Friday, May 7, 2010

$1 Bike Mount and a Video

After seeing some videos posted over at Massive Mountain Biker, I decided I really wanted a bike camera. Even with the MD80's coming in at $30 shipped, I knew I already had a camera which could take video. So I came up with a way to mount my Kodak C613 on my bike.
The camera:


I went to Lowes (a hardware store) and bought a 1.5" long 1/4 inch wide screw, two nuts and two bolts for a total cost of $0.48. I then went to my local bike shop, dug around their rubbage bin to find a spare mount. Really, any mount would do, light, reflector, anything. I managed to find a broken bike computer mount for $0.50.

I drilled a small hole in the extended part of the mount, threaded the screw through, (surrounded by the nuts and bolts) and then tossed the whole device on the bike:



After that, I just screw the camera on (the camera has a screw hole for use with tripods). It is ugl and not the most secure thing in the world, but it works impressively well for under a buck.

So then, here is a video I made with this thing sitting on my bike. It leaves my house, shows the max speed I get on this ride (right at the start) then speeds up. I got off the bike a few times to verify the thing was still recording and it was doing great. Unfortunately, my batteries were dying, so I had to restart it a few times then I finally gave up as I made my way onto East/West Blvd. Enjoy!
video
Music: Any Given Day by Carbon Leaf

3 comments:

  1. Good job mate and so cheap as well excellent

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  2. wow that was so much better than photo's. First things that hit me were a) I heard your voice for the first time in many years & b) you cycle on the wrong side of the road - yeah I know the USA is all back to front like that but I kind of forget these things lol.

    Brilliant video, great idea and you've finally convinced the last percentage in me to get a vido cam for the bike too. Amazon here we come...

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  3. Haha, aye, scared the shit out of me when I first stepped foot over in England... could've sworn the bus was gonna get hit by oncoming traffic. Here's to hoping your camera has a higher resolution than mine!

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