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Garmin eTrex handle bar mount for the common man

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Here I show you my version of the handlebar mount for the Garmin eTrex GPS handheld unit. The only thing that you really need to buy is a worm drive hose clip from your local harware store (mine cost about Rs.10/-). The wire for the mount can be any stiff length of wire e.g a bicycle spoke.

Tools needed are a plier to bend the wire and a screw to tighten the hose clip. This can be mounted on either a bicycle or motorcycle or maybe even places like a vehicles steering wheel or even a hang glider !!

What makes this so special is it's simplicity and good looks.
 
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Step 1: The materials

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First you need a worm drive hose clip as shown in the picture below. Make sure the diameter of the clip is sufficient for the handle bar you will be mounting it on. Also remember that the wire goes between the clip and the handle bar so the diameter needs to be slightly larger.

Step 2: The materials 2

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Next you need a length of stiff wire. I got mine from a calendar as shown in the picture. A 1 foot length or more of wire should be sufficient to start with. You should be able to use a cycle spoke or whatever is easier to find around the house for the wire. You might want to paint it later to prevent it from rusting.

Step 3: The tools

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You will need a pair of pliers to bend the wire, if you want you can also use a nose plier (the ones with a pointed end) to make the smaller bends.

A screw driver will come in handy to tighten the hose clip and maybe even a file to smoothen out any rough edges at the ends of the wire (you don't want to scratch you eTrex).
lschloff4 years ago
eTrex handlebar mount for a bicycle. Very interested in this solution, but from the small pictures, I don't have a clue how to do it. len@schloff.com
csalsman4 years ago
The simplest way to do this, (if you're hell bent on not buying a mount) is to 1) Find a bike reflector mount, toss the reclector, remove screw 2) take the battery cover off, drill a hole 3) Send the screw backwards through the cover & into the mount Battery cover stays on bike. (Unscrews easily if you need it The units are waterproof even w/o batt. cover
How do you guys like the Garin etrex? Great instructable!!!
i have the etrex H, i like it
pelermon5 years ago
I just don't know what to say
foobar6 years ago
is that a bajaj pulsar? i have a chetak.
Mojo_JoJo (author)  foobar6 years ago
Yup :-) Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi
I'm also guessing you're from India, my uncle owns a Bajaj
Bluemini foobar5 years ago
I'm guessing you're from India...
Nice idea! I had been thinking of making a mount for my bike but hadn't gotten around to the design. I like yours and will give it a try this weekend. A couple of options that I'm going to try: 1. I'll use a clothes hanger to make the mount, I think some of them from where I get my shirts washed may be good enough quality that I wouldn't have to paint them. 2. Long velcro cable wraps might be a better choice than the tape for holding the GPS in place, something I'll have to experiment with. Thanks for the ideas, mate!
Mojo_JoJo (author)  theformatter6 years ago
Note that the tape is just to prevent the unit from possibly sliding out, the tape is not stuck to the GPS unit. It is like two lengths of tape have been stuck together with the sticky side facing each other. The clothes hanger is a good idea, if it's aluminium then no need to paint and rubbing a little fine grit sandpaper on it will give it a nice shine.
This is weird. Not the project but the fact that I got a Garmin legend etrex for graduation yesterday. Great instructable.
Oh yeah. Does any one know how to get the Europe map for free. I just bought the North American ones. They cost $130 bucks. Thanks
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