Chest Mounted Camera Test

 

Chest Mount Test from James on Vimeo.

I have some mountain bike and gravel bike video with the camera mounted to the seat post and the handle bars. It’s very shaky. This video mounts the camera on a chest strap. The video is not bad with this system but obviously I can’t use the old Garmin Elite since it is cigar shaped. The video was taken at McAllister Park. I ran into a couple of guys from the Storm club which was convenient since I needed a reference. One thing about this chest mounted camera is trying to get the angle right. It’s hit or miss and can change as you ride so you have to keep track of it.

Strava map.

The bigger question is how do I mount the rear facing camera? The seat tube works ok on the road but I ride a hard tail and I don’t think it will work out on the trail. I like that view better as it shows the suffering on the riders face and we know cycling is about suffering, right? Anyone have any ideas? Oh, and can you guess the trail?

 

Camera Test Comparison

 

Camera Test Comparison from James on Vimeo.

I am using this blog to post my cycling videos but here I am again posting another video with no bikes! The reason is that I’m paranoid I’m going to lose something since I don’t have the hang of this yet. Time will make it easier, I know. ┬áThis is one more for me to practice on.

I have been asked several times what camera I’m using. My first video camera was the Garmin Verb Elite that I got back in 2014. It was originally attached to my seat post for a rear view but now that I have a new camera, it is on the front. The new one, a Garmin Verb Ultra 30 is now on the rear.

This video is a test of the stabilization of the two cameras. When I stand up during a climb the bike rocks back and forth. You can see it in the first part of the video with the old camera on the front. The second half of the video shows the new camera. When the bike is moving side to side the camera makes it look like the rear wheel is moving side to side instead and the picture is much more stable. Pretty cool! Just so you know, the camera and editor have many functions available, none of which I understand yet. I guess the challenge will be to see if an old dog can be taught new tricks. And in dog years I’m 441 years old. So give me a break…..