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Picture of DIY GoPro Versatile Mount - Easy and Cheap!
I call this the Versatile mount because... well... its probably the most versatile removable mount i have for my GoPro camera. The idea for this mount came from the fact that i wanted to mount my camera onto my bike in many different places. To do this i would usually need to buy a "handle bar/seat post mount" for small tubular sections of my bike frame and a "roll bar mount" for larger sections. This would cost $50 plus shipping to AUS!!! So i thought there had to be a cheaper and better way to make a mount that would allow me to attach my camera to almost any kind of tube or bar no matter what size or shape.

I came up with the simple solution of using a hose clamp as the fixing device as this would allow the mount to conform to any shape or profile tube/bar while still applying adequate force. To accommodate for larger or smaller diameters of tube all you need to do is get a larger or smaller hose clamp!

It cost me only $3 to make this but i bought the surf expansion pack ages ago for $20. So i suppose it's really $23.

This instructable is really only for Go Pro camera's but im sure you could use the principal of this design for any camera mount.

Here is the easy to follow video i made for this mount!
 
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Great Idea ...I basically did the same ...only my GoPro came in this Big Square transparent plastic case(almost like a display case ofsorts) and the bottom of the case has one of the Quick Release holders. I just cut that holder of using the trusty Dremel...added some foam rubber I had lying around from when I re-sealed the caravan and it works a treat for keeping the paint scratch-frree....I sometime mount my GoPro on the SUP Paddle and the hose clamp is way less intrusive that the normal bar clamps.....
Do you have any picture of the result?

I got the big square plate here. I see how this could be done, but I'd like to see how you've done yours. It would be a nice starting point.
fehlbergo (author)  EvilBunnySlipper3 years ago
Thanks. yeh i got the same base plate with the camera as well. unfortunately i lost mine... Apparently they make pretty good chest mounts tho. The rubber inner tube stops the surf mount from scratching the paint but the sharp metal ends of the hose clamp are the problem. Im thinking of just using a thin strip of rubber in between the hose clamp and whatever im attaching it too.
Hi, would you buy a Gopro camera again.?
i am going on a trip and wonder if it would be good for video and stills at various tourist places.
regards
colinColin30
fehlbergo (author)  colincolin302 years ago
For sure i would buy one again, especially since the GoPro2 has come out.
Im not sure its the best tourist camera tho, the fish eye is pretty extreme, especially with the photos. The only advantage with it for traveling is that you can take it anywhere without any worries and its small and easy to use ect.
The quality of photos and video is very good as well
thanks for the help.
Happy new year
Colin
Hi, would you buy a Gopro camera again.?
i am going on a trip and wonder if it would be good for video and stills at various tourist places.
regards
colinColin30
jooknon3 years ago
Great idea! I've been thinking about how to attach my GoPro to different things without buying the "correct" mount.

My only thought while reading this...someone buy this man a Dremel tool!
fehlbergo (author)  jooknon3 years ago
Thanks!
haha yeah a dremel would have been handy. Or even a fine copping saw.

You should note however that i recently tried to make this mount again but with the GoPro quick release buckle and it doesn't work. Im sure it would be possible somehow but it would be REALLY fiddly and difficult. There just isn't enough room on the mount like there is with the surf mount.