All new bikes come with reflectors in the spokes of the wheel, on the handlebar and on the seatpost. Most people take off the reflectors and toss them thinking that they’ll never use this functional piece of plastic again but I think there is a lot of life yet to be extracted from the these safety parts.
Previously, I have found that the reflector holder can be easily converted into a cheap inside chain guide. I’ve used the plastic holder as an inside chain guide for the past 9 months and it has done an excellent job of keeping my chain on the front ring. In fact, over that period of time, I’ve only thrown the chain twice!
Another use for the useful reflector holder is as a handlebar camera mount. I found one reflector holder in my parts bin and attached it to the handlebar via the screw it came with. Then I found a 1/4” threaded screw and I forcefully threaded this screw into the front of the reflector holder. The reflector holder normally has two holes, but neither hole is meant for a 1/4″ screw. No worries though, it’s just plastic.
Mount the camera on and now you’re ready for video. A couple of quick lessons learned:
- mount as close to the middle of the handlebar as possible especially when using oversized bars. In the picture above I realized that the horizon was not going to be level after I installed the camera while on trail… without the proper tools to move it over to the middle.
- make sure to screw things down firmly. You don’t want to lose your camera when going down the rough stuff
- which takes me to my last lesson: this works better when you’re going slower, especially if the going is rough. When you’re going too fast the camera just tends to rattle around too much.