The Anatomy of the Best Phone Holder for Bikes

by Krista A. November 07, 2019

The Anatomy of the Best Phone Holder for Bikes

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 there are so many benefits to taking it along?

The best way to keep your smartphone close by while riding your bike is with 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.


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.

    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 rides both long and short.


    The anatomy of the best bike phone mount

    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 of the other phone holders for bikes? Allow us to dive into the anatomy of the Rokform mount and explain why our bike mounts for iphones and other smartphone models provide the best hold out there. 


    1. Twist lock system for secure hold

    Rokform mounts feature a dual-retention locking system that uses magnetic technology and RokLock, our signature 4-point twist and lock system, for the most secure hold on the market.

    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.

    rokform twist lock

    The twist lock system is built into both the bike mount and the case that it is locking into. How does it work? You 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. Voilà! Your case and, therefore, your phone, is secured to the mount.

    RokLock is built into most of our phone cases, including Rugged, Crystal, and Fuzion Pro cases. If your phone model isn't supported by those cases, 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 hold is further strengthened using magnetic technology. Powerful neodymium magnets are placed just below the RokLock Twist Lock on both the mount and the phone case to provide an additional layer of security and grip. The best part about our magnets is that they are tried and tested—Rokform magnets will not harm your smartphone GPS or credit cards.

    For Rokform bike mounts, the built-in magnet works in tandem with RokLock. 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. Stick your case onto 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. 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?  
    rokform rugged case

    For the optimal use of the mounts below, picking up a Rokform case is essential. The Rugged case is not only the most popular case, it's also the toughest. Unlike other “rugged” cases on the market, the Rugged Series protects your phone without adding bulk. People love how effortlessly the Rugged slips in and out of pockets. It’s drop tested from up to six feet and exceeds military drop test standards (MIL-STD 901G-516.6). The unique patented construction protects your phone with a forgiving inner liner, high-impact polycarbonate armor, and shock absorbing TPU with reinforced corners. Raised edges help protect your screen from scratches.

    The built-in magnet will grip to any of the Rokform mounts we've featured and is also handy for tons of other daily uses.


    V4 Pro Series phone holder for bikes

    v4 iphone bike mount

    Our bike mounts are the strongest, lightest, and most secure options on the market.

    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.

    As for installation, the V4 can be secured on your steer tube within minutes. Only one screw is needed for installation (down from two on the V3). This cuts installation time down and makes it much easier to take the mount on and off. The mount fits onto any steer tube size 1-1/8”.

    The V4 magnetic bike mount can be used on road bikes and mountain bikes.


    Handlebar phone holder for bikes

    rokform sport handlebar iphone bike mount

    The Sport Bike Handlebar Mount is the 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 maintaining a 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” to 1 ¼”, it’s easy to move between road bikes, mountain bikes, golf carts, strollers, scooters, and more within seconds.


    iPhone handlebar mount for mountain bikes and road bikes

    Rokform bike mounts are the perfect mounting solution for iPhones. They also work with our collection of Samsung phone cases, which include the Galaxy and Note smartphone lineup. 

    If your phone model isn't a Samsung or Apple, the Universal Adapter is a great alternative that can be used with any smartphone or tablet device.



    Phone holder for motorcycles

     Like the bike mounts, Rokform motorcycle mounts are built to go Beyond Protection. They are made with the highest quality materials, including CNC machined from 6061 T6 aircraft grade aluminium, which is ultra-light and extremely durable. The adjustability lets every rider find the perfect viewing angle.


    Handlebar phone mount for motorcycles

    The Handlebar mount is not only our most popular mount, but also our most versatile. That’s because it can be adjusted to fit different-sized handlebars and riders can also adjust the mobility of the mount in three different ways. Unlike some mounts that can only sit at one level on your handlebar, our Handlebar Phone Mount lets you adjust the rotation around the handlebar itself. You can also adjust the rotation on the mount from left to right (if you prefer a more angled perspective). Finally, you can easily adjust the angle of the arm of the mount to find the perfect riding angle for you.

    Shop Handlebar Mount


    Perch phone mount for motorcycles

    The Perch mount is the third in our motorcycle lineup and can be installed on an array of different motorcycles. The Standard Mount fits most Harley Davidson Motorcycles with 1.65 - 1.45" Bolt Spacing, The Metric Mount fits most Metric and Indian Cruisers with 25mm-50mm bolt spacing. The Standard Mount is available in a black anodized finish and polished aluminium finish. The Metric Mount is available in black anodized finish.

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    Fork Clamp phone mount for motorcycles

    Different bikes have different places for ideal mounting. That’s why we made the Fork Clamp Mount. As its name suggests, the Fork Clamp mount is made to easily install on your bike’s fork clamp. Mounting on the fork is especially useful for spot bikes. Like the Handlebar Mount, you can adjust the viewing angle and rotation on the mount to get the perfect view of your phone. 

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    If you're looking for a motorcycle or bike phone mount, Rokform mounts have all the elements of a secure, reliable mount. 

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