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Old 12-31-07, 08:52 PM   #1
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New Idea for Rearview

http://www.bikeradar.com/commuting/n...our-head-13801

The price would be beyond my budget, but this is an interesting concept. If I had it I would have to wear bifocal lenses. I wonder if there would be problems with waterproofing the USB ports.
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It's a good concept but the battery dies after 4 hours. That's just not good enough. If they can get the battery to last at least 8 hours, I'll look at it. However, I don't like the fact you have to lower your head or eyes to look at the cars behind.

The Take A Look mirror is still the standard.
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Old 01-13-08, 10:57 PM   #3
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+ 1 on the Take A Look mirror. Don't leave home without it.
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+1 on the Take A Look mirror. Don't leave home without it.
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It's a good concept but the battery dies after 4 hours. That's just not good enough. If they can get the battery to last at least 8 hours, I'll look at it. However, I don't like the fact you have to lower your head or eyes to look at the cars behind.

The Take A Look mirror is still the standard.
Dang, you go on some long rides.
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Great idea... thanks for posting the link
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Dang, you go on some long rides.
LOL... Good one.

During the summer, I can be out all day long. I was wondering how the device works at night? Does it have a back light because if that's the case, I'm certain the batteries won't last very long.
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Looks like a solution looking for a problem. There's any number of good mirrors that solve the problem and don't need electricity.
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Looks like a solution looking for a problem. There's any number of good mirrors that solve the problem and don't need electricity.
Indeed, or you can just turn your head.

"The makers say it could help reduce the number of cyclists’ deaths caused by lack of rear vison – 13 per cent of all fatal riding incidents according to some studies"

I call BS on that one. I stopped reading after that.

If it had a record feature, it might at least have a bit of usefulness.
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http://www.bikeradar.com/commuting/n...our-head-13801

The price would be beyond my budget, but this is an interesting concept. If I had it I would have to wear bifocal lenses. I wonder if there would be problems with waterproofing the USB ports.
I'm not sure I get why this has any advantage over a mirror unless it has a directv hookup.
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"The makers say it could help reduce the number of cyclists’ deaths caused by lack of rear vison – 13 per cent of all fatal riding incidents according to some studies"
They seem to be confusing "lack of rear vision" with "getting hit from behind".

Although there is the contingent on this board that think if they check (stare into?) their mirrors often enough, they can magically "bail right" and make them one in the same. But that's a another topic.

If it had a video recorder and was actually waterproof I'd think about it.
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They seem to be confusing "lack of rear vision" with "getting hit from behind".

Although there is the contingent on this board that think if they check (stare into?) their mirrors often enough, they can magically "bail right" and make them one in the same. But that's a another topic.
Even if that were the case, 13% seems inordinately high for such a collision type that is often stated as being the rarest kind.

Call me a cynic, but "some studies", without actually mentioning which studies, just reads to me as 'we made this up on the spot to help flog our overpriced, unecessary product.'
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Seems like this is more than a high-tech rearview mirror. I admit that if that's all it was, it would probably be overkill, but it sounds like with different add-ons it can do other things like function as a GPS and heart rate monitor. It might be handy. Although I think Garmin has a unit out that does all that (except the rearview mirror).
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Even if that were the case, 13% seems inordinately high for such a collision type that is often stated as being the rarest kind.
I've never been of the opinion that it is rare (relatively speaking), and real studies (actual ones I've read, Google "Toronto Bicycle study") and at least five recent Toronto-area fatalities have reinforced that view.

This is why I feel compelled to raise the issue repeatedly when the VC take-the-lane crowd bases a safety strategy on the premise these accidents almost never happen. And I say this as a guy who often takes the lane and rarely uses a mirror.

What this has to do with a display on a speedometer is, of course, exactly nothing.
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