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Old 02-10-17, 07:02 PM   #26
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Every rider I know uses a mirror, but they all use DIFFERENT mirrors, no consistency at all.
I use a Cycleaware that goes on eyeglasses. It's the best I've found. You do need a rubber band around it so it doesn't go flying if you accidently knock it off.
I tried one that glues to the helmet, and it vibrated too bad. I tried one that clips on the helmet, and the helmet was tapered the wrong way. Seems like I've tried a couple of other glasses-mounted ones.
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Old 02-10-17, 10:04 PM   #27
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Mirrycle on the bike handlebars, Take-A-Look on the helmet.

The bike mounted mirror was intuitive for me, same as on a motorcycle.

The helmet mounted mirror took some getting used to. I hated it for the first couple of weeks and swore every day to get rid of it. After a month it became comfortable. Now I've been using it for a few months and wouldn't want to ride without it, although it's not perfect.

The Take-A-Look has approx 1:1 magnification, showing very little of what's behind, so I must pan around often to see everything behind me. That took a lot of adapting. But I'm accustomed to it now. On the plus side, the narrow angle of view makes it easier to estimate distance and speed of approaching vehicles or cyclists.

One drawback to the Take-A-Look is the sharp edged/angled design. It could cause nasty cuts or eye damage in a bad crash. I'm considering switching to a round or oval mirror with a rounded frame edge. Or I might make my own bumper cushion for the TAL. One big advantage to the TAL is the adjustability to get just the right viewing angle.

The Mirrycles have a wide angle view and are great for a quick peek behind, especially at night with approaching vehicles using headlights. But NEVER assume the absence of headlights in the mirror at night means it's safe to turn. Too many folks still neglect to turn on their headlights.

I still see many cyclists who don't use mirrors, but they have full neck flexibility and are comfortable looking behind. Due to permanent C2 damage I cannot look over my shoulder or look upward without pain, so I need the mirrors.
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Old 02-10-17, 10:07 PM   #28
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Huge fan of Ortlieb mirrors. super durable and lightweight. Adventure Cycling sells them.
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Old 02-11-17, 08:14 AM   #29
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I continue to enjoy this little mirror. Cycle Star Mirror 901/1 Short/Straight by B & M
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Old 02-13-17, 09:14 AM   #30
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I still see many cyclists who don't use mirrors, but they have full neck flexibility and are comfortable looking behind. Due to permanent C2 damage I cannot look over my shoulder or look upward without pain, so I need the mirrors.
I use the handlebar mirror to keep from having to turn and look unnecessarily several times; check the mirror until I see the clearing I need, then turn and verify, rather than having to look back each time. Last time I broke one, replacing it was a no brainer after just one commute without it.
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Old 02-13-17, 09:32 AM   #31
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I use the HubBub Cycling helmet mirror, handmade in Ohio by Brian and Diane Jenks (formerly Diane Lees, of The Outspoken Cyclist podcast). It's simple in construction, but is by far the best mirror I have ever used. It's also quite durable. By having the helmet on the mirror means I can wear whatever glasses I want, or no glasses at all if I want to.
That's why I have them on sunglasses and goggles, so that I'll have a mirror when I don't feel like wearing a helmet. I'd put one on both, but having two mirrors on one side would be too goofy even by my standards.
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Old 02-13-17, 09:50 AM   #32
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have them on sunglasses and goggles
how do you attach it to the goggles?
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Old 02-13-17, 10:01 AM   #33
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how do you attach it to the goggles?
Gorilla tape.

The goggles have a take-a-look, but looks the same.
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wow, i guess i'll take a look at the take a look mirror. thanks all!
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wow, i guess i'll take a look at the take a look mirror. thanks all!
takes some getting used to. others swear by larger mirrors & mirrors mounted to the bars. once you get the take-a-look set up it works well. but don't be disappointed if it takes a while, or a few rides
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I prefer a mirror near my left eye, because you can see a much larger field of view when the mirror is located close to your eye. You can also swivel your head to get an even wider scanning field of view.
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I got mine from amazon
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I use Myracle mirrors on both my flatbar commuting bike and my drop bar road bike. Flatbars accommodate mirrors much better but both work and I would never ride now without a mirror.
+1 they are what I use on both my bent and my trike. They are fully adjustable, and should work on most any bike.
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Mirror just shake too much! Gives me headache!!!

Only time it works for me is on a mountain bike with suspension and low pressure tire.

Besides, mirror only gives you a false sense of secuirty!!!
Do you really think you can do anything about a car about to hit you?
You think you have cat like reflexes to dive out of the way!
You really have no control over your safety when you're out on the road.

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Old 07-18-17, 01:54 PM   #40
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You really have no control over your safety when you're out on the road.
Seriously!?
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I have that mirror too, it's a good one...
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Mirror just shake too much! Gives me headache!!!

Only time it works for me is on a mountain bike with suspension and low pressure tire.

Besides, mirror only gives you a false sense of secuirty!!!
Do you really think you can do anything about a car about to hit you?
You think you have cat like reflexes to dive out of the way!
You really have no control over your safety when you're out on the road.
ummm yes I do. I can see motorists slowing or changing lanes from 100 yards or sometimes even as much as 1/4 mile back behind me. If I see a motorist approaching but not changing lanes, I watch to see if they slow or put their right turn signal on. It's pretty easy to tell if neither of these happen, in which case I'll move right quickly if I feel the need to do so. In 5 years of riding with a mirror, I've had to do this once, maybe twice at the most.
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Not sure what an "endurance bike" is exactly, but from my experience the D&D Ultralite is hands-down the best mirror I've ever had for a drop-bar bike (also works on other bar types), and I've tried a lot of 'em. Very steady image and a wide field of view, although you really do have to remember that "objects are closer than they appear!" At first I was afraid it would be flimsy and easily broken, but so far it's held up well. The biggest issue is having it in the way if you want to lean it on that side, or when laying it flat in the back of our SUV, but even then it's just a matter of easily repositioning it. And placed as shown it doesn't get in the way of any of my hand positions on the bars.

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I use a Mirrycle. It works very well for me with little vibration and a good, clear view of approaching vehicles.

As far as mirrors not being of any value, I have to disagree - at least for my own purposes. Seeing a 5-ton truck or a bus coming up on me when I am approaching a narrow bight is enough to get me to back off on entering the bight until the big boy passes.

I often pull a trailer with my dog in it, so I definitely, and unashamedly err on the side of caution.
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