DogEars GPS Garmin Aluminum Mounting Plate Review

19.99 plus 4.99 shipping. 10 out of 10 stars.
Saves you money, time, and frustration.

I had been shopping for a bike GPS for a couple weeks and soon discovered that I can get a Garmin Edge with more features if it was broken. Well, duh! I began to do some searching to see if there was any DIY fix it repairs for the back of the mounting plate. The mounting plate is plastic so a common problem these Garmins have is that the tabs will break off. Sometimes, pretty easily. (See below)

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I stumbled onto the DogEars website after some simple google searching. For 19.99 plus 4.99 shipping, I could receive an aluminum mounting plate that fits over the plastic mounting bracket. I emailed them and received a reply, although it took a couple days to hear back, the customer service was great. I decided to order one, it was shipped promptly the next day and arrived within 2-3 days (I’m in California).

Advice: When I installed the plate, I used a flat head screwdriver that I wedged between under the tabs and lifted up to break off the tabs. This took the place of filing the tabs off. Garmin Mount Fix DogEars GPS

I was checking to make sure it had enough room to slide on and it made a snapping noise. It had snapped on. I tried to pry it off and it wouldn’t come off. It’s recommended that you put super glue underneath the aluminum piece to make it more secure but I couldn’t get that thing to budge. So, I kept it on there without any superglue and just added glue where the screws go into the plastic. I’ve been using it for a week and so far no problems. It fits into the same Garmin mounts as before.

I definitely recommend giving DogEars a try if you have the same problem. I was able to save substantial money by buying a broken tab gps and putting this onto it.

10 out of 10. (as of 10/27/2015)

You can find their website here at www.DogEarsGPS.com

fort worth botanic garden in texas

last week, while visiting family, i got the pleasure to visit the fort worth botanic garden in texas. it was the final day of my tri.p i wasn’t at the top of my game. this time of year in texas, the air is humid and the temperature had been floating around 100 degrees. all the businesses in texas like to keep the temperature around a freezing 60 degrees (at least compared to weather outside!). the combination of switching from hot and humid to cold and dry finally gave me a sore throat and aches all over my body. my body was telling me no, don’t go! but i forged ahead.

the fort worth botanic garden is the oldest botanical garden in texas, originating in 1934. that’s make it about 80 years old this year. it’s open daily and most of the gardens here are open to the public for free. some of the gardens such as the conservatory (very cool!) cost two dollars (worth it!) and the japanese garden cost five dollars for adults.

i wasn’t thrilled by the cookie cutter annual plantings. i did enjoy the native forest walk and i felt the conservatory was the best part. if you have kids, the forest walk is great because there is plenty of educational signs and activities to interact with. one of my cousins favorites were the tubes that would relay the sound to a different part of the garden (think tin cans and a string). one thing i did not like about the gardens were that the signs for the plants were absent. the conservatory did the best job providing signs for each of the plants. they may forego putting labeled signs out because most people only want to admire the beauty and not know the name. being from california, it was not easy for me to identify all the native plants.  i would recommend going to fort worth botanic garden if you’re in the neighborhood. if you’re a plant lover or looking for some low cost fun, try the fort worth botanical gardens!