Safe place to carry cell phone

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by HappyForNow, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Tinker1980

    Tinker1980 Long timer

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    Worst two-wheel crash I've ever been in, I was glad i had my phone. This is before I had a smartphone, I had some kind of cheap Cricket phone, wasn't even a flip phone just a tiny screen, buttons, all one piece with a faceplate that would come off, buttons that would come off too.

    I broke my right hand in that crash. In several places. I had to find all the parts to the phone, put it back together one handed, and call someone.

    Now, my Ballistic-case clad Motorola smart phone would be a different story. I carry it in my chest pocket, since I doubt I will be landing flat on my chest unless I faceplant and remember to hold my arms rigidly at my sides. It then only has two snaps on the pocket, and I can get it out and call for help. The phone has already survived some pretty good whacks and drops onto a concrete floor. Fortunately, I have not yet had the pleasure of wiping out my KLR on the road so I can test how tough the phone is.
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  2. D R

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    Same location for me. To protect it from weather, I place it in a ziploc bag.
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  3. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Now if this was in JM there is a "First-get yourself some K-Y and a baloon..." joke in here somewhere..

    But on a, let's try to help note;


    One of your upper chest pockets. Another tip. Make sure you can access it with either arm in case one side becomes injured. I did not research the stats on this, but I the many, many, many times I have been down offroad and on pavement I never sustained any significant impact to my chest. Others may disagree but that is my experience.

    Even with H2O proof pockets I generally carry at least two ziploks in my jacket JIC! But of course I ride a KTM so I actually spring for the ziplok brand.
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  4. viverrid

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    Six of one, half dozen of the other. You can rationalize any scenario. I carry my phone on me in a pocket that I could reach with either hand if I needed to due to injury (of course the pocket is easier to reach with one hand or the other).

    I want the phone on me so that depending upon my injuries I can call from where I am lying and not have to move to get back to my bike. I have been primarily a dirt rider though nowadays I ride more dualsport and even some paved-road-only rides on my big bike. As a dirt rider I have been in hundreds of crashes and have yet to be injured by my phone.

    I don't use a tank bag so can hardly keep a phone (or anything else) in one and that still would mean the phone is with the bike and not with me. I have been in crashes where my bike slid down into a ravine or down a hill leaving me at the top. Seems to me you could fall on your tank bag as easily as fall on your phone. As for packs, a belt pack in front might be easy enough to reach but I simply don't like one there while riding. And you could fall on that too! Back packs or belt packs in back are not as easy to reach and again you could fall on them.

    It's almost funny how people worry about falling on their phone yet mount all kinds of stuff on their handlebars that is sometimes rather sharp, and they don't worry about falling on that. Or they have metal cases on the bike and don't worry about being injured by those. I have broken off handlebar mounted stuff with my body during crashes.

    I carry a rugged phone in either a side, chest or pants cargo pocket as the case may be. On dirt rides I don't always wear a jacket (I have a rigid chest protector) but my dirt pants have cargo pockets. On dirt rides I will wear a Camelbak with pockets but those pockets could be hard to get to depending on injury sine I'd have to take the pack off. I will take my chances on a phone bruise in order to have it within reach.

    It's funny, a rider who says his jacket armor broke seven of his ribs says you shouldn't have a phone in your jacket because it might injure you; from his example it looks like you shouldn't have armor in your jacket either!
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  5. anotherguy

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    Right sleeve pocket of my Darien. It's a cheap ass flip phone so I don't care if it gets damaged. Another one is like $19.
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  6. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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  7. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    +200% I carry nothing on my body except AGATT. No keys, wallet, watches, rings (not married), but I do ride with sunglasses. All other things go in rear pack on the rack or tank bag. I don't like the potential for injury that carrying items can cause.
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  8. anotherguy

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl

    Yeah I wonder why some inmates ride. How can they have any fun worrying about everything?
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  9. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    There is a difference here - he carries his firearm in his.

    My firearm is in not so safe a place for a motorcycle get-off (inside the waistbelt).

