How to mount and stabilize your Gopro on a Bicycle
There are so many things you need to consider in order to make the perfect video with a GoPro mounted to your bicycle.
Some of the elements depend on the quality of the image, the resolution and frame per second count, but the most important is the way your camera is positioned.
In this post we will give you five quick tips on how to mount your GoPro while riding a bike, in a way that you can make a video full of energy that captures your unique movements and gives the people who are watching amazing points of view that make the video even more professionally done.
First of all, you have to always try and give the observer a reference to where they are positioned.
This you can achieve, by including in the picture part of the handlebar, the rollbar or the bike’s wheel.
What makes a video perfect is to include takes from all these different angles, as it will show the real dynamics of your bicycle motion. Let’s cut to the chase and have a detailed look at every position you might want to include takes from in your video.
Mounted on the helmet
This is the classic and most common way to mount your GoPro.
It is the one that will give the image the most stability, as your entire body works as an absorber of all the rattle on the track and usually the images taken with a helmet mounted camera are with the best quality in this sense.
Some bikers mount the camera on top of their helmets and some do under the visor. In any case, make sure the angle of the camera is positioned in a way that the viewers can see what your hands are doing with the handlebar of your bicycle and how the track goes.
Mounted to the chest
The videos are amazingly engaging when shot with a GoPro mounted on to your chest, as the viewer gets the same point of view as the rider.
However, there are few tricks in order to get the perfect angle and make the viewers feel as if they were riding the bike.
The first thing is to tighten up the chest strap, as much as you can, so that the camera is as stable as possible and the footage is not too shaky.
Always point the camera to your chin, as when you actually get on your bike, the position of your body changes from having your chest completely upright, to bended at at least 45 degrees angle.
If you position your camera without tilting it upwards, you will basically be filming your legs and the dirty road below you. That is why pointing the camera upwards will help you get the so exciting shots of your arms and the trail ahead, plus a big chunk of the background.
Upside down mode
If you think that you won’t be able to tilt the camera in a way that you are happy with the images, then another option is to position it straight in front of your chest and set it to film in an upside down mode or you could also use a software to flip the video around, so that the viewers can identify themselves with the rider.
In any way, make sure you mount your camera as upwards as possible to your chest, as this is how you will get the best wide images of the road ahead.
Using the same straps, you could also mount your camera to your back in order to get some images of your friends handling the rail behind you and this whay make your video even more exciting.
Here you do not need to mount the camera upside down, but you still have to try to put it as high and tight as possible to your body.
Handlebar mounted, with a Gimbal
This is also a classic view to have in a video, but these images are usually way more shaky and unstable as there is nothing to absorb the vibrations of the bike and the bumps of the trail, unless you are using a gimbal.
This site specializes in reviewing camera stabilizers, have been very happy to be able to test most of them.
We could safely say the Feiyu FY-WG 3-axis Wearable Gimbal Stabilizer is one of the best you could possibly find right now to shoot on a Bicycle (full FY-WG review here).
It is compatible with GoPro Hero cameras and will absorb the vibration and stabilize your camera in order to make smoother and great to watch videos of your most exciting bike trails.
You could be also able to fit Yi cam, AEE and some other cameras of a similar size, but of course we all know that GoPro have proven to be one of the best POV (point of view) cameras available.
About the best Gimbal to use on a Bicycle
In our opinion, the best gimbal for biking is the Feiyu FY-WG 3-axis.
It itself weighs only 188 grams or 0.414 lbs, which won’t make your video equipment feel heavier.
You will find it quite lightweight and easy to carry around. It also comes with a T-clamp Gopro adaptor that would help you attach the gimbal stabilizer to any accessories your GoPro comes with.
It is quite versatile and you can not only attach your camera with the stabilizer to your helmet,but anywhere on your bike so that you can take new POV shots and make your videos unique.
The greatest thing about the Feiyu FY-WG 3-axis Wearable Gimbal Stabilizer is that it comes with a wireless remote that connects to the gimbal and allows you to have full control of the movement of your gimbal while you are riding, without even having to stop filming.
You can also change your operation mode, without having to interrupt the video.
The Feiyu FY-WG gimbal also comes with a EACHSHOT® Cleaning Cloth, USB cable, charger and rechargeable batteries.
It is a great item to have and use to make smooth videos of bumpy bike trails.
I promise it won’t make the heads of your video fans spin and if it does, it will only be because they absolutely love your videos.
You can also checkout our round-up of the best gimbals to use on a motorcycle, for other options.