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This GPS mount is simple, durable, and solid as a rock. Vibration is not a problem when mountain biking, and It has never fallen out even after a couple flips. It's takes about $5 worth of material and it won't rust. Just slide the GPS unit in and it pops into place.

I wanted to go mountain biking with my GPS so I decided to build a mount myself. The first thing I did was search instructables to see what others have done. I wanted something a little more durable than what I saw so I came up with my own design.

Note: the black strips on the sides of my GPS are rubbery to give it a good grip, if your GPS isn't like this you might want to add something "grippy" to the mount to keep the GPS stuck in place.
 
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Step 1: List of Parts

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Parts
- 1/8 inch brass rod (3ft)
- 2 hose clamps

Tools
- screw driver
- rod bender

The GPS holder is made of 1/8 inch brass rod, which is available in the hardware section of any home improvement store. I chose brass because it's more ductile than aluminum, and it won't rust like steel.

The tool that makes this project work is the rod-bender. I was lucky enough to find 2-in-1 bolt-cutter / rod-bender at Walmart for about $20. A tool like this might be hard to find as it's not listed online for Walmart, Home Deport, or Lowes. For mine the brand is “Tru-PRO”; if anyone has advice on where you can find a tool like this, or any cheep rod-bender, please share.

Step 2: Bend the brass rod to shape

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Plan what you want the mount to look like and start bending! This part is more of an art than a science and will take some time. For mine I have 2 loops around the GPS to hold it in place and a bend at the bottom to keep it from falling out. Plan the placement of the loops to not block the screen or buttons. I made sure to use 1 continuous rod with no cuts to keep it solid and hold it's shape.

Step 3: Attach to bike with hose clamps

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Attach the mount to the stem of your handlebars using a couple of hose clamps. Make it tight and your mount won't be going anywhere!

Step 4: Go for a ride, know your speed, make a map

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Pop your GPS in and go for a ride. It's great for keeping you from getting lost mountain biking, and for tracking your speed and trip distance. Check out the map I made of my local mountain biking spot. You can make a map like this with Microsoft Paint and screen shots of your GPS trail and Google maps.
papaiii1 year ago
Very nice! Will try it for my Blackberry!!!
3366carlos1 year ago
cool