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Video Camera Cyclists

February 7, 2011 — 60 Comments

Cyclists all over the world are taking to using video cameras as they go about there rides. Be them mounted on their helmets or on the bicycle, the cameras prove to be invaluable as they show what life is like as a cyclist across the globe.
Below i’ve listed all the video camera cyclists that I know of and which country and region them are from if known, not all video camera cyclists upload to youtube, so this is only a list of known video camera cyclists who upload.
See video camera cyclists from Austraila, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, FinlandGermany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, KoreaJapan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, SwedenSwitzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America

Australia

  1. 2WheelsAndACamera
  2. 33iampaul
  3. Aushiker
  4. Boognoss
  5. chalinolobusmorio
  6. chungman212
  7. cyberwealth
  8. cycleAus
  9. eclessia
  10. evictorr – Melbourne
  11. georgeonhisbike
  12. HuggiesCycling
  13. Jorgy1967Tiger
  14. KonaCommuter
  15. myforwik
  16. nitramluap
  17. OxfordYT
  18. Peddler2565
  19. rigidmount – NSW
  20. roadmonitoroz
  21. tony888vo
  22. triplejay
  23. waynohh
  24. whisperingwheels

Canada

  1. adventuresincycling
  2. alexwarrior1
  3. buddybradley2007 – Vancouver
  4. CaptainPreferences
  5. extreme2themax
  6. grindupBaker
  7. NoGo90
  8. Rantwick
  9. RedRavick
  10. ryanz4
  11. torontocranks – Toronto

Czech Republic

  1. HaTom008
  2. LiamAnderson1
  3. squish225

Denmark

  1. xliijoe

Finland

  1. timoohz

Germany

  1. BerlinCyclist
  2. Cuberadler
  3. krobnitz
  4. RadfahrerBT – Bayreuth
  5. rhein228
  6. speedbiker14

Hungary

  1. atomboy83 – Szeged
  2. errorkahun
  3. sajatzsiron – Budapest

Ireland

  1. betamonu
  2. CycleDub – Dublin
  3. deadlyspotvideos
  4. dublincyclist – Dublin
  5. lanzecki

Italy

  1. electriccyclist
  2. marcotosinurse
  3. TheItalianCyclist

Korea

  1. Missha9

Japan

  1. alexWiiDS

Netherlands

  1. AmCamBike
  2. beekie1982
  3. DavidHembrow
  4. DerkvanL
  5. dsiepman2000
  6. harwig
  7. markenlei
  8. metro2002
  9. pjotr320
  10. Quemo304
  11. twilwel
  12. xlnetwork

New Zealand

  1. abmannz
  2. BondMeisterbond
  3. ginganz13
  4. TheVexatiousLitigant
  5. WellingtonBikeCam01

