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Rear View Mirror(13 posts)

Rear View Mirrorpearlbeer
Jun 30, 2003 6:17 AM
I've been thinking about cycling with a rear view mirror. What is the concensus on these things? Do they increase safety, or cause more problems than they solve. Helmet/Glasses/Drop mount?
My Third Eye ...Humma Hah
Jun 30, 2003 6:33 AM
I'm presently using a helmet-mounted Third Eye, which serves the purpose. I ride in my everyday Rx glasses (photogreys) so a mirror on cycling sunglasses is not a good option for my specific case.

A mirror probably drops safety for the first day or two, as you learn to use it and spend too much time looking at it. After that, its a plus.

Your biggest hazards lie ahead of you, and that's where your attention belongs. The reason a mirror is a better idea than turning around for a peek behind you is that it lets you put more of your attention straight ahead.

A mirror lets you see and prepare for traffic well before you can hear it.
re: Rear View Mirrormainframe
Jun 30, 2003 6:33 AM
Glasses mounted "Take a Look" by Bike Peddler works quite well for me. I like it much better than the all too frequent "shoulder check". I find holding the line of travel much easier (safer) when using a mirror.
Second take a look(nm)PatM
Jun 30, 2003 7:16 AM
Definitely the "Take A Look"JL
Jun 30, 2003 8:49 AM
Very easy to adjust and holds its position once set. I resisted the mirror as "uncool" for a while, but have found that I don't like riding without it. As fellow RBR rider Ray Sachs said to me, "Would you drive without a mirror?". Made sense to me, anyway. I tried the Take A Look (do a search on the board and you'll find many positive messages), and I haven't taken it off since.

A must have IMO.

Happy riding.

re: Rear View MirrorGadfly
Jun 30, 2003 6:55 AM
I use a glasses mounted mirror on solo rides (especially) because a quick glance lets me know how much room the overtaking car or truck is going to give me.
re: Rear View Mirrorbiknben
Jun 30, 2003 7:22 AM
I have a cheapo Blackburn helmet mirror. I wanted to try it and the LBS had it so I picked it up. It's not the best one. Nearly every time I put my helmet on it has to be slightly readjusted. It always gets bumped or moved between rides.

The increase in safety is huge, IMO. I deal with some crappy roads or really narrow roads with too much traffic.
It's nice to be able to quickly look behind without geting squirrly or messing up your rythm. Whether it's a pot hole, and intersection, or other hazzard, I can quickly glance back and then decide how best to deal with the situation. I highly recommend them.
Fan of Take-A-LookDCP
Jun 30, 2003 7:51 AM
Nice to know what is going on and it is less distracting from looking forward than looking back by turning your head or by looking under your arms.

It is not just for spotting traffic. Quite useful for seeing riding being dropped and riders passing.

Have to admit that I am in the minority as not too many riders use mirrors. I do not understand why that is.
Lost mine for awhile, and I missed it a lot...cory
Jun 30, 2003 8:13 AM
I resisted for a long time, but so many of my long-distance riding friends swore by them that I got a Rhode Gear mirror that mounts on the brake lever. Didn't take long before I felt unprepared without it. I didn't like the feel of the bracket on the lever, so I'm trying to convert to a glasses-mount mirror made by Harris (and sold by Rivendell). Haven't learned to work it yet--it's not nearly as easy to adjust and use as the first one--but I think I'm a mirror convert.
I found Third Eye worthless, Take-A-Look priceless. (nm)TFerguson
Jun 30, 2003 10:13 AM
Another vote for Take a LookTheKid
Jun 30, 2003 10:27 AM
I really notice it when I ride without it. The effort to look over your shoulder is a real pain after getting used to a mirror.

Another big benefit is going downhill on a road with vehicle traffic. I find riders without mirrors tend to hang to the right all the time while I take up the whole lane when there are no cars behind.
Ditto the others re take-a-look nmvindicator
Jun 30, 2003 10:32 AM
Ditto the others re take-a-look nmrayclark
Jun 30, 2003 12:22 PM
Same here for the Take a Look. Great mirror. Have a hard time riding without it.