Picture of The Hands Free Bicycle Camera Tripod
I like to ride my bicycle. I also like photography. Combining photography and bicycles doesn't always work though. If you don't have any large pockets in your clothing you have the problem of storing your camera when you aren't taking pictures. Taking pictures while biking doesn't always work either if you don't want to stop your bike, take your bulky camera out of your oversized pocket, turn the camera on, take the picture, and resecure you camera in your pocket.

I thought about these problems and came up with the perfect solution, the Bicycle Camera Tripod...
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Step 1: Get Your Supplies

Picture of Get Your Supplies
To make a Camera Tripod for your bicycle, you will need a few parts. All of them are pretty low cost. You probably already have most of the supplies.

-Bicycle- You probably already have one of these, especially if you're reading this Instructable.
-Camera- The key to making this project work is for your camera to have a place that you can screw onto a tripod.
-Small Tripod- The tripod I used came with a toy telescope that I found in the toy section of a discount clothing store (Marshalls, TJ Max, etc. I forget which one I got it from). The telescope is completely useless for looking at stuff, but the tripod that the telescope was attached to was very useful for this project. It stands about a foot tall and is easily adjustable. The telescope/tripod cost me about $5.00.
-Zip Ties- I used these to attach the tripod to the bicycle.
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gear-guy5 years ago
i might do this at some point. it probably wont secure a dslr it would be useless.
i made one like this and it secured my fuji dslr ! but i wouldnt ride with it as its usually raining and i didnt want to destroy my good camera so now i used glasses with a camera in recording to a sd card
the problem is more the fact it's my dads camera, and the lens is worth more than i earn in a year or two.
Thats why i dont use my camera ! im afraid of me crashing and breaking it ! id be lost without my dslr !

although i could do what i do in my dads van ! 

a netbook and a webcam
a cheap bridge camera may have the same quality as a dslr in this situation, it would be lighter and wouldnt matter as much if it got broken
A even cheaper 3 mp sony camera etc would be better Its easier to take off and compact enough so when you take it off your bike (so it doesnt get stolen) itll fit in your bag without being noticed!
Why not just buy a GoPro and a handle bar mount? or one of these

I'm not trying to slam your idea, but I have a GoPro with the handle bar mount, and you get absolutely no shake, and thats when I am downhilling.

If you are on a Mac, it will automatically take the vibration out in iMovie
Hexpigge5 years ago
Im not sure about zip ties :D... I mean, I dont find it really safe...
nix785 years ago
 You can also remove the "jumps" caused by the vibration and sharp movements of the handlebar by post-processing the video: I recommend DeShaker, which is a plugin for VirtualDub. The video below was processed with DS, and I am pretty pleased with the results:

Notes: the video is a bit zoomed in so that the black fram is not that annoying, and the source video was 320*200 px, not the HQ version.
gisagisa5 years ago
I guess if you remove the sound, it will be a very softer experience watching the video. ;)
bachterman5 years ago
if you can put a counterweight on the hanging parts, and can manage that the tripod can tilt, you can have a cool steadicam effect.
DaveyHorse5 years ago
Thank you woofboy111! I also like both bicycling and photography, and its such a pain to stop and take the camera out of the bag and set up the camera, because by then youv'e missd the shot and stopped a whole lot of traffic. Ive wante one of these for several years, but never knew quite how to go about building one. Appreciate the tip!
theburn75 years ago
you have the same camera i and a bunch of other college students have, that thing is so cool with the shutter speed adjustments and stuff
gallatea5 years ago
My favorite part was watching your shadow riding the bike in the video. I like all the sounds that are captured. Great idea.
samwab6 years ago
I've been thinking about doing this for ages. Thats a pretty elegant, cheap and simple solution.
samwab6 years ago
How convenient, I have that exact tripod lying around. Strangely enough, mine only has 2 rubber feet too. Does it come like that?
dustyG6 years ago
i ride a bike,and i like to take photos too,i can't wait to put a tri-pod on my bike,thanks for the ideal,
i take it from the video, that the camera isnt very steady, but steady enough, or, you just cant ride straight.
jward926 years ago
thats not a suspension bridge...
woofboy111 (author)  jward926 years ago
Yes it is...
Not to be pedandic, but that's actually a cable-stayed bridge, because the cables from the bridge deck go straight to the towers. They were common in the rebuilding of Europe after WWII because they use less cable than a suspension bridge, and steel was scarce.
woofboy111 (author)  jstech6 years ago
I never knew that. I always thought that these bridges were suspension bridges, although a different type than the older suspension bridges. I didn't realize these bridges had a whole other name. Thanks for correcting me!
garvey16 years ago
Use a clamp mini tripod, $7 on ebay. Item number: 360079720619
Wow you have the same camera as me!
SuperMoo3326 years ago
nice, BTW I got the exact same model camera :P Canon A570 IS Powershot
Great Idea. If your reading this save yourself some time from viewing each step. All this instructable says is to zip tie a small tripod to your handle bars. Check out the last step where the results of the instructable are posted. Maybe a tilt / pan / leveling tripod would be a good one to mount.
Soupraok6 years ago
have you thought of adding a spring mech, to absorb the shock
Soupraok6 years ago
Good idea, nice work
2shane26 years ago
I had to go photograph about 40Km of road, every 300 meters or so I mounted a camera onto a steel tab I made up for my bicycle, and the vibration from the soon road killed it. Even relatively "flat" road shook it bad. I would like to advise that when mounting camera's to bicycles, that "GOOEY" mounts be used... Sort of like the big wallowing american cars in car chases from the 60's and 70's.... I'd suggest a frame or holder that allows about 2 or 3 inches of all around travel.... like screwing a bolt into the camera base, and then putting some soft foam into a plastic tube... and then slotting the bolt into the foam... so that all up and down and forwards / backwards frame shake is isolated from the camera. Really sloppy gooey long travel mounts.....
suggsugg6 years ago
nice instructable, good idea. I have the same camera too, it great
me too
Great idea! I've thought about doing this with a video camera.
error4046 years ago
nice idea, but me being the master of disaster I know if I left the tripod on the bars without the camera, I would end up taking an eye out on the vertical bolt. Just me trying to preempt my inevitable injury.
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
This gives me an idea for my quad
codykage6 years ago
great concept
jongscx6 years ago
Hmmm... Idea! mod the camera or set it to take pictures every so often of your trip... Then play it back as a high frequency slideshow...
theRIAA jongscx6 years ago
use CHDK!!! i use it on my a620, it's better than a $500 camera now.

and great photography
BOMBOMBOMB6 years ago
congrats on such a wonderful instructable. It's simple yet useful. Ive never rated any instructables but this is a perfect way to film my films :P Nato
AWESOME! Maybe if I can mod my video camera (it has no screw thing at the bottom) so I can put it in my bike. In the meantime though, I'll just use my digital camera. +1 vote. +1 rating.
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