Day 19: Flip Video handlebar mount

22 01 2010

Last summer, Carrick gave me a Flip Video camera for my birthday. I take it everywhere. When I go out for a ride I always have my Flip and a small pocket-size digital camera with me (usually in my jersey pockets or in my handlebar bag). On one ride through a low-traffic neighborhood last summer, I tried shooting a video by holding the camera in one hand, while steering my bike with the other. I managed not to crash, but let’s just say the experiment wasn’t a huge success. The video I took from the Little Miami bike trail back in November was taken just after I mounted the camera to the handlebars. (See the Videos page for the link.) 

Flip video handlebar mount

Flip video handlebar mount on my Trek road bike.


I decided there must be a better way of filming while I ride. After searching online, I found several options on how to create a simple handlebar mount. To say I’m not terribly handy in the do-it-yourself department is a big understatement, but the instructions I found on Photojojo seemed simple enough. (Basic items you’ll need are listed below.) For a close-up photo of what the mount looks like, I’ve included one here

I already had an extra tail-light mount in our box of “don’t throw this stuff away because we may need it for something someday” bike parts. 

Here’s a list of the basic list things you’ll need: 

  • A reflector mount, reflector removed (ask at your local bike shop if you don’t have a spare lying around)
  • Rubber shims for reflector mount (a shim is the small rubber strip that fits inside the round part of the mount)
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • 2″x1/4″x20 thread screw
  • Nut for said screw
  • 1/4″ wing nut (I ended up not using the wing nut on mine)
  • 1/4″ metal washer
  • Two 1/4″ rubber washers (flat ones work best, as opposed to an o-ring)
  • For the full instructions on Photojojo, click here.
  • With the project parts list in hand, I set out to our local hardware store to buy the screws, bolts and washers needed for the project. A few dollars later I was home putting it together on the bike. It was a simple, inexpensive solution that now enables me to film my rides while keeping both hands safely on the handlebars. 

    Have you done something similar on your bike? If so, leave a comment and let me know. I’m always interested to hear what others are doing. 

    Today’s starting weight: 151 

    Today’s food journal: 

    — Chocolate, banana, peanut butter smoothie = 353 cal. 

    — PB&J on whole wheat with reduced fat peanut butter and sugar free real fruit spread = 398
    — Fat-free chocolate putting cup = 60
    — Diet Coke = 2 

    — Salad with ranch dressing = 170
    — Baked potato  =163
    — Dinner rolls = 155
    — Diet Coke = 2 

    Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow.



    One response

    12 06 2010
    Day 160: Bike handlebar as camera grip « Cyclingproject365

    […] 160: Bike handlebar as camera grip 12 06 2010  A while back I wrote about the homemade Flip Video handlebar mount that I put on my road bike. I use it frequently on various rides and events. It’s not […]

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