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I need a good mirror. Any recommendations?? (Fred)(8 posts)

I need a good mirror. Any recommendations?? (Fred)Wheat
Mar 29, 2002 3:24 PM
Quite honestly the cars are getting bigger and in South Carolina the white line is our only shoulder. Call me Fred a relic or what you will, if I have one chance in surviving out there I'll take it. I tried the one on the helmet threw it out after the first ride. Anybody know about Blackburn's mirror that mounts on the brake hood? Don't care how I look so all you anti-freds don't respond. Ride today live tomorrow...Wheat..
re: I need a good mirror. Any recommendations?? (Fred)KEN2
Mar 29, 2002 4:15 PM
The best IMO is the Bike Peddler, available at REI:
http://www.rei.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=1842331&prmenbr=8000&cgrfnbr=4500871

You didn't mention which helmet model you tried, but the cheap plastic ones that some shops have are, I agree, worthless--too much vibration. This puppy is beautifully made and rock-solid. Forget the helmet-mount option, though--mount it on your glasses. You just need to wear glasses or sunglasses on every ride--but who rides without eye protection?

This is the most unobtrusive, but it's sensitive to placement on the glass and won't work with all sunglasses, depending on the severity of the curve:
http://www.rei.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=34799&prmenbr=8000&cgrfnbr=4500871
I have this one mounted on my road-specific sunglasses as it's less Fred-like (actually it's invisible to anyone else).

Also the one at Rivendell is great (this is the one I use on my commute):
http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/webalog/miscellaneous/21021.html
Again I recommend against the helmet model--choose plastic or wire mount depending on your glasses. You may have to do a little bending of the spoke to get just the view you want, but when it's set up right, you should just have to cock your head a little to the left to get a full view of what's behind you, with no blind spot like in a car. I absolutely don't ride without mine!
re: I need a good mirror. Any recommendations?? (Fred)dsc
Mar 29, 2002 4:16 PM
This one appears to be a favorite amongst ultra cyclists...

http://www.rei.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prmenbr=8000&prrfnbr=1842331
Use a handlebar mirrorMGS
Mar 29, 2002 4:54 PM
I've always hated helmet or eyeglass mirrors.

I use the third eye handlebar mirror. It goes into the end of the bar instead of the bar plug.

No vibrations, convex lens. Once you get used to it, it's the best in my opinion.

The blackburn and Rhodes seems to vibrate too much. Skip them.
One thought on the handlebar mirror...timfire
Mar 30, 2002 12:45 AM
When I was riding a hybrid with a straight handlebar, I loved having a mirror mounted on the end of the bar. But when I switched to a road bike with a drop bar, it just didn't work anymore. The problem came from changing between the drops and the hoods. When I changed positions it would mess up the mirror angle.

If you don't change positions much a handlebar-mounted mirror should work, but if you do it might cause you trouble.

For my next mirror I'm going to try a helmet- or eyeglass-mounted mirror. (Though I admit I haven't tried one out really, so I can't add comments specifically on them.)

--Timothy Kleinert
Not really a problemMGS
Mar 30, 2002 11:46 AM
I only ride a road bike with a standard drop bar. I find that the third eye, with the convex lens, allows me to ride in the drops, the hoods, or even in an aero tuck with syntace bars.

The mirror requires some adjustment, and is not ideal in all positions, but it works.

I find the Rhodes mirror and the Blackburn not adjustable enough to allow visualization in all positions.

Helmet mirrors move if your helmet shifts. Eyeglass mounted mirrors are fine, but if find the field of view better with a standard rear view mirror. Once you get used to the handlebar mirror, it's just like using your car mirror, a quick glance every so often to confirm the road is clear behind you.
Use a handlebar mirrorp chop
Mar 31, 2002 6:50 PM
Ditto on the Rhode Gear -- can't keep it tightened up enough to even maintain the position you give it (they used to be good, before they changed the pivot to that slippery ball-and-socket).

I'd love to see another good mirror that mounts on the hood; that was always the best place for me -- stable, viewable from most positions, good place in visual field for picking up movement even when not focused right on it. I learned to tolerate the velcro around the hood for these advantages. For now, I'll have to use the end-plug type when I do ride with one at all.

As far as changing to the drop position, I always wanted to invent a mirror with a notched adjustment just for this, like on rear view mirrors in cars.
Thanks to all who posted...N/TWheat
Apr 1, 2002 8:32 AM
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