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    Custom GoPro mounts

    After almost losing (and / or destroying) my GoPro Wide and breaking my only seat-post mount, I decided to build a rock-solid seat-post mount and a new handlebar mount. I should be able to test them out this weekend and post a video.
    Anyway, here are my two new mounts - made with a few dollars worth of hardware store PVC parts, SS clamps and 5-minute epoxy....


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    I am always interested in seeing new mounts, so please post your photos. I know that Lee and others have posted some cool ones in other forums.
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    It seems that Gopro has missed the mark on quick release mounts. With both the handle bar mount and the helmet mount you have to unscrew the bolt and change around the little articulating arms.....not easy/quick to do after a few hours of riding. Having the camera mount directly to the foot mount is the way to go. One question, what glue did you use?

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    Looks nice and simple. I plan on building a mount or two once my GoPro arrives. I do not trust the plastic mounts for such a rugged sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothmove
    One question, what glue did you use?
    I used 5 minute epoxy. Very solid for this use and slightly flexible so it won't crack due to vibrations.
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    Did you rough up the plastic with sandpaper prior to gluing? I have had epoxy break free from PVC that has a smooth surface. Thanks for the picks, I could use some new mounts.

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    Roughing up the plastic would be a very good idea. Gives the plastic cement a good bonding surface. Also, when choosing the plastic cement (epoxy) looks at their strength in psi and make sure it is compatible with the type of plastic you are using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acefaser
    Did you rough up the plastic with sandpaper prior to gluing? I have had epoxy break free from PVC that has a smooth surface. Thanks for the picks, I could use some new mounts.
    I used a very rough wood file. It helps quite a bit to put deep ridges in the plastic.
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    Anthonyi thats a nice DIY mount and a good idea as a thread.
    (You should crop you pictures as they are huge)

    Here's one I did
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5xo9EOwqv4

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    Quote Originally Posted by luap
    Anthonyi thats a nice DIY mount and a good idea as a thread.
    (You should crop you pictures as they are huge)

    Here's one I did
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5xo9EOwqv4
    That looks like a fine solution for my Yeti seat mast issue.

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    Go Pro helmet custom mount

    Simple piece of CF and some plastic ties

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/56613764@N04/5226924213/

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    Quote Originally Posted by luap
    Anthonyi thats a nice DIY mount and a good idea as a thread.
    (You should crop you pictures as they are huge)
    Here's one I did
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5xo9EOwqv4
    Thanks. It is incredibly stable. Imperative for our rooty trails here.
    Yea. I usually reduce but I forgot this time.
    Nice job with yours also.
    Here is my latest video with the new mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullsailbiker
    That looks like a fine solution for my Yeti seat mast issue.
    Nice!
    If I go full face, I will borrow that idea for sure.
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    I have finally modified my mounts from the original post. They are much lighter and still as sturdy.

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    What kind of epoxy are you using? I know you said 5 minute but what brand/kind? Have you tried using an epoxy putty? Thoughts? I am doing something similar but going to mount it on my stem. HAve you tried or thought about that. Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsamsonite
    What kind of epoxy are you using? I know you said 5 minute but what brand/kind? Have you tried using an epoxy putty? Thoughts? I am doing something similar but going to mount it on my stem. HAve you tried or thought about that. Thanks for your help.
    Sorry for the delay in responding.
    It is 5 minute 2-part liquid from Loctite. Better than putty because it runs and flows into tight spots.
    I have not tried a stem mount as it will probably show too much of my brake cables, but that may be an interesting view. Post some shots.
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    I have decided to get rid of my handlebar mount and modify the seat post mount to create one universal mount for both handlebar or seatpost. A Dremel has been used to remove all excess epoxy to lighten up the mount.
    Here are the new photos. It has been spray painted black to match my bike, but the unpainted photos show the design better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyi
    Nice!
    If I go full face, I will borrow that idea for sure.
    Oops. quoted the wrong post. Meant to quote...

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    For a seatpost cam you can use the helmet mount on the rear seat rails.

    Just cross the straps in back, pull tight and "buckle" each strap on the opposite side (criss-cross). I then zip tie an X on each side.

    Don't forget to use the "UPd" setting so your image is right side up! A real drag in editing if your forget... depending on your software.

