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Old 12-24-11, 09:25 PM
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mounting video cameras on bike

I recently bought a Gp Pro video camera and have been testing it by mounting it on my bike and going for rides. Right now I have it mounted to my handle bars in about the middle. However, I after viewing the movies I make I never realized how much I move my handle bars when I ride. Even when I am riding straight. This makes for an unpleasant viewing experience.

Have you guys tried mounting the camera on the stem or on another part of the bike ?

Also, what about the chest rig that they make ?
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I have the helmet mount, I like the shots but it rattles. The best videos I have seen are from the chest mounts but every time I stop by the LBS and remember to look for it they are out...
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Old 12-24-11, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Surfer34 View Post
I recently bought a Gp Pro video camera and have been testing it by mounting it on my bike and going for rides. Right now I have it mounted to my handle bars in about the middle. However, I after viewing the movies I make I never realized how much I move my handle bars when I ride. Even when I am riding straight. This makes for an unpleasant viewing experience.

Have you guys tried mounting the camera on the stem or on another part of the bike ?

Also, what about the chest rig that they make ?
I bought the chest rig after experimenting with both the handlebar and helmet mount. The main problem with the handle bar and with the helmet mount is frame of reference, you can't tell what the purpose of the video is as the bike is completely out of frame. With the Chest mount some of the bike comes into frame giving a hint of what is going on, therefore the video becomes a little more interesting.
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Old 12-25-11, 12:13 AM
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I mounted my Contour cams on the frame, and I made sure that they were solidly mounted as to avoid as much video shake as possible. I can see my front wheel on my forward cam, and like the OP, I tend to move my front wheel considerably.
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Old 12-25-11, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
....With the Chest mount some of the bike comes into frame giving a hint of what is going on, therefore the video becomes a little more interesting.
I got a great shot of a high speed right hook just 4 feet in front of me this morning, although that there was only a small portion of my front wheel being shown, that was more than interesting enough for my tastes.
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Originally Posted by Surfer34 View Post

Have you guys tried mounting the camera on the stem or on another part of the bike ?
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Old 12-25-11, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by krustyone View Post
I have the helmet mount, I like the shots but it rattles. The best videos I have seen are from the chest mounts but every time I stop by the LBS and remember to look for it they are out...
I used to have a GoPro 960, it came with 2 stick-on mounts and a head strap.
I placed the head strap on my helmet and it seems solid

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Old 12-25-11, 12:14 PM
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I wish the Go Pro was better in low light situations.
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my digicam does video and has an anti-shake function (switchable) that works well.
tires and surface determine how much rattle you get. location also affects
the sound. on a windy day or riding fast the wind noise is LOUD, and no volume control. i put a strip of electrical tape over the mic holes and it helps a lot. doesn't cover up the horns, impact sounds, gun shots, or screams
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Old 12-25-11, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Surfer34 View Post
I wish the Go Pro was better in low light situations.
Which model do you have? According to GoPro, the HERO2 has better low light capabilities:

http://gopro.com/product-comparison-...-hero-cameras/

PRODUCT COMPARISON

= GoPro Exclusive Feature
HD HERO2 PROFESSIONAL HD HERO ORIGINAL HD HERO 960
MSRP $299.99 $199.99 $149.99
IMAGE QUALITY
Lens 2x Sharper Sharp Sharp
Low Light Professional Standard Standard
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I shot this today, its how I mount a GoPro to the bars/stem with ZipTies. It films steady and survived a crash that bent my left drop (which is noticeable in the video.) For example videos, check my youtube channel "Fixed Gear Motorpace" and "Traffic"


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Originally Posted by krustyone View Post
I have the helmet mount, I like the shots but it rattles. The best videos I have seen are from the chest mounts but every time I stop by the LBS and remember to look for it they are out...
Agreed. I tried the helmet mount and noticed that it does rock a bit when clipped in. I didn't think it was a problem until I heard the video. I knew instantly that the clicking sound was the camera rocking in the mount. The next time I do this, I will wedge some cardboard between the parts.

I chose the helmet mount specifically because it would show what I was looking at. Mounting it to the bike would not do that. If I am just riding along, you just see the scene as I saw it. However, sometimes I will look down to check the computer or the gearing. That is when you see the front wheel, the handlebars, my hands, etc.
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I have experimented with mounting both to the left side of my helmet so half of my head is in view, which gives an interesting view to say the least, but it does give a good frame of reference. When I mount it on the from of my helmet (Using the triple joint arm) so that the camera is sort of in front of my face blocking a little of my upper view, I get a good video of where I am going and situational awareness but you loose most of the frame of refernce of the bike. I would question perhaps mounting it on the head tube of the bike for a decent view.
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Old 12-31-11, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
Which model do you have? According to GoPro, the HERO2 has better low light capabilities:

I have the older model but I am considering getting the newer model. Do you have any experience with it in low light ? I will check youtube to see if its actually better.
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Originally Posted by xfive View Post
I shot this today, its how I mount a GoPro to the bars/stem with ZipTies. It films steady and survived a crash that bent my left drop (which is noticeable in the video.) For example videos, check my youtube channel "Fixed Gear Motorpace" and "Traffic"

nice video I saw on your channel too you like dubstep. I start my rides to Gemini "Blue" its gets me so pumped up,lol!
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Originally Posted by dnuzzomueller View Post
I have experimented with mounting both to the left side of my helmet so half of my head is in view, which gives an interesting view to say the least, but it does give a good frame of reference. When I mount it on the from of my helmet (Using the triple joint arm) so that the camera is sort of in front of my face blocking a little of my upper view, I get a good video of where I am going and situational awareness but you loose most of the frame of refernce of the bike. I would question perhaps mounting it on the head tube of the bike for a decent view.
Helmet mount, with a little point of reference (note the helmet visor):

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Since no one mentioned it yet, fork mounting


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfc...eature=channel


FORK MOUNTED CONTOURGPS CAM by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
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Go low with the Go Pro. Best shots we had were from the rear chain and seatstays, off the back of the seatpost. Front-facing is tough and the best spot we could get was off the side of the headtube, if your frame gives you enough space. Everything else off the handlebars or front fork gets pretty wobbly.
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whats a good place to mount it to get the angle ans shots of my riding partners and the scenery too. I want rolling shot of me and the guys i ride with and also have some of the foward shot too, like me riding just a few feet behind and t the left of him.
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whats a good place to mount it to get the angle ans shots of my riding partners and the scenery too. I want rolling shot of me and the guys i ride with and also have some of the foward shot too, like me riding just a few feet behind and t the left of him.
Helmet mount is probably the way to go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHn_w...eature=channel
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that Chile race --- is so wrong! so dangerous! those people were standing too close to the course and the freakin dog? who let that in there? my brain hurts from watching that. it could make a great olympic sport but with some safety provisions please!
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