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Old 03-20-09, 02:16 PM   #1
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Helmet Mirror Needs Frequent Adjustment

I have this Cycleaware helmet mirror.

The mirror will shift via it's ball socket when I go fast, so I frequently need to readjust it.

I figure I'll pull it out of the socket, clean it well, and perhaps scratch it up to increase the friction.

Anybody have tips for solving this kind of problem?
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Old 03-20-09, 03:05 PM   #2
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Yes, I've got one of those.

My first tip would be don't buy one.

However, as you have already got one, get a small zip tie and put it around the socket that grips the ball.



EDIT: and pull it tight.
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Old 03-20-09, 09:21 PM   #3
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I had one of those once upon a time too. Had the same problem too. I got mine adjusted, then placed a drop of glue into the ball joint. Problem solved.

When you get ready to replace it, look at some of the models made by locals out of wheel spokes and bits and pieces of glass. Not only are they works of art, but once adjusted, they will not go out of adjustment. I wish I could give you a name, but almost all corners of the USA has at least one person making these mirrors, just ask around. I will try to look up the name of the fellow here in Ohio.
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I use a Take A Look during the warmer months when glasses don't fog but in the winter I use the Cycle Aware. Never have had the problem you speak of. I'm not a rocket on my commutes but I regularly get to the mid 20's for short stretches. How fast we talking here?

It is certainly more touchy than the Take A Look though, that's for sure.
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OK, The fellow in Ohio is named Chuck Harris... Here is some info I found on him.. Very nice guy. I met him at the Hilly 100 when I bought my mirror. I have heard rumors he is having helth issues, so not sure how much longer he will be offering his products.

To purchase a mirror, contact Chuck Harris at:
Ultra-Light Bicycle Mirrors
P.O.Box 363
Gambier, Ohio 43022

or visit:
http://www.hubbub.com/store/proddetail.asp?prod=helmir
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clean the ball side of the joint, dip it into a bottle of nail polish and let it dry.

when it's dry the coating will give the ball extra girth so it won't slide around as much.

the problem with cleaning and 'sanding' ball-socket joints is that more you clean them, the more plastic you remove and the joint only gets looser and looser. Common problem for articulating joints on toys and the fix is the nail polish in the joints.
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clean the ball side of the joint, dip it into a bottle of nail polish and let it dry.

when it's dry the coating will give the ball extra girth so it won't slide around as much.

the problem with cleaning and 'sanding' ball-socket joints is that more you clean them, the more plastic you remove and the joint only gets looser and looser. Common problem for articulating joints on toys and the fix is the nail polish in the joints.
Not on this one, the socket is fairly flexible, it's four lugs.

It's much better to put a cable tie around the socket.

Honestly, I've got one
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I did the nail polish thing and it worked great, thanks AEO. Went on a ride today and it stayed put.
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I did the nail polish thing and it worked great, thanks AEO. Went on a ride today and it stayed put.
I'm glad your nail varnish did the trick.



If it turns out to be a temporary fix be sure to try a cable tie around the socket for a permanent solution.

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