Best place to mount a video camera?

open topic, for anything cycling related.

Where do you mount your video camera?

Handlebars
8
20%
Helmet
10
24%
Chest mount
2
5%
Rear facing on seat post or frame
1
2%
Front facing on frame
1
2%
2cams, front and rear
10
24%
2cams, helmet and rear
4
10%
More than 2 cams (everywhere)
5
12%
 
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Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby bychosis » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:26 pm

I have a new GoPro and ordered some mounts (soon please mr postie). I was wondering where I should mount it as a safety camera. I will also use it as a recreational camera, mounted whereever my Steven Spielberg instincts determine when riding off road etc.

I have read much of the who uses a video camera thread which tends to lean towards camera reviews etc. Where is the best/safest location to provide the most effective footage in the event of an incident. I am limited to one camera at present and do not spend a lot of time on busy, narrow roads but do travel through a couple of busy roundabouts and intersections. I am yet to decide on chest, helmet or bike mount, front or rear as most effective.

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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby hannos » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:30 pm

I vited for "More than 2 cams (everywhere)" as an ideal response but this would depend on your budget more than anything.

personally I have a single GoPro and helmet mount it.
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby Lukeyboy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:35 pm

Top of helmet, side of helmet, chest, back, arms, top of handlebars, bottom of handlebars, on the drops, under the seat, on the stem, front, forward..... on the frame, under the frame, on the quick release...... that's all I have done :lol:

Safety wise I'd go for a helmet view for forwards/side views with one on the rear.
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby 15wilsonwu » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:30 pm

Lukeyboy wrote:Top of helmet, side of helmet, chest, back, arms, top of handlebars, bottom of handlebars, on the drops, under the seat, on the stem, front, forward..... on the frame, under the frame, on the quick release...... that's all I have done :lol:

Safety wise I'd go for a helmet view for forwards/side views with one on the rear.


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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby outnabike » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:00 pm

I have tried the front bar and it seems to pick up lots of road noise though the video is ok and vibrations didn't bother it.Top of the helmet ok if you want to look like a parrot, but it worked well there. I found the best spot to be on a bracket on the right hand side.
Mine took a bit of fitting as I had to purpose make a bracket to suite my helmet. I find that the position on the right brings the cam to almost eye level, and it is easier to turn on and off. Mine has a very quiet little sound upon activation and it is clear at this position. Probably depends on the shape of the cam really.
I doubt my helmet would ever pass the AUS standard though. Pity as it only 12 years old too..... love my helmet, it is great for is blackberry picking. :D
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby herzog » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:22 pm

For "action" type video, eg bombing down some singletrack, definitely go with chest mount. It gives the best perspective, and is relatively immune from vibration.

And for onroad cycling, you're probably looking more to use it as an "incident" camera. In this case, if you're only running 1 camera, I think helmet mount is the go.

Helmet mount allows you to turn to film driver's face, numberplate etc. It also shows you making headchecks etc when changing lanes, which could be critical in a police investigation of an incident.
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby Lukeyboy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:02 pm

15wilsonwu wrote:
Lukeyboy wrote:Top of helmet, side of helmet, chest, back, arms, top of handlebars, bottom of handlebars, on the drops, under the seat, on the stem, front, forward..... on the frame, under the frame, on the quick release...... that's all I have done :lol:

Safety wise I'd go for a helmet view for forwards/side views with one on the rear.


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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby GraemeL » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:26 am

Rear facing would be the most important, if you have two cameras then obviously its front and rear. I like having the cameras mounted low, I have mine mounted on the quick release of either the front or rear wheel, these give the best view/angle I feel and it also has some on the wheel in the shot which helps give some perspective.
You can find the mount in my DIY mounts, link in my sig.

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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby Farris » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:08 pm

I'd just like to add a warning here to people using or considering using the GoPro with the handlebar mount. I was riding my (road) bike a couple of weeks back and the handlebar mount snapped sending my new GoPro Hero3 crashing to the road, lucky for me it was early so no cars crushed the camera and aside from a few light scratches on the housing the GoPro continues to function. After this I did some research online and found that the original GoPro handlebar mount is subject to cracking and failing under stress and vibration particularly when used on road bikes. As a result I ordered two new mounts from an american company called K-Edge (link below) which arrived today via fedex less than a week after I had ordered them. The mounts are made from aluminium, are rock solid and come with a lifetime guarantee so well worth checking out.

