Biking to Fredericksburg – Video

I finally got around to putting together the video I took during last month’s bike ride to Fredericksburg. Editing it finally pushed me past what I could do with iMovie ’08. ’09 might have done the trick, but I already had iMovie HD ’06 and knew from others’ comments that it might do the trick. It did.

YouTube link


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  1. #1 by Allen Hebert on July 22, 2009 - 12:16 am

    Isn’t it dangerous to video tape while riding a bike?


    • #2 by Ren on July 22, 2009 - 10:46 am

      Allen – probably less dangerous than almost anything I do while driving. Or, at least, less *increase* in the base danger of riding a bike on those roads in the first place.


  2. #3 by Philip J Beyer on July 22, 2009 - 6:37 am

    great job Ren… i was half-expecting a typical YouTube video (i.e. a dramatic spill), but i’m glad that wasn’t the case!


    • #4 by Ren on July 22, 2009 - 10:49 am

      Phil – that would have been last year. There’s a cattle guard at the very bottom of the steepest hill on the ride and one of the guys was a first-timer on this ride so he wasn’t aware of it. He was going quite fast down the hill and then didn’t recognize what the cattle guard was when he saw it. He took quite a spill and got some pretty good scrapes and bruises. Thankfully, he wasn’t more seriously injured, as I expect his speed before reacting was probably in excess of 45 mph.

      There’s no video of it, though.


  3. #5 by martymankins on July 22, 2009 - 8:25 am

    iMovie 06 makes it happen.

    The one advantage of holding your camera is you can shoot multiple areas with flexible ease. I don’t need to mention all of the disadvantages, which one (dropping the camera) didn’t happen.

    Nice ride. Brings back memories of when I used to ride a lot.
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Favorite Album: The Panic Channel – (ONe) =-.


    • #6 by Ren on July 22, 2009 - 10:53 am

      Marty – I was actually quite careful with the camera. I usually only took it out when I was on a downhill or at least a fairly level grade. I kept it in a zippered pouch on the bike, right in front of me (below the handle bars). I always put the wrist strap on before removing the camera from the pouch and likewise, put the camera back in the pouch before removing the wrist strap.

      I was impressed by the way that most of the shots of me don’t even look like I’m holding the camera.


      • #7 by martymankins on July 25, 2009 - 9:43 am

        Just like me, you were extra careful with your camera.

        Yes, I was equally impressed with how it looked like there was no extended arm self-portrait look.
        .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Self Distraction =-.


  4. #8 by Penelope on July 22, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    You guys look terribly professional in your gear! Thought I was watching the Tour de France for a minute 😉
    Bloody mad though – all of you! 😉


    • #9 by Ren on July 22, 2009 - 4:07 pm

      Penelope – the right gear certainly makes a big difference. We are, however, very SLOW. Well, Travis is only somewhat slow. 🙂


  5. #10 by Faiqa on July 22, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Aww, man, I thought you meant Fredricksburg, VIRGINIA.


    Kidding. That was a great video and, anyway, you pretty much can’t go wrong if Freddy Mercury is singing in the background.
    .-= Faiqa´s last blog ..37 Weeks and Counting: A Bullet Post =-.


    • #11 by Ren on July 23, 2009 - 1:03 am

      Faiqa – I was very happy with how well that song worked; I didn’t even plan the well-timed ending. The one problem with it is that I don’t see how I can ever score another biking video. 🙂


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