I love a good cycling selfie. It’s so “millennial” of me I know, but I just can’t help it! I don’t do it for “likes” or views or whatever, I simply enjoy taking photos. Most people whip out their phone, bring up the front facing camera and snap away for your basic selfie, but if you want to get fancy – read on!
Recently I bought a piece of equipment that has helped me raise my cycling selfie game to another level. This one takes a bit more commitment to the selfie cause, but the results are worth it.
This is the perfect bit of kit for the self confessed selfie geek – a Bluetooth phone camera remote and small flexible tripod with phone attachment! You can find them sold as a pair or individually online. No need to rely on mates to capture you in action any more! I can set my phone virtually anywhere at any angle and reel off photos on the fly using the remote. Not convinced? Day one with the new gear and I captured this particular cycling selfie…
The face I pull when everything goes to plan!
For the photo above I had the flexible tripod wrapped around a small tree trunk and the remote held on the handlebar. As I pulled a wheelie up the trail I tapped the remote a couple of times. If you look closely, you can see the little blue LED of the remote glowing near my right hand.
It works an absolute treat! The remote has a 10 metre range and close to zero lag time. The tripod is even small enough to pop in your jersey pocket for road rides, but that means less room for snacks. I’d recommend it mainly for mountain biking or gravel biking, where you can stash it in your hydration pack or beardy-old-man saddle bag.
I purchased it as a set from eBay for not much more than the price of a good coffee and cake. I won’t be taking it on road rides (maybe just the remote, that’s small enough) but it will travel with me on any longer off-road adventures from now on! Snap happy!