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    Mirrors

    What do you use for mirrors, or do you not use anything? I ride a hybrid and am sick of having to keep glancing back to see if a car is coming up fast on me. Thanks,

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    I'm not one to say "use the search", but I don't have a mirror, nor have I ever. I am tempted to add one that mounts to the bottom end of drop bars, but those are different than your bars and not applicable. So, here's some reading for you while others give their thoughts here.

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    This is the mirror I use. http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com...ke-mirror.html

    It is easily adjustable and covers a wide area. It's a bit too wide, making cars in the distance too small but overall I like it. I ride a lot in traffic and find it indispensable.
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    That's the concept I was referring to. Not good for hybrids, though.

    Here is one idea:

    http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/productD...roductID=22321
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    no mirrors for me, you can hear most cars coming unless its a hybrid. + it would mess with the aesthetics of my super6

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    Last year, when I started bicycle commuting, I put a bar-end Mountain Mirrycle mirror on my commuter bike and also rode with a Take-A-Look mirror clipped on to my sunglasses. I wanted to try both and see what worked best for me, since I ride in traffic daily.

    For me, the Take-A-Look is much better, and I found myself using it 99.9% of the time. It is a higher-quality, less shaky image, and you can look quicker and also scan a sweep behind you if necessary. When the bar-end mirror fatigued from being leaned against stuff and finally fell off, I didn't replace it.

    I hope you find what works for you best. Mirrors can be an important safety benefit, particularly when riding in traffic. I encourage you to consider the Take-A-Look mirror. They cost about $12, and they clip on most any glasses. I use one of them and switch between sunglasses or clear safety glasses, depending on the ride. Good luck!

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    I use scooter mirrors mounted with rubber "P" clips. These mirrors offer a wide field of view at a glance. They can be found on e-bay or stores that sell scooters.
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    I use an eyewear mounted mirror and I've been totally happy with it. I've seen leaders on group rides end up a few hundred yards ahead of the group, because they didn't look back and assumed everyone was OK. It also makes it very easy to see what's coming up behind you, whether it's a car or another cyclist. If I were 30 years younger, I might worry about looking cooler, but at my age, it's a non-issue.
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    You aught to get a helmet mounted mirror to be a proper Fred.

    I use this: http://www.amazon.com/Mirrycle-MTB-M...4608366&sr=1-1 mounts easily, steady as a rock and shows what I need to see. I DO mount it BELOW the bar though so that it's not in the way should I have to flip the bike over to change a tube or straighten a chain. It is a good precaution to use a mirror but you should still take a look back over your shoulder when doing something that may put you into traffic.

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    If you want a bar end mirror - Zefal Cyclop. Very good build quality, large field of view, folds in on impact or for narrow doorways. It was a wide angle view that is slightly distorted and takes a little getting used to; but is the best bar end mirror I have used.
    http://www.zefal.com/en/mirrors/80-cyclop.html

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    I think what was said above about glasses-mounted mirrors is correct -- they're the best. My bar-end and handlebar mirrors constantly needed adjustment, gave a magnified, distorted and limited view and made me position my head to use the mirror and then take my eyes off of the road to a greater degree and for longer than I felt comfortable with. My helmet-mounted mirrors died young when the helmet got bounced around. The glasses-mounted mirror has none of these deficiencies. I can scan everything behind me in around a second with minimal head movement and I never take my eyes off of the road to a degree that I feel uncomfortable with. I've been using a glasses-mounted mirror for a while now and I won't ride again without one. If you get one (which I recommend), be sure to get the metal-frame one because the plastic-frame ones tend to break. The one I got is --- http://www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-C...irror+eyeglass

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    I'm not knocking mirrors. I prefer the eyeglass mounted ones, but since I am always misplacing things, I have given up on them and just turn my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootman View Post
    You aught to get a helmet mounted mirror to be a proper Fred.

    I use this: http://www.amazon.com/Mirrycle-MTB-M...4608366&sr=1-1 mounts easily, steady as a rock and shows what I need to see. I DO mount it BELOW the bar though so that it's not in the way should I have to flip the bike over to change a tube or straighten a chain. It is a good precaution to use a mirror but you should still take a look back over your shoulder when doing something that may put you into traffic.
    I also like the Mirrycle mirror. Inexpensive and stays in place.

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    I use the Ultra light Bike Mirror and like it, however I have never used another mirror before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootman View Post
    You aught to get a helmet mounted mirror to be a proper Fred.

    I use this: http://www.amazon.com/Mirrycle-MTB-M...4608366&sr=1-1 mounts easily, steady as a rock and shows what I need to see. I DO mount it BELOW the bar though so that it's not in the way should I have to flip the bike over to change a tube or straighten a chain. It is a good precaution to use a mirror but you should still take a look back over your shoulder when doing something that may put you into traffic.
    +1 I have 3 of these

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacumo View Post
    I have the same ones - I love them! Much better than the round mirrors.
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    I bought three Zefal bar-end mirrors for three of our bikes, and all three broke within a couple of months, I guess from bumping into each other in the garage, because we never loaded the bikes in the car and took them anywhere, and nobody fell and broke the mirrors. I've been wanting to replace them. Thanks for the suggestions above...I wonder if the eyewear mounted mirrors work with sunglasses with thick plastic frames?

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    The glasses I hang my mirror on are thick-framed, cheap-O plastic cycling glasses from Nashbar. I think the mirror probably mounts and hangs on better to a thick frame strut. No reason I can think of why it wouldn't work well with thick-framed plastic sunglasses.

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    I tried the glasses mounted mirror and I couldn't"t get use to it. Tried a helmet mount and couldn't get use to it or keep it adjusted properly. Bought a Third Eye Bar End mirror and I love it. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judi View Post
    I bought three Zefal bar-end mirrors for three of our bikes, and all three broke within a couple of months, I guess from bumping into each other in the garage, because we never loaded the bikes in the car and took them anywhere, and nobody fell and broke the mirrors. I've been wanting to replace them. Thanks for the suggestions above...I wonder if the eyewear mounted mirrors work with sunglasses with thick plastic frames?
    My Mirrycle mirror gets bumped a lot and I drag the bike with it on everywhere. I can also just swing it out of the way. I have found it durable.

    I never was able to get used to the eyeglass mirror.

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    Ordered the mirrical mirror, arrives Thursday with my new bike shorts.
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    I'm anti-mirror...but I realize I'm anti-all gadget of all sorts. I've always said turning your head in the car or on the bike is the way to go, don't trust your mirrors..but I've got a sore neck these days (bad pillow) and I'll admit it's damn uncomfortable to try to look over my left shoulder. My wife uses the mirrycal and loves it, though I keep telling her not to bet her life on it.

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    I started using a take a look glasses mounted mirror because of how often I ride with my kids and now use it for all rides. I have gotten very used to it and use it much with peripheral vision so i can keep my eyes on the road ahead and behind

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    I use a bar end mirror and like it. Yes it does need to be adjusted as one starts and some as you ride. Mine has a screw that keeps it in the bar end and also helps keep it where you want it sight picture wise. I have used one that at the time went on sunglasses and would buy another to go on my eyeglasses (went from contacts to script glasses when I had cataracts removed 16 years ago).

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    Quote Originally Posted by digibud View Post
    This is the mirror I use. http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com...ke-mirror.html

    It is easily adjustable and covers a wide area. It's a bit too wide, making cars in the distance too small but overall I like it. I ride a lot in traffic and find it indispensable.
    I've kneed mine a couple of times and finally lost it at some point, probably loading and unloading.

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