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The vented helmet mount that comes with the camera is OK, but I don't like riding around with a big, fairly heavy camera sitting on top of my head. So I bought the handlebar/seatpost mount kit, and that's what I've been using for the past few months. The problem is the handlebar mount is not that good. All the black polycarbonate parts GoPro uses are junk; these parts are brittle and weak, and they break often. I've had two handle bar mounts and three housing clamps (the small part used to lock the clear housing closed) break on me just from normal use.

Aside from the cheap plastic, the mounts just are not engineered very well. The handlebar mount doesn't have any padding (I use old bike tubes, which helps) and the mounts tend to slip around (again, bike tubes as padding helps with this). When I try to tighten the mounts so they won't slip around I've had the plastic split, or the screw pops out on the open side of the screw hole (leaving one side of the screw hole gaped is another baffling design choice). The audio and video vibration is terrible (plastic on metal with no padding, what did they expect?), and those vibrations also cause the crappy plastic to eventually fail. I learned the hard way to tether my camera to the bike; I rode off a small curb and the handlebar mount snapped in half sending my camera flying. Yesterday I tried in vain to mount my camera to the front fork, but none of the mounts I have will work: the handlebar mount is not wide enough and the strap mount slips around.

So I picked up the chest mount. It's the best of the mounts I've tried, but still has issues. I was able to modify it so that it works better for mountain biking. This is my brief video review with my initial thoughts, my modification and some test footage.

 

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I find it better to mount the gopro upside down on the chest mount in my case as when I had it upright, too much bike in the video and not enough scenery.
 

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I find it better to mount the gopro upside down on the chest mount in my case as when I had it upright, too much bike in the video and not enough scenery.
You're right - mounting the camera upside down (in "UPd" mode) is definitely the better way to go. I had another friend point this out to me, too. I've modified my video to indicate the better information. :eek:
 

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Ive just bought one of these + the chesty.

Which mount do you prefer using the extension in your video or the upside down mode?

Thanks
 

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Definitely upside down mode: the camera doesn't stick out so far and there are less connections to mess with. That's the only mount I've been using lately.
 

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I did not know that the gopro hd hero did not come with upside down mode untill you updated the firmware!

or did it but it just needed to be improved on?
 

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Yeah, OP did a lot of thinking about this without getting to the obvious solution - upside down works great.

Also, NOT shooting in 1080p WIDEscreen works better for biking IMO, as you end up capturing more of the up/down than side-to-side.
 

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Right on - no offense intended, but this is pretty well documented and comes up in just a google search of "gopro chesty too low"
This information should be included with the mount documentation, IMO.

I'm not really sure what the point of your post is? I long ago amended the video and the information in this thread to reflect the better way of doing things.

Glad you have it all worked out though. Are you now shooting in UpD mode?
Interesting that you chide me for not figuring out something because you feel I should have Googled for it, but then you ask me a question that is answered in this very thread.
 

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This information should be included with the mount documentation, IMO.

I'm not really sure what the point of your post is? I long ago amended the video and the information in this thread to reflect the better way of doing things.


Interesting that you chide me for not figuring out something because you feel I should have Googled for it, but then you ask me a question that is answered in this very thread.
Ok, I think you are reading too far into this. Sorry to have offended you. I hardly "chide" and yeah, I didn't watch the entire 6 minutes of video documenting what is a non-problem, nor did I read each and every line on the thread.

Like I said, I am glad you have it all figured out! How about some more vids of riding, eh?:thumbsup:
 
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