Gear used for this little outing:
Colorado in the fall is fantastic. The temperatures are perfect for riding, the trails are usually in good shape with occasional moisture and most importantly, the aspen trees are blazing! Ripping ribbons of singletrack with blue skies and golden leaves is a highlight of the year.
This morning I decided to take a quick cruise around the West Magnolia trails near Nederland, CO and play with some bike-mounted camera options. Having never shots stills from the bike, I figured now is as good a time as any. It was a fun experiment and is even more fun to share the results with you all.
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Photo-heavies like Ian Hylands and John Gibson have been doing this stuff for years, and I have a new appreciation for what they do. Strapping my camera and lens to the bike was a little nerve-racking, but it turned out just fine. The keepers are in the gallery linked below with some gear explanations below the photograph.
Canon EOS 5D
Canon 15mm fisheye
RAM Mount set up - This one in particular
Articulating clamp arm for a drum kit (Similar to this but with more adjustment
...support your local music store) with a tripod arm incorporated. This same setup was used for the Trek Session POV with GoProNotes and experiences:
- I went ghetto style and just used the 10-second self timer on the camera. I could count down and get up to speed and be where I wanted to be fairly easily. For "legit" shots like Ian or Gibby, a remote trigger would be incredibly useful.
- The clamps all did their job just fine and the weakest link was the camera's tripod mount. Only once (but that was enough), the camera spun loose and was dangling (see photo 8 in the gallery). I'll be investigating ways to prevent this in the future.
- It was fun and I wore the Autumn-themed Vans on purpose...come on, they're sick!Disclaimer:
- If you don't want to risk destroying your camera, don't do this. If you wreck your camera, guess what...it's your fault!
- Be careful where you clamp these gadgets to your bike. Some of the tubes (most anything on the frame) are not made for high clamping forces. Just be smart and don't expect anyone to warranty or fix your bike because you were an idiot.