Handlebar mount for eTrex

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rmurphy195
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Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby rmurphy195 » 10 May 2019, 6:28pm

Does anyone know of a "universal" cheap and cheeerful handlebar mount for a Garmin eTrex? I've lost the "proper" bits (the screw-in adaptor clip) that came with mine (during a recent house move!)
Something that will clamp the unit without having to faff about changing the battery cover would be ideal, Cheers - Richard
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Norman H
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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby Norman H » 10 May 2019, 8:39pm

I bought several cheap Chinese copies on ebay. Virtually indistinguishable from the expensive Garmin item. It pays to secure the unit with a safety lanyard as I've read reports of them popping out and bouncing down the road.

Can't remember the exact supplier but similar to this one. It attaches to the bars or stem with cable ties.

Jackson
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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby Jackson » 10 May 2019, 8:43pm

I think you can get them from Wiggle for about £10. At least you could; some years ago I got a second one for another bike.

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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby rmurphy195 » 11 May 2019, 12:52pm

Thanks both, but I think these rely on the screw-in bit that goes on the back of the unit - its the screw-in bit that I'm missing!
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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby srb88 » 11 May 2019, 8:33pm


Steve O'C
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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby Steve O'C » 11 May 2019, 8:51pm

Not sure what you mean by the screw in bit but the back of mine looks like this and I have a couple of the cheap holders Norman linked to and they work well.
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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby Norman H » 11 May 2019, 9:05pm

I'm not sure I understand. What model eTrex do you have?

The one I linked to is identical to Garmin's own mount shown here.

It engages with the key-way on the units battery compartment cover on the back of the unit.

http://baldiviskitebuggy.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-gpsr-part-2.html

The battery cover is held closed with a turnkey. Are you saying that you've lost the battery cover?

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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby Tigerbiten » 12 May 2019, 12:06am

The previous model of the eTrex 30 was the eTrex Vista which had two backplates.
The one for the handlebar mount had a screw on part which then fitted into the mount.
I did have a spare one ut it a few years since my vista died and I don't know where it is.

Luck ............. :D

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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby jerg » 13 May 2019, 9:08pm

I use a RAM mount for my old etrex Venture. Have a look on the RAM mount UK Site

https://www.ram-mount.co.uk/

there should be something suitable, but not particularly cheap to get all the bits you need.

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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby Sweep » 14 May 2019, 5:58am

Norman H wrote:I bought several cheap Chinese copies on ebay. Virtually indistinguishable from the expensive Garmin item. It pays to secure the unit with a safety lanyard as I've read reports of them popping out and bouncing down the road.

Can't remember the exact supplier but similar to this one. It attaches to the bars or stem with cable ties.


Thanks for the link.

May try one - have paid my dues to garmin as i think I've bought 5 of theirs. A tenner for a bit of plastic is way over the top.
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rmurphy195
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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby rmurphy195 » 14 May 2019, 8:19pm

Norman H wrote:I'm not sure I understand. What model eTrex do you have?

The one I linked to is identical to Garmin's own mount shown here.

It engages with the key-way on the units battery compartment cover on the back of the unit.

http://baldiviskitebuggy.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-gpsr-part-2.html

The battery cover is held closed with a turnkey. Are you saying that you've lost the battery cover?


Sorry, I thought I'd mentioned this before but it looks like I haven't!

Its an eTrex Legend HCx, and the bit tht's gone missing (well, the whole of the original packaging which had the bits in it)is the one marked "Auxiliary mount adaptor, do not discard" in the attached snapshot. I have the bike-mount back from an e20, but that does not fit, possibly due to the SD card slot. I'll have a look later to see if the thread in the back of the unit is the same size as a camera tripod, which might be useful to know.

BTW the RAM mount looks interesting
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backnotes
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Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

Postby backnotes » 15 May 2019, 4:50pm

Here's mine.
Vista mounting thread.JPG

It is a much smaller thread than a tripod - the screw head on the outside looks chunky, but the thread itself inside is tiny, and there's a collar around it that stabilises it.

There's a claim here https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:167082 that it is a UNC 4-40 thread, and that this is the same as on serial cable plugs on computers. That seems correct - the pillar off an old graphics card screws in
graphics card pillar.JPG

and the VGA plugs have the same kinds of screws to secure them.

There are also instructions on how to 3D print a replacement, but that of course depends on having a 3D printer handy!

Good luck!