Introduction: IPod/iPhone Bicycle Mount (on the Cheap)

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Living in Brighton UK, I've got pretty decent velodrome (568 metres) in my local park. Now, riding a track of that distance with its long straights gets really dull without music. Bottom line.. I couldn't be bothered to buy an iPod mount, so I decided to make one using bits I already had.
Excuse the picture quality it was taken with an old 6mp samsung compact.

Step 1: What You'll Need

Picture of What You'll Need

You will need:

An old reflector: (this is kind of essential I don't know how I would have done this without it.) You must have the bracket as that will be the bit you're using. The reflector itself can be used another way (if riding fixed) as showed below
Two picture hanger things: I don't know what you call them and as you can see mine are different sizes but they can be bought from anywhere whether it be ASDA (Walmart) or B&Q.
Nuts and Bolts: Details in the picture (With the exception of '5x20mm' I don't know what any of that means.)
A spacer of sorts: In my case my handlebars were a tad narrow for the clamp which meant I needed to use one. (A bit of blue tack would do it.)
Screwdriver: Obviously the type depends on your bolts.
iPod/iPhone (or similar)
Advisory case:
 To avoid material damage to your device.

Ruler's just for show.

Step 2: So We Begin.

Picture of So We Begin.

1. Remove your reflector from the bracket.
2. Bend out your 'picture hanger things' so that the curled bits of metal where the nails go through run as flat as possible
(I used the swiss army knife's flat body to aid in this.)
3. Bend them to fit your device as shown.

Step 3: Nearly There.

Picture of Nearly There.

1. Push your bolts through the gaps that should be in the 'picture hanger things' so that the flat head is against the rear of your device.
2. Lay the bracket over the top of the bolts. The side of the stem you're mounting it will dictate which way you do it.
3. Screw on your bolts. If you find at this point after the bolts have been tightened that the device isn't held securely, do some re-bending of the 'picture hanger things.'

4. Place it over your bars using a spacer (if needed).

The end result should actually be very solid when mounted. If not re- consult the steps and try more re-bending.

Thanks for reading.


Comments

InvictusLupus (author)2014-06-08

Very smart. I'm going to make something similar.

Only just seen this, cheers,I hope it turned out well.

3366carlos (author)2013-03-29

nice

ejsilver26 (author)2012-07-30

Nice 'ible. Simple, yet very usefull and I like the amount of photos. It is not just for iPod/iPhones, however, as it will work with most smartphones. I am looking at using this design for my bike for my rides. I am wondering why there is no bracket at the bottom to prevent slipping, is it that good at holding it that it does not need it?

EJ
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TheCreative (author)ejsilver262012-07-30

Good question,
Well on my iPod I have a silicon case/skin. This provides ample friction to hold it securely, because of this I didn't think it needed a bottom bracket. However, having said that the bottom of my iPod does rest my stem a little bit. If you don't have a case for your device please find a way to cushion your device against the brackets e.g. with blu tack otherwise there won't be enough friction to assure stability and you may cosmetically damage your device.

Thanks,

Joe

ejsilver26 (author)TheCreative2012-07-30

I think I'll look at adding a bottom bracket or something to ensure itis tiht. I might also see how to protect against water (zip lock) . I have the Samsung Galaxy S II with an Otterbox, so it should be like yours. I should make one for my Samsung Tablet too.

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