Norway

  1. DelVeien – Oslo

Poland

  1. 7Prozak7

Russia

  1. DarlokA256
  2. tmpttt1

Sweden

  1. KohlswaCNC

Switzerland

  1. systemexit

Thailand

  1. hipponokloo
  2. ziasong

Ukraine

  1. kievcyclist
  2. yurikslalom

United Kingdom

  1. 04smallmj – Essex
  2. 10936868
  3. 1970DGF
  4. 20cfog
  5. 24690553 – Birmingham
  6. 24leemo
  7. 2FlatErics
  8. 2rocship – Manchester
  9. 39stonecyclist
  10. 497103
  11. 4ChordsNoNet – Croydon, London
  12. ABikeCam
  13. acejase69
  14. adamjennison111
  15. adds21
  16. adysayswakeupffs
  17. agbell99 – London
  18. AldershotCyclist – Aldershot
  19. alexgreenbank
  20. alondoncyclist
  21. amc40
  22. amorfuss – Doncaster
  23. AnalogueAndy – Bath
  24. andi0kam – London
  25. andrewfowler1000
  26. Andrewrobinhood
  27. andyb0000
  28. andyjprice777
  29. Andy Lehrer
  30. AndyTrav1 – London
  31. Angelfishsolo
  32. antlaff69
  33. apreater – London
  34. arallsopp – London
  35. AsusP8Z68V – Norwich
  36. atacama82
  37. Athomack
  38. atthesummitMTBskills
  39. AyrshireBacn
  40. b0ngmanuk
  41. bada55ba55
  42. BadSwindoomRoadUsers – Swindon
  43. baggyattheknees
  44. baldyteacher
  45. BARNTRIKEMAN
  46. bazk666
  47. bbborp – London
  48. benlovejoy
  49. benwhiteuk – Portsmouth
  50. betterbybikeonline
  51. bigblokeonabike
  52. bigbluemeanie
  53. bigguychappers – York
  54. bigsharnm – York
  55. BoardsDarkglasses
  56. BoringVideosInk
  57. BoroGrecian
  58. Bristolcyclista – Bristol
  59. BristolTraffic – Bristol
  60. brothersoulshine
  61. BrownhillsBob
  62. cabdav
  63. CaineAdam
  64. Camsplint
  65. cantankeroussquonk
  66. CapitalMover – London
  67. carsruleok – London
  68. centralnights
  69. ChrisCLondon
  70. citycycling
  71. cjashwell – London
  72. cognitivedissident
  73. commuterCallum
  74. CommutingWithCamera
  75. CountryOfTheBlind – London
  76. cr3ated
  77. crazy580
  78. CrispyCatCam – London
  79. cristapper84 – London
  80. Cunobelin
  81. cyclea2b
  82. CycleGaz – London
  83. cycletank
  84. cycleman8000
  85. cyclinginlondon – London
  86. CyclingPOVCommuter
  87. cyclinginstructor – London
  88. cyclingmarcuu – York
  89. CyclingMikey – London
  90. cyclingpast – London
  91. CyclingWarrior
  92. CyclistDan
  93. CycloWaz
  94. cycopathifist
  95. d4rthpaul – Bristol
  96. DamoDoublemint – London
  97. Dangerousedinburgh – Edinburgh
  98. daniellepalmer
  99. dannyc73
  100. darreljameswhittle – Manchester
  101. dcurzon1973 – London
  102. DeathonWheels1969 – London
  103. definitelynotkwacker
  104. dexradio – Kent
  105. dezbez747 – London
  106. distoredmotion
  107. dominicgkerr – Taunton / Oxford
  108. downfader2
  109. Downwardi
  110. drsquirrel0
  111. DrumsBikesBrains
  112. drysuitdiver
  113. Dukinfieldcyclist
  114. EasySlowRider
  115. eddbike
  116. edinbiker – Edinburgh, Scotland
  117. edinburghcitycycler – Edinburgh, Scotland
  118. EdinburghFixed – Edinburgh, Scotland
  119. EMDcam
  120. eml1909
  121. EP88S
  122. EthelF
  123. Ewan Login
  124. EWSnotDBS – York
  125. exmouthroady – Exmouth
  126. fakestrat
  127. fat2oy
  128. fardsmobile
  129. femtojt
  130. fenegroni
  131. fightbaddriving
  132. finbat
  133. finlab
  134. FixieFarquhar
  135. Fizzerdrix – London
  136. fossyant – Manchester
  137. fotoih
  138. FreewheelingUK
  139. freeyourinnertube
  140. Fuzz944
  141. gadgetmind – Leeds
  142. gaj104 – London
  143. galaxytourer1
  144. genesis6891
  145. GeoffR1970
  146. germanicdogman – Liverpool
  147. giveamanabike
  148. givecyclistsroom
  149. GlasgowCycle – Glasgow
  150. gratedcarrot
  151. gregkiley
  152. GreyhairScout
  153. growingvegetable – Leeds
  154. H3r3D4nny
  155. HaloJUK – London
  156. halverde
  157. hawickrfc
  158. helmetcamroadtrip – Norwich
  159. HLaB75
  160. HorshamCyclist
  161. howiespencer
  162. hydrachem – Sheffield
  163. IAMABULLET1 – London
  164. ian154 – London
  165. idontpayroadtax
  166. IggyHT81S
  167. ilscozzese
  168. ismailzd
  169. iuckcan – London
  170. j03tr33
  171. JameyCam – London
  172. JannieJumbo – Aberdeen
  173. jason40kim
  174. JezBike
  175. jibberish666 – London
  176. jthefishy
  177. jobysp
  178. JoeSoap76 – Glasgow
  179. jonah15 – London
  180. jonnygeez – London
  181. jonredhornet
  182. jonskids
  183. jssjmsvckry – London
  184. Julanikart
  185. julietmikealpha
  186. kalika101
  187. KarlOnSea
  188. Karmacycle1
  189. kiblams
  190. kie7077
