Introduction: EASY Bike Handlebar/Fork Mount [UPDATED]

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Hi everybody!
In this i'ble I will show you how to make by yourself two super easy, strong, practical and very cheap bicycle mounts for your cameras.

The full project costs less than 2€ (actually I spent 0€ because I already had a useless bike bell and an unused mini tripod) and it's very fast (I made it in less than 10 minutes).

Althought it's a very easy project, I took some photos so you can understand better the full process.

This mount allows you to set your compact/action camera on your handlebar, on both fork, and also on your bike's frame (where the tube is not too big).

Since the seatpost tube is inclined backwards, this mount doesn't work for it... But don't worry! I made another mount! ;) Go to check it! It's easy, strong and cheap too.


So...LET'S START!! We are losing too much time speaking!! :P

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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MATERIALS:
-cheap mini tripod camera stand (last year I bought two of them for 1€)
-bicycle bell (new, used or broken it's the same)
-4cm x 2mm screw (better if your screw doesn't have a flat head! I'll substitute it)
-relative nut
-2,5cm washer (with the inner hole a little bigger than your nut) see picture

TOOLS:
-file
-caliber
-hacksaw
-nippers
-wrench
-screwdriver
-sand paper

Step 2: The Mini Tripod

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Dismount it!!
Open the tripod legs and carefully unscrew the screw without break or ruin the head of your tripod.

We need only the tripod head and that rubber nut (important because it will prevent camera shaking).

Save the tiny screw and keep the tripod legs for another future cool project ;)

Step 3: The Bicycle Bell - 1st Possibility

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We are gonna need just the base of the bell so what you have to do is simply dismount, break, saw, and sand the handlebar grip.

Once you obtain something like what you can see in (photo#3), you can go to the next step!

Step 4: Assemble Your Camera Stand

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In order to assemble everything, start with your handlebar grip.

Insert the screw. (I'll substitute this flat head screw, with a normal head screw to let in enter in its apposite hole. I used this one because I didn't find another one)

Add the second nut.
NOTE: As you can see in (photo#2) my bicycle bell's base has already a tiny square nut, but I decided to add another nut on the top of it to make everything a little sturdier and stronger.

Finally add the washer, and the mini tripod's head!

Step 5: The Bicycle Bell - 2nd Possibility

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You can also build this mount in another way!

After dismounting your bike bell, you can break just the "plastic pin" (photo#1) and sand the round surface.

Than drill a hole in the center of the flat and round base, insert a short screw from the bottom, and add the nut on the top.

Now you can screw on the tripod's head till it's sturdy enough.

In this way, you just need to mount it tightening the black screw without touching the other one.

Step 6: Screw on ANY CAMERA

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Now you have to screw everything on your bike's handlebar/frame/forks.

Here you can see how it appears with my compact and action cameras. It's very sturdy and it prevent at 98% the shaking of images.

GoPro tip: If you have a GoPro, you just need to screw a Tripod Mount Adapter instead of the Mini Tripod's heads, and to enlarge the screw's holes to use a 1/4" screw (instead of the normal ones that I used in this project).

Step 7: Finish!! Have Fun and Film Your Bicycle's Rides

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Well done! Screw on any of your cameras and go out for a formidable (and filmed) ride!

These are cool mounts that allow you to film your rides from different point of views.
The best places to mount them are: the handlebar, the front fork (photo#2), and the rear fork (photo#3). But you can also mount it on your bike's frame if the tube is not too big.

Obviously, when you use your DIY Camera Mount in all of these 3 options, you can set the camera facing forward or backward, up or down! (All movements made possible thanks to the mini tripod's head)

In order to make it sturdier and steadier I suggest you to add a piece of bike tire (photo#4) between the camera mount and the bike's frame.

As I said in the intro, since the seatpost tube is inclined backwards, this mount doesn't work for it... But don't worry! I made another mount! ;)go to check it! It's easy and cheap too.

Thank you for reading my Instructables. ;)
Feel free to comment and ask if you need to know something!

manuelmasc

Comments

fullclip765 (author)2016-04-25

cool

manuelmasc (author)fullclip7652016-04-26

thank you!!

ReddySV (author)2014-04-07

Thanks a lot. I would try this.

manuelmasc (author)ReddySV2014-04-07

thanks to you ;) if you have any question feel free to ask me anything

LeeG (author)2014-04-03

Great idea as the mini tripods are not of much use and i have a spare light bracket that should do an even more sturdy job. Thanks.

manuelmasc (author)LeeG2014-04-03

yes of course! i did another support with a light bracket and it's strong and sturdy too ;)

LukeTheJoker (author)2014-03-30

Great work, a cool simple yet effective idea!

manuelmasc (author)LukeTheJoker2014-03-31

thanks @LukeTheJoker!! ;)

andrea biffi (author)2014-03-29

Very effective project!

manuelmasc (author)andrea biffi2014-03-30

thanks very much @andrea! ;)

Uncle Kudzu (author)2014-03-28

Simple and cheap. And the instructable is so well illustrated. Good Stuff! I've seen those little tripods at the dollar stores (US).

Is that some kind of front suspension on you bike?

manuelmasc (author)Uncle Kudzu2014-03-28

First of all thanks @Uncle Kudzu! I hope so since it's my first instructable! ;)

Yes, that little tripods are very cheap (as the entire project).

And no.. my bike it's a citybike "old style" so it hasn't any kind of suspensions! But in the videos there are no shaking problems because this mount is very sturdy and strong as i said. (2% of shaking if i had to be honest) :P

By the way I made another support for my Mountain Bike (which has the suspension) and there really you will have 0% of shaking problems.

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