    Plus who the hell is gonna notice a fanny pack mounted there when you're on a bike? Or is this a thread about looking good at Starbucks in your riding gear? :lol3

    I agree, but even more - and I haven't written this yet, but I've been thinking it - I'd rather my, say, hip bone lands on my cell phone before hitting pavement. Cell phones are layered, and it would at least absorb just a tiny bit more of the impact than if one wasn't there. it could actually help out for an impact, but then it would be destroyed.

    The only question, then, is where or how to have it on you without detroying it during a get-off. And for that, my friends, I still suggest either an upper pocket or a fanny-pack on the front.
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  10. viverrid

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    I am amused by the people who are concerned they could be injured by falling on their wallet.

    The wallet is padding, dammit.

    Rocks, curbs, guardrails, cars, and they're worried about their wallet hurting them???
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  11. windmill

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    I also wounder why some bother riding.........................:norton
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  12. Grreatdog

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    There are some things I really don't want strapped to my body. Those reside in an enduro bag. But then I am an offroad oriented guy. Therefore it is matter of when not if I crash hard. So it only makes sense to not want to fall on pointy things.

    But my cell phone, keys, wallet, etc. aren't things I worry about. In that case common sense and convenience win. Hell even my 7" tablet goes in a jacket pocket. However, things like tire irons, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. do not get strapped to me.

    I think that goes back to a wreck I worked as a firefighter. A woman I knew had been impaled by something from inside her car. She wasn't in immediate danger and I had to leave her hanging upside down like that. That one really stuck with me.
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  13. BuddingGeezer

    BuddingGeezer Been here awhile

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    Not wanting to cause some crap, but........
    I am one of those in the camp (read my earlier post) of things in pockets can cause injuries in a crash.

    My question is for those who advocate carrying phones and other things in their pockets, how many of you have been in a lengthy slide, roll, tumble down the asphalt that results in a ambulance ride?

    Some of us actually know what we talk about and are not paranoid.
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  14. Grreatdog

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    Does a 60 mph endo onto rocks count? :evil

    My cell phone survived that one though the long slide (steep downhills make them longer) under the bike ground up an MX boot and left me with some unpleasant road rash on my ass.
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  15. BuddingGeezer

    BuddingGeezer Been here awhile

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    Yes it counts:clap
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  16. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    It's kinda important to have the phone with your I.C.E. contacts on your person, available to rescue personell. They won't be rooting around in your tank bag for it.

    If you are injured, but not reaaly bad, it's nice to have the phone to call a friend to retreive the bike, let family know you're at the hospital, etc.
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  17. bones_708

    bones_708 Been here awhile

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    Was that "stuff" a flat smartphone? I might agree that bulky items in locations that could receive an impact in a crash may be a bad thing but I don't believe anything hitting a phone would then cause the phone to do more damage than the impact would cause anyway. Of course if you carry a brick phone from 1980 you may have a point.
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  18. * SHAG *

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    Long distance riding during the day it's in tankbag. Day trips or around town in left jacket pocket.
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  19. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    I have three options I use.

    #1. Ram x-mount attached to the bars. Easiest all around, but probably not the safest.

    #2. Tank bag. Safe, but hard to adjust volume. Have to do the earbud shuffle to get at your phone when off the bike.

    #3. My FirstGear jacket has an inner cell phone pocket. Nice because then it comes with you, but a pain because you can't adjust the volume as easily.
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  20. der_saeufer

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    This seems entirely impossible... Until it happens.

    My phone was in a cargo pocket, so it slid out of the way. But I had a knife clipped in my front pocket. I landed on my right side, destroying the phone and adding a couple scratches to the knife's clip. I had the coolest bruise ever, and that spot on my hip is STILL sore occasionally months later. My wallet was in the same front pocket and barely left a mark, but landing on that knife was bad news.

    I keep mine in a lower pocket on my 3/4 jacket now. There's no bone behind it, so it'd just push on my spare tire and intestines. That's a risk I'm willing to take to have the phone on my person vs. in the locked topcase (I don't have a tank bag).

    As for ICE contacts, my life is on my smartphone (e-mail, banking, etc.) and losing it is FAR more likely than crashing, so it's useless to anyone who doesn't have the password. Another risk balancing exercise, but realistically if I can't talk there's only one number to call and everyone knows 911/112.
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