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Handlebar camera mount from USA Gear
on 22 April 2013
As a keen off-roading cyclist and videographer, I bought this camera mount last week as I wanted a better method of fixing my Crocolis HD action camera to my MTB than the Crocolis mount that came with the camera. If you're familiar with the Crocolis then you'll know it comes with a solid metal heavy bike mount that is a bit fiddly to set up plus there's no adjustment to keep camera horizontal if the frame or handlebar geometry isn't level.
Anyway, onto USA Gear's handlebar camera mount. I went for a fast ride over a washboard surface and camera mount performed perfectly. Despite the vibration and harsh surface the mount remained unscathed and retained the selected position thus keeping the camera rock solid and horizontal.
I was pleased to see high quality plastics used in the contruction and even more pleased to see proper metal hinge/pivot pins used. What struck me though was the clever adjustable hinge pivot which enables the mount to be fitted to large or oversized tubing including motorbike handlebars. The ball mount is adjusted by slackening off a knurled locking ring to enable postioning of camera etc. The ball-mount terminates in a standard camera tripod thread and a locking thumbwheel with rubber insert to help grip and protect the camera. Judging by the adjustability of the clamp I reckon it could be used on cars or off-roaders assuming it has tubing of some sort to clamp the mount to. However this is designed for bikes or motorbikes - road or off road fast or slow, trail or down hill.
Now my bike has full suspension but the rough track I rode today still meant a boneshaking ride but the camera mount took it all without complaint. When I returned home, the mount was still in position and the camera unharmed. The clamp that fastens around the handlebars also has a rubber insert for maximum grip which also prevents damage to the bike paint finish.
To summerise a very nicely designed and built product and one I totally recommend.