Bullet cam cycling helmet test
I'd been testing my DogCam Bullet HD on the handlebars of my bike. Yesterday I fixed the camera to my cycling helmet and rode to the Bolton Arena. My speed awareness course was held there today, starting at 8.00 am. By coincidence the Bolton Arena was designed by me in 1996. This is only the second time I've been inside the building since it was completed in 2001 (the first was when I applied to work there as a cleaner in 2005).
The bullet cam is fixed to a helmet with sticky tape, adjustable Velco, and two elastic loops. With a little trial and error it can be made to point in roughly the right direction. When fitted to the bars the mic picks up a rumbling noise which I guessed might be road noise passing through the bicycle's frame, and a clicking sound from the chain. In fact these same noises are picked up on a helmet and the rumbling is wind I assume.
Head movement looking round at junctions or before overtaking can cause the picture to disappear for a second or two, and the cam doesn't like direct sunlight. Otherwise the image is acceptable but I think I prefer the cam on the handlebars.
This particular video illustrates an annoyance typical of cycling along bus routes: bus leapfrog. The bus goes past, stops at the next bus stop, you overtake, then the bus goes past again, and you come up behind it again at the next bus stop. Sometimes it's best to wait for it to move off and sometimes it's best to get past. Either way you always end up behind the bus.
On the speed awareness course I learnt how to distinguish between a 30 mph and a 40 mph speed limit and that the national speed limit is 60 mph, not 70 mph. This will not affect my cycling. I also learnt how driving is supposed to be controlled by different types of speed limit signs and what an upside down triangle sign means. As a sign-hater I found this part disconcerting. I think motorists should be helped to think for themselves and to take more personal responsibility for their actions.
Note: part way through the video the sound goes off and becomes sound from somewhere else, then reverts back to the right sound a little later. I've no idea what might have caused this, unless it was Avidemux, the software used to edit the video. I'm still a learner.
See also Bullet HD review »