  191. knoxieman
  192. kmcyc – London
  193. Kurako76 – London
  194. laplage73
  195. LatinFlava1976
  196. LeatonNick
  197. leedsbikecam1
  198. leedscyclist – Leeds
  199. leew21
  200. leighhunt
  201. LidCamMan
  202. lincstolondon – London
  203. LJ LJ – London
  204. loncycling – London
  205. londonepicurean
  206. Londonneur – London
  207. louear
  208. Lukeybloo
  209. m1mbz
  210. mad guitarist
  211. MadMarie2005 – London
  212. magnatom – Glasgow, Scotland
  213. maidstoneonbike
  214. mailpauljonescouk – Cambridge
  215. manchestercyclist – Manchester
  216. mancroady – Manchester
  217. mapryan
  218. markster2010 – London
  219. martint235 – London
  220. matthames
  221. matthew6476
  222. MaximumCube – Bristol
  223. mbails87 – West Midlands
  224. md451
  225. MegaStuke
  226. MelloVELO
  227. mercyclist
  228. mgbracken
  229. MiddleAgeCyclist
  230. miguelnicolau84
  231. miles210595
  232. MikeyCycling
  233. mixymadman
  234. mjbeaker – Birmingham
  235. mmace – Leeds
  236. mmmmmrob
  237. monkeysnutscom
  238. moth757
  239. MrAnalogue1
  240. MrCasualCyclist
  241. mrcellophane99
  242. MrCyclesafe
  243. MrGrumpycyclist
  244. MrOrigamist – London
  245. MrPipCam
  246. MrTMaccabee
  247. MrTrickdem – London
  248. MTBE37
  249. mycommute
  250. mycommutetowork
  251. mycycleclips – London
  252. n325aej
  253. nebikene
  254. Nimtar100
  255. northyorksbaddrivers – York
  256. NottinghamCyclist – Nottingham
  257. notwhatucallanatural
  258. ontheroaduk2008
  259. OptimisticBiker – London
  260. panticle
  261. paulopadopa
  262. paulworthington53 – Liverpool
  263. PedalBikerUK – Alnwick
  264. PedalPowerPanther
  265. peggy2791
  266. PemboCycling
  267. PeowPeowPeowLasers
  268. peteaud1
  269. PeterCyclesTheWorld – Lancaster
  270. petertbbrett
  271. peterthewomble
  272. PilotInCommand100
  273. pminopoli
  274. PoliceMadAd – Derby
  275. pompeycommuter – Portsmouth
  276. PompeyCycle
  277. poonode
  278. Prestwickuk
  279. prj45
  280. Pufftmw
  281. purpleduck375
  282. RadWagon1 – Cambridge
  283. RaidersCanucks
  284. redradiatorable
  285. redvee2002 – Bristol
  286. ReinhardvonHolst
  287. RhodeLong
  288. rhysjw1000
  289. rml380za – London
  290. roadieeeee
  291. robertjamesfrost
  292. robojimpip – Glasgow
  293. rogerhotuk – London
  294. rogerzilla
  295. ron611087 – London
  296. rosscbrowncycles – Scotland
  297. roverthehill
  298. rugfoot – London
  299. pcandyhk
  300. progcovers
  301. qnut007
  302. ruskythegreat
  303. s0m3bl0k3
  304. sallysaile
  305. SamNG41
  306. san0designs
  307. SbCyclist1
  308. schneil
  309. ScottishCyclist
  310. sekretsource
  311. sh4rkybloke – Manchester
  312. SheffieldCyclist – Sheffield
  313. SheffieldTiger – Sheffield
  314. SkrzypczykBass – London
  315. smegheaddan – London
  316. SMIDSYagain
  317. smsm1986
  318. Sniggerme
  319. SonOfTheWind
  320. soolrider
  321. southlondoncycling34 – London
  322. Speshboy
  323. sponge342001
  324. sqrooloose
  325. StabiliserVideos – London
  326. starinthesky1
  327. steveloughranuk
  328. Steve Perkins – London
  329. sunburnspain
  330. SuperstompElite – London
  331. sw19cam – London
  332. swldxer
  333. taypet21 – Bristol
  334. TCTC68
  335. TesterAnimal1
  336. TheAddictfreak
  337. TheBikingExperience
  338. TheBrettstar1976
  339. TheCWNT – Isle of Man
  340. TheCyclingEngineer
  341. TheEvangeist
  342. thefireuk
  343. TheLabRatt
  344. TheLondonCommuter – London
  345. TheMaka456
  346. thepoetcyclist – Northern Ireland
  347. TheRaven20111
  348. TheSadcyclist
  349. TheSeLager – London
  350. TheScoobybike – Glasgow
  351. TheScottishJon – Cambridge
  352. TheTRides
  353. thnurg
  354. thomase1
  355. timbaggs7 – Nottingham
  356. TiNuts – London
  357. tjdrico
  358. tom999uk – London
  359. tombikess
  360. Tr4veller
  361. Tradescant58
  362. trignflo
  363. trumpettom001
  364. Tuneaftertune
  365. twohat
  366. UKMarx
  367. UnclePhilP
  368. urbanmanc1 – Manchester
  369. vaxbuster
  370. Velocioman
  371. VeryMadMart – Stoke on Trent
  372. Vikeonabike
  373. vincealot
  374. vousden
  375. weekssj
  376. westaft
  377. westcountrytim
  378. wheelygd
  379. WheelyGoodFun
  380. whitebait01 – London
  381. WokingTrafficSafety – Woking
  382. Wonkynees
  383. Woodee
  384. xdr5xdrf
  385. yangtse55
  386. YjvK8PX7er
  387. YorkshirePedelec
  388. zenfarion
  389. ZiggyRob
  390. dustandpebbles

