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mirrors, please don't laugh(35 posts)

mirrors, please don't laughtxcross
Feb 13, 2003 4:39 PM
I have recently started cycling again after taking a few years off. I have notices having a wife and child that my risk tolerance has decreased quite a bit. Do any of you guys and gals use mirrors? Do you feel any safer wearing one?

If you do use one, do you have any to recommend. I am looking for one that would be removable since I use the same helmet for both road and mountain biking.

hahaha!! mirror!!ctisevn
Feb 13, 2003 4:53 PM
I kid. seriously, if I were to get a mirror Id go with the mirrycle ir some such named product. it goes in the end of the bar and is very much like a motor vehicle mirror. fairly light as well. a bit better than helmet mirrors in my eyes(in my eyes-get it??) take a trip to the lbs and have a look at what theyve got.
Feb 13, 2003 4:55 PM
When I'm on my touring/commuter bike, I use one of those helmet-mounted mirrors. When I'm on my roadbike, I use one of the top-tube mirrors. Having a mirror saved my life once when some deranged midlle-aged @$$hole decided to try playing bumper-cars with me. I saw him in my mirror just in time to prevent becoming a hood ornament. Shoulda cap-sprayed the jerk when I caught up with him later, too.
You bet'cha!Humma Hah
Feb 13, 2003 5:34 PM
I have an ancient glasses-mounted "Third-I" and a modern helmet-mounted "Third Eye" (very different brands and construction, same basic idea). The modern one works well, although it tends to fold back at about 42 mph.

There are other systems that fit to riding glasses that reportedly work as well and behave better aerodynamically. All take a few rides to get used to, but all work, and you'll probably feel naked and vulnerable riding without them once used to them.

What is behind you is not as important as what is in front of you. For that very reason, I get really nervous if I have to twist around and look behind me. I prefer focussing my attention ahead, and stealing glances back occasionally with a mirror.
Feb 13, 2003 6:49 PM
Mirrors are also helpful in a paceline because, sometimes when you look over you shoulder, you're prone to get that "head-hand interconnect" that makes you unintentionally steer the bike while you are looking back.

I think you will find that mirrors are pretty commonplace.
re: mirrors, please don't laughKEN2
Feb 13, 2003 7:37 PM
I've used many different mirrors, and always use one on my commute.

IMO the best ones are made by Chuck Harris:

Unfortunately they're frequently out of stock, because Chuck makes each one by hand.

A similar model here:

I prefer the glasses mount, because it's more secure and easier on/off (put it on your sunglasses).

Another model, even more adjustable, is the Bike Peddler TakeALook, available at REI and elsewhere:

The plastic Third Eye and similar that Performance and other stores sell is junk--the rod breaks easily and it's so flimsy that it vibrates constantly. The ones above, when adjusted right, rival your car rear view mirror, plus there's no blind spot.
Mirrors are crucial for safety! Buy one! nmUncle Tim
Feb 13, 2003 7:40 PM
I even race with oneDougSloan
Feb 13, 2003 7:52 PM
Take a Look, the small mirror that attaches to your glasses; it's perfect.
Where did you get that particular mirror? ( nm )superdog
Feb 13, 2003 8:46 PM
I've got 2.. 1 from colorado cyclist .ACE-
Feb 13, 2003 9:06 PM
I love them, not a single problem in 3 or 4 years.
Feb 15, 2003 6:36 AM
Actually, I have two Take A Looks. They come in large and small. I like the small better.
Can you attach this mirror on the Right side of your glasses?GeoCyclist
Feb 13, 2003 10:12 PM
I cycle in Japan and the traffic drives on the LEFT side of the road; therefore, I cycle on the left side. I was wondering if you know of any GOOD helmet or sunglass mirrors that will work on the RIGHT side?

Ride On!
Feb 16, 2003 10:26 PM
Shoulder checkPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 13, 2003 8:26 PM
Being young (19) and a guy I figured out about 3 years ago I'm invincible. So I don't wear a mirror.

Just kidding... in all seriousness I just like to rely on shoulder checking. While I'm driving I shoulder check a lot more often than I use the mirrors because I can simply be guaranteed of whats there so on the bike I like to do the same thing. A mirror gives you a good idea of whats there but a shoulder check gives you an EXACT picture of whats there. Although in a match sprint a mirror would be perfect... anyone have a UCI rulebook handy???

helmet with built-in mirrormorency
Feb 14, 2003 12:16 AM
just look at
they have a helmet with a built-in mirror
Very cool. (nm)LactateIntolerant
Feb 14, 2003 5:08 AM
This'll come as a shockRay Sachs
Feb 14, 2003 3:43 PM
but they're not as cool as they look on the web page. Being a gadget freak, I had to check it out so ordered one late last summer. They work, but the view isn't nearly as clear or vivid as it looks on the web page. Cars look a LOT closer than they are - I'd initially think some A-hole was tailing my only to turn and see he was half a block behind me. Also, if you wear glasses and they get greasy/foggy up around your eyebrows, that'll screw up the clarity big time. Very bizzare while going around corners also, you tend to sort of look the wrong way and can easily steer off the road.

