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Gear Gallery……A DIY handlebar mount for my camera

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I’ve had a nagging desire to shoot video (using my Panasonic LX-3 camera) while out riding. However, I wasn’t sure how to securely attach the camera to my bike.

Then I remembered this thing called the internet (!), which turned up quite a few designs along the lines of what you see below.

It’s a hodgepodge of nuts, bolts, and washers with a reflector mounting bracket as the base. The 1/4 main bolt screws into my camera’s tripod mount. The little acorn nut on top is just to keep everything together when the camera is not attached.

Below is all the hardware.

Essential hardware -- DIY bicycle handlebar camera bracket


Here’s the camera mounted to the bracket.

Lumix LX-3 on homemade handlebar mount

What’s missing from this photo is the Opteka 0.35 fisheye lens that I plan to attach to the LX-3 for shooting video.

I hope to post some examples soon!


Written by fridaycyclotouriste

August 29th, 2011 at 9:21 pm


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  1. nicely done!


    23 Sep 11 at 1:17 pm

  2. Then I remembered this thing called the internet (!), cheers 🙂


    18 Oct 12 at 11:12 am

  3. Has it ever fallen off? I was thinking of putting one together and making some sort of foam protector for the camera. Has anyone made any sort of protector?

    Nick Foale

    9 Apr 13 at 5:31 am

  4. Nick/ not sure about a protector for the camera, but there’s no real chance of it falling off since it’s using the camera’s threaded tripod mount.

    But there was another problem that made this set-up not so good–the small-sized “platform” of the the washers, the off-center tripod mount, and the relatively heavy fisheye lens all combined to cause the camera to kind of sag to one side. In other words, the whole thing was sort of side and top heavy and I couldn’t keep the camera parallel to the bike’s handlebars.

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