The Runtimate U-Bike is an interesting piece of gear. To get the whole story, you also have to check out Runtimate’s other product – the U-Run. A lot of people run with their phones attached to their arm with some sort of arm band. But the phones aren’t always easy access once they’re strapped to your arm.
The U-Run aims to simplify controlling your phone while running by adding in a magnetic pouch for the phone. Load the phone in the pouch, seal, and then simply attach to the arm band using magnets. When you need to access the phone, you can easily grab the pouch while leaving the strap on your arm.
Now, take that same pouch and base, and attach it to a handlebar mount that will fit 22.2, 25.4, or 31.8mm bars. The magnetic base attaches to the wings of the mount, and the magnetic pouch now installs on your handlebars just like it does on your arm.
To add a bit more versatility, the mount also includes a lower GoPro mount to add a camera or light to the bottom. By the photos, the mount system isn’t the most sleek, but it does offer additional functionality if you want to use it while running as well.
The U-Bike isn’t quite yet available, but the company is recommending that those interested sign up for their e-mail to secure an early bird discount once it goes to Kickstarter. Limited to 150 early bird deals priced at $23.99, Runtimate claims this will be 70% off retail.