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This is a camera mount that uses the rear pocket of your cycling jersey.

The grey section (a piece of PVC pipe) slides tightly in the rear pocket of your jersey. The metal strip acts like a clip and secures the camera.
If your cycling technique is good and you're not sprinting, your pelvis is fairly stable and this simple device will produce surprisingly clear pictures. Provided that your cycling jersey fits well (= tight).

It costs almost nothing and weighs slightly more than a Mars bar.


*** UPDATE ****: now ready available at www.cameraclip.eu !!!
 
 
 
 
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Step 2: The PVC pipe


Picture 1
Measure the size of the pocket of your jersey. Cut the PVC pipe to the appropriate length and width so that it will fit firmly in the rear pocket. In general a length of 15 cm (5,9 inch) and width of 11 cm (4,3 inch) will be quite right. Note that due to the curvature, the largest part of the pocket is still available for stashing your goodies.

Picture 2
Smooth the edges of the pipe. Trim the pipe to a slender shape (optional).

rustytoy3 years ago
This could easily be converted into a solor panel holder for a usb charger. Phones and gps and such on those long rides.
zascecs4 years ago
Good idea.

Very useful for taking pictures of the hot cyclist behind you... 
 would be great in the large group rides such as five borough or ms rides where a photog on the side of the road is only going to capture a minute feeling of the bunch.
a good rider could position themselves  in many different groups of riders for some great dynamic shots.
i also am interested in a good rear-view video system for capturing cellphone or other dangerous  drivers as they pass.  They  kill so many local cyclist here and the law enforcement just chalks it off as an "accident"
Well, you could probably hook up a video camera attached to a small "T.V." sort of thing, such as an ipod, which would be on your handlebar. Then, you could see behind you, using this as a sort of "rear-view mirror." 
jridley zascecs4 years ago
Or you could, you know, use a rear view mirror.  There are dozens of models.

For video on the bike, I use one of the 640x480 video recorders that DealExtreme sells for $20.  They record to MicroSD, have decent video quality, and the whole camera weighs about 25 grams and is the size of your thumb.
could you post a link? I'm interested in getting one...
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.32022
Note that DealExtreme shipping is surface from Asia, and it is not uncommon for them to take 2 weeks or more to ship.  Don't order from them unless you're OK with waiting anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks.  If you want it faster, you can find them online in the US, just expect to pay more.
You can see sample video on youtube, search for MD80
Thanks! I just ordered it. I love Dealextreme, and I've dealt with them many times before. I've learned that patience is key when ordering from them.


rearview mirrors don't stay put enough to look through them without adjusting all the time,  sony globe ball 360 i am hopping will work. Be easy to  re make
One of the guys in nyc built a full size one using a prosumer  camera, it worked great . Was not small! Great 360 video from a bike. used a half globe plastic mirror.
i have a couple of those peanut cams, real nice for the money, but battery ,too small and  havent looked to see if a external source would power it while  it was filming. external batttery would be easy to build. Just mount them backwarrds, i use one of the hd digicams with AA batteries for my forward bike cam i have about 3 or 4 models.
i don't think any of the small video cams would come close to a decent non video digital set to sequential as the OP has done
 
Rearview mirrors are fine, you just need to find one that works.  I prefer a helmet mounted mirror, and I use the CycleAware Reflex.  I've been using one for about 20,000 miles now and it doesn't move unless I move it.   Bar mounted mirrors vibrate too much for me to be useful, don't provide enough view, and as you say, move around by themselves when you hit holes/etc.

You're right, the little video cameras do not have nearly the quality of stills that a camera like the OP uses would deliver.  However, it's two different purposes.  Those of us putting video cams on our bikes are usually using them to provide evidence the the police against reckless and aggressive drivers.
zascecs jridley4 years ago
Very true. 
bertus52x11 (author)  escapefromyonkers4 years ago
It is exactly for this purpose that I have built this device (plain landscapes can be boring). I have published the I'ble as soon as it showed results (but not the greatest pictures yet). In June I will be travelling through the Alps with some friends. Should result in a bunch of great pictures.

I'm not sure if an early warning system for dangerous drivers will work though. What is there to do, even if you see them on time?
Marsh4 years ago
 I like it!
I just wish there was an easy way to set a time-lapse or remote trigger.
bertus52x11 (author)  Marsh4 years ago
Time lapse nowadays is almost a "standard" feature on many compact pocket cameras. Remote trigger is something else indeed.
bighamms4 years ago
Very cool 'ible'.  I wasn't sure what the purpose of this was when i started looking through the pics (i didn't take the time to read the intro). But now that I know what it's used for, will definitely be making one of these. Great way to capture the moment.  r

sublingual4 years ago
I do a lot of city riding, especially during commutes. So this could also prove handy for documenting [expletive] rude drivers that don't realize that, according to the law, bike = vehicle.

I could even tune the pic interval to take aome number of pics over a shorter ride...
peterlonz4 years ago
Nicely done.

But I can't see the point, who needs random rear shots from a bike?
Surely if the subject material is worthy, you'd just stop & take a carefully composed manual shot.
Now if this could be converted into a rear-view, always on, camera - to view approaching traffic, that would be useful.

Peter O
bertus52x11 (author)  peterlonz4 years ago
Stopping to take pictures of landscapes is okay (though it breaks your ritme). Stopping to take pictures of your friends gives awfull "static" pictures.
The purpose of this device is to make "dynamic" pictures of your friends with the landscape in the background (say on holidays).
l8nite4 years ago
its a really good idea and very nicely done "ible"  One nice thing about digital cameras is it doesn't cost anything (or very little) to take 240 boring shots to get 10 interetsing ones
Wasagi4 years ago
 Great idea! 
BeanGolem4 years ago
 This would take some great time lapse.

Love it.
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