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Activities: Mountain


Page By: chaberton

Created/Edited: Sep 11, 2013 / Sep 12, 2013

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A ball really useful!

The GoPro is probably the best video equipment for athletes. But in case one is not able, or willing to spend four hundred euro to buy it?

In this short article, I intend to show you a possible alternative with good results and especially significant cost savings (about 50%), trying to use a compact digital camera that we have them all!

My attention is more focused on "how" and "where" to place the photo-video equipment.

Looking on the market the most appropriate tools to adapt the compact digital to our Mountain Bike.

The Compact Digital Camera

In my case I used a compact digital camera that I already owned.
A small unit of the cost of 90 euro with good performance, light weight and proven robustness.

Canon Power Shot A2300 HD

16 megapixels
28 mm wide-angle lens and 5x zoom
LCD 6.8 cm (2.7 ")
Smart Auto (32 scenes)
HD movies (720p) with button for video
digital IS

VIDEO: (HD) 1280 x 720, 25 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD (5, 2.5, 1.25 fps) or L (6, 3, 1.5 fps))
IFrame Movie (HD)

A normal (and economic) Digital Compact Camera.

How to make sympathetic the Mountain Bike and Camera?

In this case, the search was a little longer.

It was not easy to get at the same time features: versatility, lightness, strength.

After several unsuccessful attempts, and sometimes "Ridiculous," I managed to put together the pieces of the puzzle.

I only used accessories of a company well known in the photographic industry, specializing in easels and everything that can serve the cameraman or photographer (professional or amateur).

With a total expenditure of € 105, a final weight of 310 g (430 gr. With the camera), I got a versatile and robust to adapt to the frame of my Mountain Bike.

Mounted equipment.

What is the best location for the video shoot in Mtb?

I've tried pretty much all positions, coming to the conclusion that the most stable frame of Mtb are:

The steering column head and the seat holder.

This last allows for only three different positions:

- Front (great location if one wants to have in the background including bicycle)

- Side (annoying for the leg but very impressive)

-Rear (clear view videos with curious effect "type run."

Personally do not recommend mounting the camera:

-Helmet (you have to keep your head very still, otherwise the effects are normally expected is confusing.

-On the handlebar (the stresses are really too many, and also in this case, especially on rough uneven terrain, the continuous movement of the handlebar makes the video unwatchable.
The camera where I put it?

Test film

In this section, I'll post some videos that run on mountain trails with the camera positioned at various points of the Mountain Bike.

On the Steering Column:

On the Seat Holder "Front View"

On the Seat Holder "Lateral View"

On the Seat Holder "Rear View"

On the Helmet


The system can be installed quickly anywhere in the frame (takes up little space in your backpack).
The strong point is the ball head, which allows you to adjust the framing in a few moments.
The tightening of the terminals are robust and reliable!

With this article I do not think anything new to tell you, each of us since a long time (long before the invention of the GoPro) tried somehow to fix with pictures and videos of hisexperiences in Mtb.

"hard to reinvent the wheel"

I just hope that all of the pieces that I have tried, can somehow make it easier for shooting video and / or save you some Euros or U.S. Dollars.

GOOD Mtbvideo at all!


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VisentinHelmet cams


Voted 10/10

Nice article Roberto !
Seen this other article ? Other members already tested your invention, but with less sophisticated systems :D

Posted Sep 12, 2013 2:10 am

chabertonRe: Helmet cams


Hasn't voted

Thank you Eric.

Yes I've read the article and I took inspiration from him.
In effects one of the purposes (failed miserably) of my experiments, it was just to fix the digital to the helmet. The movie about you and Albert is the proof that it is the best location!

But I fear that to achieve similar results:

(1) I am bringing a powerful neck, stable and strong as that of an American Football player (it is more likely, at my age of fifty years, to bait me a hernia).

(2) alternatively ....... I buy the GoPro!
Posted Sep 12, 2013 7:07 am

RayMondoRe: Helmet cams


Voted 10/10

Italians are ingenious people. I learnt that at the Customer site in Italy. They were always breaking the machines, but always were able to repair them.

And of course, the wonderfully engineered Ferrari Engines.
Posted Sep 13, 2013 7:05 am

VisentinRe: Helmet cams


Voted 10/10

Fixing the camera to the helmet is not an easy task. During the previous experiment few years ago with the big camera, I really had to mind keeping my head flat, it was not reliable at all.
With the Gopro the problem was a bit different, I bought the standard support but after some time with the vibrations the support was moving due to straps getting loose. I found a solution with using stripes of old inner tubes:


The other problem is that holes of my current helmet were not matching the straps system so I took my old dodgy helmet (other reason, it is not easy to remove and put back, so better like this). But this old helmet does not fit very solidly to my head and tends to pitch on the side because of the camera weight, if I don't tighten the helmet straps at maximum under my chin (quite unpleasant) or remind to correct it regularly...
Posted Sep 13, 2013 10:37 am

chabertonRe: Helmet cams


Hasn't voted

Thank you Ray,
I really appreciate your comment.
Also because my wife is always complaining because I do not throw anything away!
But my philosophy is that, sooner or later, everything returns useful and can be reused (O:
Posted Sep 14, 2013 2:16 am

chabertonRe: Helmet cams


Hasn't voted

Eric certainly,
your system (fixed to the helmet) is much better than mine.
Just compare the two photographs (O:
Posted Sep 14, 2013 2:17 am

RayMondoRe: Helmet cams


Voted 10/10

Video with the camera on the seat. Wonderful place to ride. For the music, in such a magnificent place I would use something with grandeur.

I could also hear the brakes squealing. Sounds like the blocks have worn and need aligning "toe in", slightly. (At the front of the block, set closer to the rim), about 1mm.
Posted Sep 15, 2013 7:32 am



Hasn't voted

You're quite right Ray,
the brakes are to be realign, this year I demanded a bit too much from them.
Posted Sep 16, 2013 2:27 am

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