It's hard to imagine a much simpler way of fixing your phone to your handlebar than the BTR Silicone Handlebar Mobile Phone Mount, and sometimes simplicity really is best, or at least very good. The BTR Phone Mount Just Works, grabbing handlebar and phone securely and keeping them together until you want to separate them.
It feels almost like I'm insulting you to explain how the BTR Phone Mount works, but just in case it's not obvious: this is a single moulded piece of silicone rubber that incorporates a ladder strap and hook to grab your handlebar and thin, very stretchy loops for your phone. Pop phone in loops, wrap strap snugly round your handlebar and you're away.
I used it with an iPhone 7. Larger phones should fit fine, but if you have a smaller phone, you'll want to measure carefully before buying. The BTR Phone Mount might not hold on well to anything significantly smaller than an iPhone 7's 138mm x 67mm.
But if your phone does fit, the BTR Phone Mount's grip is tenacious. My partner Caroline is a big fan of having her phone on her handlebar and even managed to crash-test the BTR Phone Mount. It hung on to her phone. (And she was amazingly unharmed despite going over the bar in a spill that could have been very nasty indeed.)
Anything this simple is going to have downsides, of course. For a start there's no weather protection for your phone here, so you'll want to put it in a case of some sort if you're riding in anything but dry, settled weather.
BTR claims the Phone Mount 'lets you see the whole phone screen and home button' and that's not strictly wrong. You can still see the home button, but to press it you might have to push the loop out of the way, a minor annoyance.
It works best with your phone on the handlebar and in portrait orientation. If you want to look at, say, a map in landscape mode them you're going to have to mount it on your stem and put up with whatever angle it ends up at, which might not be ideal for viewing the screen.
The BTR Phone Mount's price of just 12 quid isn't much to securely attach your phone to your handlebar, but there are an awful lot of inexpensive phone mounts out there. This one by TeamObsidian, for example, is incredibly similar to the BTR mount and costs nine quid for the medium-size version and 11 for the large. This £10 Cocoda mount includes a mechanical handlebar clamp and lets you rotate your phone through 180 degrees so you can set it to landscape without taking it off the bar. For £18, this mount by Bovon has a ball-and-socket arrangement so you can change the angle it sits at, and a quick-release so you can easily lift your phone off the bar to take a call.
More features means more mechanical complexity and therefore more to go wrong. The great appeal of the BTR Phone Mount is there's really almost nothing to go wrong. As I said up top, it Just Works, and that's a compelling reason to like it.
Tidy and simple phone holder that does exactly what it says on the tin and no more
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road.cc test report
Make and model: BTR Silicone Handlebar Mobile Phone Mount
Size tested: Fits all Smartphones
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
It's a silicone rubber widget that mounts your phone on your handlebar or pretty much anything else cylindrical.
"One piece of durable silicone the BTR Phone-Fix Mount is an easy way to attach your phone / GPS device to your handlebar.
Use it portrait or landscape to get your best viewing angle. Turn it sideways & it can be used on your car dashboard so you can use your phone as a safe sat nav or use in the home as a handy prop up for your phone so it is easily visible!
The Durable Silicone stretches & keeps your phone secure PLUS it won't cover up your screen: each of the corners have a specially designed fitting to hold your phone securely but not cover your view!"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
It's a stretchy rubber widget. There really isn't much in the way of technical details to tell.
It does the job, but don't expect anything in the way of bells and whistles.
Twelve quid is a reasonable amount of money for the functionality here, but you can get similar mounts for less, or ones with more bells and whistles for not much more money.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The loops can get in the way of the phone's home button, but it's a small niggle.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Similar widgets on, say, Amazon are a bit cheaper.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The BTR Phone Mount does its one simple thing very well. It loses points only for being a shade more expensive than very similar widgets from the likes of Amazon.
About the tester
I usually ride: Scapin Style My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, mountain biking
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.