Anybody want one fairly cheap? :)

Feb 15, 2003 8:09 AM
I hadn't considered the glasses issue and it's a shame the view isn't as depicted on the web site. I was skeptical about the one-size-fits-all, limited venting and if there was a possibility hair could block the view. I think I'll go with Mike Tea's method. It looks pretty slick.
I started wearing one last year...biknben
Feb 14, 2003 5:35 AM
I have a cheapo plastic one from the LBS. I got it for my commute but started using it all the time almost immediately. It just makes riding much easier and less stressful. The roads I ride on (especially commute on) are narrow with traffic and aging pavement. I feel much more secure going around a pothole or such obstacle when I can quickly check behind me for traffic. Left turns are much easier also.

I've become quite fond of it. Feel naked without it. Like riding without a helmet or driving without a seatbelt.
Mirrors - make 'em yourself!!Mike Tea
Feb 14, 2003 6:21 AM
I've been riding with, and making, my own mirrors for a quarter century or more and wouldn't ride 10' without one. These things are better than any store bought variety.

I use an old spoke (thinner the better), mirror stock out of ladies' powder compacts (it's really thin & light) and epoxy.

I bend up a frame to custom fit whatever glasses I'm wearing, cut some mirror and epoxy it into place. Then the mirror needs fine tuning for correct alignment. This is done out on the road on a "nothing" ride.

As I have full control of the geometry of the mirror frame I've found that the nearer the mirror to the eye, the smaller the mirror can be. I'm on about the fifth generation and down to a mirror size of about 3/8" x 5/16" now. My latest mirror sits but 3/16" from the lense of my glasses.

Heck I even camo painted the most recent one for true stealth!

Post or e-mail for further info or motivation.
Another picMike Tea
Feb 14, 2003 6:25 AM
This one is for normal glasses frames.
One moreMike Tea
Feb 14, 2003 6:27 AM
Your creativity is admired nmbigrider
Feb 14, 2003 10:46 AM
very cool. thanks mike! nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 14, 2003 6:45 AM
Dumb question...biknben
Feb 14, 2003 8:14 AM
Where are you getting the mirror and what are you cutting it with?

I like your little creation and haven't found anything to fit my Oakleys. I think I might give this a try.
Smart answer.....Mike Tea
Feb 14, 2003 9:28 PM
I use old ladies' powder compacts (not old ladies but their old compacts!) and scavenge the mirrors out of them. It's very thin stuff and therefore light.

I cut it with a simple glass cutter and a steel ruler. You'll waste a bit of mirror before you become good.

Before you bend up a spoke get a spool of similar thickness aluminum wire from a hardware store and use this to form a workable shape. Then when you feel your design works re-make that shape with a nice 17g spoke.
Who are you people?DCP
Feb 14, 2003 6:39 AM
I use a Take-A-Look mirror which attaches to glasses. It took a bit of use to get used to, but it works well. I am so used to having it that I look for it when I am riding the MTB and not wearing it.

Often, I am the only one in a group who is wearing a mirror (unless I ride with an older group where the percentage using mirrors is much larger). At first, it may seem odd being an outcast. You get used to it.
Another vote for Take-A-LookPatM
Feb 14, 2003 7:06 AM
Tried a couple before getting this one, best by far.
Take a Look works for meTheKid
Feb 14, 2003 7:48 AM
I tried others but the Take a Look mirror seems to work the best and I see many other riders using this mirror.
I occasionally find myself checking the mirror while skiing...B2
Feb 14, 2003 7:52 AM
only to find it's not there.

They work great - when they're there.

I occasionally find myself checking the mirror while skiing...Trux
Feb 14, 2003 10:52 AM
I did the same while skiing last week. Next week there will be a mirror on my ski helmet.; coming soon to the USfbg111
Feb 14, 2003 8:06 AM
Another Take-A-Look user...DINOSAUR
Feb 14, 2003 8:31 AM
This is the third mirror I have tried. I have the wide version. It took awhile to get used to cranking and tilting your head, after awhile it becomes second nature. I was working on my bike once and took it for a test ride without my mirror and it was a weird feeling not being able to see behind you. Once you start using a mirror you won't want to ride without one...
Take a look. nmRom12_1
Feb 14, 2003 9:22 AM
I think I am getting one too..makalu
Feb 14, 2003 8:49 AM
I am still debating the hood mounted Rhode Gear road mirror from nashbar for like $15, or a set of eyeglass (I wear them anyways) mounted mirrors.

I am leaning towards the hood mounted one.