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    How many of you record your rides?

    Hi all,

    Just curious as to how many of you record your riding?

    I'm thinking of recording my touring and sticking the videos online (either to my blog or Facebook, Twitter, etc). I've been told by friends who do record their rides that the GoPro Hero range of cameras are the best out there.

    Do any of you have experience with GoPro Hero's? What about other mounted cameras? Does everyone mount the camera on their helmet, or do you mount it to your frame? Which is preferred?

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    I can't imagine anything more boring that editing video of a ride I already did so I can watch it again. That's like reruns of reruns. It would have to be a pretty special ride.

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    I record all my rides, but I just delete unless something cool happened, like seeing a fox, or having a wild idiot appear and try to keel me.
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    I used a Drift camera for years. Just got a GoPro. FWIW, the GoPro interferes with my Garmin. I'm working on trying to fix that now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    I can't imagine anything more boring that editing video of a ride I already did so I can watch it again. That's like reruns of reruns. It would have to be a pretty special ride.

    J.
    True enough. If your rides are boring, videos of them will be even more boring. I toss the bike in the car and travel out of the area in search of new and interesting rides, like high mountains in nearby states. These videos are not boring, and will make for fun viewing during winter months.

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    All home video is boring. It is usually only interesting to the person that made it, and even then it is boring. Cinematography classes should be mandatory before the purchase of a video camera, then maybe we wouldn't be awash in terrible youtube videos.

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    Well after a couple of close elbow brushes by drivers who don't think I should be riding in the bike Lane on the road I'm currently going to invest in a back and front camera to capture any issues and license plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s-one View Post
    Well after a couple of close elbow brushes by drivers who don't think I should be riding in the bike Lane on the road I'm currently going to invest in a back and front camera to capture any issues and license plates.
    I haven't done this yet but like a few others I would do it just to hopefully capture a license plate if someone hit me. With the amount of hit and runs I've seen recently it may come in handy to ID the person that hit you.


    After Sundays ride when I nearly got decked by a truck pulling a trailer on an empty country road with NO other traffic it might of come in handy. Would of been interesting last year when I nearly got run over by a cop too.

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    I've used the GoPro Hero, Hero 2 and now the Hero 3 Silver. All great cameras. I have the front one mounted on the handlebars and the rear one mounted on a piece of pvc pipe threaded to a pvc "T" connection bolted under the seat. For the most part people who say the videos are boring are correct - but every once-in-a-while I get some wildlife.

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    I record my rides but don't post a lot of video. If something interesting happens, I remember where it was and find it later in the video and post a screen grab image, or if it's really interesting a short clip. For big events like a century I'll do a video with soundtrack - my limit is three songs.

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    here is a very short video. Look carefully at the upper left of the overpass. I hate graffiti vandals but this is funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    here is a very short video. Look carefully at the upper left of the overpass. I hate graffiti vandals but this is funny.
    Gary
    Humor, ( like beauty ) is in the eye of the beholder. I saw only the pathetic scribblings of people who like to deface other people's property. I never laugh at such visual pollution. ( nor would I ever consider posting a link so other people could view it because doing so might encourage others to follow suit. Remember, "monkey see, monkey do" is one of those weaknesses that humans always have to deal with. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 CAt Man Do View Post
    Humor, ( like beauty ) is in the eye of the beholder. I saw only the pathetic scribblings of people who like to deface other people's property. I never laugh at such visual pollution. ( nor would I ever consider posting a link so other people could view it because doing so might encourage others to follow suit. Remember, "monkey see, monkey do" is one of those weaknesses that humans always have to deal with. )
    Maybe I should have said "BFers, don't try this at home". Is that better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 CAt Man Do View Post
    nor would I ever consider posting a link so other people could view it because doing so might encourage others to follow suit.
    Yeah, because we're all monkeys at BF Gadget Forum with no self control or moral compass.

    I'll just leave this here:

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    Yeah, because we're all monkeys at BF Gadget Forum with no self control or moral compass.

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    Actually, I referring to the people who deface public and private property and who generally don't care what others think about it. It has nothing to do with who is posting on a forum like BF ( unless they too like to deface other people's property. ). Otherwise, I like a good joke as much as anyone else. Bathroom humor has it's place but it is an eye sore if painted on public or private property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 CAt Man Do View Post
    Actually, I referring to the people who deface public and private property and who generally don't care what others think about it. It has nothing to do with who is posting on a forum like BF ( unless they too like to deface other people's property. ). Otherwise, I like a good joke as much as anyone else. Bathroom humor has it's place but it is an eye sore if painted on public or private property.
    I personally think that we should shoot any dbag that is caught defacing property, revive them and then shot them again. It is an eyesore and people who do this type of thing are the lowest of low lifes - but this one just made me laugh for several miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 CAt Man Do View Post
    It has nothing to do with who is posting on a forum like BF
    I guess I was confused by your statement about not posting links in BF.

    I'm about 90% anti graffiti, your post just came across as a little uptight.

    Here's a little bridge in Davis, CA that people love for the graffiti...
    Back on topic - I have this bridge recorded on one of my bike cam videos if you want to see it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    I guess I was confused by your statement about not posting links in BF.

    I'm about 90% anti graffiti, your post just came across as a little uptight.

