Introduction: Fly6 Gen 3 Clip Strap
What I have is not the Cycliq fly6 camera light but rather an almost carbon copy. This was for sale in Aldi UK/Ireland a few months ago and from what I have read is practically the same. Even the flaky Velcro strap which seems to be more suitable if leaving the camera strapped to the seat post but not really usable for on/off action everyday which is what most people will be doing with the camera. I was immediately disappointed by the strap and know from having Velcro as a fastener or strap will wear out pretty quickly. So looked at an alternative, my first idea was to tie an old bike light back to the camera and then be able to clip on/off like the old bike light. This did not work as the camera shook too much. So it seems Cycliq had done the right research where the camera should be placed, as close as possible to the seat post. Implementing this idea seemed to need fine tuning.
Step 1: Find an Old Strap
For this you need to find a spare clip strap, similar to the one in the photo. This I got off an old rucksack where the shoulder straps were gone so didn't matter cutting this off one of the pouch pockets. They always seem to be on the shoulder straps of backpacks, a chest strap to keep the bag firm on your back. Anyway that is one location you could get one.
Step 2: Gather the Rest of Your Tools and Supplies to Complete the Bracket
- Strap cut from bag or other source
- thread and needle
- safety pins
- Aeroseat pole fitting (not pictured but comes with bike camera)
- cable ties
Step 3: Insert Open End of Strap Through Hole of Camera
Although pictured here I am using the old bicycle tube to give the strap grip for around the seat post. It does not work I found out later and then came up with using the Aeroseat pole fitting attachment. Loop through the clip and fold over the strap.
Step 4: Start Sewing
Thread the needle, make a knot at the start of the folded over strap. Then push the needle through the folded over strap, then pull the needle fully through along with the thread til its tight and loop back the needle through a new hole almost beside the hole it came through. You will continue this process until you have gone across the whole folded over strap. Once at the end you could make a knot and finish but I went back again to the other end where I started to create a double stitch.
I am no expert with sewing and what you see is about as much skill as I have with it after learning how to sew a button a lifetime ago in school.
Step 5: Cable Tie the Aeroseat Pole Fitting
With the hard part over its onto the bike. On the seat post cable tie the Aeroseat pole fitting and cut the excess cable when finished.
Step 6: Clip on the Camera Light Around the Seat Post
With the camera light strapped around the seat post you will need to pull the strap tight to have the camera light
firm up against the seat post and not to be shaking while cycling. Once you think its tight enough clip off the camera light.
Step 7: Tighten Strap a Little Bit and Fasten With Safety Pin
With the camera light off the bike, you want to adjust the strap just a little tighter so the camera is really firm. Once
adjusted use the safety pins to keep the strap in position and not to slide loose. The strap clips I had would go loose but maybe you can source better clips and not need this step. Use two pins for extra security.
Step 8: You're Done
Strap the camera light back on the seat post and it should be very tight and stable. The Aeroseat pole fitting is flexible so will give a little when clipping in. Now you can easily clip on and off the camera light without having to keep tightening or adjusting with the Velcro straps.
If not so confident that the plastic clip will hold, you could loop a shoe lace or something similar through the same hole as the strap to make a tether to the bike in case the strap adapter breaks, at least the camera light won't drop onto the road.
I have used the above for over a week now with no problems.
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