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Old 03-05-20, 08:29 AM
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Last fall I was honked at and cutoff by a transport truck while we were in the diamond lane at 11:00 am on a Wednesday. It was a major road but with hardly any traffic at that time of day.

When I caught up to him and told him diamond lanes allow bicycles, he swore at me. That's when I decided I needed to record my ride only for the purpose of identifying the driver and calling his employer about his bad driving.

So in January I purchased an action camera on a sale and have been recording my rides ever since. I delete the recordings when there were no incidences.
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Old 03-05-20, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Western: Lincoln, Lexington, Concord, Wayland, etc: Very ritzy, buccolic and historic; very popular for riding. This area IMO has the steepest hills.
my nemesis is Andover Hill Rd, Billerica. going up is a long slog especially on bad weather days, but going down is tooooo tempting to go tooo fast. I would love to tuck & zoom the whole thing but I would need a presidential escort to do it safely. this is the hill I broke a spoke on (at the top) & like a fool didn't stop to inspect the "PWONG!" until I reached the bottom. but by that time the wheel was so far out & the tire was rubbing so badly I was forced to stop. in just a few seconds at the end the tire sidewall rubbed off enough to show the next layer in the tire construction. just a few miles from work, it's a good thrill to keep me energized for the final push to the office. going home it's at the beginning of the ride (so I'm fresh to go up the killer)




an early ride where I rode too close to the shoulder letting someone pass when I shouldn't have

a later attempt to go slower & use better lane positioning. sorry about the camera buz I must have knocked the internal mic loose or something

don't know why my vids look so terrible on youtube, they're not fuzzy in real life, but youtube seems to do something that ruins them

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Old 03-05-20, 08:57 AM
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I don't record. I could see if for footage in case of an accident but most videos of bike rides are booooring. Hate to be the negative one but unless it is professional footage or an accident GoPro videos seem to be a waste.
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Old 03-05-20, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
I think someone posted a thread about the Strava golden triangle of inactivity which my commute falls partly into...
Indeed:
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"Northern outer suburbs of Boston - the Bermuda rectangle of cycling"

I was browsing the Strava heat map and this black hole caught my attention:


Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
Those weird-angle intersections and junctions are so New England. And the narrow shoulders and roads are typical for older towns and cities.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post



IMO, that photo is typical of that sector of the Northern suburbs, as I previously posted,“Pleasant suburban to rural inland roads," in contrast to the adjacent sectors:
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… I would describe the sectors as (mostly for road riding outside of Rte 128):

North Shore: Beautiful Atlantic coastline, especially north of Lynn, to include Nahant, Marblehead and Marblehead Neck, on through Salem, Beverly and into ritzy Beverly Farms, and up to seafaring Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, etc.

Northern Suburbs: Lynnfield, Reading, Wilmington, Woburn, down through Winchester, etc: Pleasant suburban to rural inland roads.

Western: Lincoln, Lexington, Concord, Wayland, etc: Very ritzy, buccolic and historic; very popular for riding. This area IMO has the steepest hills.
So that “Bermuda Rectangle” suffers in comparison to her glamorous neighbors.

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Old 03-05-20, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Indeed:
bingo! rectangle, not triangle! hahaha thank you
btw, sorry about all my replies ... hope I didn't kill the thread ...

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Old 03-05-20, 06:47 PM
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I got a gopro knock-off for Christmas, I can't figure out what I would ever use it for. I guess I could mount it on my commuter handlebars, and record every commute just in case, but that would mean I'd have to erase the SD card all the time (there's no way I'd want to save up all that video or post it or watch it) and recharge the thing, and I just can't be bothered.

I could see maybe recording a fun trail ride, but even then, the hassle of setting up the mount makes the idea not worth it to me.
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Old 03-06-20, 09:44 AM
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Mtn bike videos are fun to watch, mostly because I suck at trail riding and love watching riders with actual skill.

