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I stress tested Finn on London’s crappiest streets

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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My bike is my second girlfriend. She’s celeste and she’s fast and I wouldn’t change anything about her. This is why I can’t have nice things. Especially mobile phone handlebar mounts. But wait a minute.. what If I use an elastic band to fasten my phone to my bike.

Stupid. Or is it? The Austrians behind Finn seem to think not.

Finn is a piece of rubber with 5 holes. Wrap it round your handlebars and poke in your phone and almost instantly you have a Facebook-enabled dashboard. It looks like the worst idea ever (sorry finn) but I did finger box it quite a bit and my phone just wouldn’t knock out.

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Now – my cycle home passes through Tottenham Court Road in London. For London cyclists this is like the Alps. The potholes are basically mountains. And with no suspension and thin wheels I properly put Finn to the test.

However my preparations for what to do when my phone hit the concrete and smashed into a million pieces was in vain. My tears remained firmly in my face.

Better still – I could take off Finn when I got home to restore my bike to it’s original non-dorky self.

Posted 18th Sep 2014
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