As the winter is finally gone and the weather is getting better, it's time to take our bikes out of the garage. However, all the recent years I had one major problem with my bike: Where and how to carry my smartphone safe but accessible. All the years I looked for a decent and proper way to use different smartphones an easy and simple way while biking. So far without luck, until I came across Fahrer Berlin's Spitzel the other day. The Spitzel (German for "snitcher") comes with two components: the holder and a silicon cover. The holder is fast and easily mounted to the handle bar. It only needs to be positioned the way it fits best and after the the clamp needs to be fixed by closing the tension strap.
This allows to mount and taking off the Spitzel holder in just seconds. The clamp fits to various tube diameters from 22 - 34 mm. On top of the holder, the Spitzel comes with an iPhone silicon case that is connected to the base holder by hook-and-loop (aka a Velcro) tape and allows to be used in either portrait or landscape format. Vibration is absorbed through the Velcro tape and silicon case the iPhone sits in.
While I'm not using an iPhone, the idea to mount a smartphone with just a Velcro tape caught my attention and as a matter of fact, there are so many cheap silicon cases for all kind of smartphones available, Fahrer's original iPhone case can be easily exchanged with whatever is appropriate.
Another great side-effect to the simplicity of the Spitzel is the fact that all Fahrer products are produceed in cooperation with sheltered workshops in Berlin by only using manufacturing techniques that can be executed by handicapped people. The limitation is an essential part of the design, as well as the handwork.
All the years I was looking for something simple, not too bulky, easily exchangeable and not too expansive and Fahrer's Spitzel is exactly what I was looking for. It's mounted within just seconds and also removed within seconds, to protect it from being stolen and allows to carry different phones the way you prefer it - either portrait or landscape. Since it's so flexible, the display can be perfectly aligned to be watchable, for instance to use a GPS or fitness application or to operate the device's music player.
As you can see above, it only need a silicon case for your device and a piece of Velcro tape to replace the original Spitzel case with whatever fits your need best. However, Fahrer has just released a Samsung Galaxy S II version last week as well, so this might be another interesting option for you. Unfortunately, there are no other cases available but this shouldn't keep anyone away to use it with a different phone.
I've just tested it on a ride through the park and it worked perfect and I don't had the feeling that my test device was insecurely mounted but with sit rather strong on the holder. Definitely recommendable for city bikers around the world.
It retails for around 39.00 Euro and is available from bike shops around the world.
Cheers ~ Arne