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Alternative to a rear view mirror?(4 posts)

Alternative to a rear view mirror?rengaracchi
Aug 24, 2002 6:02 AM
How about a small camera that attaches to, say, the back of the saddle or seat stay and transmits rear view to your cycle computer screen? Wouldn't that be a good alternative to a small mirror on your sunglasses? You can install a battery into the cycle computer bracket. The camera could be made extremely small and light with the technology that are available. Price? I don't think that would be too expensive since all the devices and technology are already out there. My two-year-old cell phone has a screen that is about the size of my ErgoBrain cycle computer. It is bright, and you can see details even under direct sun light. Also, it is color.

I wonder if any company can make a product like this. I would buy one for sure.
Why are some people so concerned......STEELYeyed
Aug 24, 2002 8:02 AM
about what is going on behind them? I'm not saying it's a bad idea,and someone is probably working on a prototype now.
re: Alternative to a rear view mirror?DINOSAUR
Aug 24, 2002 8:36 AM
I think this has been discussed before. The problem would be you change angles a lot depending on the terrain you are riding and the camera would be stationary. Also it would involve looking down a lot to look at your computer screen. But that's not to say something else is better on the horizon.

I started wearing a mirror because of the attitudes of drivers. Sometimes I wonder if it is a game for them to see how close they can come to hitting you as they go blowing by. Traffic has changed over the years and a mirror offers an edge that prevents them from sneaking up behind you (most of the time anyway)...
Seems like a $100 solution to a $3.95 problemSilverback
Aug 24, 2002 9:24 AM
I use a mirror on tours (not usually just riding around), so I appreciate being able to see behind me, but this seems like a lot of complication for a really simple problem. I have an $8 Rhode Gear (I think it is) mirror that Velcros onto the brake hoods and a $16 (overpriced) Harris that goes on my glasses (I don't use them at the same time...), and they're fine. Only way I'd consider an electronic alternative is if it were better and not much more expensive--probably something like $25 would be my limit, and I'm not sure I'd do it for that price.