I’ve just taken delivery of one of those handy little gadgets that make you think ” I could’ve done that”! But of course, I didn’t. Instead some clever Austrians came up with a simple way of attaching your mobile phone to your mounts, they call it the Finn Smartphone Mount.
The Finn is a very simple idea, the best ones usually are. A silicone strap that wraps around your handlebars and holds your phone in place. The silicone can stretch by up to 400% allowing it to hold any size phone in place.
Some people may ask why you would want to strap your expensive mobile-phone to your handlebars? After all there are expensive GPS computers, with purpose built mounts that are designed for that kind of thing. But your phone can do many of the things those expensive GPS’s do and you probably take your phone with you when riding anyway. So why not use it?
Well one of the reasons I would be nervous of using it, is the thought of watching my phone bounce off mid-ride. The makers of the Finn Smartphone Mount try to put you at ease by showing a video of a BMXer bouncing around a carpark. Strapped to his bars is a phone held in place by the Finn. So that should put my mind at rest.
But even if I don’t take it out of the house I’ll be able to find a use for the Finn Smartphone Mount and that’s on the turbo. I do a lot of my training indoors on a turbo. I often use Zwift and the Zwift mobile app that allows you to interact with the VR world. I’ve been using all kind of Heath-Robinson set-ups to hold my phone in place while sweating away, but they all end up with the phone eventually slipping off! Finn could be the answer.
So I will be trying out the Finn Smartphone Mount over the coming weeks, both indoors and out. I’ll report back and let you know how I get on with it.