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Old 12-04-07, 11:01 AM   #1
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Poll- what mirror style do you like?

What mirror style do you prefer?

1. Glasses mounted
2. Helmet mounted
3. Handlebar mounted
4. Other style
5. Don't use a mirror
6. I don't want see what hits me
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Old 12-04-07, 12:41 PM   #2
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Handlebar, I tend to break or lose things that dangle from my helmet and I don't wear glasses often enough for that type to work for me.

The only handlebar mounted I have found that is stable enough to be useful though is the ThirdEye one.

http://www.3rd-eye.com/(09).htm

I suppose if I ever get barend shifters I will have to rethink it. I have managed to get most of my friends using them though, which I doubt I would be able to do with glasses/helmet style mirrors.
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Old 12-04-07, 12:43 PM   #3
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Handlebar - I could never get along with the head-mounted ones.

Having ridden a motorbike, I can't imagine traffic without one any more than I'd drive a car without mirrors. You get to check how far away that car you can hear is, and how much clearance they're giving you. My wife rode my folder with it on, and commented on how great it was. Really boosted her confidence, which she needed.

I have the Third Eye mirror on my folder, which works well. On my commuter I have a Mirrycle, which I prefer, though I never saw the need for its second leg, and mount the mirror directly on the first bar out of the handlebars.
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Old 12-04-07, 12:51 PM   #5
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2. Helmet mount.

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Old 12-04-07, 01:01 PM   #6
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Glasses mount. Love the ability to turn my head just slightly and see everything behind me, even if it's over my right shoulder.
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Old 12-04-07, 01:22 PM   #7
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Home brew helmet mount. It is a dental mirror attached to a small rod, attached to an alligator clip. I clip it onto the left side of my helmet's visor.

I prefer a helmet mount because no matter what position I'm in, I can still see the mirror.
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Old 12-04-07, 01:23 PM   #8
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Handlebar. It's always in the same place, unlike my head.
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Old 12-04-07, 02:19 PM   #9
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Old 12-04-07, 02:35 PM   #11
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Glasses mounted, especially since I got a Take-a-Look as a gift. I've used a Third-eye glasses mount, yuck. I also own three handlebar mounts: Zefal, Third-Eye and Blackburn. None would stay aimed where I wanted them.
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Old 12-04-07, 02:46 PM   #12
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Helmet mount. I've tried many kinds and it's by far my favorite.

1) handlebar mounts are too small and are never pointing the right way; a 1" mirror 3" from my eye is "bigger" than a 3" mirror 18" from my eye, and I don't want to have to change my steering device around to sweep the lanes behind me. If it's on my head I can easily sweep anywhere I want, even to the side of the road. If it's convex to show a large area, it makes everything in the mirror so small I can't see anything. Cars coming in convex mirrors are so tiny I can't see them until they're within about 50 yards, and by then it's really too late.

2) Anything mounted on the bike shakes like heck and I can never see anything in it. On some of the roads I ride, the mirror might as well be mounted on a paint shaker. Not a problem if it's mounted on my head.

2) Glasses mounts are OK, but I obviously take them off at the end of the ride, and I almost always forget to put them back on again. If it's stuck to my helmet. I'll never forget it.
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Old 12-04-07, 02:57 PM   #13
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I just look over my shoulder.
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handlebar. Mirrycle brand has a good quality mirror surface.

I've tried the helmet/glasses types, but they always seem harder to use than a handlebar mount. They make me feel cross-eyed too.
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Old 12-04-07, 04:51 PM   #15
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Old 12-04-07, 06:40 PM   #16
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This thread needs a poll.

IMO, glasses-mounted > *
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Old 12-04-07, 08:43 PM   #17
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Helmet mirrors for me. The glasses-mounted mirror I tried was too close for me to focus on, and I've been disappointed in the vibration and limited point-ability of handlebar mirrors.

Coincidentally, the helmet mirror I've got is also from Third Eye, like the handlebar mirror mentioned in the second post. It also pivots up underneath the helmet's visor when I don't need it.

http://www.3rd-eye.com/(02).htm
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Old 12-04-07, 09:02 PM   #18
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Bar-end.
Blackburn oval multi-use, but I have it rigged vertical instead of horizontal. I see more of the road behind me and I don't smack into things as I ride by.
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Old 12-04-07, 09:26 PM   #19
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I liked the type that fit on glasses frames but I do not use framed glasses anymore. Stuck with ones that glue to the helmet. And they keep breaking off. Worth going to a hard shell helmet to get that kind of mirror. Has anyone tried a rear facing lipstick camera and a monitor on the handle bars? Better for a fully faired recumbent maybe>
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Old 12-04-07, 09:46 PM   #20
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My favorite is the Italian Road Mirror, http://www.aspirevelotech.com/Listings/Mirror.htm

Unfortunately some rough NYC pavement during the TDB and my left knee conspired against it. Popped the mirror right out of its glue, heard it hit the ground... sadly, it was the end of it. That's my rec/touring rig though, my beater is a crap-brid, flat bars.

No mirror on my beater, 'cause if it isn't welded to the bike it's going to get liberated.
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Old 12-04-07, 10:42 PM   #21
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Bar end.
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Old 12-04-07, 10:52 PM   #22
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What mirror style do you prefer?

1. Glasses mounted
2. Helmet mounted
3. Handlebar mounted
4. Other style
5. Don't use a mirror
6. I don't want see what hits me
Glasses Mounted.. I've been using a Third Eye for about ten years now. I've tried one other type which was a brass wire monstrosity the was entirely too heavy. The third eyes are lighter and just flat work..
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Old 12-04-07, 11:14 PM   #23
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Take-a-Look is, far and away, the best mirror going.

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Old 12-04-07, 11:20 PM   #24
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#3 bar end mirror. I use blackburn but it continually bobs out of place. More cheap bike junk. Still better than the helmet mount.
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Old 12-04-07, 11:44 PM   #25
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Bar End.
tried helmet mounted- didn't like it.
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