United States of America

  1. 1nterceptor
  2. animation508
  3. AviationMetalSmith – Long Island, New York
  4. badzil
  5. BigSharnm
  6. bike42363
  7. Bikesafer – Milwaukee
  8. bikeologist
  9. blackbirdxxxxx
  10. bmwutonium
  11. bodybait
  12. Brendan61
  13. brunogfmtube
  14. busog97641
  15. calvinymob
  16. carrigan88
  17. cambridgecyclist
  18. cbscott19
  19. chad2go
  20. ChainReactionBicycle
  21. chavezcycling
  22. computergeek3192
  23. CranksOnCam
  24. crazytraffic99
  25. criteriumcoaching
  26. cyclecitation – New York
  27. Cycledizzle
  28. cyclingfun2
  29. cyclingintraffic – Boston
  30. CyclingJDK
  31. CyclistLorax
  32. CycleMan2200 – Ohio
  33. DanWuh – Los Angeles
  34. degnaw
  35. degnawBikeCam
  36. destro727 – Boston
  37. dou40006
  38. eoinocarroll – Boston
  39. Evan Wilder
  40. fake123
  41. fearlab
  42. freddotu
  43. frederickchim – Boston
  44. frizzleyfrozzle – NYC
  45. fuxujam
  46. ItParadyske
  47. jsallen1946 – Massachuetts
  48. Lucas Brunelle (website)
  49. lucaseq77
  50. luvmastertx
  51. magww
  52. Mcleod1370
  53. NaptownRoadkill
  54. ositoking
  55. papitooz
  56. pgallas
  57. seattlebikeblog – Seattle
  58. socomcorky
  59. Superhandydave
  60. sweixel
  61. swray2112
  62. themayocycle – Chicago
  63. theroosterblocker
  64. UrbanCyclist100
  65. USCyclist2000
  66. weshigh
  67. willie92708
  68. xchopp
Last updated: 20.06.12
List total: 541

Speed Cameras are Pointless

January 31, 2011 — 5 Comments
A GATSO speed camera

Image via Wikipedia

The GATSO camera, the most common in the UK, is the most pointless device for catching and dealing with speeding motorists. They only catch the idiots that don’t notice them and they only succeed at slowing down the traffic to the limit at their location.

In the middle of 2010, a few councils across the UK decided to announce they would switch their speed cameras off. Much to the pleasure of the motorist. Stats from Swindon’s shut down show very minimal decrease’s in casualties and seriously injured, but is this a good enough reason to scrap the speed cameras?

The main reason for the switch off is the government cuts to the Road Safety Grant, which funds the speed cameras. It seems that some small changes in road casualties are another reason but in reality we will need to see a stronger change over a period of time, rather than a small change over a year.

In the past week the BBC reported that most speed cameras in the England and Wales aren’t functional. A freedom of information request was put in by Which? magazine.

47% worked at any given moment in all 43 police authorities in England and Wales.

Its study also highlighted big regional differences, with all 60 cameras in Sussex working compared to just 10% of Lancashire’s 287 sites

Which? also did a survey of nearly 2,000 people and they were split as to whether speed cameras made the roads safer.

47% saying they did and 45% disagreeing.

Speed cameras make people think about their speed, but in doing so, they may be distracted from hazards in front of them.

The one time I notice all road users obeying the speed limits is through average speed check zones, these are most often found on motorways or busy/large A roads during road works. But why not apply these along roads where there is an issues with speeding in general?

Speeding on Britons roads is a big factor in crashes and casualties, we should kill our speed and not one another. Removing or keeping our common GATSO camera will not affect how the vast majority of motorists speed daily.

A Guide To Helmet Cameras

November 15, 2010 — 5 Comments

Helmet cameras are becoming popular with cyclists. For evidential purposes and down to videos of cyclists just having fun. With the increase in users and more people watching the videos, i get asked regularly about my set up and what cameras i recommend. It’s time for me to create a detailed list of what cameras are out there and which camera to buy.

There are lots of things to think about when buying a camera, the most important being how much you want to spend. But lets not forget about; video quality, size, weight, waterproofness, battery life, battery replacement and the list goes on.

Something which is often overlooked but very important is storage and editing of footage. If you choose to go with a HD camera, then you will want to make sure your computer is up to scratch with editing the footage. The company that make the cameras should be able to supply you with the information you require on minimum system specifications for their camera. Look at how much storage space you will require if you want to keep some of your videos. HD recordings will take up a lot of space.

My top 5 list of helmet cameras to buy.

  1. Veho Muvi
  2. ContourHD
  3. GoPro HD Hero
  4. Drift HD170
  5. VIO POV 1.5

Veho Muvi
The camera which came out a little over a year ago which has made helmet camera’s popular and affordable is the Veho Muvi. It can be picked up for around £60. You are limited to about 1h30m max on the battery and due to the size of the camera it can be very discreet. The camera it’s self isn’t waterproof, but a special case or good positioning can sort this issue out.

A copy of the muvi is the MD80, and can be picked up at a fraction of the price without losing much quality.
There are a few copies of the muvi, a few are good but most are bad. Look out for the switches on the side of the camera, if they are buttons then avoid the camera!

I have to put the Muvi at number one because of the sheer amount of cyclists that use it and its cheap price for great quality.

ContourHD
The ContourHD is my camera of choice, i have the old 720p model and a 1080p model. Both very much worth the money and hopefully my reasons for choosing it will be outlined below.

The ContourHD pretty much covers every base with what you need from your camera. Superb quality, good variety of mounts for all situations, water-resistant, replaceable battery, rotateable lens, two lasers to line up the perfect angle and a button configuration that is very easy to use without looking at the camera and using gloves.

Things to know about behind the scenes with the camera and the company, vholdr have set up a community where you can upload your videos and a decent forum where questions are answered by other users. Differently worth checking out. There is some software which is available to edit and upload your videos, and change the quality and various light settings.

A key thing for me, was how the camera looked when mounted on the helmet. The contourHD appears to be bullet like and fairly flat, with a red recording light that is visible from the front and the side. This was a big factor for me when choosing it over the gopro HD Hero.

