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Old 05-07-14, 09:03 AM   #1
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OK, time to get a gopro!

Some road rager in a pick up decided to intentionally cross over into my lane and come about six inches from me on my morning commute. I commute every day and unfortunately this happens at least once a week over my past 2 years of commuting.
I think it's time to get a gopro or equivalent to mount on my helmet to get evidence and licence plate numbers.

Anyone have suggestions that won't set me back too much?
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Get 4 ... 1 each .. front rear right and left.
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Some road rager in a pick up decided to intentionally cross over into my lane and come about six inches from me on my morning commute. I commute every day and unfortunately this happens at least once a week over my past 2 years of commuting.
I think it's time to get a gopro or equivalent to mount on my helmet to get evidence and licence plate numbers.

Anyone have suggestions that won't set me back too much?
Just saying... IF you were correct in your o.p. ... you wouldn't be here to start on this particular lunatic fringe talking point yet again...hmmm... at least once a week for the last two years... at least 104 separate incidents of hazing on the road... NOW you decide to do something about it? Procrastinate much? Here's a suggestion that wont set you back at all. Do nothing different. It clearly appears to be working.

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you're right. a GoPro will prevent this type of behavior.
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Won't prevent but it will get plate numbers for the police. Sorry if I can't stop pedaling in the middle of the road in Los Angeles rush hour traffic and jot down plate numbers. I assume some of you live in the boonies where you pass one car on your way to work every day. I pass hundreds every morning 5 days a week. Many unlicensed, uninsured, illegals who never learned to drive. Many members of Latino Street gangs who have probably killed people already and would have no problem with their conscious if they ran a guy on a bike off the road who is in their way
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Just saying... IF you were correct in your o.p. ... you wouldn't be here to start on this particular lunatic fringe talking point yet again...hmmm... at least once a week for the last two years... at least 104 separate incidents of hazing on the road... NOW you decide to do something about it? Procrastinate much? Here's a suggestion that wont set you back at all. Do nothing different. It clearly appears to be working.

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That's right, blame the victim in all this. He doesn't get a GoPro fast enough it must be his fault. Plus "it isn't working for him", where did you get that from? Asinine advice at best. The beauty is I can't wait for your response to mine, but rest assured I will not respond to yours after this.

To the OP, get a GoPro or similar it won't hurt now will it? Video evidence never hurts when you have it.
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Won't prevent but it will get plate numbers for the police. Sorry if I can't stop pedaling in the middle of the road in Los Angeles rush hour traffic and jot down plate numbers. I assume some of you live in the boonies where you pass one car on your way to work every day. I pass hundreds every morning 5 days a week. Many unlicensed, uninsured, illegals who never learned to drive. Many members of Latino Street gangs who have probably killed people already and would have no problem with their conscious if they ran a guy on a bike off the road who is in their way
yup, sounds like the LAPD will issue them citations

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Never mind the Camera Get one of these M1 Abrams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia..

I think if you run with the barrel facing Muzzle back the message will be clear.
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Won't prevent but it will get plate numbers for the police. Sorry if I can't stop pedaling in the middle of the road in Los Angeles rush hour traffic and jot down plate numbers. I assume some of you live in the boonies where you pass one car on your way to work every day. I pass hundreds every morning 5 days a week. Many unlicensed, uninsured, illegals who never learned to drive. Many members of Latino Street gangs who have probably killed people already and would have no problem with their conscious if they ran a guy on a bike off the road who is in their way
Oh boy... its worse than I thought... you should stop now, before this gets locked. Hmmm... it probably should be locked. So sad... yet another helmet camera advocate revealed to be ... disturbed.
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The camera won't really do you any good because the police won't issue / mail the driver a citation...

I guess the camera would come in handy in case of an actual accident, you know to show fault..

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Never mind the Camera Get one of these M1 Abrams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia..

I think if you run with the barrel facing Muzzle back the message will be clear.
Got a 1911, M&P 40, Springfield XD, Mini 14, S&W 686 and a can of bear mace but I've spent so much time and money shaving grams off my bike that I don't want to carry the extra weight
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The camera won't really do you any good because the police won't issue / mail the driver a citation...

I guess the camera would come in handy in case of an actual accident, you know to show fault..

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Ok.... Still won't work.. I am not about to get into an argument but the police can't and won't issue a citation based on your camera shot..

Good luck!

I am outta this thread now

Maybe this needs to be moved to A&S???
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Unless you have money to burn, I'd suggest "equivalent" rather than "GoPro". I had a GoPro at one time. I found them to not be any better than other, less expensive cameras, and they're very clumsy to mount. I am using an SVC200 and I'm happy with it.

