We’ve reviewed various action sports cameras in the past – and they’ve all got their merits – but the GoPro is by far the most popular of the lot.
The market leader promises quality footage, that is easy to download and share, all in an attractive package that isn’t too heavy or bulky – and of course it’s shrinking with every new addition.
There’s obviously not much point having your GoPro, and no way of attaching it to you or your bike – and mounts can sometimes be expensive if you buy them direct. You can get your GoPro as part of a package, but it is worth doing the maths to see if you could be better off getting your mounts from another brand selling on Amazon or eBay.
Cycling with a GoPro is popular, and there are a number of mounts available that will give you different angles. Here’s a few examples:
A standard helmet mount sticks to the front of your headgear. You can buy one from GoPro on Amazon for for £14.99.
The mount comes with 2 sets of sticky adhesive pads which attach it to the helmet. You can also get yourself more adhesive pads, in case you swap your helmet, and safety tethers to ensure your camera won’t go anywhere in the unlikely event the pad detaches – a set of five will set you back around £17.99.
Strap helmet mount
This is the one Andreas’ used when he filmed ‘5 of the greatest dangers facing cyclists in London‘.
It’s a convenient way to attach it to a helmet and keeps the position very tight, as long as you safely secure the straps down. You can buy it from Amazon for £13.95. In the picture the GoPro is shown without the case, but you’d normally be using it with the case attached. Cyclists tend to favour attaching the GoPro on their helmet, as it gets less vibration than your bicycle handlebars.
Helmet Mount – to catch your facial expressions
The ST-91 helmet mount says it’s designed for motorcycles, but the product description refers to bicycles as well. This mount comes with an adhesive surface for your helmet, and a curved extension. You can point the camera forward, for point of view shorts, but you can also turn it round to show what’s going on behind, and your reactions. This would be great for a video diary if you were touring, or to see the faces you pull on fast descents..
At £7.99, it’s fairly inexpensive and works with Go Pro Here 2 & 3 cameras.
One of the most popular choices for commuters who want to catch what’s going on around them, handlebar mounts give you footage from bike level.
The Duragadget handlebar mount is compatible with all existing Go Pro units, and attaches to the waterproof cover. The camera is able to swivel 180 degrees, so you can swing it round to show your reactions if need be, as well as side to side.
The clamp is adjustable, and fits bars around 1″ thick. It’s claimed it will will fit 99% of handlebars – and that includes the handlebars of prams and scooters as well as bikes, so unless you’re in the very unfortunate 1% you should be set. At £7.99 it won’t break the bank either.
If you want to record what is going on behind you, you’ll need a seatpost mount, and that means a much smaller clamp than a handlebar mount in most cases.
This micro2u seatpost mount will clamp anything from 1.9cm to 3.5cm. Of course seatposts vary depending on frame and design, but the average bike seat post is 2.1 – 2.7cm wide – so most bikes should be covered here, as should most handlebars – so this does give you a more versatile option.
This mount works with GoPro 1, 2 and 3 series cameras, and weighs 82kg. It comes with all the screw you need, and an inner rubber lining which will protect the bar you attach it to. At £9.97, this is a great option if you want to be able to swap your camera position from seatpost to bars, provided your handlebars are less than 2.7cm wide – otherwise, it’s great for a view of the road behind.
Do you use a different mount?
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