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Old 03-27-09, 12:19 PM   #1
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Any tips on adjusting eye-glass mounted mirror?

I have been riding thousands of miles with my take-a-look mirror but have yet to figure out how to optimally adjust it. Each time I put it on I never know what kind of field of vision I'll get. Are there any general tips for how to get the best view consistently?
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Old 03-27-09, 12:28 PM   #2
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I have a Cycleaware Reflex, which is the same thing only safer. I put mine so it's about 3-4 inches forward of my glasses, then adjust it as far left as possible so that the left edge is just about touching the left edge of the field of view of my glasses (so the mirror is as far left as possible while still being fully visible within my corrected vision). Then tip it so that the edge of my left ear is barely visible on the edge of the field of vision of the mirror.

You can have as much field of view as you need by just moving your head a bit, but this method allows me to see both lanes behind me without moving my head, then if I want to see what someone off to the side is doing, I just need to turn my head a bit.
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Old 03-27-09, 12:41 PM   #3
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I have a third eye, and it took me several months of daily riding to get where I can fix it the way I like. It just takes lots of practice. It's irritating becuase you must readjust everytime. I have found that going as far up and as far left as my glasses will allow is about the best I can do.
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I have been riding thousands of miles with my take-a-look mirror but have yet to figure out how to optimally adjust it. Each time I put it on I never know what kind of field of vision I'll get. Are there any general tips for how to get the best view consistently?

I also use take-a-look. I also have to re-adjust with every use. I tried putting it on my helmet with wire ties, but that put it to far away. I've considered a drop of super-glue once I get the mirror set, but then I'd have to get it back onto my glasses in the exact same place everytime. and that would also do away with any adjustments.

For me, I'll just adjust it every time. (no big deal)
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I clip mine to my helmet visor. Never really have a problem.

Note: Photo taken is reversed. Mirror is nearest my left eye.

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Old 03-27-09, 03:06 PM   #6
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I clip mine to my helmet visor. Never really have a problem.

Note: Photo taken is reversed. Mirror is nearest my left eye.

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Old 03-27-09, 04:45 PM   #7
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I switched to a Mirrycle Road Mirror. But when I used helmet and eyeglass mounted mirrors, I used to pedal up to the nearest object ( car, light pole, etc.),lean on it, get in riding position, make the mirror see what I wanted to see. I stunk at adjusting on the fly.
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I found the closer it is to the eye, (within reason), the easier it is to see with/adjust. I've also glued the thing onto my visor when I found the best spot. So now it's just a case of moving the helmet and twisting the mirror a little.

I always wear glasses, sunnies or clear lens in case I crash though. I think it was ItsJustMe who stated once he got a nasty cut on the face from a take-a-look helmet mirror. (great mirror though).

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I've never had to adjust my M2 Racer mirrors. They're on my bike glasses all the time. I just adjust my head angle a tiny bit if necessary.
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I clip mine to my helmet visor. Never really have a problem.

Note: Photo taken is reversed. Mirror is nearest my left eye.

Why is the Velcro not labeled?
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I always wear glasses, sunnies or clear lens in case I crash though. I think it was ItsJustMe who stated once he got a nasty cut on the face from a take-a-look helmet mirror. (great mirror though).
Yes, I used to use a take-a-look, but I lost it on a corner in a patch of sand one day, kissed pavement, and the take-a-look plowed a gash in my face that took 12 stitches to close.

I use the CycleAware Reflex now, which is the same idea but even more adjustable, and doesn't have a big stiff wire and a square-edged hunk of plastic an inch from my eyeball just waiting for me to hit something to cram itself into my face/eye. In hindsight, I can't believe I used to wear that thing.

The cycleaware doesn't work on glasses, but the Take-A-Look didn't either since my glasses are very light titanium frames with round wire temples; the mirror would just spin on it, and it was heavy enough to make the glasses tilt quite a bit, which is a problem with astigmatism.

I prefer a helmet mirror anyway; when I used a glasses mirror (when I had different glasses) I was always forgetting them since I'd take them off and put them down. With a mirror permanently mounted on my helmet, it's not possible for me to forget it.
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Adjust before every ride. Stand in a place where you know what's over your left shoulder, then make sure you can see it. Keep in mind that, on the bike, for optimal field of view, you'll have to swivel your head to the left a few degrees every time you check the mirror.
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You are the second person I've heard of who had multiple stitches from a Take a Look...
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take-a-look on helmet

I keep my take a look on my helmet visor, tied on with wire since I lost the last one. I check the adjustment every time I put the helmet on, first, by making sure it's level. Then, I adjust the up-down/ in-out until I can see the top of my ear in the bottom corner closest to my face. With this setting I can face straight ahead and check the traffic behind me by just moving my eyes.

I don't know if this helps, since you're mounting to glasses; but, I'd guess a similar facial reference would work.
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I did cycle instructor training recently to become a recognized instructor and although I love helmet mirrors the training showed how lazy I had become when it came to looking over my shoulder.
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What's the bubble level for?
Tells me when the camera will see a level horizon.
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Why is the Velcro not labeled?
'Cause everyone already knows what VelcroŽ looks like silly!

But since you asked, my NightSun trail light goes there. I didn't label it because the light is irrelevant to the camera setup.
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Old 03-28-09, 07:30 AM   #18
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The "take a look" should be close to the eye. I found the best spot on the glasses and marked the spot on the inside of the earpiece. You could use nail polish or file a groove. Then you will only have to adjust the mirror joints if it gets jarred.
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Tells me when the camera will see a level horizon.
and you can see that when you are riding? Not a chance with my presbyopia.
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I have to adjust my take-a-look every time i ride too, but really, it's not that much of an issue (well, except when I start my commute in the dark and it's a bit harder to get adjusted at first) but it's really not a problem. I prefer the take-a-look to every other mirror i've seen or used. . .definitely prefer it to the plastic ones. I might cut my face on one if I crash. . .and I might cut my face on something in the road if I crash. . .not a good reason to avoid either one.
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and you can see that when you are riding? Not a chance with my presbyopia.
I can see the bubble with peripheral vision only when looking straight ahead. If the bubble is moving the horizon will be level enough while looking ahead. It becomes habit pretty quick noticing that bubble moving or not. When I look to the sides tho, the tendency is for my head to tilt because my bikes are set up pretty aggressively (handle bar height well below saddle) causing me to lean forward. If you lean forward and turn your head 90 degrees right or left, the horizon will tilt past 60 degrees. The level is a must when looking side to side.

Make sense?
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Tells me when the camera will see a level horizon.
Oh, I didn't realize you could see it while riding. That does indeed make a lot of sense.
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I use the take-a-look and I have a part of my shoulder that I see in the mirror when I'm in a riding position that sets it for my liking. So if it's out of whack I just get on the bike, zero in on seeing that part of my shoulder and then I'm not trying to fine tune it for the next quarter mile.

I also don't wear my Rx glasses when I ride as my distance vision is OK, so the mirror fits on my bike glasses which have a thicker temple so it doesn't move around.

I'd have the same problem as IJM if I tried it on my Rx glasses as the temples are too thin.
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The trick is to adjust the mirror while you're in your normal riding position (best not to do this with traffic). Once you have it angled properly, stop and memorize what you see when standing. This way you position the mirror properly before you start riding. You may need minor adjustments while riding but you should be able to start with a good view of what is behind you.
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The "take a look" should be close to the eye. I found the best spot on the glasses and marked the spot on the inside of the earpiece. You could use nail polish or file a groove. Then you will only have to adjust the mirror joints if it gets jarred.
I think I agree with you . As close to the eye seems to give the largest field of view.
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