Recommended Mounts for the Dashcam App
Dashcam for your Bike turns your smartphone into a dashcam. The app has gesture-based controls so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road, screen-dimming to save you battery life, direct-to-311 reporting in certain cities, and easy creation of compilation videos.
The app is compatible with any phone mount that doesn’t block the camera. Here are our favorites.
Our Top Pick
The ball mount makes it easy to rotate for both portrait and landscape mode, and you can tilt up to look at your phone (e.g. to check Maps), then continue recording.
The locking mechanism makes it very fast to get your phone in and out, and to adjust to different sizes of phones.
Since there are two connector sizes included, it fits nearly all bicycles. It can easily go around both cables and grip tape. It fits a wide range of phones - every phone we’ve tested on fits easily.
What’s important in a mount?
- No Straps: We no longer recommend mounts that you have to “strap” into your phone. These make it hard to attach and detach your phone, and they often block the camera.
- Easy Installation: All our mounts are easy to install. Some require no tools, others require just a hex key.
- Doesn’t block camera: The app always records with the widest-angle lens you have, so make sure the mount doesn’t block that camera.
Alternative: All-Metal Mount
If you’re afraid of plastic components, consider this All-Metal Mount. The downside: this mount does not swivel, meaning you cannot tilt it to view Google Maps.
Note that we’ve tested our recommended mounts for thousands of hours without issue, and ridden on both streets, gravel, and cobblestone with them.
A note on PopSockets
All of these mounts are compatible with Swappable PopSockets - but you will need to remove the PopSocket for your phone to fit. You can buy a Swappable PopSocket on Amazon for $10 to $15.
Mounts to avoid
We’ve tested a ton of mounts, some more than others. Here are some mounts we think you should avoid buying for the Dashcam App - though they may be great mounts in other settings.
Do not buy #1: PopMount 2
We had this mount break on us - after several months of near-daily use, it snapped. Looking at the damage, it looks like it was designed mostly with plastic with a thin metal screw - a design that would probably be fine if you used the mount for Google Maps, but isn’t strong enough to support the phone as a dashcam.
If you do buy this mount, be aware that the strap blocks the camera. One way to get around that problem is to pull the strap even further until you hang the phone on the secod hook, which gets you a video that looks like this.
Do not buy #2: Camera-Blocking Mounts
There are several mounts with this design - all that we’ve tested block the third camera on an iPhone with 3 lenses. It might be okay with a two-lens design, and we love how easy it is to get your phone in and out, but it wasn’t worth the trade-off to us.
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