I've now got the GoPro mounted and ready for tomorrow mornings ride.

http://www.acecosportgroup.com/shop/k-e ... ounts.html
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby ozzymac » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:48 pm

Farris wrote:I'd just like to add a warning here to people using or considering using the GoPro with the handlebar mount. I was riding my (road) bike a couple of weeks back and the handlebar mount snapped sending my new GoPro Hero3 crashing to the road, lucky for me it was early so no cars crushed the camera and aside from a few light scratches on the housing the GoPro continues to function. After this I did some research online and found that the original GoPro handlebar mount is subject to cracking and failing under stress and vibration particularly when used on road bikes. As a result I ordered two new mounts from an american company called K-Edge (link below) which arrived today via fedex less than a week after I had ordered them. The mounts are made from aluminium, are rock solid and come with a lifetime guarantee so well worth checking out.

I've now got the GoPro mounted and ready for tomorrow mornings ride.

http://www.acecosportgroup.com/shop/k-e ... ounts.html



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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby gretaboy » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:01 pm

GraemeL wrote:Rear facing would be the most important, if you have two cameras then obviously its front and rear. I like having the cameras mounted low, I have mine mounted on the quick release of either the front or rear wheel, these give the best view/angle I feel and it also has some on the wheel in the shot which helps give some perspective.
You can find the mount in my DIY mounts, link in my sig.

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I go rear facing also. I have a http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/cntry-au ... 4godwCwASQ mount and it sits just under the saddle. Nicely out of the way..only issue is if you want to run a saddlebag there.

This position gives a really good clear rear view recording location. You do pick up noise off the chain and road but I am not after the sound effects, more the video footage.

In time, when the budget allows I will be getting one for the front as well.
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby Farris » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:05 pm

Update : Since my last post I've had a chance to try out the K-edge GoPro mount and am very pleased with the results. The mount is rock solid and even on rough ground the GoPro didn't budge. Here's a link to a short clip from today's ride so you can see for yourself.

http://vimeo.com/57565005
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby GraemeL » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:52 am

gretaboy wrote:
GraemeL wrote:Rear facing would be the most important, if you have two cameras then obviously its front and rear. I like having the cameras mounted low, I have mine mounted on the quick release of either the front or rear wheel, these give the best view/angle I feel and it also has some on the wheel in the shot which helps give some perspective.
You can find the mount in my DIY mounts, link in my sig.

Graeme


I go rear facing also. I have a http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/cntry-au ... 4godwCwASQ mount and it sits just under the saddle. Nicely out of the way..only issue is if you want to run a saddlebag there.

This position gives a really good clear rear view recording location. You do pick up noise off the chain and road but I am not after the sound effects, more the video footage.

In time, when the budget allows I will be getting one for the front as well.


Having a single camera mounted on the rear gives good evidence in the event of an accident, the placement and movement of both the bike and the car can easily be seen along with any incidents that accur. Car swerving, close shaves, passenger throwing things, hanging out of the window ect.
facing forward, I feel you can see what is coming up and take steps to avoid a situation, but you cannot always see what is going on behind you.
If you are struck from behind it will capture the event and if it is a hit & run, a rear facing camera will capture a lot more than it would if mounted on a helmet, bars etc.

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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby bychosis » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:07 am

Thread dig/revisit. For my 'safety/incident' camera use, after using the GoPro mostly front bar mount for a while I have tried the rear mount option ear the last week. This was largely in response to a number of hit from behind videos in the MM thread. After looking at the footage from a close-ish shave and then not-very-close left hook from yesterday I think I'll be going back to front mount for the majority of my rides.

There is one section I regularly ride where there is a higher risk of hit from behind, and very low risk of getting pulled out in front of so the camera will probably be rear mounted there. Otherwise the risk mainly comes from being pulled out in front of, or cutting me off so a front view is more valuable for those.
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby Oxford » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:28 pm

Just saw the thread dig and thought I'd also post. At the time of my accident in 2011, I had 3 DVRs (and voted in the poll for 2+), rear facing, handlebar mounted and helmet mounted. They ewre invaluable in maintaining what actually happened over and above what the witnesses claimed happened. Particularly rearward which included vision of my rotating rear wheel and that the roads were relatively quiet and clear. Forward and rear showed my lane positioning, unfortunately the helmet camera footage was corrupted during the accident which is why I feel more than one camera is necessary as a redundancy measure.
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby Oxford » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:10 pm

Also posted here about "calibrating" rear view cameras, in my case a Fly6:

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=37405&p=1148823#p1148823
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Re: Best place to mount a video camera?

Postby AUbicycles » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:43 pm

If you have 1 camera, the decision is between the rear (mounted on the seat post - or for a tiny cam, potentially on the seat stay) or on the handlebar. This provides stability and context compared to a helmet or chest mounted cam which will provide more stable footage.

Unfortunately an accident can be in front (left turn across your path) or come from behind - not sure what may more more frequest - so the cheap mobius which is mentioned in the Video Camera thread may be the solution.
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