We installed the new GoPro handlebar mount on my hubby’s bike close to the handlebar stem. The basic mount would have the camera pointed to the side but comes with two additional pivot arms to get the camera facing in the direction you want.
With the camera mounted on the pivot arm the camera sits quite high. This is good because it helps get pics/video without the brake cables taking over the shot but bad because the greater the distance between the camera and the bike the greater the chance of vibration. Thankfully vibration wasn’t really an issue for me today because I was testing out the time lapse mode.
Overall impression: this mount is a much better design that the cheap one I purchased on ebay. It stays in place fairly well. The angle of the camera did have to be adjusted a few times as the joints will move slightly when the bike is subjected to major bumps or vibration. This is fine when the camera is mounted in the front but would be an issue if you had it mounted on your seat post facing backwards since you’d really have no way of knowing if the camera angle needed adjusting.
I’m pleased with the results of today’s shooting. I got some great shots. I put together a video called 60 km in 142 seconds. Check it out here
I’m still getting the hang of the GoPro camera. I don’t find the design intuitive. I’m always fumbling with the buttons hoping to press the right combination to get the setting I want. This shot of me was taken in photo burst mode. Sadly I thought I was putting it on time lapse. Imagine my disappointment to get home and find 3 photos just like this one instead of the 30 shots I wanted (each at 1 minute intervals). Oh well.. I’ll master it soon enough. Lots more rides in the future to experiment with.
I’ve been trying to get some creative cycling footage using the GoPro. I needed a tripod mount. Ebay had some for $5 but then I found a bicycle handlebar mount which included the tripod adapter for $9.00 (free shipping). This is not a GoPro product and a different design than the official GoPro handlebar mount but it looked like a decent design and the price was right.
The mount arrived and I quickly tried it out on a short 20 km ride. When mounted as described in the ebay listing the camera vibrated too much and the mount flopped over when subjected to too much vibration. The next day I mounted the camera upside down which resulted in more stability/less vibration and, because it was hanging down rather than sticking up, the flopping over was no longer a problem.
Shooting straight ahead wasn’t really an option because the brake cables would be in the shot. I put it on my husband’s bike and pointed the camera to the left so that I could get some footage of myself riding beside him. I was pleased with the results. Got some nice video and shots.
Too bad the mount broke part through the ride sending the camera and half the mount hurling to the ground. I heard of this happening before to someone who’s camera bounced in to the road and got run over by a transport truck (they never did find the blackbox i.e. memory card).
Suffice it to say…the design is flawed. The mount would be fine for something stationary such as a patio railing but it does not tolerate vibration well.