I've found GoPro's own handlebar mounts to be fiddly to fit, and brittle, therefore vulnerable to breaking. The camera hard cases are good and all, but I'm pretty sure you don't want to be doing a tarmac test for your new fancy £200+ GoPro any time soon. The Barfly Bicycle mount is a decent alternative to the GoPro Handlebar/Seatpost Mount.
The Barfly mount has a double clamp set up to be positioned on either side of the stem which allows for the camera to be directly in the centre of the bars, rather than off to one side as normal. The quick release clamps are a clever alternative to the normal screw up handles and make for a much cleaner look without it getting in the way of your cabling. It still isn't exactly a slick process to mount it, but the quick release certainly makes it far easier to adjust the mount's position.
The standard GoPro handlebar mount somewhat bizarrely needs an extra adaptor to face the camera forwards or backwards. For the Barfly, it is already set up this way, removing the need for extra links that could break, and simplifying the set up. With the range of positions available, it is possible to have the camera facing both up and down while keeping it neatly tucked below the height of the handlebars. If that means your cabling would ruin the picture, you can still have it above the bar and it isn't annoyingly tall.
The clamps have a 31.8mm diameter, so you'll need to shim them out for skinnier bars. The flexibility of the plastic damps out the vast majority of bumps on the road, making for much better footage. That flexibility also means the mount tends to bend more with less worry of snapping, even under high force.
The grip of the quick release clamps is extremely firm and at no point did I have to adjust or tighten them during use. There is no protective padding on the inside of the clamps as on the GoPro mounts, but to my surprise there were no marks on the bars even after a full week.
All in all, the Barfly mount is a pretty neat piece of kit. It may be a bit more expensive than both the GoPro handlebar and rollbar mounts, but the benefits are clear to see. Having already bought the expensive camera it must be worth spending a little extra for a better designed and higher quality way to mount it on your bike.
Strong yet flexible and simple handlebar mount
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Make and model: The Barfly GoFly GoPro Bicycle Mount
Size tested: Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Barfly mount is designed for use with GoPro Hero Cameras. Can be used for both road and off-road bikes, although it was tested on the road.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Simple design with two quick release clamps which sit on either side of the stem to centralise the the lens directly in the middle of the handlebars. The clamps have a diameter of 31.8mm.
Neat looking product and well made from flexible yet strong plastic.
Still a little tricky to set up initially, but the quick release then makes it really easy to adjust position. The flexibility improved video quality and reduced the chances of breaking during use. The design also keeps the mount out of the way so you don't have to change your preferred position on the bars.
Having been tested for a 3 week period whilst completing JOGLE, there were no faults found with it. The clamps stayed tight without even needing adjusting and at no point was there any worry of the mount breaking.
It is a little more expensive than the standard GoPro mounts, but there are enough benefits to make it worth the extra cost.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Extremely well with very few faults.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The quick release clamps made it really easy to re-position the camera.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 21 Height: 5ft8 Weight: 61kg
I usually ride: Cannondale Cadx My best bike is: Scott CR1 Pro
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives,