It’s not easy being a lone unicyclist in the forest… well actually that’s not true, more often than not it’s absolutely fantastic! Occasionally though it’d be great to have something – pictures or video – to show family and friends why riding unicycles off road is so enjoyable. It’s not always so easy to get that when out riding by yourself.

I first came across GoPro wearable digital cameras in December 2007 at a motorsport event where drivers were fitting these little cameras all over the place – to their helmets, outside of the car, inside of the car. GoPro cameras can be used to record sports and activities where there isn’t a cameraman on hand, or it’s not possible¬† hold the camera yourself or stopping and setting up static video shots doesn’t work – motor cross, surfing, car racing, mountain biking, skateboarding, climbing etc – why not unicycling!

Gopro HERO Wide Camera
GoPro Helmet HERO Wide Camera

The GoPro Helmet HERO Wide camera features a 170 degree wide angle lens housed in rugged case, waterproof to 30m. It shoots 56 minutes of ‘TV-quality’ (512 x 384 @ 30 Fps) video with sound or interval 5MP photo every 2 or 5 seconds, stored on a 2GB SD card, powered by 2 AAA batteries.

The Helmet HERO Wide comes with a range of accessories including the housing, helmet mounts, adhesive mounts, mounting clips, headmount, plastic arms and cables.

Gopro HERO Kit
GoPro Helmet HERO Wide Kit

Out of the box you can either use the traditional helmet mount strap or the alternative system of adjustable arms which can attach anywhere on your helmet via an adhesive backed clip system. The camera can be easily moved from mount to mount so there’s no reason not to use all of them.

Gopro HERO Wide Helmet Mount
GoPro HERO Wide Helmet Mount

After road testing the HERO Wide for the last month here’s what I’ve learnt:

Good Stuff:

The Not so Good Stuff:

So enough of the banter. Here’s my first Youtube video of my KH29 Freeride using the GoPro Helmet HERO combined with the GoPro Seatpost Mount and Topeak BarXtender.

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