Techmoan - Techmoan - SVC200 is the best Ģ100 action camera I've found (So*far).

The Mobius is good too for an even lower budget, but I'd probably consider the SVC200 as the base model.
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At least once a week? Maybe you should reevaluate your riding style. I'm passed by at least a hundred cars each day for 2.5 years and have never had such an incident.
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Anyone have suggestions that won't set me back too much?
Get on the sidewalk.
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rms13, you should listen to the know-it-alls in this thread. Video of motorist harassing cyclist never leads to the police investigating, arresting or charging the motorist. Just take this video for instance, you would think such an asshat would get charged on the video alone:


Insane Driver who obviously doesn't like people on bikes - YouTube

OH, wait a minute, maybe the know-it-alls in this thread do not know jack:

Colorado driver in cyclist harassment viral video pleads not guilty (+ video) | road.cc

Maybe it is just the cops raqball worked with that just sit on their ass and will not do anything.
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Won't prevent but it will get plate numbers for the police. Sorry if I can't stop pedaling in the middle of the road in Los Angeles rush hour traffic and jot down plate numbers. I assume some of you live in the boonies where you pass one car on your way to work every day. I pass hundreds every morning 5 days a week. Many unlicensed, uninsured, illegals who never learned to drive. Many members of Latino Street gangs who have probably killed people already and would have no problem with their conscious if they ran a guy on a bike off the road who is in their way
you are right.

don't let the second guessers and overly critical on this forum get to you...
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rms13, you should listen to the know-it-alls in this thread. Video of motorist harassing cyclist never leads to the police investigating, arresting or charging the motorist. Just take this video for instance, you would think such an asshat would get charged on the video alone:

Insane Driver who obviously doesn't like people on bikes - YouTube

OH, wait a minute, maybe the know-it-alls in this thread do not know jack:

Colorado driver in cyclist harassment viral video pleads not guilty (+ video) | road.cc

Maybe it is just the cops raqball worked with that just sit on their ass and will not do anything.
Does anyone know the final out come of this case ?
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I'm not sure the police would take the "close calls" too seriously unless the drivers actually hit you. Sad but that's probably the reality. With that said, there's nothing better than a GoPro to capture the footage if it's happening that frequently to you.

If you want to read up more about the GoPro and which one you should get, look around on a GoPro forum like GoProFanatics.com. You might even find a used one. The least expensive new option is the Hero3+ White which is $199 and it still shoots in 1080p.

Ideally, you will capture some cool footage of close calls and not get hit. Stay safe out there!
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Just saying... IF you were correct in your o.p. ... you wouldn't be here to start on this particular lunatic fringe talking point yet again...hmmm... at least once a week for the last two years... at least 104 separate incidents of hazing on the road... NOW you decide to do something about it? Procrastinate much? Here's a suggestion that wont set you back at all. Do nothing different. It clearly appears to be working.

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What's with the anger? Perhaps the OP was exaggerating about the number of times this has happened but really your vitriolic response is over the top. Did a helmet cam kill your mom or something?

Go for it! get a GoPro. I've had two they were both very nice and can be used for more than just your commute. I've used mine while snorkeling in Hawaii, snowboarding in Tahoe, Racing in my Miata, to take time lapse footage and to catch people stealing stuff at work.
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The camera won't really do you any good because the police won't issue / mail the driver a citation...

I guess the camera would come in handy in case of an actual accident, you know to show fault..

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I figure the camera can be good in a few ways. The most obvious is if the worst case scenario happens, there will be an investigation. In a society that puts blame on law avoiding cyclists quite often, having some extra truth on your side can't hurt. It can turn a long, fruitless legal battle into something slightly less long and fruitless.

But I think another big one would be to take note of the license plate, and maybe just report it. No, nothing will happen, but that report goes somewhere. In the future if the psychopath hits another cyclist, that previous report might be enough to get a conviction, or some sleet of help to the victim.

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Many unlicensed, uninsured, illegals who never learned to drive. Many members of Latino Street gangs who have probably killed people already and would have no problem with their conscious if they ran a guy on a bike off the road who is in their way
This is quite the assumption. I lived in a top inland socal safe haven community and had friends on the local pd, from whom I've heard plenty of war stories. Just because someone looks latino doesn't mean that person is an immigrant. Discrimination is alive and well, as demonstrated by you.

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your vitriolic response is over the top.
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