GoPro handlebar mount…you get what you pay for.

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.

gopro mount broken

^^ Vendor: wetech-batteries  from China. Don’t waste your money on this one! ^^

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^ taken with the GoPro mounted upside down on my husband’s handlebars^

A Hard Climb’s Reward

I just bought an original watercolour painting on ebay to add to my collection. I usually only blog about my paintings at artiboughtonebay.wordpress.com but this painting equally applies here to my cycling passion. I’m not a racer so most of the works in this collection didn’t “speak” to me but what cyclist doesn’t appreciate a nice descent after a long hard climb?

“A Hard Climb’s Reward” by Greig Leach is one in a series depicting the 2013 Giro d’Italia race. To see other paintings in the series visit the artist’s blog. http://theartofcycling.blogspot.ca/ Each post include a link to the ebay listing for that painting.

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