The technological age has brought us many a wonderful invention. The internet, smart phones, the action camera. These perspective cameras allow any amateur user the ability to get a professional video with total ease and convenience. You can film your cycling adventures with the switch of the “on” button, it’ll be on with you. Such big-name cameras can be found equally as conveniently, when visiting your local bike shop in person or online, such as this website .
The nature of the action, or point-of-view camera is that its compact size allows for the camera to be strapped to the bike itself, or even the rider or his or her helmet. It’s not an hindrance to riding; you shouldn’t even notice it there. Therefore, when watching the video after the fact, you should get a true motion image, one that represents the experience you had closer than ever before. With this in mind, you should be able to watch a video travelling along a bike trail or on a road circuit and assess your performance. You can see the missed corners, the hidden bumps, the opportunities for improvement, when your actual performance caused you to overlook them at the time. For keen sportspeople, this is a tool that may prove invaluable. For the hobbyist, it might lead to a more tuned interest in the sport.
The “Go Pro” movement is one that began in 2004, and has gained unparalleled momentum. You can go on YouTube at any given moment and be spoiled for choice with thousands of action camera videos for just about any sport that allows for a camera to be fixed to something – a surf board, skis, any helmet or outfit. The technology allows you to view similar sportspeople, even to share your own experiences via the web. You can become part of online communities, with those who can recommend the next biking trail to test your skills, or offer advice. Allowing others to see through your eyes, that is what the action camera is famous for.
Once you’ve made that impossible jump, beaten that personal best, or pushed your reflexes and technical skills to the absolute limit, then you’ll be glad you caught it all on video. World records and prestigious events have been fortunately captured on action cameras, only because those who have competed thought to use them. You can create a catalogue of achievements, giving yourself a tangible goal for the next ride.
Videos shot via the action cam are the new-age gold star. They are the trophy sitting on the mantle, the medal swinging around your neck. Show off your high-quality masterpiece or riding brilliance to anyone with a computer or smart phone. Not only will you have proof of that sheer cliff face you crossed by means of rattling logs on two wheels, but a visually-stunning recollection of the countryside, the cityscapes, of that time you were doing the things you love… you were cycling.