Let’s record our ride – It’s a simple dash cam

It’s just a $50 dashcam.

It came with a reverse camera, that I now use on my Velo trike as a front camera. That’s right I’ll confuse you. My Velo has a front camera as the back and the back camera as the front. I did this so that the tiny camera is up front and doesn’t block my view out the window.

Warning the tiny camera does not have the same quality as the larger camera. I tend to only use that camera to record the road and cars. My Velo is 90% a street commuter.

My recumbent uses a front dash camera on the front of the bike.

Bayshore Bike Way San Diego, California

I’m using a USBc cable and I’m powering the camera by a 2inch x3 inch cellphone charger. It was $15.  You have to use the higher 2A output to power the cameras.  As soon as you plug it in, the camera goes into record. When you unplug it it stops.

As for attaching to the trike, this is where I had to become creative. I have an upright angle post. I folded some cardboard to make a holder for the camera and cables, along with a fold that holds the battery. Then out of duct tape and Velcro I made a sling to cradle the camera for a smoother ride. Basically cardboard Velcro and duct tape. It’s rudimentary, but it works well. Now that it’s a proven to work project, I’m going to spend a little time making it look nicer.

Cardboard box camera mount
Battery Pack

I also have an e-velo trike. It too has a dash cam. I power the dash cam via the trikes 48v battery system. The Trike has a 48v-12 volt downconverter, so its a simple tap off the 12v side. I have a small box that holds my stuff. I cut a lens sized hole in it. Then I made a sling out of duct tape. This camera has been working great for the last 2 years. I’m very happy with the quality of the video and the durability of the camera. it’s a lot cheaper than a GoPro (which I have) and is perfect for the average Jill or Joe bike videos.

Dashcams record in 1-3 and 5 minute sections. I’m an Apple person, so if you want one continuous bike ride I have to drop the file into iMovie to join them. Normally, I find I don’t want the entire ride documented. It gets boring, so this system works great for me.

I was commercial video editor by trade for years and this system is good enough for most streaming purposes and the price is right $50-$100 for everything.

If you have Apple devices be sure to get the cameras with Mov. I download to my phone or my laptop via an adapter.

Formats like AVI are only for the PC computers

Here’s more videos for you to compare and create your own camera mount ideas

Front camera on a recumbent


Rear facing camera on my Velo