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Road Mounting an action camera to handlebar

Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by Bram, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. Bram

    Bram Senior Member

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    A while back I bought a small action camera (at the Aldi) and I still haven't used it on my bike. On the web I see pretty sweet devices to mount the cam to the handlebar but there are so many to choose from.

    What kind of affordable device would you advice?
     
  2. SnyperAL

    SnyperAL Well-Known Member

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    Ram mounts are good, but pricy.

    Velcro / tape?
     
  3. Morten Wernersen

    Morten Wernersen Member

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    THE SMALL TEXT SAYS YOU'VE BOUGHT IT IN ALDI!!! :p

    I've thought about putting camera on my bike too, could be fun to rewatch your ride :)
     
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  4. Burke Wells

    Burke Wells Well-Known Member

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    I've thought about doing this in the past but have not yet. My plan was to rig up a solid way to mount my phone in an upright position on the stem to record video while riding. My biggest concern is that I'd kill myself whilst trying to impress myself. :D
     
  5. jimortality

    jimortality Well-Known Member

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    I quite fancy a go pro, have you seen them? A bit pricey though.
     
  6. PicoBp

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    GoPro is way overpriced, if you account its limitations. But this one got my interest. :)

     
  7. Frederic Schornstein

    Frederic Schornstein Active Member

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    I looked at that as well as I have a small cheap action camera. The supplied handlebar mount does not fit. I could use a the mount that would be glued to the stem. It has an adapter so it is only like 5mm thick, but it will be there forever. The nicest solution I found is a Garmin aero mount with a gopro/action cam adapter on the lower part. It doesn't add anything to the bike and basically unnoticeable with the camera off:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/garmin-cycling-combo-mount-for-edge-virb/

    There is also a DIY option, but not sure if you want to try that.
     
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  8. Bram

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    Thanks all. @Frederic Schornstein that would be a solution for me. Place it directly under the garmin. Wasn't aware of such a device. Bookmarked :)
     
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  9. Bram

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    Yes :) And it's a Rollei cam that actually produces a very good quality image :)

    I love the Aldi
     
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    BAM! Here it is

    20160717_151718.jpg 20160717_151725.jpg
     
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  12. Frederic Schornstein

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    Looks good. Let's see some footage :D
     
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  13. Gavin

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    @Bram did you follow same directions from video above? Are you happy it's secured well?
     
  14. Bram

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    Nope I bought the official mount from Garmin. Not really the do it yourself guy :)
     
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  15. Frederic Schornstein

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    Would be the same for me the prospect of ruining a 30€ Garmin mount and maybe crushing a 200€ action cam would make me go the extra 40€ route for sure :D
     
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  16. Burke Wells

    Burke Wells Well-Known Member

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    Here's what you get if you combine a cheap phone with a little wood and some rubber bands. :blush:
    01 Parts.jpg 02 Assembled.jpg 03 Right angle view.JPG 04 Seeing what the phone sees_.JPG

    Video is REALLY low-res (352x288 CIF) so the more you enlarge it, the worse it looks. Certainly far from Go-Pro quality and would be much better with a proper quality phone. But it was fun to do, cost me nothing and I enjoyed being able to mount it in such a way that I could capture current speed.

    Just a short clip from last night's ride. Road surface really makes a difference in vibration blur. First 30 seconds are on smoother pavement, then the road gets rougher. Fun downhill around the 2:50 mark. Speed shown is MPH, not KPH...

     
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  17. Gavin

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    10/10 for effort Burke :)
     
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