[UPDATE: I now have the Bar Fly in my WebStore] - dubbTECH – The Store
I both love and hate Woody Tate. I’ll tell you why.
It’s because he created the Bar Fly ($39.99). It’s a simple Garmin mount made out of Delrin, that gets your GPS off of your stem and in front of it. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time and even began the design process for my roommate (a CNC genius) to make some prototypes. Woody beat me to the punch. No worries, though. His final design is much cleaner than mine would have been.
[pullquote_right]I’m one of those with the opinion that a Garmin mounted on your handlebar looks pretty stupid.[/pullquote_right]To me it looks much better than on the stem. Getting my Garmin forward makes it so I don’t have to look so far rearward when glancing at my screen. I’m setup in a fairly aggressive position of my bike, it’s a huge benefit to looking straight down rather that back. More importantly, the Bar Fly helps solve the mounting issues for those that have short stems or stems that are set at a very upright position. For those folks, you’d have to mount the GPS on the handlebar. I’m one of those with the opinion that a Garmin mounted on your handlebar looks pretty stupid.
I don’t know if Garmin patented their mounting system (they probably did), but I would hope they wouldn’t have any issues with Woody incorporating it straight into his design. It’s clean, simple, and so far it’s perfectly stable. I’ll give you all an update after a trail ride.
[box_tip]If you were wondering, you CAN mount the new Forerunner 910XT to the Bar Fly with the 910XT Quick Release Kit, BUT because of how it mounts, it’ll be skewed 90˚.[/box_tip]
So there’s some good news and bad news. The good news is that it’s finally available. The bad news is that the initial run is all gone. If you’re interested in getting your hands on one, just purchase it from my webstore.
Drop me an email and I’ll put you on a list. You can always just see me at Rock N’ Road (Mission Viejo).