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iPhone5 (or Samsung) Handlebar Mount Case from ProductX – Review

Published on 18 April 2013 in Kit Reviews

A Handlebar Mount For Your iPhone5 – That Doesn’t Cost A Packet

New phones are released into the market at an alarming rate, so it was only a question of time before a competitively-priced iPhone5 handlebar case came along.

I’ve been using a ProductX Action Camera Case with my iPhone4 for a while now, so when the guys from ProductX told me they’d released a handlebar mount for the iPhone5, of course I was interested.

The important difference is that this new case does not have a lens, so it will not allow you shoot video. If that’s what you want, check out the Action Camera Cases from ProductX instead. This case is a handlebar mount which is ideal for having your phone’s screen handy on the move: extremely handy for checking where you are (safely!), or for keeping an eye on your chosen cycle computer and SMASHING YOUR STRAVA PB’s! :)

What’s It Like To Use?

I tested the case on my daughter’s bike. We found that the adjustable collar was excellent, allowing for unlimited removal and reattachment with the natty little clip. Once tightened, the clip retains the collar really securely but you can loosen it easily. The case itself then clips onto the collar with a reassuring “clunk”, and there’s a length of cord which you can tie to your bars or stem for added comfort, although I’d seriously doubt whether this will every be called into action.

The phone is held in the case with a good quality zip, and the case has a hard back inserted to protect it. My daughter’s phone isn’t an iPhone5, it’s a Samsung, but the flexible case held it securely throughout a 10 mile ride on-and-off-road, as the zip closure provides a simple but effective solution.

Should You Buy This iPhone5 Handlebar Mount?

If you want to mount an iPhone5 on your handlebars, you should think about this. It’s not totally weatherproof but my preferred rainproofing option of a carefully-folded sandwich bag will solve that ;)

For a shade under £15, compared to prices well over double that for hard cases, it’s got to be worth a look for you.

Have a look at the ProductX website here. – £14.99 as we published – a great price.

 
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Cragg Quarry to Lee Quarry Trail Video on the ProductX iPhone Action Camera Case

Published on 17 April 2013 in Kit Reviews, Rides

The weather was lovely on Saturday morning, so I decided to go for a bike ride. The bike was already in the car so it seemed like a good idea to drive up to Lee Quarry and take advantage of the excellent trails up there…

… but I had some things to do, so I went up in the afternoon, by which time it was raining and cold.

Ah well, never mind. It was still great fun and I took this video using my ProductX iPhone Action Camera Case thingy, fastened to my backpack straps. I did a review of it a while ago, which you can read here if you want to. I like it a lot, considering I don’t do much video so there’s no way I’m planning to spend GoPro money.

Yes, I know, I need to angle it up slightly. I’ll get it right sometime soon!

Lee Quarry was great fun and the purpose-built link trail up to Cragg Quarry is quite tough on the way up, but great fun on the way back down. I’ll definitely be doing it again, and lowering my seat further next time – I had a couple of near-OTB moments at weekend!

But hey, Tone Loc on the soundtrack! = WIN !

 
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Giant Anthem X2 – MTB Bike For Sale

Published on 12 April 2013 in Bikes

A neighbour of mine has a bike for sale in excellent condition. It’s been well looked after and fully fettled to make it tip-top and it’s still warrantied until July 2013! He’s looking for around £900 for it.

It’s a size Medium.

If you’d like to know more, just drop me a line via the Contact Form and I’ll put you in touch with him.

It’s a really nice bike, well cared for and it’s a shame it’s not being ridden. Can you find it a good home?

 

 
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