My GoPro fell off my helmet

DangerCDV

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So I have a video about this on my channel (Ride With Danger) but I recently had an issue where the 3M tape and female end of the mount were attached to my helmet just fine, but the male end of that connector just slid out while riding around. I was able to recover the Hero 5 and its damaged frame, but the mic adapter got lost. So far the camera still works great!

To my surprise, I contacted GoPro and they actually replaced the frame, mount, protective lens. and the mic adapter! So I got lucky there, but I am sketched out now that the mount might fail again.

I know its held up in the past at some very illegal speeds, so I shouldnt be too worried, just sketched out that I almost lost my GoPro, especially since they have a rubber piece on their mounts so this WONT happen.
 
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HippoDrone

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Was good of them to replace the bits. I have been using their ball joint mount on my bike and one of the locking arms snapped last ride so I share your concern.
 
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It depends on how far out your camera is from your helmet. Was this a chin or side mount set up? If the latter then the camera can act like a sail, creating a vibration that tugs at the adhesive contact, and over time, wrenches it out. I had a similar thing happen to a camera mounted to the top of one of my side mirrors. Once I got up to around 50-60 mph, the buffeting wind and vibrations pried if off. It's seen in one of my motovlogs too.

- Wolf
 

DangerCDV

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It depends on how far out your camera is from your helmet. Was this a chin or side mount set up? If the latter then the camera can act like a sail, creating a vibration that tugs at the adhesive contact, and over time, wrenches it out. I had a similar thing happen to a camera mounted to the top of one of my side mirrors. Once I got up to around 50-60 mph, the buffeting wind and vibrations pried if off. It's seen in one of my motovlogs too.

- Wolf
well it was a side mount because a chin mount doesnt really work with my new helmet. the adhesive is still fine, it was the male end of the mount that slid out.
 

scooterwuf

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That sounds more like a problem with the clicking mechanism. Was anything broken, or do you think it was the same dynamic forces -- wind and vibration -- that worked it out of its socket?

- Wolf
 

DangerCDV

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That sounds more like a problem with the clicking mechanism. Was anything broken, or do you think it was the same dynamic forces -- wind and vibration -- that worked it out of its socket?

- Wolf
I believe the GoPro mount failed. Because it has that rubber piece that is supposed to prevent this from happening. And when I recovered the mount from the side if the road that rubber piece was missing. I'm glad I got it all replaced tho
 

scooterwuf

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Yeah, that is a tough break. Glad Gopro replaced the parts. The camera I lost was only $50 bucks, and from a company based in China. I was confident about their Customer Service, so I just got another one.

- Wolf
 
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DangerCDV

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Sorry about the misspelled words! I was distracted with breakfast this morning.
lol its all good, im chowing down on some breakfast right now too! I have more confidence in this new mount, and test it before every ride.
 
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HippoDrone

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can you not mount it the other way around so that when the wind pushes against it, it pushes it on rather than off?
 

DangerCDV

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can you not mount it the other way around so that when the wind pushes against it, it pushes it on rather than off?
Well either way it shouldn't happen because the rubber piece won't let it push back. I can't force it back when the rubber piece is down so I'm not sure how the wind did it
 
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