Mr No Battery Life asks:
I wonder if in your editorial you might be able to do some surveying of mobile phone peripherals? I have been using MapMyRide to plot my routes, but my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2) runs out of battery before I finish, even on a 30 miler. So might you do something about rainproofing phones, cradles and on bike kit for charging powering phones?
Thank you for asking the question!
I’m a big fan of Cyclemeter, which I use to plot my little rides. It gives me audio feedback on my ride time, distance travelled and how my performance compares to previous time I’ve followed the same route. As I can’t afford a personal trainer to shout in to my ear to ride faster, I find Cyclemeter to be the next best thing.
All day battery life
However, like all GPS apps, Cyclemeter does rather eat in to my battery life, despite not having the screen on all the time and turning off wifi.
I either nip this in a Topeak Tri bag or in my pocket, though it can be a little bulky.
The only thing I’ve got to remember to do, is to charge my battery pack.
Your phone against the elements
Other than that, you clearly want to keep your phone protected from the elements.
I’ve always trusted the BikeConsole bike mount, but more recently some impressive alternatives have hit the market.
The most popular of which seems to be the QuadLock, which I’m certain will be featuring heavily on Santa’s gift list.
With mounts available to suit different sizes, as well as easy installation, you can see why it has become a popular choice. Though the price tag is a little aggressive at £45. I’m hoping to have a review on London Cyclist soon.
Xvida is another option. I thoroughly recommend watching the promotional video of the mount in action. It’s edge of the seat entertainment expecting the iPhone to fall out of the case at any moment.
Why stop there?
The list of accessories for mobile phone enabled cyclists continues. From dynamo hubs to recharge your USD devices and Bluetooth enabled heart rate sensors. You can take things to any level you choose. A good site to look at if you are looking for additional mobile gear is Cyclewiz.
Do you use any accessories for your mobile phone on your bike? Leave a comment below – I’d be interested in hearing what kind of tech London Cyclist readers are using.
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