Ghetto Garmin GPS mount for GPS60 & etrex

ACDCwmb
ACDCwmb Posts: 225
edited March 2009 in MTB general
I have a Garmin GPS60 which usually sits on the bars using the Garmin handle bar mount, which I also believe is the same mount for the Garmin Etrex series and looks something like this.

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The problem I have found with this is that the GPS sticks out from the bars in quite a bit in a bit of a dodgy position and ever time I have had a stack it seems to get ripped off the bars 8O. The GPS is always fine thanks to Garmins tough construction but the mount is never quite so lucky.

I have always liked the way the Gramin edge mounts central on the stem which looks like a safer position would also make it easier to use. So after various attempts involving cable ties, elastic, bits of foam and what ever else I could find in the garage I finally came up with this.

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This is another mount I had kicking around which I had to buy when I had oversize bars and with the aid of a bit of epoxy putty, a few cable ties and a bit of rubber(which came with the mount) I made a stem mount.

Now the GPS mounts like this.

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It still uses the exsisting cradle that the GPS clips into so it can be easily fitted and removed and is very sturdy, I tried it out on a 3 hour ride today with no problems. If anyone wants more details on how it's made just ask, it's very easy to make.
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Comments

  • stumpyjon
    stumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    Looks neat and a alot more protected. Might have a go myself.
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  • Daz555
    Daz555 Posts: 3,976
    I plan on doing something very similar for the basic etrex. I have bought a handlebar mount but plan to butcher the mount and attach it to the stem instead via zipties. I'll let you know how I get on and if I don't completely @rse it up I'll post some pics.
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  • looks good that! i did have an old mount that broke on the hinge, wonder if i still have it in the shed?? mounting on the stem would be cool!
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