We all enjoy a good bike ride, and with modern smartphones providing you with a handheld GPS, it’s hard to get lost in a city or out in the wilderness. And with the dawn of 3D printed e-bikes with onboard GPS, who has to worry?
But even with all the advances in technology, it’s still a bother to have to trust your smart-cycle or look at your phone to see where you’re going. While you can turn on your GPS’s voice aid, you still need somewhere to place your phone while on your bike, scooter, or… Segway?? Why not. Surely there’s a simpler solution.
The Loop Mount is a simple – perhaps the simplest – most minimal phone holder made especially for transportation with handlebars. Unlike other holders that use a plastic arm sticking out of the front of the handlebar, this cylinder is made to integrate subtly with your ride.
The round body is CNC-machined aluminum that fits all handlebar diameters from 7/8 to 1 ¼ of an inch. One mounted to your bike, industrial-strength springs clamp your phone in place, ensuring it doesn’t fall out.
According to the creators, the Loop Mount went through 200 hours of rigorous testing on bumpy roads, stairs, and all kinds of uneven terrain with a phone attached to it. This was done to ensure that anything short of a full-on wipeout would not displace your phone from the holder.
Despite some serious clamping ability, it won’t crush your phone under the pressure. Installing and removing your phone from the Loop Mount was meant to be easy so you can focus on where you’re going instead of your phone (which we all know is pretty important).
A whole year was spent designing the Loop Mount to make it look like a part of any handlebar imaginable. After sketching and ideation, SOLIDWORKS was used for the design and engineering before hundreds of prototypes were made and tested.
Surprisingly, the Loop Mount has well exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $25,685. It currently has funding of over $360,000, which is a heck of a lot more than what it needed. You can find more on the Loop Mount’s simplistic design and features on its Kickstarter page.