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gallery_1The brainchild of Stanford student Daniel Haarburger, the Handleband is a versatile solution that securely attaches any smartphone to a bike. The inspiration for the Handleband came when Haarburger was pulled over for biking after sunset with a faulty bike light. Instead of a ticket, the police officer gave him an interesting piece of advice: if you’re in a bind, use your smartphone as a bike light.



Haarburger —a junior at Institue of Design at Stanford — began on a solution for making smartphones and their many capabilities more bike friendly. Existing phone mounts are large, immobile, complicated and lack the security needed while riding.

Couple all of that with a variety of ever-changing form factors in smartphones, and it was clear a better approach was needed. His solution is the Handleband, a simple, single-piece silicone band that wraps around itself to secure your smartphone to your bicycle. When mounted, it’s smaller than a deck of cards, but stretches to accommodate phones of all sizes and case configurations. By itself, the Handleband can be removed or repositioned in a matter of seconds. Add two zip ties, and it becomes a permanent solution.

“Reaction to The HandleBand has already been outstanding,” said Haarburger. “In fact, we’ve already received requests for distribution from cycling accessory companies in advance of the product’s launch.”

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The Handleband also works with more than just smartphones. Attach a flashlight or carry a bike tool on your ride. It even doubles as a bottle opener.


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