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Herbert Richter Universal Swivel Bike Mount review

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Universal Bike Mount

I’ve always wanted to record details of my rides on one of those apps like Strava or Garmin Fit but have always been frustrated by not being able to view the information while I ride. My phone is always in my pocket or in my bag.

After mentioning this to our webstore partner Holders and Mounts, they kindly offered me their top of the range Herbert Richter Universal Swivel Bike Mount with Phone Secure to test out so I could use my smartphone while out cycling.

Phone secured

Having not used a bike mount for a phone, I was curious, if not a bit nervous how the universal holder attached to the mount would secure my phone (Google Nexus S) in place while riding. I shouldn’t have feared. The phone was secured into the phone holder by a high tension band that goes over the phone and clips over onto other side of the holder.

Any phone size (and make) from 40mm to 80mm width length can fit into the holder. A button on the side of the holder allows you to retract or push the holder to the size of your phone and lock it into place.

Set up

The phone holder itself is attached to the Herbert Richter designed universal swivel plate bike mount. That mount is attached to the handlebar using an allen key system.

The initial installation of the mount onto the rather narrow bullhorn handlebars on my bike was a bit time consuming but it still fitted perfectly on.

The test

To test the mount out, I did a small ride around London’s Victoria Park in East London. The surface here is full of cracks and bumps so it was good territory to try out the product’s strength and durability.

You can swivel the mount into the position you like very easily with the swivel plate on the mount. The swivel plate did have a habit of moving around out of position while riding over bumps especially, but I soon realised that you could tighten the swivel plate into a fixed position using the wheel screw on the mount. This tightens the swivel adjustment mechanism to any tension you want it.

After an initial slow cycle I pushed on quicker to see if there was any shake on the mount as I went faster, but everything held into place.

While on the move, the mount holder allowed me to access the buttons on my phone quite easy though with it being a touchphone, it did take some time to navigate screens while riding. This problem is probably universal to any bike mount as you get used to cycling and using the phone at the same time.

The Herbert Richter Universal Swivel Bike Mount with Phone Secure is available to buy at our Holders and Mounts webstore.

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