Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Guelph, ON
Bikes: A 1992 Norco road bike
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If there was a bike mount that absorbs shock, is lightweight, durable, snap-on-able, interchangeable, I would buy it instead of spending days building and weeks fixing a wooden one I made. Here
's a pic of it. If you get lots of $$$, remember to give me discounts on your product
Some of the things I considered:
- A helmet mounted one wouldn't be comfortable for the neck but is best for shock absorbsion and also allows the cyclist to direct the filming. But the jerkiness also gives a "home video" feel, which may not be what is desired.
- A handlebar mounted one can affect steering and all the steering can destroy the continuity of the filming - hard to see anything when video slides from left to right 60 times a minute.
- Fork mounted ones are great but are limited in viewing area. It should be used only if a higher from the ground camera is also installed.
Problems with mine:
- Takes up lots of room around the top tube. Nowhere to dismount myself.
- Highly specialized - probably only fits my camera to my frame.
- Seals out controls - no way to change settings on the camera when installed.
- Hard to take anything off. Takes about 5 minutes to properly set the camera up. I just wish I can snap off/on the top, put it in the bag and walk to the bathroom once in a while.
- Knees can hit the mount if it goes lower.
Hmm, quite a number. But the pluses...
- Very nice shock absorbsion, but still not good enough for really rugged rides. Videos here.
- Cheap. Wood = $10, paint, glue, etc = $5, lastic bands (inner tubes) = $0.
- Excellent protection against crashes.
Things I'd like to see:
- Ability to tape my handlebars as well. It's more entertaining to see gear shifting, braking, and the cyclocomputer than just around the bicycle.
- This follows point above... if the mount is as flexible as a camera tripod mount, with the ability to pan in 3 dimensions, that will be awesome.
- Did I mention swappable?
If I had the expertise I would just saw off a tripod and make a cage like my mount that holds a camera in the center, with the cage mounting to the sawed-off tripod through the screw. The stem of the sawed-off tripod can be mounted on a side of any tube on the bike, so even the height is adjustable. Then 3 parts can be sold separately depending on the mounting point and camera type/shape - cage, stem and tube mount.
Last edited by way124; 02-03-05 at 09:30 PM.