How To: Turn a Bike into a Pokemon GO Machine

While there are a huge amount of people out there that seem more than a little fed up with this whole Pokemon GO thing, there are perhaps even more that are willing to try out the game and use it as a way to get out and about. Needless to say, this is an article for the latter, rather than the former. Specifically, this is an article for those that want to get out on their bike to better make use of both their beloved bike and help them hatch eggs quicker, hit more PokeStops and catch more Pokemon. Running or walking is great fun with Pokemon GO and while that can be dangerous for those that are unwilling to look where they're going, riding a bike and playing the game can be worse. After all, there are two handlebars for a reason. This post will run down a few of the items you'll need to turn your bike into a great Pokemon GO machine, as well as make it a more enjoyable bike ride, too.

First thing's first, you're going to need a bike mount for your smartphone. Many of you that commute to work daily on two wheels will probably already have one, and it will do just fine. For those that haven't however, there are a number of great options out there, but due to the myriad of different screen sizes that Android devices have, you're going to need something with a little adjustment in it, as well as one that secures to your bike's frame properly and securely. This option from Vibrelli is easy-to-fit and has some tight clips to keep your phone in place as well as some taught silicon to help further stability. With almost 2,000 reviews on Amazon, it seems like a decent option, and follows the same sort of design as many other bike mounts out there. If you're happy with the selection of your local bike store, you can always go with what they advise as well.

Considering that Pokemon GO demands your smartphone's full, and undivided attention - not always your own! - your device needs to have its screen on as well as poll GPS constantly to figure out where you are and where you're headed. This means you're going to be running out of battery a lot, and you'll want to keep some extra juice on hand as well. Battery packs are dime a dozen these days, but if you need a lot of capacity in a small, compact package that won't weigh you down there are few options better than Anker's PowerCore 10000. It's a 10,000 mAh battery pack that is kind of perfect for bike users. It features just one USB port, which is all you'll need on your bike, and it'll output as much as 2.4 amps, too. It'll recharge your device nice and quickly, and even if you plan on keeping it in your jacket or with you on foot, it's light and compact enough not to be noticed too much. Plus, it's not exactly expensive, either.

If you're looking to carry anything with you while you're riding a bike, it's always a good idea to have some sort of purpose-built solution. Stuffing your jacket pockets with stuff is fine, but if you're carrying around extra batteries as well as extra phone cases or whatever, you're better off with some sort of simple solution. This is an under-seat bag, and it's available in various sizes, giving you the option of carrying a little, or a lot. Plus, this is a great way of housing your battery pack in your bag, then snaking a cable - cable-tidied to your bike's frame, of course - to your smartphone to keep the whole solution neat and tidy as well as practical. Plus, when you're not playing Pokemon GO and actually have to be somewhere, this will keep your GPS running without running out of juice, too.

These helpful products, as well as some common sense will make playing Pokemon GO on your bike a lot more productive as well as a lot safer. Having a bike mount will give you two hands to keep you steady on your back, and the vibration should carry through to your hands when mounted to the handlebar. If you're going to make use of your bag to hold your battery pack, be sure to use some cable clips to keep everything neat and snug to your frame, otherwise you could get caught up in this cable and injure yourself. Cable ties and clips cost next-to-nothing from anywhere, so be sure to tidy things up. And of course, know that no matter how much you're enjoying Pokemon GO, you can always stop what you're doing to pick up your phone, rather than trying to do two things at once.

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Tom Dawson

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For years now I've had a heavy interest in technology, growing up with 8-bit computers and gaming consoles has fed into an addiction to everything that beeps. Android saved me from the boredom of iOS years ago and I love watching the platform grow. As an avid reader and writer nothing pleases me more than to write about the exciting world of Android, Google and mobile technology as a whole.
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