phone while riding, but the most important reason you should carry your phone when riding is for emergencies. If you need to contact someone for any reason, your smartphone is your direct line of communication. For this reason alone, we always recommend bringing your phone on long and short rides.
The Anatomy of the Best Phone Holder for Bikes
So, we’ve convinced you to bring your phone along. Now you have to wrap your head around the different mounts on the market to understand which one is really the best. What’s the real difference between ROKFORM mounts and all other bike phone holders? Allow us to dive into the anatomy of the ROKFORM mount and explain why our bike mounts for iPhone, Galaxy, and other smartphone models provide the best hold out there.
1. Twist lock system for secure hold
ROKFORM bike phone mounts feature a dual-retention locking system and safety lanyard to keep your phone safe and secure while your ride the bicycle. The first part of the dual-retention locking system is the twist lock. Our patented design of the twist lock is called ‘RokLock.’ The RokLock Twist Lock is a quarter-turn mounting system that locks cases into Rokform mounts.
The twist lock system is built into both the bike mount and the ROKFORM case. Simply line up the 4 points of your ROKFORM Case to the corresponding points on the mount and then make a clockwise quarter-turn with your phone case to “lock” your phone to the mount.
RokLock is built into most of our phone cases, including Rugged and Crystal cases. If those cases don't support your phone model, then the Universal Adapter is a great alternative that can be used with any smartphone or tablet device.
2. Magnet for magnetic locking technology
The RokLock is further strengthened using magnetic technology in the V4 Pro Series Bike Mount. A powerful magnet is placed in the mount arm and the phone case to provide an additional layer of security and grip.
The magnet adds an additional layer of security when mounting, but it is also a huge help when you’re constantly moving. The magnet can also be used independently, adhering to most metal surfaces like toolboxes, refrigerators, car panels, heavy equipment, gym weight machines, and much more.
3. Lanyard for even more protection
When you purchase a Rokform bike mount, a lanyard is included in the box. This provides the third layer of protection against any accidental drops or falls.
Lanyard holes are included on the side of your Rokform case, allowing for easy installation of a lanyard. Most people will utilize this third protection layer by first attaching the lanyard to their phone case. When mounting the phone, you simply slide the lanyard over your bike’s handlebars before locking it in, so that a “drop” would be limited to the length of the lanyard before catching itself on the handlebars.
4. Premium shockproof phone case
The last and critical component to a secure phone holder is the phone case itself. At the end of the day, how important is your bike mount if your phone isn’t well-protected by a case? Every iPhone and Android phone case is made to ensure the protection of your mobile device. We put strength and durability at the forefront of everything we create, and it shows with each case we make.
There's a lot of planning that goes into every ROKFORM case, and you'll find these features in many of our phone cases and mounts:
- Drop Protection: granting your phone the ability to withstand a 5-6 foot drop, it's time to say goodbye to screen cracks, smashes, and the ever-annoying scratches on the back of your mobile device.
- Shock Protection: with our Dual Compound Ultra-Light technology, your phone case is guaranteed to be shockproof. And thanks to our polycarbonate outer shell, your mobile device is protected from nearly all types of damage.
- Innovative Twist Lock Mechanism: one of the best parts about a ROKFORM phone case and mount is its versatility. The twist-lock system allows you to mount your phone on pretty much any type of surface, including bikes, cars, golf carts, and so much more.
What is the Best Phone Holder for Bikes?
1. ROKFORM V4 Pro Series Phone Bike Mount
The Pro Series Bike Mount is the most secure phone mount solution for avid cyclists needing a reliable hold. Crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, the quality and thoughtfulness of the design is evident from the ease of mount installation to the adjustability when finding the right angle.
When it comes to bike mounts, premium materials lead to a better ride. That’s because you won’t have to worry about vibrations and shocks affecting your phone’s stability. Made with 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminium, the mount is incredibly durable yet feather-light, weighing just 2.5 ounces.
Watch this video to learn more, and with the bike mount's simple installation, you'll be hitting the trails in no time!
2. ROKFORM Sport Series Phone Bike Mount
The Sport Series Bike Handlebar Mount is a secure and compact mounting solution for people who want to move around hands-free. Once installed, the mount’s minimal design keeps it looking clean while staying low profile on your bike – most people won’t even notice it!
One of the coolest aspects of the handlebar mount is its portability, so you can use it as you move from one adventure to the next. With the ability to install onto any bar sized 7/8” all the way to 2.25”, it’s easy to move between road bikes, mountain bikes, golf carts, strollers, scooters, and more within seconds.
3. Universal Phone Bike Mount
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the magnet hurt my phone?
NO. Manufacturers have been using magnets in phones and tablets for years and now even Apple uses magnets right inside of their phone with their new MagSafe magnets. Our specially designed rare earth magnets are proven safe for all smartphones and tablets. In a product overview from MacWorld they said, "magnet-based accessories are safe to use on iPads and pose no threat of scrambling interior electronics.” Our magnets will not harm your credit cards either. Magnets will only affect spinning hard drives found in old laptop and desktop computers that are rarely found in 2021. The magnet may affect a hotel key but then again what doesn't?
Will the mount scratch the back of my phone?
The magnet acts as another safety feature and equally important it reduces vibration so you can clearly see your phone while riding. No rattling, blurring, or twisting like some other mounts.
Does the case protect my phone, and will it work when it’s not on the mount?
Yes. All of our mountable cases are extremely protective and are keeping phones safe every day all over the world.
Will the mount work with my existing case or cover?
Yes. The mount will work with any Rokform mountable case that has our Twist lock on the back. If you have another brand of case or no case at all you can still use our mount by using our Universal Adapter https://www.rokform.com/collections/universal-adapters
How much does the Pro Series bike mount weigh?
82grams or 2.9oz
What is your warranty?
All Rokform products are backed by a 60-day money back guarantee and a 2-year warranty. All of our products are shipped from our Southern California headquarters and our 5 Star Customer service team based at our headquarters in Southern California is always ready to help. If it’s a warranty replacement, spare part, question or anything in between our goal is to make every customer a customer for life. If you have a problem with one our products our team is here to help. Give us a try and see or run on over and visit us in our showroom!
ROKFORM is premium handheld innovation, made for those who take action seriously. Our products are designed in California, inspired by necessity and first-hand experience, built to last, backed by real people, and engineered by an experienced team.
Whether you're looking for a premium phone case, versatile mounting systems, or the best phone holder for bikes, ROKFORM has you covered! Visit our showroom in Irvine, California, or contact our 5-star support team with any questions, comments, or concerns.