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Old 05-28-11, 03:18 PM   #1
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I love my "Take a Look" mirror!

No surprises when this baby is strapped on. Will never ride without it!
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Old 05-28-11, 03:52 PM   #2
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Some like them - I prefer the Italian road bike mirror
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Old 05-28-11, 07:21 PM   #3
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look for chuck harris mirrors chuck makes all mirror by hand he pedals to grind them
he's in his 80's how long he will continue is the only question
i'm still using the one i bought from him in the late 80's /early 90's featuring the elroy sparta tunnel

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Old 05-28-11, 09:24 PM   #4
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In 1980, I bought a couple of helmet mirrors that I still use. I haven't seen any like them for sale anymore. Instead of convoluted wire bent in various ways to attach to the helmet as the "take a look" and the chuck harris types, mine has a simple spring-loaded clip. It's easy to attach and adjust. In over 30 years of use it has stood the test of time. I always wear it. When I bought it, as I remember, it was designed by a medical doctor.
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I love the take a look too. I've tried several but the take a look is my favorite.
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Old 05-28-11, 10:38 PM   #6
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Take a Look here too I love mine. Never though a person could see so much from such a tiny mirror. Dorky? indeed but who cares
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I got a similar model that is round and a bit smaller. I've only been using it for two weeks and I'm amazed at how much I've come to rely upon it.
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Old 05-29-11, 05:35 AM   #8
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Take a Look here too I love mine. