Introduction: Bike Mounted Camera

You have awesome bike skills, don't you? You can pedal faster than anyone, you carve with the best of them, dodge cars and pedestrians like some guy from the Matrix? Well, what are you going to do to show off. Surely you're not content to only amaze those people directly around you, you need to record your skills to share with a greater audience.

Step 1: Obtain the Proper Bike

This works for 1 inch threaded headsets, and best for old ten speeds turned into fixed gears, because thats where most of the threaded headsets are nowadays. Anyway, most of you riding fixed gears are the most eager to show off your skills.
Obtain a reflector mount for the threaded headset, you most likely have one already, and if not, they cost next to nothing.

Remove the reflector, if it had one, and bend it straight.

Note, most of the reflector mounts are aluminum, and do not like being bent. It won't be too strong, but it's not supporting a good deal of weight, so it will work well enough.

Step 2: Add the Camera Mount

A 1/4 inch bolt will hold your camera in place. Pretend its like a tripod, but with two wheels instead of three feet. One nut above and one bellow will keep it secure.

Step 3: Attach Camera

Screw your camera on. Sorry, no pictures, because this instructable involves my camera, i can't take any photos of it without lugging my bike into the bathroom for the mirror. Sorry, not going to take my beautiful bike into a filthy bathroom.

Step 4: Figure Out How to Take Photos, or Video While Ridding.

Your on your own here, its really the hardest part of this, trying to work out for to operate the camera at high speeds. If your lucky enough to have a remote, by all means use it.

Now, take some awesome pictures.

If you ride behind someone, your liable to get a lot of pictures of their ass. If its your girlfriend, it might not matter so much, but there are situations where it might be less favorable.

Step 5: Future Incarnation

Soon to be incorporated, Dollar store tripod. I'm going to try to figure out how to add some utility to this cheap little thing.

Comments

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chocolateface (author)2013-02-19

Don't you have a cellphone?

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Yates_94 (author)2009-03-21

i have got one of those olympus shockproof cameras, im not worried about the camera but is the mount fairly shockproof, i like going really fast over bumps and things!

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Jakfrost944 (author)2008-05-12

You could use a hand mirror.

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PetervG (author)2007-07-30

But what if the camera unscrews?

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then youre out one camera.

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nkk07 (author)2008-01-22

*wielding a chainsawinstead of phone* cut the cheap little legs off the tripod.
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8thDay (author)2008-01-17

do you get alot of vibration in your video?

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Eromanga (author)2007-08-23

I recently tried mounting a tripod on the front of my bike for making videos with one of the shockproof Olympus models. The main issue that came out of that is a smooth cycling surface is ideally desired (using an undampened camera on a dirt trail is too bumpy to view properly. The amount of vibration going to the camera has me retiscent in trying this with a less robust camera.

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TheBikemaniac (author)2007-06-03

If your shutter speed was from 30 to 60 would have a really neat speed effects, Try it out! :)

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TeacherOfTheWays (author)2007-04-18

Good job nice instructable! I also think you could mounted a video camera. So then you wouldent have to keep taking pictures. Great idea though!

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My still camera can take video, not great resolution, but at least i can take as long as i have space for. A friend of mine has a big DV camera mounted on his handlebars, but it jumps around like hell.

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