Attaching a Garmin nüvi to Bike Handlebars
So I was thinking that using a GPS with maps and turn-by-turn navigation on a bicycle might be interesting, but a lot of the biking GPSes I’ve seen (i.e., Garmin’s Edge series) seem to be interested in awful things like calories burned. I wondered if there was a way to attach a Garmin nüvi 255W, which I already have, to a bike’s handlebars. Since I wondered that aloud, on Twitter no less, I got a few responses (thank you), and did some further digging based on those tips.
Three other mounts — the GA-Bike (Amazon) and the i.Trek Bike Mount and this one — look kind of flimsy: they use the clip-and-ball mount, which has a tendency to bounce loose in my Subaru on rough roads, never mind a bicycle. The reviews on Amazon tend to bear that out.
RAM mounts (pictured) aren’t explicitly marketed at cyclists, but it doesn’t look like we’re excluded either; they use a U-bolt — I don’t know how snugly that attaches — but otherwise looks sturdy. Here’s one for my unit.
I should have figured that there’d be more than a few options.