So many of you were asking me, “Steve, how the heck did you take those great action shots of you riding the Mount Vernon Trail?” Ok, that’s not true – actually none of you said that. However, I am still pleased to anounce that I have made my first modification to my Specialized Crosstrail – a camera mount! After pedaling over 350 miles with a camera stowed in my seat bag or Camelbak, I decided I didn’t enjoy stopping my bike and fishing the thing out every time I wanted to snap a pic. Then, I happened across this helpful site, which had plans for what I needed. A trip to the Lowes and about $2 got me the parts I needed. Everything came together quite nicely, which was quite a shock and extremely unusual for me.
I gave the mount a test drive during yesterday’s “Tour de Mount Vernon” and it worked great. It was a little difficult to see the picture in the preview lens, but that wasn’t a big deal. Just take plenty of snaps and you’re bound to get a few you like. There was a slight challenge with the camera angle. The handlebars are not perfectly horizontal and therefore the camera is mounted at a slight angle. Fortunately, the good people at Windows Live Photo Gallery (which I use to make my panoramic shots) have provided a picture straightening feature which can compensate for the angle. Very nice.