    ANTHONTI: Nice work on the mounts by the way.... mounting is kinda an art form!
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    I might as well contribute my mounts thus far.

    Here is my handlebar mount, It has worked out great so far.




    And an mount for a fork level and doubles as one for the rear shock.





    I also made a chesty mount, but do not have any pictures of it yet. If anyone wants to see it I can take a couple of it,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carraig042
    I might as well contribute my mounts thus far.

    Here is my handlebar mount, It has worked out great so far.

    I also made a chesty mount, but do not have any pictures of it yet. If anyone wants to see it I can take a couple of it,

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    Pretty cool.
    Yea. Post them.
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    Here is my contribution. I made this chest mount with some clear polycarbonate that I found somewhere in Home Depot, some elastic strapping from a craft store and some industrial velcro. I made a cardboard template first so that it would fit my chest and then hand sewed the straps on one side and at the attachment in the back. The thing that makes this better than the stock Go Pro chesty is that it is braced taller to stop vertical shaking. I also made it to fit me perfectly and sit very high, just out of reach of my chin. I drilled holes for ventilation and plan to attach some ribbing to elevate it from my chest for just a little more air flow. I also mount my camera up side down and attempt to always aim it so that the handlebars fill just the bottom 1/4 of the screen.


    The fall shots (with bright yellow leaves) were shot using this mount.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSIuwl1WXpw

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    Here's my final product. I have drilled holes to lighten the mount.
    Since my new GoPro 960 came with a new "curved base" mount, I have decided to change the position of the mount. I can easily move the mount to the seat post, or simply switch camera positions for front, rear and side views from the handlebars. I'll try the new side-view tomorrow.
    My latest front / rear view video is here:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullsailbiker
    Here is my contribution. I made this chest mount with some clear polycarbonate that I found somewhere in Home Depot, some elastic strapping from a craft store and some industrial velcro. I made a cardboard template first so that it would fit my chest and then hand sewed the straps on one side and at the attachment in the back. The thing that makes this better than the stock Go Pro chesty is that it is braced taller to stop vertical shaking. I also made it to fit me perfectly and sit very high, just out of reach of my chin. I drilled holes for ventilation and plan to attach some ribbing to elevate it from my chest for just a little more air flow. I also mount my camera up side down and attempt to always aim it so that the handlebars fill just the bottom 1/4 of the screen.


    The fall shots (with bright yellow leaves) were shot using this mount.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSIuwl1WXpw
    I really like that....can you provide some more shots of it so I can see how you got it all together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy
    I really like that....can you provide some more shots of it so I can see how you got it all together?
    That is a good one.
    If you are interested in building a chest mount, here are other examples that may help you as well...
    http://climbsmart.com/public/gopro-harness/
    http://www.leelau.net/Misc/GoPro/feedthehabit/
    http://pirochu.pinkbike.com/album/Gear/
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy
    I really like that....can you provide some more shots of it so I can see how you got it all together?
    Sure. My sewing is not exactly artful but it gets the job done. The zip tie is there because I broke the tabs off of my "J-hook" quick release. I never take it off to put it on my handlebar mount so it doesn't make much difference to me and it never rattles or shakes where it mounts to the quick release. Presently scheming a way to get a Go Pro HD, I think this mount will work well for the added heft over that of the SD model.




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    I havent made any custom mounts for my go-pro yet. However, many of my friends have the contour and I had some request to make an adapter that would allow the coutour to be used with the go-pro mounts. So I made this using a 3d printer:






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    You might want to try a heavy duty book stapler for the straps. Much easier then sewing.
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    Here's a video using almost all of my new mount's angles
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyi
    You might want to try a heavy duty book stapler for the straps. Much easier then sewing.
    Or get a Speedy Stitcher.

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    After cruising through this thread; I figured I'd better upload some pics and vids of my homemade mounts.
    First mount is just a short boom i made from some aluminum shower channel, a chunk of old handle bar, and a recycled lock on grip.




    Next is a chest mount. I used a 3M GoPro mount on the front of my 661 Coresaver. I was concerned about 3M mount coming off; but has put up with alot of use with no issues so far.


