Poor Man's GPS Mount

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Intro: Poor Man's GPS Mount

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

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

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

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

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

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    alieri

    5 years ago on Step 2

    thanks for your instructable. I made my own based on your ideas. You can find it here - https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-poor-man-gps-mount-v-20-for-Garmin-Geko/

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    chapuzasalieri

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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)

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    rbwbabs

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    GofishRC007

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    ildome

    7 years ago on Step 4

    Interesting goog idea! Thanks.

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    Sarabeth

    9 years ago on Step 4

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

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    v-dartmaker

    11 years ago

    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 jeffreydanderson@hotmail.com

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    biggles

    11 years ago

    nice 1

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    ehmbee

    11 years ago

    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.

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    chapuzasehmbee

    Reply 11 years ago

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

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    TheCheese9921

    11 years ago

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

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    chapuzas

    11 years ago

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

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    Liganic

    11 years ago

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