Me duelen las nalgas
Join Date: Aug 2015
Bikes: Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel, Motobecane Mirage
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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.