The blog post from late last week, The View from the Bottom Bracket, has had a fair bit of interest, so I thought I would explain how I managed it.
As I explained in that post, I was inspired by Tom Olesnevich, and thought I could give it a shot. I wasn’t going to mount my Canon 5D3 to the bike, but the GoPro is a little smaller and more robust, so it was the prime candidate.
When I was changing the bottom bracket, I realised there is a bit of a gap between the cranks and wondered if I could get the GoPro in there somehow. After a little mucking around, this is what I came up with using the handlebar mount.
Obviously, that isn’t the best shot of how I mounted it, but it gives you an idea of where it mounts. Now a few shots of how it mounts.
As you can see, it is actually bolted to the non drive side chain stay. You have to be a bit careful not to foul the front derailer cable when you do it. It is a bit tricky, but with some patience, you can get it in there. It is very difficult to tighten up the thumb screw that lets you tilt the camera. I found a screwdriver through the chainring helped, just don’t go crazy with the tension.
Once mounted, you must remember to tell the GoPro to record things upside down. 🙂
You can see the video in the post I mentioned earlier. Here are some photos that turned out quite well from that position.
I hope this helps others get some different shots out of their GoPro or Contour or what ever sports camera they have.