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posted 1/13/2020
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I'm considering something, simply for accident recording, after the fact. I don't ride anywhere that I need to keep video files of my commutes.
What do folks use for cameras when commuting?
I've considered getting 2 of the less expensive cameras to have front and rear video. Thoughts about doing that?

Thank you!

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posted 1/14/2020
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LeoH - I tried using a Go Pro while riding and I found the bike/camera interface to be quite difficult. For example, on several occasions the camera broke off of the handlebar and went bouncing along the pavement. They had no way to tether the camera to the bike. Also, I found the battery to not have enough power to do even a hour's ride. You could change out the battery but I abhor stopping to do such tasks while riding. Go Pro's are also quite expensive and getting one for the front and the rear of the bike was more than I wanted to spend.

So, after a season of experimenting with Go Pro I switched over to Cycliq video cameras cycliq.com/?v=7516fd43adaa which was a nice improvement over Go Pro. These cameras are made for cyclists.

However, the rear facing camera, the Fly6, broke and stopped recording any video 3 weeks past the warranty period while the front facing camera, the Fly12, continues to work. I bought them a little over 3 years ago. One item I found somewhat cumbersome to deal with is the fact that Cycliq cameras are made in Australia. Anytime I had a question that I could not find an answer to I would send them an email and it would be 3 to 5 days before I would hear back often with a question to me which I would then answer and have to wait another 3 to 5 days to get a reply.

An interesting note about riding with video cameras is that I have noticed that motorists treat me better, by giving me more room, when I have them mounted on my bike as opposed to when I ride without them. That is not a hard and fast rule because there are still plenty of jerk motorists that don't like the idea of sharing the road with cyclists. But, overall motorists treat me better with them on the bike. I still use rear and front flashing lights.

If you have any other questions, just ask and I'll try to answer them.

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posted 1/14/2020
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Thank you very much for those inputs, particularly since, the costs are potentially significant. IMO, $100-$200 is a manageable accessory purchase price point, BUT, I expect those prices to give me a significant level of service and use.
On bentrideronline, someone mentioned getting a front/rear camera gadget and they were happy with it, however it was close to $200. With my needs, I'd be satisfied with purchasing 2 under $100 units and simply securing one towards the front, and the other towards the rear. >shrug<

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This was the camera someone mentioned on bentrideronline.

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Are the cameras so visually obvious to a motorist that their presence changes driver behavior? Just curious about this.

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posted 1/19/2020
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I doubt it

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posted 1/23/2020
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I am bumping this up as I would like to see some more input on cameras myself.

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posted 1/23/2020
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Are the cameras so visually obvious to a motorist that their presence changes driver behavior? Just curious about this.
-- posted by Kapn_Kaos


This is what you need for that .

youtu.be/Hr-4Aln1Il8?t=10

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posted 1/23/2020
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I have been using the Garmin Dashcam Mini in my vehicles. I thought about adapting them for use on my bike and trike. They continuously record and when an incident occurs or you press a special save button on the device, it will save the last couple of segments. It is great for automotive use. They are 1080P

And they are not expensive. They list for $130 but after Christmas, I bought one for $80 from Amazon. Here is the current listing at full price buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/621281

The challenge for bicycles will be mounting and power. The mounts (2) they come with (ball/socket and double stick tape to windshield) could be easily adapted to mounting on a bike/trike. And you could power it with an external powerbank battery like this one:
smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MBF4ZLN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You will need to buy an SDHC card for recording as well but those are relatively cheap.

So while not real cheap nor designed for the use requested, it is not as expensive as GoPros and may be viable for someone with "design" capabilities. It is small and the video quality is acceptable at 1080P.

post edited on 1/23/2020 at 4:22:18 PM
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