GoPro HD Hero
This is definitely the best camera from a picture point of view. The features and accessories are similar to the ContourHD, in fact there isn’t much difference between the GoPro HD Hero and the ContourHD. They are both amazing cameras, offer great options, deliver great video and are easy to use.
The two downside’s for me with the GoPro are the shape of it and you’re not able to rotate the lens. It’s square and looks ridiculous when you put it on top of a helmet. Rotating the lens means that you can still get the perfect angle when recording but having the ability to mount the camera in strange positions and angles.

One way around this downside is to mount the camera somewhere on the bike, where other oddly shaped things are mounted. MrOrigamist on youtube has done just this, mounted on his stem i believe, it gives a really interesting perspective that no one else currently uses and it looks great. So it’s only downside may not be relevant if you’re not actually going to mount on your helmet.

Drift HD170
Another HD camera here with some different attributes. Similar to the ContourHD the HD170 lets you rotate the lens so that you can get the perfect angle where ever you are mounting it. But where it lacks in laser pointers, it makes up for it with a screen which you can use to watch playback and check your angle. It also comes with a little remote clicker which you can use to start and stop recording.

If I’m honest i think the screen and remote are gimmicky. In day-to-day use I wouldn’t use either of them. A big problem for me is the buttons and their spacing. Due to their close nature and quite small size, it would be hard to operate the camera whilst it is on your helmet with gloves on. This was the main decider for me no to get a Drift HD170.
Apart from that the camera is just as good as the ContourHD and GoPro HD.

Vio POV 1.5
The Vio POV is an expensive option for a helmet camera, but it’s a damn good one. I doubt it’s the camera for most people anyway. It’s a 2 piece unit, a camera and a recording unit (DVR) these are connected via a cable. You will need to find a place to store the DVR whilst you are cycling, this is easy if you have a back pack. The DVR has all the buttons you need and a screen to go with it. On the screen you can watch recordings or the live feed. This gives you an easy way to check the recording angle without taking the camera off or going back to your PC.

The VIO makes it onto my list due to the technology it uses, the better lens and CCD recording chip means the image quality (whilst not HD) is truly amazing. The camera will also be much better in low light when compared to the cameras listed above.
The ability to upgrade the camera or DVR separately is also something that is attractive, especially if one breaks.

Conclusion
The muvi is the best value for money and one of the most widely used cameras among commuters (including clones). The HD cameras in my opinion are the best way to go. The quality they provide means that number plates and actions of cars are clearly visible. But the price jump between the Muvi and the HD cameras is huge, and if you don’t want to spend that money but want better quality then don’t disapear, as there is a gap that the companies have filled.
GoPro, Drift and several other companies have cameras that are in the non-HD range and are of still good quality with good features. If you want one of these, then i will suggest checking out the footage of that camera on youtube or similar.

This is just a list of my top 5 cameras i would recommend. I will do a detailed list of all helmet cameras i know about.

Upgrade to camera system

September 4, 2010 — Leave a comment

Anyone that follows me on youtube will know that last week I tested out a mount for my ContourHD that would attach to the rear of my bike via the seat post. After the success of the test i decided that I would upgrade my camera set up and have my ContourHD as a rear view camera and a ContourHD 1080p camera on my helmet. Much like the setup of the New Zealand cyclist TheVexatiousLitigant. A really important thing for me was that the mount shouldn’t interfere with my legs when i pedalled. I have used a few brackets for rear lights that have rubbed on my leg and it gets very annoying rather quickly. Due to the slim nature of the part that is connected the seat post, this isn’t an issue.

The mount.
I’m using a 3 RAM parts and the universal adapter for the ContourHD. The RAM mounts are rail base with ball & zinc u-bolt, double socket arm for 1″ ball and  1″ ball with 1/4″-20 alum stud. The end result looks like this:



The reason I got this is A. i wanted to upgrade to the 1080p anyway and i thought i might as well as keep the camera i have and use it on the rear. B. I wanted a better camera for the rear, the muvi i had wasn’t giving me the quality i wanted and it kept on turning off randomly which seemed to be down to me using OS X and the spotlight files left on the card.