If you require assistance in selecting the optimal bike phone mount, you have come to the correct page.
Mobile phone holders for bikes are one of those things you only think about when you buy the wrong one.
I am one of those people.
The reason why I put this page together is when I broke a phone screen using a poorly installed (cheap) bike mount.
Best bike phone mount for indoor cycling and Zwift
Yes, this site is dedicated to cycling indoors.
For Zwifting and indoor cycling, it’s definitely important to have your phone close to hand. This is especially true when you are using it as a bridge between your trainer and something like Apple TV.
But I also wanted to find a phone holder for bike that worked just as well out on the road.
What’s the point of doing one that can’t manage that?
Last point, some of these work well as a tablet holder for an exercise bike.
My minimum requirements
- Easy to install
Indoor Cycling in the Pain Cave
I’m going to make an assumption here. That your trainer bike is going to be used for more than just the trainer.
In that case, it might only want to use it in the pain cave. Out on the road, you want to remove the mount and use your bike computer instead.
- It needs to be simple to remove, ie not messing around with screws.
- And have plenty of easily adjustable options in terms of the view.
- Lastly, it needs to fit your phone, be it an iPhone 6 or one of the larger Samsung designs.
Types of bike phone mount
Case Mounted Phone Holders
Easy to install, these are generally designed for specific types of phone. However, one of the drawbacks is – as the title says – they generally encase the phone.
General/ Universal Phone Mount Holders
These can handle most phones. But the downside is they are not necessarily as secure on the road. While in the pain cave they are generally fine.
|Metal Bike Mount
Any mobile or cell phone device
Vibrelli Universal Bike Mount
|Up to 3.7 inches
|Quad Lock Mount Kit
Good enough for outdoors
|Versions for iphone 7-to-10
|Morpheus Labs M4s
|Rokform Fuzion Pro Series
|AboveTEK Universal Handlebar Mount
|Tablet or Cell Phone
|AmazonBasics Universal Bike Phone Mount
|Up to 3.5 inches
|KOM Cycling Garmin Edge Universal Phone Adapter
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Top bike phone mounts
Metal Bike & Motorcycle Phone Mount
This universal mount is within the mid-range. It has a number of good options.
Firstly, it is simple to install and requires no tools – the manufacturer claims it’s ‘patented’ CrowFoot handlebar clamp sets the design apart. And being universal it can accept any phone.
On the downside, it is slightly bulky for a ride on the road. Although the rubber grip looks quite secure.
But it is a good fit for riding indoors. The 360-degree rotation using a ball and socket is also good – not that you would need all of that.
- Easy to install
- No tools required for installation
- Universal Mount
Vibrelli Universal Bike Phone Mount
The Vibrelli has similarities with the Metal design but at a lower price. This one is also universal, meaning it can fit any phone up to 3.7 inches wide.
To secure the phone, it has three silicone bands and strong side clamps. The design also comes with a ball and socket design enabling 360-degree rotation.
The lower cost is probably borne out by the clamp. A number of cyclists have said they had to use all the rubber spacers that came with the mount to reduce friction.
- Universal Mount
Quad Lock Bike Mount Kit for iPhone 7/ 8
One of the top-end pieces of kit. The Quad is a case mounted holder and actually comes in a number of sizes.
The Quad can be fit to the stem or handlebars. The phone mount itself clicks in place in a way that is reminiscent of a Garmin lock. In fact, it gives a reassuring click as it snaps into place.
On the other hand, the main attachment to the bike is a little more old school. Attached by bands. Again very similar to the type Garmin used to use.
Overall, although it is on the expensive side, it has everything you need. Adjustable, good quality, secure, and aero enough to use on the road.
If you got a cheap iPhone 6 and used one of these, it would be close enough to a Garmin 1030.
Morpheus Labs M4s – iPhone X/XS/10
Another case mounted phone. This one has a stylish and solid feel to it with a clasp that will fit most bike handlebars.
It bears similarities to the Quad. Again the phone case connects smoothly with the bike mount and it also has a 360-degree rotation.
One area it is not different is the price. This one tends to come in a little cheaper.
The lower price could be down to the slightly bulkier design. This is especially true on the handlebar clasp, which is secured via a rubber screw.
- A cheaper version of the Quad
Rokform Fuzion Pro Series – iPhone 8/7/6/6s
One of the more upmarket products, it comes with a protective aluminium and carbon fibre magnetic case with a twist lock.
Another in-case bike phone holder.
The Rokform actually comes in a range of versions. We’ve picked the top end one. Again, like the Quad, this is really about whether you want to use your phone out on the road.
This one is carbon fibre. One of the big bonuses is the protection the case offers.
But there are cheaper (ie not carbon fibre) options that will more than do the job of protecting your phone.
A word of warning, you will need to buy the handlebar attachment separately.
- Carbon Fibre
AboveTEK Universal Handlebar Mount for tablet or mobile
This phone mount is versatile enough that it can be used with a tablet as well. It features a holder that expands from 3.5 inches up to 12 inches. So it will hold everything from an iPhone 5 to most tablets.
Other features include 360-degree rotation. The handlebar attachment works well with gym bikes as well (not that I would recommend using one of those but each to their own).
Perhaps most importantly, the AboveTEK is explicitly marketed as an indoor cycling holder. Personally, I like that it is designed for indoor use.
- Indoor use
- Simple installation
AmazonBasics Universal Bike Phone Mount Holder
It is worth finishing off with a basic one for people who just want that. This universal holder works on mobile devices that go up to 3.5 inches.
In terms of features, it features 360-degree rotation and easy installation via a screw-on clamp. It will fit all standard bike bars.
Despite being labelled for outdoor use, judging from the reviews section I would tend to use this solely indoors.
Another slight criticism is the way the clamp covers the buttons on an iPhone. But this is unlikely to be a problem for everyone.
KOM Cycling Garmin Edge Universal Phone Adapter
Finally, why not make the use of the mount you already have for your Garmin.
This mount connects easily with the one you already have for your Garmin. The phone itself is attached via an adhesive sticker.
This is simplicity itself and hard to beat in terms of ease. However, you will need a cheap phone case to stick the mount onto.
Also, without wishing to state the all-too-obvious. In my personal view, this is strictly for indoor use.
- Uses Garmin
Everyone will have a different view on what makes the best bike phone mount. Some will want to go outside others will have a specific indoor set up that does not require all the bells and whistles of the more expensive options.
Has anything been missed off? Got a better suggestion, then add it in the comments section below.