Bike as camera platform

Yeti Arc cross

October 2012: Second bicycle – parts of the coast are only accessible by following the road so it has worked well so far, and light to push, carry and climb with- superb for those ‘end of the day’ return cycle journeys which can easily be 25 miles or so above the walked distance that took every ounce of energy you had.

July 2012: Second bicycle on the way, a 2009 Medium Yeti arc-x courtesy of Matthew Szarko, a Canadian lecturer in medicine living in London. Through trial and error I discovered that for a day’s ‘push’ its so much easier to have a lighter machine altogether. I’ll be able to go farther and faster than before, particularly carrying the bike for any distance and lifting over stiles – the Kokopelli was getting on for 75+ lbs with ‘light’ camping gear, racks and tent. Fine for a few days camping over rough terrain when far from access points to roads, but a bit tough to navigate gate stiles with.

Bike rules are simple: Push on paths, ride on roads & carry where can’t do either of the first two.

Had some help for this project from a true inspiration- Dana Farrell who in 2010 rode the length of Africa in four months across some of the most challenging terrain on the planet to raise awareness for melanoma research. She’s offered advice on what sort of bicycle would best suit the geography, and from my point of view best suit as a camera platform, which is vital in keeping the gps camera steady. Two wheels seemed the most practical solution over this varied terrain, unfortunately unlike ‘500 mile walkies‘ this companion does not self-propel. 

Read her blog here http://7500milesformelanoma.wordpress.com/

I finally settled on a 2002 Yeti Kokopelli, with a new Ti Brooks saddle – just because. Light and easy to push and can be carried if necessary, it will also take a pannier system and racks for equipment and gets me back to support vehicle at end of day’s walk.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Bike as camera platform

  1. Daryl Perrins says:

    Why on earth are you taking a bike ? These are coastal paths for walking. It seems to me you will miss so much trying to get your bike over rocky headlands etc… It will be a terrible distraction. Looking at the picture of you carrying it makes it look like an endurance test.

    • Jez Nemeth says:

      Hi Daryl, You’re very right in so many ways! And it certainly wasn’t my first choice of companion. It came about after a lot of testing to keep the camera steady and pointing forward, tried head and steady cams, weighted boom too – two rolling wheels just works best. It carries all the equipment and I can get to a sound recorder or camera in seconds without taking off a back pack. I can carry it for short distances up to a mile in bursts, and over stiles, but can’t carry a rucksack for a day’s distance with camping equipment, broke one knee twice and the other is not in much better condition, it offers the support of a walking stick too -I’m not fast by any means you understand. Pushing the bike surprisingly gives me the freedom to enjoy the scenery, its a talking point with people as you’d imagine, and after walking 20 miles, I can get to train stations or back to a vehicle if I have one at the end of the day. Really good point though, this solution came from lot of trial and testing over distances and just works for me -more able bodied people may have different solutions and strategies that work for them -just how you roll…

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