Part of my trip home from work via Waterloo, Wicks and Epping Roads.

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Comment by Terry on December 22, 2008 at 6:28am
Nice video but it seems to miss a few hazzards such as the cyclist entering the roundabout from the wrong side of the road after riding directly into oncoming traffic and the cyclist riding on what looks remarkably like a foot path not a s.u.p. or bike path (i say "looks like" as i can't see any signage to indicate the use of bicycles is allowed on the path.)

Just thought i 'd add a bit of perspective.
Comment by KimR on December 22, 2008 at 8:21am
Yes, all true Terry. But if the cars will clog the road leaving no path for me to get through , I find it reasonable to divert to the next best alternative. If I leave work a bit later in the evening, the road is clear so I stick to that.

The camera is an Canon IXUS 70 mounted above the forks. It takes 640 x 480 resolution at 30fps (reduced for web). Results turned out well, but still learning how to use the video software. Hope to have a few more videos soon.
Comment by KimR on December 22, 2008 at 7:22pm
You can get a basic Canon camera like this http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/canon_a590is.asp for as little as $143 . All the Canon compacts have the same electronics inside, but ths model has a more basic lens and no rechargeable battery. It also has image stabaisation, but I don't think this could cope with all the vibration from a road bike. Will post the mounting details tomorrow.

Does anyone know of any good free movie making software that can do image stabalisation? I know Adobe Premiere Elements can do it, but not sure how much I would use it to justify buying it.
Comment by Duncan on December 22, 2008 at 10:59pm
Terry,

it would seem Kim works at Canon NR.. that entrance to the roundabout may be private road.. ? Note sure what the rules are there.

Agree with the footpath.. but the only other option is to lanesplit which is safer? (I'd choose lansplitting, just because I like to whizz past cars :)
Comment by KimR on December 23, 2008 at 7:11pm


Here is the camera on its mount. I took an old front reflector bracket and bent the tip of it back 90 degrees. Than I bolted an a ball and socket joint from an old tripod to that. The tripod bolt threads into the base of the camera. The lever on the tripod mount locks it in postion. It stayed on securely for 12 km. Only need to check that the cables don't get into the view. I find I get about 11 km of travel for 4GB of video.
Comment by Bob Moore on January 4, 2009 at 5:29pm
Need more of those lifts! One at Milson's Point would be useful.
Comment by KimR on January 4, 2009 at 5:49pm
Yes, I don't know why they built that pedestiran overpass there. It is not near any offices or main bus stops. My only guess is that it is there to attract people into Domayne and Officeworks and the buildiing cost is recovered from advertising revenue. I doubt they had cyclists in mind, but we seem to be the main users of it.

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