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Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:32 am
by ootini
How do you mount your Garmin Etrex ? Ice currently got one of the cable tie mounts on the stem of my MTB, but before I go buy another one for my Gradventure bike, thought I'd check if there's anything clever and ingenious I should look at first.
Stem cap mounts?

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:54 am
by Lazarus
there is a thread on here about this - postierich i think-cant find it with a search sorry
Basic conclusion was
!) if you think it does not fall of the garmin mount- the official one not ebay ones
2) if you think it falls off [ 50/50 split ish] then use a RAM mount

https://www.ram-mount.co.uk/garmin-etre ... c-449.html
I am 2


third option is an edge to etrex adapter

https://www.shapeways.com/product/XF3QS ... ntent=3%20...

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:30 pm
by Javi
Whatever the mounting, use a lanyard. I have the standard one with zero issues.

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:45 pm
by Asposium
i have a RAM mount, for Garmin Spline mount devices (oregon 700 and inReach mini)

ImageUntitled by Asposium, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by Asposium, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by Asposium, on Flickr

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:56 pm
by ScotRoutes
Javi wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:30 pm
Whatever the mounting, use a lanyard. I have the standard one with zero issues.
+1

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:17 pm
by Blackhound
RAM mount and lanyard for me.

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:45 pm
by Lazarus
ram mount no lanyard for me
Its just not falling out under any set of circumstances i have ever experienced.
Its pretty hard to get it in there tbh and I cannot see how it is going to rattle lose.

Out of interest anyone ever had it come out a RAM Mount ?
It used to be zip tied to a garmin mount and if you use one of them certainly use a lanyard.

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Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:54 pm
by Al
I modified the cable tie one by shaving the mount flat then attaching a exposure light shoe. Works really well, I did post a picture of it on here I think.

Edit: this viewtopic.php?f=13&t=12094&p=148886&hil ... re#p148886

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:29 pm
by benp1
My oregon has never ejected itself, but I always use the lanyard just in case. I use the normal cable tie mount but I've wrapped a load of inner tube around my stem to raise it up a bit

I have a ram mount for my oregon so I can put it on my motorbike, haven't seen the one above. my one is more of a cradle that the whole unit sits in

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:42 pm
by ScotRoutes
I had an OTB once and looked to see that my Oregon had disappeared - as had the mount. I started looking in the heather for it then noticed that it was still dangling from my bars, attached to the lanyard. :lol:

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:15 pm
by Jurassic
Cheapy ebay cable tie mounts for my Etrex on all my bikes. As others mention I use the lanyard and a small carabiner to attach it to the bike as a back up. I have a RAM mount for it as well which is in my sailing canoe but it's a bit big and clunky for bike use. Some of the ebay mounts are better than others in terms of retention, on the loose ones I've augmented the clip that holds the Etrex on with self amalgamating tape which tightens it up and prevents unintentional releases.

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:28 pm
by benp1
ScotRoutes wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:42 pm
I had an OTB once and looked to see that my Oregon had disappeared - as had the mount. I started looking in the heather for it then noticed that it was still dangling from my bars, attached to the lanyard. :lol:
What happened? Did the cable ties break?

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:30 pm
by ScotRoutes
benp1 wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:28 pm
ScotRoutes wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:42 pm
I had an OTB once and looked to see that my Oregon had disappeared - as had the mount. I started looking in the heather for it then noticed that it was still dangling from my bars, attached to the lanyard. :lol:
What happened? Did the cable ties break?
Yep. I hit it hard enough to snap them, but the Oregon was still in the mount! (had a bit of a bruise on my thigh for a while too....)

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:50 pm
by Charliecres
Cheap eBay mounts and a lanyard. Works perfectly

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:21 am
by Alpinum
ScotRoutes wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:30 pm
benp1 wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:28 pm
ScotRoutes wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:42 pm
I had an OTB once and looked to see that my Oregon had disappeared - as had the mount. I started looking in the heather for it then noticed that it was still dangling from my bars, attached to the lanyard. :lol:
What happened? Did the cable ties break?
Yep. I hit it hard enough to snap them, but the Oregon was still in the mount! (had a bit of a bruise on my thigh for a while too....)
No clue on the newer etrex - only had it's first incarnations and had to cut, grind, drill and saw to make it fit the way I wanted.
After a few crashes I came to realise the importance of a mount that goes out of its way during a crash. Use thin zipties or a mount that can be rotated. This way the GPS unit can move when it gets struck.

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:42 pm
by Gregsie
Bought one of these earlier in the Summer and have been very impressed. Been using it on my MTB and the Etrex has not moved despite me trying to give it my best of road. A bit spendy but does the job. https://www.shapeways.com/product/XF3QS ... arketplace