    Here's a little bridge in Davis, CA that people love for the graffiti...
    Back on topic - I have this bridge recorded on one of my bike cam videos if you want to see it.
    I understand. Occasionally I like to point out things that point to the stupidity of the human mind set. Pollution and the many forms it takes are but one example. I remember some years back I was riding through a forest in a state park that I had not ridden through in a number of years. There was a spot on the trail where there was a really big tree ( not sure what type ) but the tree was very big, apparently very old and had beautiful limbs going out in all directions. It was a sight to behold. Nature in all it's glory. On this particular day when I got to the tree I was utterly disgusted to find that the tree had been completely defaced and vandalized ( both with Sharpie type pens and with knives ). To see something of beauty be completely defaced is very disturbing to me. It bothered me so much I never went back there again so yeah I can be uptight sometimes. When you see firsthand how destructive people can be it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

    Then there's things like Honey Boo Boo which is the perfect example of trash imitating art ( or is it the other way round? ) Yep, if someone wanted to torture me all they'd have to do is tie me to a chair and force me to watch reruns of Honey BB. I'd do anything to make them stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 CAt Man Do View Post
    I understand. Occasionally I like to point out things that point to the stupidity of the human mind set. Pollution and the many forms it takes are but one example. I remember some years back I was riding through a forest in a state park that I had not ridden through in a number of years. There was a spot on the trail where there was a really big tree ( not sure what type ) but the tree was very big, apparently very old and had beautiful limbs going out in all directions. It was a sight to behold. Nature in all it's glory. On this particular day when I got to the tree I was utterly disgusted to find that the tree had been completely defaced and vandalized ( both with Sharpie type pens and with knives ). To see something of beauty be completely defaced is very disturbing to me. It bothered me so much I never went back there again so yeah I can be uptight sometimes. When you see firsthand how destructive people can be it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

    Then there's things like Honey Boo Boo which is the perfect example of trash imitating art ( or is it the other way round? ) Yep, if someone wanted to torture me all they'd have to do is tie me to a chair and force me to watch reruns of Honey BB. I'd do anything to make them stop.
    So you're going to deprive youself of the beauty in the world because of some low lifes? You may as well bury your head in the sand and not go out at all. Yes there are some very disgusting people out there but we have to see past that. I'd reather you shoot me than have to watch any reality show.
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    I couldn't tell what the heck the graffiti was anyway.
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    How many of you record your rides?
    I record some of my rides.

    I like to ride a lot of the area forest preserve trails and the first time I ride a trail / path, I'll usually record it. I won't usually post my videos on YouTube unless, as others have already said, I run across wildlife (notice I didn't say run over wildlife LOL), something interesting occurs or some nitwit in a car is doing something stupid. In all, I think I've only posted 2 snippets of rides I've recorded over the past two years. Yeah, not much has happened on my rides. LOL.

    Sometimes, in the winter months when the weather sucks so badly I can't get out, while riding on the trainer I'll watch a video I've made. Sometimes last winter when I was on the trainer, I'd watch videos that other people posted on YouTube. Not terribly exciting I know, but it gave the illusion of me trying a new trail / path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaRecRider View Post
    Sometimes, in the winter months when the weather sucks so badly I can't get out, while riding on the trainer I'll watch a video I've made. Sometimes last winter when I was on the trainer, I'd watch videos that other people posted on YouTube. Not terribly exciting I know, but it gave the illusion of me trying a new trail / path.

    That's kind of a cool idea. Maybe I'll set up a trainer in front of the projection screen. Probably the only way I'll ever get to ride the really nice rides.
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    I'd really enjoy videoing my rides with a great camera and creatively editing the results.

    But my experiments with my regular camera that can take videos, showed how boring the results would be. So, no go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    So you're going to deprive youself of the beauty in the world because of some low lifes? You may as well bury your head in the sand and not go out at all. Yes there are some very disgusting people out there but we have to see past that. I'd reather you shoot me than have to watch any reality show.
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    Heck no I can't do that even if I wanted to. I have to go to work every day and believe me I've seen worse things than that just driving around in the car. Now that you mention it I will likely return to do that ride again. Funny but I remember thinking when I first stumbled upon the tree that someone must of brought a class of middle-schoolers out on a field trip. Hopefully when I return perhaps the park service has a way to remove unwanted graffiti. One can only hope.

    Anyway, when I go back if I see the stuff is still there I might just write the park service and see if they can do something about it. Not too long ago I got talking to a ranger in one of the other parks near me and he mentioned that they had a real problem with night time vandalism ( aka..., graffiti ) When told that I cringed because I like to ride at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 CAt Man Do View Post
    Heck no I can't do that even if I wanted to. I have to go to work every day and believe me I've seen worse things than that just driving around in the car. Now that you mention it I will likely return to do that ride again. Funny but I remember thinking when I first stumbled upon the tree that someone must of brought a class of middle-schoolers out on a field trip. Hopefully when I return perhaps the park service has a way to remove unwanted graffiti. One can only hope.

    Anyway, when I go back if I see the stuff is still there I might just write the park service and see if they can do something about it. Not too long ago I got talking to a ranger in one of the other parks near me and he mentioned that they had a real problem with night time vandalism ( aka..., graffiti ) When told that I cringed because I like to ride at night.
    Unfortunately, I am very much like you. When I see a family just throw all their McDonald's trash out the window of the car, it really bugs me. When I get a flat and actually have to spend $40 on a new tire because someone thought it would be fun to throw their beer bottle out the window, it bugs me. When I see someone drifting out of their lane because she is texting, it bugs me.

    It isn't always easy to see past this stuff.
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