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Old 10-21-05, 08:02 AM   #1
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Forward Looking Mirror

I ride on my drops almost 100% of the time and I occasionally look down to rest my neck and check my bar end rear view mirror. Just for the fun of it I rigged up an oblong mirror that I mounted on the middle of the handle bar that letís me look forward. The view is obviously upside down but it does seem to help some. Iím able to spot cars coming at me from the front and sides. Itís not something that a person could ride exclusively with but it does seem to add a little safety for that small amount of time Iím looking down. Iíve only rode with it one time so Iím still not convinced itís useful. Anyone else ever tried this?
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Old 10-21-05, 09:07 AM   #2
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Just from personal experience, I've had two bad *over the handlebars* crashes by having my eyes down, looking at my feet (max effort). Now I almost never look down unless something is making noise.

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Old 10-21-05, 09:23 AM   #3
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Cyclist killed by bus in North Carolina

"Dan Seeman, who works on Clanton and was headed to a nearby hardware store, said he saw the collision. The bicyclist was a big guy, he said, and had gotten his attention.

"One moment he was alive and riding by me," Seeman said, "and the next he was dead."

Seeman said the man on the bicycle was riding fast and seemed to have his head down. The bike hit the bus near the door."

This is from post #4 in that other thread.
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Old 10-21-05, 11:01 AM   #4
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One too many close calls while head down in traffic... no thanks. Bad enough having to take my eyes off the road to look back.

I do head down on closed roads only.
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It seems like a reasonable idea as the OP described it. But that is having the mirror as a way to at least keep some forward vision when looking backwards.
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Or you could be riding a recumbent, where you are ALWAYS looking straight ahead, without straining your neck.
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Or you could be riding a recumbent, where you are ALWAYS looking straight ahead, without straining your neck.
I was tempted to ask VERY loudly why you always ride with such a big smile on your face the other Saturday, but thought the others might take it bad after 80 or so miles.
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I was tempted to ask VERY loudly why you always ride with such a big smile on your face the other Saturday, but thought the others might take it bad after 80 or so miles.
Hey, good to see you out there, that road is pretty empty at times. Actually at that point I was in a little gastro-intestinal distress because of slamming too much Hammer-Gel too fast. And I was a little tuckered out, those fast guys dropped me after the Junction, because I hammered up Quimby instead of the 130 at the begining of the ride. Quimby is 3 miles at 10% and has 1 mile at 14%.

I felt better by the time I got to BART.

How did the rest of the ride go? Niles Cyn always scares me, esp on a late afternoon.
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I missed that part. Because of everyone being strung out so far, one guy had three flats(bad rim strip) and we all thought he'd gone past The Junction without stopping. He'd actually fallen waaay behind on the way up Hamilton. At Mines & Del Valle, I got reception for my cell phone, and found a message from him that he was back at The Junction, and was looking for a ride. I started to go all the way back, when he went flying by me coming down off Mines Rd. I turned around and couldn't catch up to him in my Jeep. He later said he is a GREAT descender, and I believe him. I topped him off on water and food before Livermore, and he was determined to finish the ride. I kept going ahead and back to monitor him, and the guy was cooking. He got down on his aerobars and I think maintained over 20 mph into the wind. He didn't follow the route and take Foothill into Sunol, but went the amin road. I waited about 10 minutes at Pleasanton Ridge Park, and didn't see him, so I drove back to Pleasnaton and went the other road. Not seeing him I went to the end of the ride, passing him over halfway through Niles Canyon. Within a few minutes of getting to Brad's house, he turned down the street and finished.
After seeing your handlebars, I've e-mailed Lightning about a straight bar stem from the steerer, and am looking at getting some Evo bars that drop down for better ergonomics. I had my knee "scoped" yesterday, so I'll be on my trainer as soon as the therapist says, getting more used to me bent.

For the OP, if you're going to be taking your eyes off the road anyway, you might as well have anything that gives you even a tiny advantage. There's a lot of rear view mirrors out there being used.
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uhhhh........
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