Count me as one of the mirror fans.
I tried a glasses mounted mirror about 30 yrs ago. But I found it distracting. I also seemed to have a hard time interpreting what I saw when I was actually trying to look in it.
But I'm very uncomfortable riding without a handlebar mirror. I use two, in fact.
Whether in a car or on a bike, I'm fond of thinking that NO ONE comes up on me without my knowing it. And it's very nearly true.
I don't ride with mirrors and have never tried it either..... Maybe one day.. Who knows? For some reason I think that they'll be a distraction for me.
Trolley bus in Brooklyn). When I lived in Seattle I'd avoid the trolley-bus routes because I couldn't hear them. I haven't lived in Seattle in 30 years now, so not an issue.
A mirror may work for you, but I, like others find them distracting. You can try and insist that's wrong, but the fact remains.
As for head mounted mirrors, that only really works for those that wear helmets, and even then they are still distracting. Not to mention I could never feel safe with glass that close to my eye.
I KNOW you'll disagree, but for me it's true and that's all that matters.
2) In a car you are sitting in a chair and changing your balance, turning etc. won't affect your steering - on a bike it takes some conscious effort and concentration to keep a straight line when turning around.
3) Hearing can be deceptive, as you've said.
So mirrors do come in handy. There are, however, 2 reasons I DON'T use them:
1) One more thing on a bike that can attract thieves - I make it plain, simple and as ugly as can bee.
2) Cars in my country always drive as if they'll run you over, swerving to go past you in the last second. So having mirror always had me scared and stressed - better not to see. Especially since most of the time in places I commute, there's a 20 cm high road side barrier - so no place to run.
Yes, what is up with these roads with no shoulder and a steep curb, anyway? I absolutely despise those things.
As for turning where you're looking, I have a bad tendency to do that in both my car driving and my bicycle riding. I blame power steering sensitivity for the former. So if I looked over my shoulder to see incoming traffic, I'd be steering INTO said traffic as I look, or overcompensating and hitting those despicable curbs instead. :trainwreck: :injured:
I use a mirror all the time, for road cycling, not for commuting. I never did see the need until I was helping a slower rider into a headwind, and had no good way to monitor the gap between us. Nearly all of the riders in randonneuring use one as well.
If your mirror works for you... it is perfect for you... that is all that really counts.
This has nothing to do with anybody's ego and everything to do with common sense. If you are distracted paying attention to all the traffic around you, you do not belong on the road with vehicles.
btw, mirrors are in car for visual efficiency, not because of blind spots. And head checks are necessary because of blind spots, not a problem with a head mounted mirror, there are no blind spots.
Mirrors are used in the same way for ALL vehicles that share the road. Those that know how to use them are not a burden on traffic while those that don't often are.
The nonsense I spoke of:
I don't wear glasses so I can't use a glasses mounted mirror.
I get distracted with too much visual information.
The mirror blocks my vision.
I'm more concerned being injured by the mirror than a car.
All I need is my hearing to keep me safe.
Mirrors are necessary in cars because they are different than bikes. The same benefits that mirrors provide in a car don't work for a bike or are not applicable to a bike.
There's plenty more to come I'm sure. :)
I'd say it's time to stop feeding the troll. Perhaps a mod can lock the thread?
I have a real question about mirrors, since I am just starting to commute.
I have a MTB handlebar set with bar ends on. Will this mirror: http://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-2041...n+multi+mirror
slide into the hole at the end of them? I'm assuming I'll just swivel the mirror on that pivot so that it sits to the side (because the hole on the bar end obviously faces inward).
If you're referring to me as the troll, I'm sorry, that is not my intent. One of the biggest, if not the biggest keys to staying safe while sharing the road in any vehicle, is 360 degree visual awareness all the time. Active eyes, not an active body spinning like a top.
I cycled daily to work and/or school for 15 years without a mirror and felt safe enough. Then I tried a helmet mounted mirror when i was 29 (1988) and have not been without it since.
I find it more a matter of convienence in a city with streets full of potholes and other debris. But it is not a safety cure-all as mirrors do have their limitations.
I would feel less comfortable without a mirror while cycling.