Introduction: Poor Man's GPS Mount

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A rainy morning can be very useful, provided that I coudln't go with the bike I decided to build a mount for my GPS in a safe and cheap way. I had seen some home-made mounts but they were too heavy, metal parts, ..., and why not with a plastic bottle?

Step 1: Looking for Ingredients

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I neded some rigid but not to heavy surface. Some minutes later I came with the ingredients

  • 1 Aquarius or Nestea 1L Bottle, the sides are quite rigid and thin.
  • 1 Utility knife
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Permanent Marker
  • 1 Elastic strip (from an old jacket), mine has a locker to adjust it better
  • 1 Piece of foam (mine is from isolation foam from the heating system pipes)
  • 2 zip ties (got mine from packaging stuff, not in the photo)

Step 2: Hands On

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We have all the ingredients, so let's go, first, cut the bottle, first with the cutter and then smooth the shape with the scissors. I've cut it a little bit wider than the side, taking a little bit of the ather sides for giving it some rigidness.

Then make 4 holes, for my Geko are fine 2 in the bottom and 2 near the logo. Tie the elastic strip through the holes.

Step 3: Setting Up the Monster

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Now we have to attach it to the handlebar. Make 4 holes in the center and put the zip ties and the foam.

Step 4: That's All Folks

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And that's all, I can only say it is pretty stable and have been using it for years.


alieri (author)2012-11-17

thanks for your instructable. I made my own based on your ideas. You can find it here -

chapuzas (author)alieri2015-02-28

Nice idea. Using a box instead just a simple base protects the gps from jumping out (that it happenned to me several times when hard riding :D)

rbwbabs (author)2015-02-18

Cheers,going to make one for my sports cam. And you've got me thinking of using a complete pouring end circumference to make it rain proof

GofishRC007 (author)2012-04-24

use the bottom of the bottle so if it slips down it will stay on.Great idea!

ildome (author)2011-04-11

Interesting goog idea! Thanks.

Sarabeth (author)2008-12-26

Best one of these homemade bike GPS holders I've seen so far! Thanks for the instructable.

yzzid (author)2008-12-19

woah! plain and simple..the essence of Instructibles..hehe Nice one

chapuzas (author)yzzid2008-12-19

Thank u very much.

v-dartmaker (author)2007-03-18

Nice I made one like this Exept i used styrofoam and elastics and a clip to hold the elastice togther at the back and it seams to work well! I can't wait to try it when i go out mountain bikeing. If you want to Build myne email me! at

biggles (author)2006-12-08

nice 1

ehmbee (author)2006-10-29

Hey, I scored a Garmin Geko like this one for fifty bucks on Ebay...used, but I'm not sure how much cheaper you can get. Nice mod, I might try it.

chapuzas (author)ehmbee2006-10-30

120 is a good price for a new one. so 50 is really good. bye!

TheCheese9921 (author)2006-10-28

how can you be poor and afford a GPS???

chapuzas (author)2006-10-28

Hehe, I'd need 2 rainy years the Poor man's GPS device.

Liganic (author)2006-10-28

Nice instructable, can't wait for your next one called "Poor man's GPS device" ;)

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