I only have two videos that I've ever kept as actual ride videos, although I have a few clips I've saved by uploading, usually just to FB. Of the two I've kept, one was a mtn bike ride in CO. My riding was boring, but the scenery was pretty spectacular (and it's an old GoPro 1, so lower res). The other was my 65 mph downhill run in my velomobile.

The one incident I caught on GoPro I didn't wind up doing anything with, because nothing wound up happening (car completely blew a red light, but I was clear of the intersection) and I didn't get a license plate.
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Old 03-06-20, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
I got a gopro knock-off for Christmas, I can't figure out what I would ever use it for. I guess I could mount it on my commuter handlebars, and record every commute just in case, but that would mean I'd have to erase the SD card all the time (there's no way I'd want to save up all that video or post it or watch it) and recharge the thing, and I just can't be bothered.

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That's so true. Everyday I do have to recharge my camera batteries and delete the videos when there are no incidences.

But I've also decided I will be committed to doing this for those incidences with commercial vehicles that do occur and report them to back to the companies about their drivers. It's my way of doing something when there's hardly anything that can be done.
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Old 03-07-20, 09:47 PM
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Editing is the key.
there's the key. i need to edit the videos. easier said than done.

Originally Posted by joesch View Post
No but I would if it "cost me almost nothing".
craigslist. i got a gopro session with an sd card, cage (which happens to mount directly to the bontrager blender system without an accessory, and charger for all of $60 usd.

thank you for sharing.

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In almost six years, I have used my helmet cam video less than 5 times to record a license plate. And I've only reported it to the cops twice. Usually if there's a dangerous driver I call it in on the cellphone right then.
i don't have much interest in spending time seeking justice on irresponsible drivers. my camera is more for the sake of shooting street. unless a driver falsely accuses me of causing damage.

Originally Posted by texbiker View Post
mounted on the front of my helmet. I don't record the whole ride (batteries don't last long enough).
mounted to my blendr without the gopto extension, i get almost shakleess video despite the lack of on-camera or post stabilization. due to how how close to the handlebar the camera is mounted, it experiences almost no vibration. i owe this trick to the manager or village cycle center in chicago, who pointed out that the blender and gopro use the exact same mount. the fact that a blendr gopro mount exists is some sort of strange joke.

i record my entire ride. it records for over an hour and half, which is sufficient for all my commutes. i don't record road biking for exercise, as that would be the equivalent to recording paint drying.


now i gotta learn to edit to make the videos worthwhile. right now i just have hundreds of miles of commute. i still get high and watch them. i don't know why, but for some reason i enjoy it. i should go through them and pull out the good stuff. i gotta do something, as i'm running out of hard drives.

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Old 03-09-20, 01:21 AM
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yo, who was out riding today! it was 60f in chicago this evening. i was ripping through grant park in a tee. i know i got some good footage. i was riding through grant park during golden hour. my stupid computer hard drive is full, so i can't go over my footage until i find something to delete.

i ordered a gopro 8 today. they said they even pay return shipping if you don't love it.

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Old 03-09-20, 11:44 AM
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I run a Polaroid Cube+ on each helmet, held in place by a Telesin mount on a GoPro-style base. The 6Ah powerbanks can power each camera for four hours of continuous filming. They are held in place with a Velcro-Scotch combo: a pair of 10lb Scotch strips on the bottom of each powerbank are secured to a 10lb Velcro mat on the helmet. Of all the combinations I tested, this was by far the strongest and most secure.

I haven't made any YouTube videos in a long while, but I still record almost every outing just to make sure I've got evidence in case something untoward takes place. I report a lot of people who run red lights, drive in the wrong direction, drive recklessly, fail to stop at intersections or pull out in front of me. I also report *******s who block wheelchair ramps and the like. Saudi law enforcement have been taking this **** very seriously in recent years.

