There are already 600 bike routes (and more coming) available for Bike Labyrinth, but we haven’t seen it all just yet. Clients or residents may sometimes ask about their own routes, that they used to cycle as a child, on holiday or maybe for work. How special would it be if these meaningful routes from the past could be available on Bike Labyrinth? Not only would these routes bring joy, but it’s also good for the mental health of the cyclist. It can bring back old memories that seemed long forgotten and could be the start of a nice conversation. A well-known route can mean a lot for eldery with dementia. We hope to one day have every possible route available, but unfortunately we’re not there yet. But we do have a solution.
You can easily film new routes for your residents or clients yourself. This way they can enjoy their favorite spots day in and day out. All set on your bike, but no idea how to tackle this? We’ve prepared 5 tips and tricks on how to best film a route.
A good camera is a bonus, but definitely not a must. Only have a mobile phone? That works too. Make sure to attach your phone horizontally to your bike. This way you’ll be sure the recording will fit the TV screen. You can easily attach your phone with a mobile holder for bikes or, if you dare, you can go crazy with some tie rips.
Don’t have a mobile holder? You can also record while walking (with a small risk for muscle gain in the arm that’s holding up your phone).
You want to make sure you have a good game plan before you start so you don’t end up having to record the route 10 times. Once you have the answers to all the following questions, you’ll be ready to hop on your bike.
It is best to record the route with the sounds from the environment. If you plan to cycle through a city centre on a Saturday afternoon, you might want to reconsider. There can be a lot of noise, which can cause too much stimulation for the resident/client/patient. Also, you will be able to hear you talk, so if you bump into someone you know along the way, remember: waving also does the trick.
If you’re going too fast paced, you won’t be able to enjoy the view much. Try to cycle between 8 and 12 km per hour, then you are guaranteed a beautiful bike route. In addition, cycling fast can also cause you to pant a bunch, and of course you don’t want that to be on the recording forever.
You’ve recorded the route and are satisfied with the result, but now you have to figure out getting it on your Bike Labyrinth. Luckily it’s easy. Transfer your file (mp4) to a USB stick and import this into the computer that’s connected to Bike Labyrinth. The route will appear on the screen.
We hope you can make the most incredible, personal routes.
Ps. Family members or friends of your patient might enjoy recording a route specially for a birthday or just because. They could also record a special voice over, or record themselves waving to the person on the bike. This way your client, patient or resident can have a very special experience.