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GoPro advice sought

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  1. dessert rat
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    Calling all Go Pro owners

    After sitting glowering at me from the far corner of my desk for over 14 months, I've decided I shall be intimidated by the bewildering array of fixings and overly thick instruction book no longer - the GoPro will submit to my will (or go on ebay).

    Annoyingly, despite having fixings to fix to seemingly just about everything, there isn’t a bike mount. So before I pluck one at random from ebay, are there any types I should look for ?

    I've already got helmet mounted light, so I'd rather avoid sticking it up there, but also due to having crosstop brake levers, bar real-estate is at a premium.

    • Is helmet mounted better than bar mounted ?
    • Is fork vibration better/less-bad than head wobble ?
    • Could I hang it off the bottom of the drops ?
    • Can you get a garmin type 90degs twist on/off mount ?

    Any pearls of wisdom much appreciated.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. Frenchy
    Member

    Not a GoPro owner, but I prefer my camera on the handlebars. Head wobble isn't really an issue, and it is occasionally nice to be able to easily point the camera in a particular direction, but I don't like the weight of it.

    I somehow initially misunderstood your third question as asking if you could mount a camera on your axle. The answer to this question is yes, but it's kinda expensive: http://www.nut-r.co.uk/products1/index Edinburgh-based company, too. Full disclosure, I once got very drunk with the guy behind it.

    The answer to your actual third question is also yes...but I have no idea where to find the right mount. Sonsofthewind has cameras on his drops (and everywhere else on his bike): http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02920/TD2_2920804b.jpg

    Posted 5 years ago #
  3. acsimpson
    Member

    I have a couple of k-edge mounts which aren't cheap but do reduce vibration. They are even fidlier than pgo-pro mounts to use though so don't solve the quick release issue.

    I don't use my go-pro a lot for exactly the reason that it isn't quick release but too easily released to leave on the bike.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  4. Rob
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  5. dougal
    Member

    I also misread #3 and wondered what kind of view a camera mounted 'neath the bottom bracket would have.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  6. nevelbell
    Member

    @Iain McR - I use a gopro session

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/GoPro-CHDHS-102-SE-HERO-Session-Camera/dp/B01BVACUZK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489400926&sr=8-1&keywords=gopro+sessions

    and a hero 3+. For recoding commutes, the session is by far the most convenient. I use a k-edge mount copy to mount to the bars:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goliton%C2%AE-bicycle-Motorcycle-Aluminum-Handlebar/dp/B00FS7WOFY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1489400974&sr=8-2&keywords=gopro+mount+bar+mount

    It clicks easy into it's mount way easier than the 3+ AND it has one big button for on and off, so even with big gloves on, you can operate it.

    The only thing to bear in mind with gopro session is that over time the battery will degrade and on cold mornings, charge dramatically decreases, about 40 minutes use.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  7. minus six
    Member

    i use this mount

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/k-edge-go-big-gopro-handlebar-mount-pro-version/

    it seems to have gone up in price quite steeply, but its a great mount.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  8. morepathsplease
    Member

    I've not been out on the bike much in the past year. Not felt the motivation and I don't know why although I think, in part at least, I've got sick of the aggro - even if a lot of that is perceived/in my head.

    I have been thinking that getting a camera would at least help me to relax somewhat knowing that any incidents would not have to be responded to in the heat of the moment and reading the close pass thread has given me a bit of confidence in the reporting process so I wonder if anyone would have updated information/suggestions/recommendations with regards to suitable kit?

    I don't have a budget yet but, whilst not Rockefeller, am lucky enough to have a bit of surplus to splurge since lockdown. The kit would be mounted on a road bike which does not have a pannier rack.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. dessert rat
    Member

    The go-pro in the original post eventually got ebayed - but recently buoyed mostly by CyclingMikey & EdCycleCam I am thinking of having another go.

    I think one of those back-to-back (above & below ?) out in front mounts might be the ticket. I pretty much always have a garmin type thing on. Although none the wiser on cameras.

    Why isn't there a cam system available with heads on wires/brackets that can be pointed fore and aft, with a centralised battery and storage device ??That would be just dandy.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. morepathsplease
    Member

    Thanks Iain. Came across this review after posting, might look at the dual-lens camera - would be another reason to wear a helmet I suppose.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. amir
    Member

    Another Gopro mount question. I usually use a very simple handlebar mount but for cycle touring the bar bag gets in the way. I'm not wearing a helmet for the next tour (Netherlands, would look weird), so main mounting options would be on the drops or a chest mount. Any views which might be better?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  12. amir
    Member

    Or perhaps an adhesive mount to stick to the bar bag?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  13. ejstubbs
    Member

    Chest mount is always preferable to handlebar mount in my opinion - more stable than handlebars which inevitably have a bit of wobble, and a better viewpoint being that bit higher. If you'll be wearing a rucksack or hydration pack then you can get mounts that attach to one of the straps with a wrap-around velcro arrangement. If you'll be otherwise unencumbered then chest harnesses are available.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  14. neddie
    Member

    Or a headband arrangement would work. If you want to wear a cap, just buy a cheap one and cut a hole to stick the camera through - I've seen this done before.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  15. mercury1and2
    Member

    I have gopro 7 which is used as a chest mount- you dont get constant head movement etc at lights- I have a chili tech camera for handlebars as well - all doable to film and record.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  16. ejstubbs
    Member

    @neddie: I have a strong aversion to head/helmet mounted cameras, for the reasons outlined by mercury1and2. It's not only at the lights that you get wobbly video, either: every time you do a shoulder check, look down at your computer, gawp at the attractive human being on the pavement etc etc, it's like The Blair Witch Project all over again*.

    * For clarity, I would not regard that as a good thing. Once was bad enough...

    Posted 1 month ago #
  17. amir
    Member

    Thanks all. Following input from edinburgh87, I have bought a cheap fitting with rotating head, and will try this on the drops and other places. I may end up getting a chest mount but am feart of looking even more alien in the Netherlands.

    Posted 1 month ago #

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