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No camera, but I used my phone once with a handlebar mount and positioned it to record. I've done it once. I've thought about doing at different times of the year or in the dark but haven't. And actually the one time I did it I was playing with the time-lapse like feature of my phone's camera, so basically it is my commute sped up which makes it look like I'm biking in a Formula 1 race.

I don't feel I have time to mess with a bunch of footage. If I were to get one, I'd go the delete it except when something worth saving happened route.
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
I got a gopro clone for like $25 several years ago. It's old enough that it maxes out at a 32 gb card. I have a mount for it under my computer but I've never gotten around to actually putting it on there. Sometimes I think I should, but I know I'm too lazy to edit/do anything with the footage. Probably make my wife happier to know I have it on there though.
I’ve had a GoPro 3 White for several years, which I’ve used intermittently. It takes excellent pictures, but the setup is a pain. If the battery is exhausted, it has to be set up all over again. Maybe the newer models are more convenient.
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Old 03-09-20, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by mgw4jc View Post
the one time I did it I was playing with the time-lapse like feature of my phone's camera, so basically it is my commute sped up which makes it look like I'm biking in a Formula 1 race.
haha that's great! I love it! especially the sound effects!
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Old 03-09-20, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir View Post

I haven't made any YouTube videos in a long while, but I still record almost every outing just to make sure I've got evidence in case something untoward takes place. I report a lot of people who run red lights, drive in the wrong direction, drive recklessly, fail to stop at intersections or pull out in front of me. I also report *******s who block wheelchair ramps and the like. Saudi law enforcement have been taking this **** very seriously in recent years.
Of course, you'd know better than me. But I'd be concerned if I accidentally reported a car owned by someone related to the Royal Family.

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Old 03-09-20, 12:39 PM
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I do. I have a gopro 3+ mounted to my helmet. I've been recording all my rides for the past 3-4 months. Theoretically would've been great when I got hit a couple months ago, but it popped out and lost the battery and therefore didn't save properly. I was only able to get right up to the accident, not the accident itself. But it at least showed that I was centered in the lane and he had to have illegally crossed the double yellow to pass me, putting him at fault.

I've thought about making a YouTube channel highlighighl all the idiots who cut me off etc, but it's probably not worth the effort. Most people just don't care, especially the local cops, no point at all in forwarding things to them.

I've saved a few things, mostly I just delete.
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Of course, you'd know better than me. But I'd be concerned if I accidentally reported a car owned by someone related to the Royal Family.
That's kind of a relic in this day and age of everything-is-on-Twitter and the "new" Saudi Arabia. The monarch told the government in no uncertain terms that no one should be above the rule of law, not even the royals. Nowadays if anyone gets caught breaking the law - even a minor traffic infraction - they will see the inside.

With that being said, it is still illegal to take "unauthorized" pictures or shoot video of official vehicles (and any and all royal vehicles do qualify as "official" by law) or within the perimeters of public or government-protected private buildings without probable cause. I work for a major utility that's protected by the government and there are very strict sanctions on the use of mobile devices. There's a whole agency under the Ministry of Interior, appropriately called "Industrial Security," that polices vital private-sector institutions, such as oil and gas and major utilities, and I could tell you from first-hand experience that these people don't screw around!

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I record my road rides because I have a blog! Mostly I grab screenshots. Once in a while I'll capture some video that might be of interest to the cops or insurance:


I got a free Fly6 from a distributor to do a review on - I keep it on my commute bike because it has a neat flasher - it records on loop unless you crash or upload the files.
It does do a pretty good job of capturing license plates and such.

