Bar Fly 3.0 Garmin Mount for Mountain Bike

Words Morgan Taylor
Photos Morgan Taylor
Date May 24, 2014

When I made the jump from my old Garmin 500 to the maps-capable 810, I was faced with a new problem: the larger, heavier unit requires a sturdier mount to stay in place during spirited riding. With short stems and spacers above them, mounting the unit to the stem isn’t realistic. The 810 commands a lot of real estate on your handlebars, and I had seen some aftermarket pieces that appeared to clean things up nicely.

While using two small elastics crossed over each other does keep the 810 in place on a 31.8 bar, there’s no denying it adds volume to an already busy area. Enter the Bar Fly 3.0 Garmin mount for mountain bikes. Garmin ships a similar looking mount with the unit, but this puts the device out in front of the stem and below the bar. Where this Bar Fly differs is that it places the Garmin behind the bar, and centers it over the stem.

I saw that MEC was carrying the piece and decided to give it a go. The rest is simple: easy install (no more elastics, yay!), solid mounting, and visually very clean. $25 for a chunk of injection molded plastic isn’t especially cheap, but it’s a great solution for mountain bikers looking to clean up the visual real estate and mount their $300–600 computer reliably.

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The Bar Fly 3.0 sets your Garmin on top of the stem rather than on the bar or in front.

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The Edge 810 is a huge computer by bike standards, but it’s definitely more bearable mounted on the Bar Fly.

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With just a single bolt clamp the mount is dead simple to install or adjust, but stays put reliably.

The 3.0 is just one of about a dozen products Bar Fly makes. Have a look at the whole line HERE.


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tundra
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mic  - May 24, 2014, 7:36 p.m.

after 3 shattered units mounted, I moved to the 910XT wrist watch.

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nic
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Nic  - May 24, 2014, 5:59 p.m.

You obviously don't crash too much. That spot looks rather vulnerable.

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morgman
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Morgan Taylor  - May 27, 2014, 11:33 a.m.

You're right: I don't crash and yard sale my bike very often – to the point that I feel comfortable mounting a computer on my bars. Where do you mount your computer?

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nic
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Nic  - May 27, 2014, 3:58 p.m.

It sits on the regular mount just to the right of the stem. But it shows some battle scars as a result. On top of the stem would be worse because it has no- where to rotate to. My ideal mount would place the Garmin next to the stem, behind the bars. Not sure if such a thing exists

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undecided
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undecided  - May 24, 2014, 8:34 a.m.

I mount my garmin to my top tube right up against the head tube. its no wider than the top tube and in a way safer spot. Probably not all bikes this would work on.

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morgman
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Morgan Taylor  - May 27, 2014, 11:31 a.m.

I witnessed a friend destroy his 510 mounted in that spot. Cables and levers don't stay in place when you crash. I would consider any on-bike GPS mounting to be a liability anyway.

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