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Kyle on his Specialized

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Turning right onto Santa Clara Street. Kyle braked for the crosswalk cyclist; since I'm riding no-handed taking this photo I almost rear-ended Kyle.

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  1. Antropoturista 74 months ago | reply

    a cose shave...

  2. Robert the Noid 74 months ago | reply

    I have always said that these bicyclists who ride in the pedestrian areas, crosswalks, sidewalks, etc., are dangerous.... now those of us who ride without hands while taking pics...
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

  3. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 74 months ago | reply

    Riding no hands while following closely behind another cyclist in an area with heavy pedestrian traffic *and* making a turn while snapping the photo -- now THAT's dangerous!

  4. linux-works 73 months ago | reply

    you need a bike-mount for the camera, then.

    they make nice ball mounts that go on handlebars and then you can clip on various attachments to that ball.

    I have a handheld gps that mounts on my electric scooter. you could find a way to mount the camera in a similar fashion.

    then set the self timer and only a single button press is needed to trip it off.

  5. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 73 months ago | reply

    I know I know ;-) . I have a couple of handlebar mounts but rarely use them, though I should change that. I really like the Gorillapod.

  6. linux-works 73 months ago | reply

    I'd modify my last idea.

    go wireless. or wired, worst case.

    you'd need a cam that has a remote control jack. most small ones don't, though ;(

    then I'd have a trigger button (or squeeze switch) that is very close to the handlebars and so you don't have to remove your hands from the bike to take a shot.

    one better: left handlebar has a switch for zoom. right one has an 'expose' button.

    hmmmm, I might have an idea here.. ;)

  7. elkue 73 months ago | reply

    right, but theres a quality (and thrill) you can only get while shooting handheld.

  8. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 73 months ago | reply

    I have a wired remote that I built for my Canon EOS camera. All of the better P&S cameras can take remote control via the USB interface and kite photography enthusiasts have products available for this stuff (including for my cameras).

    Mounting a camera permanently to the bike is a bit hard on the electronics, I think. I've done it without much apparent damage, but I'm still paranoid about mechanical vibration shortening the life of my cameras.

    For this video I mounted a camcorder to the top tube of my bike to keep shake to a minimum. Even with electronic image stabilization, though, you can see quite a bit of vibration.

    Thanks for the conversation, though -- you've given me some things to think about.

  9. linux-works 73 months ago | reply

    I would also want to try finding the right 'shock mount' in some kind of rubber thing or spring suspension deal ;)

    yes, a direct hard mount would not go well on a typical digicam. I wonder if even some foam (like packing foam) would be enough to absorb shock from the road. a flat plate, then some foam then another flat plate, then the mount.

    oh, and you don't want electronic IS, you want real actual OIS (like what a pany digicam would give you).

    I have yet to see a small size cam have a remote jack, though.

  10. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 73 months ago | reply

    . I know about optical vs electronic IS, but for video I really don't care -- it's just home stuff. When I bought my camcorder optical IS wasn't available on inexpensive consumer camcorders.

    There are plans available online for camera mount shock absorption and I've seen some pretty intricate designs. Helmet mount seems to work best.

    In P&S cameras, Canon PowerShot and Nikon Coolpix have remote capability through their USB ports. Cheap digicams from Fuji and Kodak typically don't have remote capability. I've seen hacks online from kite photographers about wiring remote shutter release through IR interfaces and stuff, though.

  11. KC-Bike 73 months ago | reply

    Master the art of one handed photography you must, young padawan.

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