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Fly6[v] Bracket 3d printed

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Fly6[v] Bracket 3d printed
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Fly6[v] Bracket 3d printed Here's where you need a bit of hidden tape to defeat the hook and loop inside the bracket's slot.
Fly6[v] Bracket 3d printed Here's where you need a bit of hidden tape to defeat the hook and loop inside the bracket's slot.

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Fly6[v] Bracket 3d printed An image of how the tape defeats the loop to let you pass the end of the strap back through the bracket.
Fly6[v] Bracket 3d printed An image of how the tape defeats the loop to let you pass the end of the strap back through the bracket.

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Fly6[v] Bracket 3d printed
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Fly6[v] Bracket

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3D printed in black nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
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The new version of the Fly6 rear bike camera from Cycliq (a great product!) is the Fly6[v] (as of September 2016) and it uses a simple velcro strap that is incompatible with previous Fly6 mounts. This is an awesome mounting solution for the back of a seatpost, but I ride with large bags on a rear rack that obscure the view.

This bracket is compatible with rear bike rack mounts that have 2 holes with 2" spacing, and I've added two more holes that are also on my Topeak rack. The holes are designed for M5 socket head cap screws.

I plan to use it with a simple little tether (maybe zip ties around the rack and light with a carabiner) in case the mount fails on the road. 5mm of the "strong and flexible" material is very robust though -- I couldn't crack or flex it by pushing on the middle while pulling down on both wings very hard. Still, it could become far more brittle outdoors with constant vibrations, so it's best to be safe with a tether.

I really like having the strap go through a slot for security (so there's no way the camera can slide off the top) but you can't pull a hooked strap past the loop part of the hook and loop fastener. I solved that problem with a bit of tape defeating the loop area inside the slot (shown in the picture). Ideally, you'd simply design the hook and loop strap to avoid that area, but it's not worth my time. Anyway, the tape is hidden between the straps and inside the slot, so it won't get dirty or weathered or otherwise look bad.

I strongly suggest printing in black material to help with UV protection (the black coloring blocks UV at or near the surface). I chose the "strong and flexible" nylon material from Shapeways. ABS or PLA will likely work all right, but definitely rig up a tether as UV exposure will break them down faster (hundreds of times faster if the bike is stored in the sun!)

Quick disclaimer: I haven't done extensive mechanical testing or weathering testing on this bracket. I think it's a decent solution for putting my personal fly6[v] on the back of a rear rack, but between 3D printing variability and my design, I can't guarantee it will keep your camera safe. I don't expect it to survive a crash, and I keep a zip-tie tether on mine on the off chance that vibrations break it faster than I hope.
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Fly6[v] Bracket
Dimensions:
7.07 x 5.14 x 4 cm
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