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Old 07-25-20, 09:29 PM
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Do you need a GoPro?

I tried recording some of my bike with my iPhone 11 max pro and it wasnít really good. It was really shaky but my mount wasnít sturdy. My iPhone is big too.

Do you think itís worth it to record? Is it important for safety? Like if a car is driving like a maniac would it help to record his license?

Do you any of you use the GoPro helmet mount? Iím running out of space on my front handles as I have bells and headlights.

Also how often do you have to charge it or maintain it and get rid of video for storage? Having A GoPro seems like fun but maybe too much work so I dunno. Iím also wondering if you need it for safety and to track down people with their license if theyíre wreckless.
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Old 02-01-21, 02:04 PM
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hmm...sounds interesting
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Old 02-01-21, 02:27 PM
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I use a Rylo 360 degree camera (no longer produced, unfortunately) with a mount on the end of my left handlebar, closest to traffic. It records vehicles coming up from behind, passing, and going by ahead. It has excellent resolution and a zoom feature on playback that will show license plates clearly.
I've used it to show law enforcement one case of a very close pass, and one case of some idiot in a diesel pickup "rolling coal" (which is illegal in this state.) Both drivers were located and cited.
Downside? Battery life isn't great (about 45 minutes) so I have to carry several spares.
I know quite a few riders in my club that ride with video cams, either GoPros or Cycliq Fly 12/Fly 6 combos.

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Old 02-02-21, 07:56 PM
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Yes, you need a GoPro.
You can get a good deal on a 7 Black, which is still a very capable action camera.
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Old 03-26-21, 09:26 AM
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I think gopros are probably a little overpriced. Image will always be shaky unless there is image stabilization on board.
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Old 03-27-21, 12:54 PM
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Need? Definitely not. No.
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Old 04-12-21, 08:30 PM
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I thought of buying one too, not to record my rides but some sort of security since law enforcers in my country go hard on cyclists. However, I thought that GoPros costs too much, if there would be a much cheaper alternative, I'd go for it though.
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Old 04-17-21, 03:39 PM
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It's very interesting, I never thought about it before.
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Old 04-17-21, 09:07 PM
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Cycliq cameras are a good one if your main concern is road safety. I also tried gorilla pod mounting my iPhone to the bike, too many micro vibrations that are further increased by the phones digital image stabilization not knowing what to do. That’s normal though as digital stabilization has always been poor mounted on tripods and solid objects.

GoPro is definitely worth it. I bought an HD Hero 2 on eBay last year, partially cuz cheap and also for a big part of nostalgia. The vibrations aren’t too bad with the ultra wide angle lens. Most the footage I get is clear.
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Old 04-17-21, 10:47 PM
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I got a used Apeman a80 for 10 CAD. I wish I had two so I could record the rearview as well. I've had dashcam and rear view cam in my truck for years and leave them running 24/7. With all the maniacs out there you can't be too careful.
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Old 04-18-21, 09:30 AM
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The Rylo & GoPro 7 and up have terrific on-board stabilization. I use them to get on-bike views of BMX racing.

I actually love the Rylo camera, though its software is painful. Strangely, they stopped making the camera to become a software company.

I'm not sure I'd use them to attempt to record a whole ride though - battery life and file size being my big problem. Just filming the 9 sub-1min heats at a BMX race for 3 racers ends up with quite a lot to deal with.
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Old 04-18-21, 09:42 AM
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I don't think any camera in the market now can last 2-3 hrs of battery life and storage space. Unless it's a short commute to work. I'm buying a 360 camera for the fun of it. But seeing this thread I realized I can also use it for my weekly ride to work.
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Old 04-18-21, 05:38 PM
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If you need longer battery life get a camera that can be plugged in and charge while it's being used. My camera has a waterproof case. To connect the charger I have to take it out of the case and then there's nothing to mount it to the handlebars.

Another camera I saw was "water resistant". That one has no case. You just bolt the camera to the handlebar and then you can plug in the USB charger while it's running.

I use this battery to power the led bar and tail lights on my bike. And with the inverter I can charge my phone, Bluetooth, even a laptop.

This is an old AGM battery. It's 12 amp hours and weighs about 8 pounds. The new lithium batteries you can get the same number of usable amps with 1/4 the weight.
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Old 04-18-21, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by homeless in ca. View Post
If you need longer battery life get a camera that can be plugged in and charge while it's being used. My camera has a waterproof case. To connect the charger I have to take it out of the case and then there's nothing to mount it to the handlebars.

Another camera I saw was "water resistant". That one has no case. You just bolt the camera to the handlebar and then you can plug in the USB charger while it's running.

I use this battery to power the led bar and tail lights on my bike. And with the inverter I can charge my phone, Bluetooth, even a laptop.

This is an old AGM battery. It's 12 amp hours and weighs about 8 pounds. The new lithium batteries you can get the same number of usable amps with 1/4 the weight.
Outdated, inefficient, and high maintenence. Also doesn't hold a charge for long. Just get a regular USB powerbank, you can even get one with a little solar panel on top if you want. Most the new gopros can run off USB power and there's little toptube bags with earphone holes that would be perfect to hold one out of the sunlight heat and run to the camera.

I still have an old 2500mah opteka from 2013 I leave in the window when I not using so it always ready.
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Old 04-18-21, 11:39 PM
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Outdated, inefficient, and high maintenence. Also doesn't hold a charge for long.
My battery works fine. If they die it's usually the fault of someone for not charging them or abusing the batteries.


Originally Posted by NeedARealBike View Post
Just get a regular USB powerbank,
Most power banks only give you about 15-30 watts of power. That's enough for a camera or to charge a phone but not much more. With a battery I can run 30 watts of lighting and charge all of my gadgets at the same time.
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