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Florence Oregon Bicycle Group Ride

Matt Jensen, the central Oregon cycling God, has acquired a camera the size of a GoPro, and mounted it on his Motobecane Lurch fatbike. The camera is in a little weatherproof housing, and looks like a GoPro at first, but it is manufactured by Vivitar (and at a tiny fraction of the GoPro cost). So, yesterday evening, he used it for the first time while on the local Florence bike ride, sponsored by Bicycles 101. Here is Matt’s presentation of the entire ride (provides a good look at Florence neighborhoods):


5 responses

  1. Jerry Forster

    Picture quality looks great. Thanks for the info.

    July 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  2. David Blakeman

    Stop signs don’t apply to bicycles in Oregon? Interesting.

    July 15, 2015 at 11:22 pm

  3. I noticed that also David. I have not ever ridden with the bicycle group, but if I do join them on my new Full Fat, guess I’ll have to pedal extra hard to catch up to the group after each intersection. It’s okay though because I would be getting more leg exercise in the process. Cops are in short supply here in this town, so many traffic violations are not enforced, including car speeds on Highway 101 that passes through the town (speed limit is 30, but traffic, including locals, typically exceeds 45).

    July 16, 2015 at 9:34 am

  4. Overall quite good video quality, will have to look up that Vivitar. Was the “floating” black frame due to some post-shot stablization?
    @ David Blakeman. Yes, Oregonians embrace the “Idaho stop”, although the legislature hasn’t codified it yet.

    July 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm

  5. The Vivitar was something like 35 to 40 bucks if I remember correctly – couldn’t believe what he paid for it. Only goes up to 720 image size, but quality looks very good. Yes, the floating black frame is the YouTube post-stabilization solution. Essentially on YouTube, if it detects your video to be shaky, it asks if you would like to stabilize it. The stabilization comes at the expense of a still border area. I have tried the YouTube stabilization solution on a couple of my clips, but prefer no longer to use it due to the odd post-production appearance. For very minor shaking, it may be an option, but when it attempts to correct a camera mounted on a rigid frame bike, the border goes nuts. At least Matt’s huge fat tires helped a bit, haha. In another lifetime, I once lived in southern California, and there, this type of stop sign behavior was called a “Hollywood Stop” … Hell, I’d just pull ’em all over and have a field day issuing moving violation citations! Yee Haa!

    July 16, 2015 at 6:10 pm