Cell Phone Holder
In my previous blog entry, I wrote about how I have been cycling again lately. To keep track of my miles-per-hour, overall miles, and my route, I have been using a Droid app, MapMyRide.
I went riding with one of my buddies a few months ago and he has a bike mount for his i-Pod. So I can view the MapMyRide trail map while I'm riding, I wanted something similar for my Droid. Using Amazon.com, I found the RAM Mount Universal X-Grip Cell Phone Holder.
|RAM Mount |
Aluminum Short Dual
1.0 inch Socket Arm
I was extremely excited when I received the package containing all 3 of these items. However, upon opening my parcel, I realized the shippers didn't send any installation instructions. Each component came with a plastic baggy and a brochure to buy more parts. So, I had instructions on how I could get more parts, but not instructions on how to use the parts I already had! Nevertheless, using a screw driver and my manly intuition, I installed the mounting system on my bike in about 5 minutes.
|RAM Mount |
U-Bolt Base w/1" Ball
I have taken the RAM mounting system out for several rides and for the most part, it has worked great! Here are 3 Things I Am Thankful For because of my RAM Mount Universal X-Grip Cell Phone Holder!
1. While cycling, I can easily read my cell phone's display.
With my phone mounted right on my bike, I can look down at my handlebars and easily view all my stats (miles per hour, miles traveled, top speed). I can read the MapMyRide map so I know where I am and how to get back.
I can even see if someone is calling me. So far that hasn't happened yet. But when I get some friends and they call me, I can brag to them that I am exercising. Bragging always makes me feel thankful!
2. I can quickly mount my phone on my bike- and take it off again!
The way the X-Grip works is 4 spring-loaded arms clasp around the phone, holding it in place. To mount the phone, I squeeze 2 of the arms together, slide the phone right in, and let go.
To remove the phone, all I have to do is squeeze the arms together and grab the phone. Another way to remove the phone is to hit a big-ol' bump in the road. The phone will fall out on the trail behind you- so you can double back and get a little extra exercise! I'm always thankful for extra exercise!
3. The X-grip cradle can also easily be taken off my bike and used with other RAM mounts.
One other really cool thing about the X-Grip is I don't have to use it with the other components shown above. RAM makes a windshield suction cup that, along with the RAM Mount Aluminum Short Dual 1.0 inch Socket Arm, allows you to mount the X-Grip in your car!
With my phone mounted in my car, I can view the Google Navigator app, see who is calling me, or even watch Netflix! Sure, I watch Netflix a bunch in my car already, but now I can do it safely! I am thankful for that! Yay!
Well, so far, I am pretty impressed with this RAM mounting system. The only flaw I have noticed so far is the X-Grip will release the phone when you hit a bump. That really sucks. Other than that, I am extremely thankful I have this product. I went for another ride today. Using MapMyRide and the X-Grip, I was able to see I have slightly improved my miles per hour! Hooray!
As always, I am thankful you read my blog, too.
Bye! I'm Jake!