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    Winter Bikecam

    I'm experimenting with using a heavy duty lighting rig to lock a little outdoor digital camera on my bike. Here's a test result, taken en route to work this morning through a construction zone in Anchorage. The vids I took earlier in the commute were on darker streets at a higher speed and didn't turn out well. Poor lighting and a mid-range camera aren't the best combination. Any tips would be appreciated.

    Conditions were dark of course but with excellent ice and snow on the roads. Some slight cornmeal snow but no chunder (yet). This early in winter the snow hasn't had a chance to really build up into bike-toppling berms or huge blocks of ice and grit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY7jlp6lIUE
    ''On a bicycle you're not insulated. You're in contact with the landscape and all manner of people you'd never meet if you were in a car. A fat man on a bicycle is nobody's enemy.''

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    Whoa, is that the current road conditions? It made me cold just watching the video. Thanks for the grim reminder of conditions still to come.

    Its still dry and fairly warm on the 51st Latitude. We had some snow but it melted within a day or two.
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    Cool vid Cos Were you at 4th and Bst friday night? I think I may have seen you out on your rig? I was across the street in the hubbub. I've been riding trails/roads about 50/50. So far it's pretty good winter riding. Stay warm.
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    How cool is that! Thanks for the reference for us folks down here. Was wondering what tires you had there. They looked like Nokian 240's. ?

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    They're Nokian Freddies from 2006(?) I think they've changed the design since then. The spikes are still holding. Here's some video I shot during "daylight" so you can see a bit better.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2g9RYh8fNU
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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticbiker View Post
    Cool vid Cos Were you at 4th and Bst friday night? I think I may have seen you out on your rig? I was across the street in the hubbub. I've been riding trails/roads about 50/50. So far it's pretty good winter riding. Stay warm.
    Yeah, I would have been over there. I was doing a little swing around after work to drop of drycleaning. If you saw a big round guy with a BOB trailer on his rig, that was me.
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    Awesome. As far as "tips" go, I'd just mount it on your handlebars, so we're not looking at the ground so much...

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    That's hard core. What is all the creaky sound from? Is it the tires or just a noisey drive train?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    That's hard core. What is all the creaky sound from? Is it the tires or just a noisey drive train?
    To me it sounded like the snow creaking. When it gets really cold, it makes that kind of crunchy noise when you walk on it. I remember that sound from my youth growing up in Mpls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    That's hard core. What is all the creaky sound from? Is it the tires or just a noisey drive train?
    The creaking is the drivetrain. I can't find anything specifically wrong with it but it does make a lot of noise when it's freezing out. The rattle is my BOB trailer and the studs also make some noise. And the snow is making noise as well, of course. I had the camera locked to the frame so I think it was picking up some frame vibrations as well. Pedestrians hear me coming in the winter.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2g9RYh8fNU
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddeno View Post
    Awesome. As far as "tips" go, I'd just mount it on your handlebars, so we're not looking at the ground so much...
    Amen. It's an awesome video. My wife was watching a show in the next room and said, '"What's that?!" When I told her what the noise was she had me replay it for her. She kept saying, 'Raise the camera!" "This is freaking awesome!" "Where's he shooting this?" Pretty funny. Love the end where you stop and a pedestrian walks in front of your rig. Nice touch. She may get me a camera for Christmas now...

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