Bike Camera Mount + Snow
Earlier I gave my impressions of the ATC3K waterproof video camera. I recently built a custom mount to attach it to a bike, tested the mount as well as the camera’s waterproof claim.
The mount utilizes the rear disc tab on the UK-14er (I knew I had that tab added for some reason). The mount is very simple and consists of a piece of Lexan and some mounting hardware. The Lexan is 0.10″ thick and seems fairly rigid. An aluminum plate would make a more rigid mount, but it probably isn’t necessary with such a light camera. Anyway, the hardware is some cut 1/4-20 threaded rod, a few washers, nuts and wing nuts for easy adjustment and assembly. Bolts could and probably should replace the threaded rod and nuts, but I didn’t have any 1/4-20 bolts around and I wanted to make sure none of this hardware ended up in the spokes.
The camera is just out of range of my heel when clipped into the pedals. While this is good for the camera’s longevity, a constantly spinning pedal/foot in the middle of the frame is a little distracting. The mount does allow the camera to mount forward or backwards as well as tilt up and down so foot-free angles are an option.
As far as the waterproof testing goes, I tested the camera mount during the first snowfall we’ve had this year. I suppose I only tested the water resistance of the camera, but either way it didn’t seem to mind being covered in mud and snow. This is a pre-ride photo, but you get the idea.
Finally, a video from the new mount: