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Old 07-22-08, 04:46 PM   #1
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mirrors on you bikes

You fellow commuters do most of you use mirrors on you bikes? If so what king do you use and recommend?
Thanks for the help
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Old 07-22-08, 04:50 PM   #2
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I have the kind that fits the end of a handlebar. Would'nt hit the streets without one. Check for cars comming with the mirror, but still turn my head before commiting to the turn. Saves un-necessary head turning.
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Old 07-22-08, 04:55 PM   #3
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I like my Bell side mirror that I bought at Walmart. It fastens on the handlegrip with a velcro strap and stays in place. You can remove it quickly and easily for when you park your bike or store it indoors.
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Old 07-22-08, 05:03 PM   #4
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I have an EVO Lite, which doesn't shake rattle or roll...

Here are some others http://tinyurl.com/6khtke
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Old 07-22-08, 05:15 PM   #5
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i look over my shoulder!!!!
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Old 07-22-08, 05:25 PM   #6
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On my commuter, I use a mirrycle http://www.mirrycle.com/main_mirrors.htm
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Old 07-22-08, 05:31 PM   #7
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Ditto on the Mirrycle. Great mirror.
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+1 on the EvoLite and +1 on the Mirrcycle - Great size, great field of view so buy whichever has the best mount for your situation.

It beats the hell out of depending on my hearing to figure out that which approaches from behind.
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I use a mirror mounted to my helmet. It's a home-made thing I got from a friend. I've been riding with it for two years now and I'm totally hooked. On the few occasions when I am riding without a helmet (extremely rare) I feel very vulnerable due to the lack of a mirror. I even find myself trying to look up at the mirror to see behind me when I'm walking (and not wearing a helmet)
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Old 07-22-08, 06:29 PM   #10
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On my commuter, I use a mirrycle http://www.mirrycle.com/main_mirrors.htm
+1 on Mirrorcycle. Real glass, not plastic like some cheapo versions. We have them on all flat bar bikes.
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Old 07-22-08, 06:36 PM   #11
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i look over my shoulder!!!!
I prefer to know what is in front and back of me simultaneously and use a Take-A-Look on the glasses in the warm weather months, and Cycle Aware on the helmet in the winter.

I can't believe, btw, that it took this many posts for someone to mention the Take-A-Look. Maybe because the thread insinuates a bike mounted mirror only?
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I haven't found any bike mounted mirrors that I can use at all. My ride is too rough, I can't see ANYTHING with a bike mounted mirror. Also the field of view is tiny.
I used a Take-A-Look mirror for a while but when I dropped the bike last year the pavement shoved the square corner into my face and I wound up with 14 stitches and an interesting scar.
I now use a CycleAware Reflex, it's great.
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Glasses mounted Take a Look for me. It's steadier than handlebar mounted mirrors (especially on rough roads), and allows you to alter the rearward view with a simple change in head position.

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Mirrycle mirror is what I use.
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I use and am quite satisfied with a mirror that installs in the end of my handlebar grip made by a company called "Third Eye". Because the mirror is so firmly seated with the handlebar, bumps and vibrations do not effect visibility in most cases.

Here are the details:
Third Eye Bar End Mirror
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Old 07-23-08, 07:01 AM   #16
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I haven't found any bike mounted mirrors that I can use at all. My ride is too rough, I can't see ANYTHING with a bike mounted mirror. Also the field of view is tiny.
I used a Take-A-Look mirror for a while but when I dropped the bike last year the pavement shoved the square corner into my face and I wound up with 14 stitches and an interesting scar.
I now use a CycleAware Reflex, it's great.
Did you ever get to try the Mirrycle? When the only bike I had was my MTB, I even had it on on the trails, and had no problems with rough ground - I could see my friends behind me. Currently I commute on terrible roads, and again, no problems at all.
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Nothing ATM. But that Take-a-look looks popular...
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+1 on Mirrycle
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Cat eye bar end mirror. Super cheap and it works for me.
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I use a glasses mounted mirror.

I can adjust it on the fly and I wouldn't bike without it. I feel tons safer being able to do a quick tilt of the head to check traffic than to turn my whole head to look behind me. Keeps my eyes forward all the time.
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Evo Sport on my bike.
http://www.calhouncycle.com/productc...5&idcategory=0

The mounting system it uses is ********, but once mounted it works GREAT.
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I just turn my head.
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I use bar-end mirrors - both on my DFs and my 'bent.

Currently, they are on the bent. I use left and right side mirrors on the bent since it is more difficult to turn my neck far enough to look back.
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I use a helmet mounted mirror because I have drops with barcons. I rode for awhile with no mirror, but I find it useful to keep any eye out behind; you can see traffic before you hear it. One of the roads on my commute has 50-60 mph traffic, and at one point the bike lane crosses a lane which is entering I-5. With a mirror I can see if I think it's clear way ahead of time, then confirm with a look over the shoulder. Without it, I really couldn't be sure how close the cars were with a quick look.
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I use a helmet mounted mirror because I have drops with barcons.
The Evo Sport linked above is made for that. I used a light bracket to mount a Myrricle mirror. Really nice mirror.
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