Your smartphone is the most valuable tool in your toolbox for two reasons. First, even the least expensive iPhone 5c will set you back
$549—without a contract—and that easily takes
the most-expensive-tool-in-the-MBA-toolbox prize.
Second, all the features and free or low-cost apps
available for the iPhone and Android make them
valuable tools for diagnostics, fine-tuning and setup
This month “Garage Files” shows you ways your
smartphone can become your favorite tool.
Your most valuable tool: a smartphone
The Garage Files
Flat as a pancake: Plaincode’s Clinometer app turns your
phone into a level and angle finder. Saddles are designed to run
parallel to the ground. Rider preference can be dialed from there,
but the Clinometer takes the guesswork out of it.
What changes your changes make: Does a new tire really
change your head tube angle? How does a longer-travel fork
affect your seat tube angle? An angle finder can help you keep
track. Always remember, the garage floor or the buttons on the
side of your phone can skew your numbers. This will never be as
accurate as putting the frame in an alignment table.
Take note: If your bike’s cockpit fits you like a glove, document
it. That way, if you upgrade components or ride a demo bike, you
will know the little details like the angle of your brake levers. You
can even use your phone’s notepad app to record your numbers.