Use Your Bike To Find Far Away Places To Shot

Posted: April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized
I shoot in three different parks near my home and one park is very large and there are areas that I have never explored because of the distance it would take to walk there and back. With limited time in the field I can’t waste the time it would take to venture into these area on foot, as I would spend more time walking there and back then I would shooting. So it hit me one day, why not bike to these areas as there are trails that will get be into these back country areas, and my bike would get me there in no time.
I don’t carry much in the way of camera equipment when I go out to shoot, so I don’t use a photo backpack,  so I went to the local bike shop to see if they could set up a carrying bag and rack system that would attach over the back wheel. If you use a photo backpack you could always just strap it on your back and ride and not purchase the bag and rack.  They had a nice size bag that would hold my camera, extra lens and a few accessories, and had a shoulder strap so I could carry the bag off into the woods to explore. The bag has a track on the under side that allows the bag to slide onto the rack and lock in place.
To carry the tripod I attached it to the top post on the bike with a strap and a bungee cord.
I will also carry a locking cable in case I want to leave the bike and head off into the woods. I can lock the bike to a tree off the trail.
Here is a picture that shows the bike with the bag and the tripod attached.

Here is a shot of the bag and you can see plenty of room for the camera, and room in the front area for a extra lens and things.

Here is the tripod strapped and bungee on the top post, or you can buy a tripod strap and sling it over your back
This new set up will get me to new areas in a fraction of the time it would take me to walk, giving me more time to shoot.

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Comments
  1. Jeff Morett says:

    Hey Mike,

    I like how you have a challenge and find a great solution. I love how you have the bike setup as well. I’m inspired, have a great day.

    Jeff

  2. Peter Shikli says:

    Mike,

    Given that bicycles have no shock absorbers like cars, your tires are all that stand between road vibration and the delicate mechanism of your camera and lenses. To see what I mean, put in your camera bag a ziplock baggie with a couple hard boiled eggs and go for a ride. Not as comfy, but putting a pack on your back avoids expensive repairs.

    Cheers, Peter Shikli

    • Mike Moats says:

      Peter, It would depend on your trails of course, mine are smooth, so not an issue with a bumpy ride, but you can always add a couple inches of foam to the bottom of the bag if you did have bumpy trails.

  3. Good idea Mike – how are you liking the new lens?

  4. Heather says:

    I have been riding all my life road and mountain..I use a camera back pack that lets me strap the tripod on the pack..works great even on narrower trails.

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