Introduction: 5 Minute Camera Handlebar Mount
First, here’s why it’s cool. Filming from your bike opens up a new frame for discovery. I am building an electric bike, and I can use this to film my rides so I don’t have to try and steer, brake, shift gears, operate the throttle, and hold a camera. This usually results in shaky footage and the occasional biking accident. This system is very robust, so you get minimal vibrations. It’s very fun to go on a bike ride, film the entire thing, and then speed up the footage and have an awesome time lapse.
This mount works with any camera that has a hole in the bottom to screw on a tripod. The way it works is you have a pipe (band) clamp with a bolt going through it. The bolt screws into the hole in the camera and the pipe clamp tightens onto the handlebars.
Step 1: Here’s What You Need
You need the following items:
1. 1/4” bolt or machine screw, 1/2” long (it can be cut shorter, be sure it fits the hole in the bottom of your camera)
2. Large washer
3. Pipe clamp that fits around your handlebars (mine is about 13cm long)
You need the following tools:
1. 1/4” drill bit
2. Electric dril
3. Screwdriver or wrench to tighten your machine screw and the pipe clamp
Step 2: Preparing the Parts
First, get your machine screw or bolt that fits into the camera’s tripod hole. This will need to be long enough to screw into the camera, but not so long that it reaches the end of the hole. I had to cut mine about half an inch long.
Next, get your pipe clamp, drill, and 1/4” drill bit. Drill a hole through the clamp near the middle of it. Then make sure your bolt can fit through. Mine fit, but you may need to widen it with a larger drill bit or a file.
Step 3: Assembly
The image shows an expanded view of how it goes together. The bolt goes through the pipe clamp, the washer is on the outside, and then it screw into the camera. The washer makes the camera more stable by providing a flat surface for it to sit on.
Step 4: Attaching It to Your Bike
After the bolt is screwed into the camera, you can tighten the pipe clamp onto your handlebars. You will have to undo the pipe clamp all the way to get it on. If the head of the bolt is scraping your handlebars, a small piece of black electrical tape can be placed under to prevent scraping, and if your handlebars are black it’s hard to notice the tape. The closer you place it to the centre, the less it will turn back and forth. Unfortunately I already have other stuff on my handlebars so mine had to go more towards the end. The difference shouldn’t be very noticeable though.