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erick.boileau

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« on: April 29, 2009, 02:46:08 am »

have you any idea how I can fix a ball-head on the handlebar of my bicycle ?  

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 03:40:07 am »

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009, 04:08:59 am »

perfect !

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 10:38:03 am »

Not bike specific, but I've often used the versatile Manfrotto super clamp on a bike. Due to it's versatility it's possible to get some great angles not just by mounting on the handlebars, but on the forks, seat and chain stays. You'll need to hook up a camera. I wouldn't/haven't used a ballhead with a super clamp in this context; bikes and cars. In my opinion a ball head isn't designed for that type of load.

There are a number of options from Manfrotto including studs and platforms: B&H have a good selection

My preference is this solution from Manfrotto which also includes a camera platform. I've used this combination with a pump cup at over 280 km/h. It's solid, while flexible enough to allow creative positioning. It's also secure providing plenty of places to fix a lanyard and additional gaffer tape.

« Last Edit: May 07, 2009, 11:01:02 am by GregW »
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 10:50:04 am »

I have ordered both

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009, 04:32:30 am »

Just a word of caution regarding the preceding recommendation. Be VERY wary of attaching any bracket to the front forks of a bicycle.  Most forks are tapered. A short period of normal vibration can be enough to allow the bracket to loosen with potentially nasty results when the bracket swings into the spokes!  Most fittings for front fork mounting are designed to be attached to specific brazed-on mounts.  Simple clamps are usually not suitable.

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009, 04:42:00 am »

thank you Jim

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2009, 06:32:30 am »

Not to mention the fact that if you have your tyres pumped up properly you induce killer vibration; for sale, one top-end Nikon with low mileage...

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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2009, 06:42:56 am »

I want it for a certain kind of photos

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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2009, 01:28:29 pm »

Quote from: Jim Pascoe
Just a word of caution regarding the preceding recommendation. Be VERY wary of attaching any bracket to the front forks of a bicycle.  Most forks are tapered. A short period of normal vibration can be enough to allow the bracket to loosen with potentially nasty results when the bracket swings into the spokes!  Most fittings for front fork mounting are designed to be attached to specific brazed-on mounts.  Simple clamps are usually not suitable.

Jim

I've used the super clamp and D3 or D2x with a range of road - which often have tapered stays - and mountain bikes with front suspension forks without any problems. It's simply a case of setup and taking a few obvious precautions like a lanyard and gaffer tape etc. It's the same with cars at high speed.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2009, 01:39:01 pm »

I'll not do any kind of mountain bike with it, something more soft

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