Filming your ride

Whether you want to record things you encounter when you bike daily or wish to immortalize your cycling adventures, filming is the answer.

When I first started filming my rides, I was using a point and shoot hand held. Making it impossible to get a good shot. Over time I explored different devices, angles, mounts, eventually finding my way. I’m still learning, but it’s common now for people to look for tips on filming their own ride.

Here are some tips I can share with you when it comes to filming your rides:

  1. Be inspired.

One of the first things I did was to watch some cycling videos. This pushed me to start filming. It also helped me realize what type of filming and editing I need to do. These videos, like How To Film Your Bike Rides Using An Action Camera, gave me an idea of the basics of filming with an action camera.

  1. Be prepared.

Like in a biking race, one of the most important things you need to do when filming is to prepare. List down the shots you need to shoot. Recognize the locations where you want to shoot yourself so you can check what the best places for the best angles are. You can either do POVs from your helmet or your chest or you can even ask someone to take shots of you while riding. Make sure your equipment is complete and ready-to-go for you and your companion before your shooting race day.

Climb Monthey
Out-front Mount with GoPro Hero: Climb Monthey

 

  1. Tell a story.

This is how you make your videos interesting. What is your edge? How are your bike videos different from others? You need to know what your theme is, what story you want to tell. Are you the type who wants to make films on bike adventures? Or do you want to show your daily commute so people can see it from a biker’s perspective? Ask yourself what you want to share with other people and start from there. Be creative on showing your stories by not just limiting yourself on shots of you and your bike. Add things that will make it more personal, like shooting yourself while doing your rituals before races or even interviewing other people to support your story. Remember that other than magnificent videography, people also like knowing the heart behind it. That’s why I love the Garmin VIRB cameras, as they sync with my sensors to create on screen data. Letting the viewer get deeper into the story.

Crazies Onboard
Onbike mount with Garmin VIRB XE: Crazies Ride

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Many would have seen my latest attempts at on bike footage. I’m no expert, but keen to learn.

 

Have you started filming your rides? What other tips can you share with me?

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Taking some story telling shots on the climb out of Monthey, Switzerland

References:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/technique-how-to-shoot-a-bike-video-29936/

 

6 thoughts on “Filming your ride

  1. Good post.. personally I’ve always avoided filming road rides.. it lacks the photogenic nature of mtb and I usually use the road bike to cover miles.. I guess being a slave to strava means that I’m unprepared to stop mid climb to climb off the bike and set up a the camera for me to ride past.. you’ve also not got the ability to carry spare mounts and batteries like you do when off road and using a rucksack. Trying looking back.. thats always a good shot.. i did a bit in this video;

    This post has made me keen to try filming on the road though.. Maybe my next CX ride.. 😉

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      1. Not as often as I should to be honest Scott. I’ve got a go pro 4 black which is brilliant and I miss some great rides due to a certain amount of laziness.. I’m going to turn that around this year.. good luck with yours, will you link them through your site?

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