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    Gopro questions

    So picked up a Gopro Hero 3 Black (non-plus) camera from Amazon recently. I'm new to this so wanted to ask a few questions from the experts on here.

    What mount is recommended for recording riding on my road bike? I mean handle bar mount vs. helmet mount to lessen road vibration. Should I stick w/ gopro brand or one of the many 3rd party brands?

    I ordered a Sandisk ultra 64GB card, will this work with my gopro?

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    A helmet mount will remove almost all the vibration, and replace it with video of you moving your head around -- which may or may not be a good thing for your purposes.

    If you can mount it to your frame rather than handlebars you'll get less vibration. I've got one mounted to my seat post facing backwards and that works very well -- but it does still record a lot of vibration sounds.

    As for the mounts, there's some aftermarket ones that are made of metal and look nice -- I've had the stock mounts fail. That said, I'm still using the stock mounts and they're mostly fine. I noticed recently that Deal Extreme sells GoPro mounts for a good deal less, and some are metal -- don't know how the quality is, however.

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    Helmet mount is going to be a lot smoother, though you will look like a dork with that thing sticking up off the top of our head.

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    Check out the "Chesty" from GoPro. It's a chest mount and with time it has become my favorite. It minimizes vibration and you get a view over the handle bars which makes for a nice feel to the video and you don't have the camera sticking out on top of your head.
    Creeper Trail - John.jpg This is a video shot with it on the Virginia Creeper Trail

    I still like to use a handle bar mount from time to time and as noted above, I broke 2 of the Go Pro plastic mounts on one ride and went in search of something stronger. I ended up with the K-Edge mount after talking with the company at a bike show. I was able to take out a lot of the vibration by using a silicone bracelet, like the "Live Strong" ones to mount between the bar and the K-Edge mount. It acts as a torsional damper and stabilizes some of the vibrations. Lot's of details at K-Edge GoPro Handlebar Mounts Review including a video of the video quality.

    You'll be able to use the Sandisk Ultra but I would recommend the Sandisk Extreme with it's higher transfer rate.

    Share some videos when you get setup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
    you will look like a dork with that thing sticking up off the top of our head.
    Yeah, I know.

    Thanks folks. I'll take a look at chesty.
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    Chest mount might work on a mountain bike, but not on a road bike with a standard stretched out riding position.

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    I much prefer other cameras than GoPro. I had a GoPro but sold it, it's just too awkward to use. Also I had very bad luck with getting various microSD cards to work. Only 2 out of 10 cards that I owned worked with it, even though all of them work just fine in every other device I own including cheap Chinese HD action cameras, Contours, Sonys, etc. When I called tech support, they were really snotty and basically said that if I didn't buy such crappy cards, I wouldn't have these problems.

    Also after using the cards in the GoPro, they wouldn't work in other devices until I reformatted them multiple times. There are other cameras on the market that do the same job for half the money and are easier to use and more compatible, so I just went that way.

    As for the memory card, it should work. The Sandisk Ultra is absolutely the one to buy and it worked fine in my GoPro. The Hero3+ says it'll work with a 64G card. I don't know enough about the "non plus" version to say for sure. Above 32G you transition from SDHC to SDXC which I think is actually electrically different, not just software different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
    Chest mount might work on a mountain bike, but not on a road bike with a standard stretched out riding position.
    Chesty works on a road bike: Turn mount/camera upside down and it pivots up from the bottom. Here's a pic on the GP site that illustrates that on a MX motorcycle...

    pdp_image_ChestMountHarness_PDP_lifestyle6.jpg

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    Another thing about the GoPro that I forgot - the circular recording just did not work. It seemed to work OK if it was running when the card filled up, but if the card was already full when I turned it on, it just beeped and shut off, so the whole idea of just charging it up and using it is out the window, I had to manually format the card when it filled up, or hook it to a PC and delete content. I called support and again, they said that I must have crappy SD cards (with a heavily implied "because there certainly isn't anything wrong with OUR products). It still did this after I bought their recommended Sandisk Ultra card.

    On the plus side, they do update firmware relatively frequently. On the minus side, they need to.
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    If you use the GoPro handlebar mounts, make sure you have a tether attached to the camera. I have had two of the plastic GoPro mounts break, just ordered an aftermarket aluminum one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Chesty works on a road bike: Turn mount/camera upside down and it pivots up from the bottom. Here's a pic on the GP site that illustrates that on a MX motorcycle...

    pdp_image_ChestMountHarness_PDP_lifestyle6.jpg
    Thanks, I'm going to try that. I know Ebay has a ton of stuff. Some better than others. ; )
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    I much prefer other cameras than GoPro. I had a GoPro but sold it, it's just too awkward to use. Also I had very bad luck with getting various microSD cards to work. Only 2 out of 10 cards that I owned worked with it, even though all of them work just fine in every other device I own including cheap Chinese HD action cameras, Contours, Sonys, etc. When I called tech support, they were really snotty and basically said that if I didn't buy such crappy cards, I wouldn't have these problems.

    Also after using the cards in the GoPro, they wouldn't work in other devices until I reformatted them multiple times. There are other cameras on the market that do the same job for half the money and are easier to use and more compatible, so I just went that way.

    As for the memory card, it should work. The Sandisk Ultra is absolutely the one to buy and it worked fine in my GoPro. The Hero3+ says it'll work with a 64G card. I don't know enough about the "non plus" version to say for sure. Above 32G you transition from SDHC to SDXC which I think is actually electrically different, not just software different.
    Not picking on you but not sure why you had so many problems? I ordered a SD Extreme 64GB from Adorama (that has yet to arrive). In the meantime I stuck a cheapy SD card (it's like 128MB whatever series) and it's working fine. Of course I can't go nuts and record everything because of the size, but it's happy. Updated the firmware yesterday and all is good.

    I have a Galaxy S4 phone and d/l their app to use as the remote. Had issues with that and one call to gopro CS solved it. So just looking to pick up accessories to finally really use this thing.
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