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How many ride with a mirror?(17 posts)

How many ride with a mirror?kendoo
Jul 22, 2002 5:38 PM
Just curious if alot of you haver a mirror mounted on your bars or helmet? I'm seriously considering one. Any recommendations would be appreciated. I'm leaning toward a mirror that mounts on the brake hook via a velcro strap, not sure who makes it.
mirrorgregario
Jul 22, 2002 6:17 PM
I absolutely would not ride without a mirror. Years ago I tried the brake hood velcro strap model on the tandem but I thought it vibrated too much so that I really couldn't see very well. I very highly recommend the "Take a Look" mirror if you wear glasses (or sunglasses) and the temples (bows?) accept it. I just switched however to a helmet mounted mirror, the Reflex, and it works fine. I switched to take some strain off the bows of my glasses and the weight the mirror adds to the glasses tends to tip them. The Take a Look is available in the Colorado Cyclist catalog and the Reflex I got from Performance. I would not recommend the glasses mounted mirror that Rivendell sells because it's just too darn heavy.
mirrorbic
Jul 22, 2002 8:10 PM
I have tried them. But they are so small that by the time I can really see with them I could of looked back and gotten a much better view and understanding of what is there, how far back, how fast, etc. So what is their purpose and or use? If you are going to get hit by a vehicle that leaves the lane they are most likely going far to fast for such a little mirror. It's not likely they are also driving in the same lane as you, they just seem to swerve into it. As much coming from the other direction, oh I was looking in my itsy, bitsy, mirror. :( One can do better by learning how to look back. I could almost say that if you were to analize :) most bicycle vs car mishaps etc. a mirror would of made no difference.
Won't leave home without it!Justride
Jul 22, 2002 6:23 PM
I use the Third Eye glasses mount mirror. I feel it has helped me be a better rider. A couple of guys I ride with do not use one an they have a lot more close calls with traffic and other riders than I do.
Just started using one...DINOSAUR
Jul 22, 2002 6:52 PM
I was in a Rei sporting goods store last month with my wife doing some shopping for my teenage daughter. I browsed around the bicycle department and scoped out a Bike Peddler Take-A-Look Mirror. They only had one left in the store and I purchased it and used it the next day. It attaches to your riding glasses or your helmet. I attached mine to my glasses. It took about 45 minutes of fooling around until I discovered that in order to see behind me I had to tilt my head up and to the left, otherwise all I see is a shot of my shoulder. This is the third mirror that I have tried and after riding for about a month with one, I don't see how I got along without it. I ride on two lane Mountain type roads and sometimes due to the way sound travels you can't always tell which way a vehicle is approaching. And often there are two or three vehicles in a row and you can't tell by sound. It's also great when descending as most the time I think I have a jet plane alongside me due to the wind noise, and with the mirror I can see what is behind me and it usually takes awhile for a vehicle to overtake me as I'm cooking along. Also great when making left turns at intersections while descending as I don't have to slow down and crank your head, the mirror picks up a good picture. It adds a new demension to cycling. It does pick up some road vibration but the image is not disorted due to the size. The only problem I have encountered is sometimes when I looking to the left preparing for a turn and looking into the mirror at the same time it creates a blindspot.

Now if I keep an eye on my mirror I don't have to worry about a car sneaking up from behind me, which can give an old guy heart failure.

The Bike Peddler mirror is available at Rei stores or the Colorado Cyclist for around $15.00.
what he said nmDougSloan
Jul 23, 2002 5:41 AM
Sure doSkip
Jul 22, 2002 8:48 PM
I have the mirror that I believe you are referring to - mine is made by Rhode Gear; now made by Blackburn, I believe.

The original plastic arms and velcro attachment were way to flimsy, with a lot of road vibration transfer, making it very difficult to see clearly with the mirror; plus it wasn't mounting as high on the hoods as I wanted. So,I made my own brake hood mount for the mirror out of carbon fiber cloth, that conforms perfectly to my Dura-Ace brake hood (snaps on, and held there with a couple wraps of black, plastic tape), and the mirror attachment exits high on the point of the hood, leaving the rubber part free for my hand - very ergonomic, comfortable, and no vibration problems. Looks cool too with the carbon weave. I'm sure there is more drag with this mirror (larger), than with the Take-A-Look mirror, and if I ever get to the point that I am averaging 30+ MPH, I'll worry about it; but until then, I have a wider, vibration free, better view rearward, without having to move my head around. It took some time to fabricate, but it works Great! If you post your E-mail address, I'll send some pictures.

Skip
re: How many ride with a mirror?mja
Jul 23, 2002 4:01 AM
Tried it, but found it really distracting.
re: How many ride with a mirror?Barton
Jul 23, 2002 4:16 AM
I ride with a mirror attached to my sun glasses. At first, it was very distracting, but as I got used to it, I found it helpfull. You can see cars comming for quite a distance away. When cars are close, it is not so effective.
On helmet ...Humma Hah
Jul 23, 2002 5:03 AM
I ride with a "Third Eye". It's a vast improvement over the "Third I" all-metal mirror I used a quarter century ago.

The only drawback of the present mirror is that it folds back out of the wind at about 43 mph.

If I ride without it, I feel naked.
re: How many ride with a mirror?Miklos
Jul 23, 2002 5:11 AM
I use the same one you are considering, made by Rhode Gear, that attaches to the brake hoods with a velcro strap. I no longer have to completely take my eyes off of whats ahead to see whats behind. I no longer have to worry about turning into the traffic as I turn my head and shoulders around to see behind. The mirror, as my bike is set up, can be seen in all seated pedaling positions, from the tops to aero bars, without any adjustments being made. I can not use it while standing and pedaling. Aerodymanic drag? I have seen 61mph with my mirror on!

I did try the small mirrors that attach to your helmet, but any movement of the helmet changed where the mirror was aimed. My helmet moved around way too much on my sweaty, shaved bald head.

Miklos
yup, Take a LookDougSloan
Jul 23, 2002 5:39 AM
The Take a Look works great, much better than the helmet mounts.

Doug
Has anybody tried...montavi
Jul 23, 2002 6:32 AM
the mirror that mounts on your top tube? I've seem them in catalogs - they seem a little less conspicuous (sp?), but i wonder if you can see as much.
I wouldn'tDougSloan
Jul 23, 2002 6:59 AM
From what I can tell, you need to look straight down to see, even assuming you can see anything with those. The glasses mount mirror allow you to keep looking forward at the same time. That's a good thing.

Doug
Tried it. Hated it.czardonic
Jul 23, 2002 12:15 PM
But to be fair, I have tried helmet and bar mounted mirrors and I hated them too.

Maybe it is just my own lack of coordination at fault, but it takes me forever to get oriented when looking at those tiny mirrors.

Instead, I ride faster than traffic at all times.
Most important after a helmet for safety!Maartin
Jul 23, 2002 8:01 AM
It has saved me more than once.
Top tube mirrorZyzbot
Jul 23, 2002 9:58 AM
I have one that mounts to my top tube. I have used it for years. It works very well. A quick glance down lets you see everything behind you.