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No but I would if it "cost me almost nothing". How to get a free gopro?
How much time to transfer to external storage?
Watching would also be more time.
All this extra time takes away from more biking
I was in Goodwill the other day, and I glanced in the display case and saw a new camera bag, still with tags, well I'm always looking for a good camera bag, so I got the attendant to show it to me an lo and behold! inside the camera bag was a GoPro camera with all of the mounts, two waterproof cases, battery, SD card charging cable, the complete set. The price on the camera bag? $24.95, but as it was Tuesday it was seniors discount day, so $21.00 out the door with the bag and all. Took it home charged the battery, put the card in and it works great, I put it on a mount on my Jeep last week-end while four wheeling and got some great shots.....I'm going to get a handlebar mount for the bike, and identify the idiots who apparently spend all day waiting for me to ride by so they can try to kill me.
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I was in Goodwill the other day, and I glanced in the display case and saw a new camera bag, still with tags, well I'm always looking for a good camera bag, so I got the attendant to show it to me an lo and behold! inside the camera bag was a GoPro camera with all of the mounts, two waterproof cases, battery, SD card charging cable, the complete set. The price on the camera bag? $24.95, but as it was Tuesday it was seniors discount day, so $21.00 out the door with the bag and all. Took it home charged the battery, put the card in and it works great, I put it on a mount on my Jeep last week-end while four wheeling and got some great shots.....I'm going to get a handlebar mount for the bike, and identify the idiots who apparently spend all day waiting for me to ride by so they can try to kill me.
Goodwill hunting paid off nicely. Thats almost free Hope you enjoy it and maybe it was meant for you, if you believe in good karma. Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by TommyTwoTone View Post
I was in Goodwill the other day, and I glanced in the display case and saw a new camera bag, still with tags, well I'm always looking for a good camera bag, so I got the attendant to show it to me an lo and behold! inside the camera bag was a GoPro camera with all of the mounts, two waterproof cases, battery, SD card charging cable, the complete set. The price on the camera bag? $24.95, but as it was Tuesday it was seniors discount day, so $21.00 out the door with the bag and all. Took it home charged the battery, put the card in and it works great, I put it on a mount on my Jeep last week-end while four wheeling and got some great shots.....I'm going to get a handlebar mount for the bike, and identify the idiots who apparently spend all day waiting for me to ride by so they can try to kill me.

Wow, nice score. I got a good deal too through Facebook marketplace, although not quite as good a deal. 50 for a hero 3+ with a bunch of mounts and a back screen.
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#I_Record

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i got a gopro session. it's a gopro hero 4 in a 1.5 inch cube. it cost me almost nothing. i record everything. 1080, 30fps. i'm not 100 percent sure why. in case of an accident to some extent, but that's not the real reason. the video is amazing. especially cutting through downtown chicago at night. i find it beautiful. i'm not sure what to do with the footage yet. it's quickly filling up terabytes of external storage. i'm a photographer -- with a focus on street -- so it's some sort of instinct. i'll make a project out of it. i don't have direction yet.

do you record? if so, why? with what?
I've a had a rear mounted video camera for about a decade, ever since a cyclist was found with a fractured skull, broken ribs, and a fractured pelvis, and the Resident Trooper wrote it up as "fell off bike". Medical professionals I asked said "Hit & Run". Video of an incident gives police a reason to do some work, and gives family some closure (the cyclist died). I've since added a front facing camera.
Most video files get deleted without review, but sometimes I see charismatic wildlife, or boneheaded driver behavior. Those I clip and save, or publish on Facebook. If the behavior threatens someone's life, well I'll have documentation of the encounter. Most of what I save are still frames.
But yeah, be ruthless about culling, or it WILL get too much to handle.
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Let me suggest mounting it facing REARWARD.
I've had dangerous things thrown at me from passing vehicles, including separately, a glass bottle and an AX!
It's always too startling for me to be able to remember the license plate.
So set up your camera to record passing plates, and delete the files if nothing interesting happens.
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I always run mine these days, why not? Something always happens on days I don't run it. I run a Fly 12, love it, might get a second one.

I save close calls but invariably find, upon review, that the "close call" was nowhere near as close as I perceived it in the moment (see below). So it helps me keep things in perspective, somewhat.


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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
that road


wow, that's a recipe for disaster!
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