Post you custom garmin mounts
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Post you custom garmin mounts
Or moun it on the top bolts
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Stem Bolt patterns are not standard and since this is a custom made mount it was made to fit my bolt pattern, I was luck that it was the same as the friend who made the mount.
The computer sits with the top of the screen about the center of the stem and that works just fine for me.
That mount is cool but the off center coumpter would make me ride in circles. I am anal and noticed that my screen is slightly scewed in the garmin case and it drives me nuts.
once I paint it black it will not be very visable and I will ride it until it fatigues and falls off or the garmin dies.
This has already come up on several other threads (the search button is your friend). However, again, here's my setup:
It's really easy to see the display even out of the saddle, no vibration, and it sits in front of the hands so little aero loss. I used a nail wrapped in a gear cable outer housing, 7 zip ties, a carefully bent 14 gauge spoke and the garmin removable clip/band. It's called a "Clark Mount". Been working reliably for a year. Couldn't go back to having the computer back at the handlebars.
So then I kept looking at it and thought about the thickness of the aluminum. It turns out the stuff I was using (I think 1/16th of an inch) was perfect to make a direct mount for the garmin. I went through the same process above, but this time cut a perfect 1 inch hole in the plate using a 1 inch drill bit, then used the dremel tool to make the tabs. I test fitted the garmin and it is super snug mounted directly to plate, no Garmin adapter needed! Total cost was about $10 in materials and 45 min for each plate. The plate weighs 8 grams. The garmin is really snug and I don't think it will rotate without significant force. This is on my race bike, so with normal racing use (5-10 events) a year I think it will be fine. Either option works pretty well though, but I like the minimalist 2nd prototype.
I mounted on my stem upside down to raise the Garmin a little. The washers raise the plate away from the curve of the stem and are easy to adjust to make it as close as possible without contacting. I think it is about as clean as possible now. I'll take some pictures tonight with the Garmin on it. This was a really fun project and thanks for posting all the ideas.
You might try to make the aluminum version for the stem mount and 90 degree bit, then bond it to carbon for the garmin mount. You could also cut the tabs for the rubberbands off the garmin adapter and put the adapter directly into your carbon layup so it is countersunk. Good luck!