The Ultrapod 1 weighs in at 46 grams on my digital scales, a little under the manufacturer’s reported weight of 57 grams.
The Ultrapod’s operation appears pretty straight forward, The camera is screwed on to the screw mount. There is a fairly large screw here to secure the camera. On the side is an adjustment knob to tighten the ball and socket in the head of the tripod. This allows for fine tuning of the camera position. The knob also tightens the head unit to the legs.
The user can then either spread the legs to support the camera or use the Velcro strap to secure the camera to a post or tree or whatever one wants to use.
It does seem that it will be handy on my solo tours and the like and should work well with my Canon IXUS 800 compact camera. The Ultrapod instructions do indicate that it is not suitable for cameras using telephoto or extra large lenses which seems logical.
I will report back here in four months time after I have had a chance to use Pedco Ultrapod 1 Portable Camera Tripod in the bike.