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Old 08-05-08, 09:01 PM   #1
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Mirrors....here's looking at you

sweetheart. What's the pros and cons to the different mirrows on handlebars, helmet, or on glasses?
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Old 08-05-08, 09:09 PM   #2
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I use a bar mirror:

Pros:
  1. Good field of view
  2. Easy to switch from bike to bike
  3. I can focus on it with my bifocals

Cons:
  1. Vibration
  2. jittering image
  3. Limited number of positions I can mount on drop bars and I have to readjust if I want to use it on the aerobars
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Old 08-05-08, 09:11 PM   #3
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Handlebar mirror: usually vibrate. When turning handlebars can't see what's directly behind you. When laying bike down . . . watch out for the mirror.
Helmet mount: Take off the helmet and usually bang the mirror when you put helmet down.
Eyeglass mount: with a slight tilt of head or left/right movement you can see what's behind you, even going around corner. You can lay bike down/park it or take off helmet without messing up mirror.
You guessed it, been using eyeglass mounts for 30+ years.
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Old 08-05-08, 11:43 PM   #4
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I'm deaf so I have to rely heavily on mirrors to be safe. the eyeglasses mounted mirror is the only one that have worked the best simply by being able to move the field of vision with you as you turn your head. once you get used to it, you barely need to twist your head to look behind anymore. Being able to look behind you anywhere even with a small mirror is better than having to depend on a fixed field of range of a bigger handlebar mirror. just try to get used to it first before getting rid of it if you don't like it.
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Yep, eyeglass mirror for me, too. The "learning curve" was minimal and I like having the full field of vision. I've only been using it for a few months but I'm so used to it that if I'm walking on a sidewalk and hear something behind me my first reaction is to look through the upper left hand corner of my glasses while turning my head away from the noise
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I use a bar-end model. I don't have the vibration issues that others have spoken of.
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I use a helmet mounted mirror. I always wear my helmet, but I don't always wear glasses (rain and high humidity). I like the way I can pan across the field of view behind me, by moving my head. I also like that It doesn't matter what bike I'm riding, if I have my helmet I've got a mirror.
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I use the Take A Look mirror mounted on the glasses. Works great!

http://www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-O...8031646&sr=8-1

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I can't use a helmet mirror. I had one for months hoping that I would eventually be able to make sense of the tiny out of context pinhole of street that the helmet mirror showed me, but it never did. Bar end mirrors, I can see what's behind me. Helmet mirror was actually dangerous with me craning my head all over the place trying to work up enough of a picture that I could figure out what I was looking at and whether there were any cars on the street so long that I was worried i'd hit something from distraction.
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I can't even focus on a helmet or glasses mirror. As I mentioned earlier, the joys of bifocals.
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I can't even focus on a helmet or glasses mirror. As I mentioned earlier, the joys of bifocals.
I do wonder something, and I know you have figured this out, most bar end mirrors that I have seen around are designed to go into the end of a flat bar, how do they mount to a drop bar???
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I use the Take A Look mirror mounted on the glasses. Works great!

http://www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-O...8031646&sr=8-1

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I tried three types.
Glasses mirror the best.
I have Tri Focals.
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I do wonder something, and I know you have figured this out, most bar end mirrors that I have seen around are designed to go into the end of a flat bar, how do they mount to a drop bar???


It's more or less parallel with the downtube, and you glance down to see behind you. You can angle it out a tad as well.
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It's more or less parallel with the downtube, and you glance down to see behind you. You can angle it out a tad as well.
That picture doesn't help much, do you have one of the cockpit?
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That picture doesn't help much, do you have one of the cockpit?


From the front, last summer on tour, mounted on the drop section
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I have a mirror mounted on the visored helmet I use for commuting, night riding & MTBing and an eyeglasses mounted one I use with my nonvisored helmet for longer rides.
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That picture doesn't help much, do you have one of the cockpit?
Unfortunately I can't see around my large (ahem) self with handlebar mounted mirrors.

Helmet for me.
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thanks all and I apologize for misspelling "mirrors" in the title.
Speaking of glasses I guess I shouldn’t type without my contactsJ

Not quite the consensus I was hoping for here. I guess I’ll have to give something a try and go from there.
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Fixed your title for you.
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I'm enough of a FRED without one!
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Another user of the Take a Look eyeglass mirror here. I started using it when I started bike commuting - it really helped increase my confidence when dealing with traffic. Shortly thereafter I got over the "dork" factor and now wear it on all my rides, except fast group rides.
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I use bar end mirrors on both bikes. I wont ride without them now as I have gotten to rely on them so much.
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I've considered the FRED factor, but I have one intersection that is in a corner that I regularly have to negotiate. Because of the corner goes right, I'm turning left, and the speed limit is 35 MPH (that's only a suggestion for some of those folks) I need to cross two lanes to get to the turn lane. It is on a downhill too so my speed can be faster, but I usually have to almost a stop to see back around me, without going into traffic. If I was on a MUT I would be less inclined to use a mirror.

At the LBS tonight they showed me a pair the owner makes. They have a short curl on one end that wrapps around your glasses. The only downside is the mirror itself isn't too polished.
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Hang it anywhere you want, MTB, drops, fork,, etc. Stays put, and pretty vibe free. Easy to move bike to bike. Made by Ortlieb, the waterproof bag people. Check out their site too. http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true
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I'm enough of a FRED without one!
I guess it depends, would you rather look like a FRED and be alive, or be a dead slave to fashion?

I think the issue is that most of the mirrors themselves look like a dorky add on, you really need a mirror that is designed to look like it belongs, a good road bike mirror for example might be designed so the clamp gets installed before the bars get wrapped, so that it looks like it belongs on the bars. Rather then having a long stock, maybe design it to sit just off the bar, with an aerodynamic casing. Csr mirrors don't look dorky, because they look like they belong there..... Bike mirrors usually don't.
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