Busted a Garmin Mount? There’s a Simple Fix
By now, Garmin’s Edge computer units are ubiquitous in the sport of cycling. On any group ride, you’ll see more than a handful, because they’re great computers whether you’re using heart rate, power, or just the included functions.
But there’s a weakness: The tabs on the quarter-turn mount are made of the same plastic as the lower half of the device body, which is a one-piece mold. Through crashes, rough handling or even years of wear and tear, eventually the mount tabs, or ears, can break or round off. Then you’re stuck with an unmountable computer.
While Garmin itself hasn’t changed much on the tab design over the years, there’s now a simple DIY fix that can repair broken mounts. This past January, Dog Ears, a side project from Utah-based machinist Kent Carlsen, debuted a machined aluminum replacement mount called the GPS.
There’s some installation required. It’s basic, but involves screws (included) and an adhesive like epoxy or Loctite (not included), so it’s best if you or someone who’s reasonably handy does it. And yes, it’ll probably void whatever warranty you have left on the device itself.
But the Dog Ears GPS mount costs just $20 (plus about $4 shipping to US addresses) and the company says that, in the unlikely event you manage to break one of its mounts, it will send you a new one, free.
We haven’t tested the Dog Ears mount yet, but the product sounds promising: a simple, inexpensive fix to a known problem that plagues an expensive piece of gear.