    <object width='500' height='375'><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always' /><param name='movie' value='http://www.pinkbike.com/v/185314/l/' /><embed src='http://www.pinkbike.com/v/185314/l/' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='500' height='375' allowFullScreen='true' allowScriptAccess='always'></embed></object><p><a href="http://www.pinkbike.com/video/185314/">Chest Mount GoPro</a> on <a href="http://www.pinkbike.com">pinkbike.com</a></p>

    Last is what I call the unicorn or narwhal helmet mount.





    <object width='500' height='375'><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always' /><param name='movie' value='http://www.pinkbike.com/v/186908/l/' /><embed src='http://www.pinkbike.com/v/186908/l/' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='500' height='375' allowFullScreen='true' allowScriptAccess='always'></embed></object><p><a href="http://www.pinkbike.com/video/186908/">GoPro, Unicorn Helmet Mount</a> on <a href="http://www.pinkbike.com">pinkbike.com</a></p>
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    Quote Originally Posted by NastyNick
    After cruising through this thread; I figured I'd better upload some pics and vids of my homemade mounts.
    Nice job!
    That's the kind of stuff I like to see - something I can learn from.
    Thanks.
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    Sweet thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by o0adam0o
    Sweet thread!
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    just wondering...how do you post a photo? I have a contraption I made but am not sure how to put the picture on the forum.

    I know, it's probably something simple but I can't seem to figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidrhorn
    just wondering...how do you post a photo? I have a contraption I made but am not sure how to put the picture on the forum.

    I know, it's probably something simple but I can't seem to figure it out.
    It has to be a link to photo that is already on the web. Upload the photo to Facebook, etc., and find the URL of the photo. Post that here.
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    got it, thanks!

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36295592@N05/5666058695/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36295592@N05/5666626300/

    After about 2 times switching and then readjusting the angle of the gopro on the helmet I decided to mount a gopro mount onto the top of a gorillapod. Makes it soooo much easier to quickly take a gorillapod shot and then right back to the helmet.

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    man, I am having trouble with the photo linking stuff.

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    I didn't want to spend $40 on a chesty mount so I took the headband mount and turned it into a chesty mount. I opened the part that wraps around your head most the way, then I spilt the over the head strap down the middle. It ends up fitting just like a Chesty mount and has 4 points of support like it and is nice and steady. It does help that I'm only around 160lbs, because if I was much bigger it wouldn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidrhorn
    man, I am having trouble with the photo linking stuff.
    The link to your first photo is:
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5223/...32dd7b6dd1.jpg
    Take this, click the photo button and add the URLs. They can be found by right-clicking on a photo and go to properties. Copy and paste the URL.
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    Last year I had created my own GoPro "Chesty" chest harness for my GoPro Wide as well. My first attempt at this used only the straps and mounts that were included with the GoPro. Since my first attempt, I have upgraded to padded straps as shown, but this is not necessary.
    NOTE:
    I did not come up with this design, but I tried to improve upon what I have seen on this forum.
    Thanks to "LeeL" for posting his design on this forum for me to try to copy.
    The rest of the pictures of my design, and some descriptions of the design, can be found here:
    http://climbsmart.com/public/gopro-harness/
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    anthony, thanks. I have a mac and there is no right or left. I may be the only person with a Mac who hates it! I can fly on a PC. I will try your advice tomorrow from work on my PC. thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidrhorn
    anthony, thanks. I have a mac and there is no right or left. I may be the only person with a Mac who hates it! I can fly on a PC. I will try your advice tomorrow from work on my PC. thanks again.
    Not to Hijack the thread but if you hold down Ctrl & then click it is the same as right clicking. You can also configure your mouse and or trackpad to right click as well.
    Mac Right Click

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    So here is prototype #1, of my R/C zipline dolly. It uses a brushless motor and LiPo battery system. as it sits, it can reach about 35mph.








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    I'm buying this for my Gopro once it hits the market. The ability to change directions and angles quickly and mount and dismount quickly is fantastic.


    Click for video

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    you can skip ahead to about 2:00 to see the bike application.

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    [QUOTE=davidrhorn]I'm buying this for my Gopro once it hits the market. The ability to change directions and angles quickly and mount and dismount quickly is fantastic.

    Pretty cool, but I bet the price on this will be in the $500+ range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NastyNick
    So here is prototype #1, of my R/C zipline dolly. It uses a brushless motor and LiPo battery system. as it sits, it can reach about 35mph.
    I am jealous That gadget makes me wish I had a little more know-how with electronics.

    A little detail on the system please

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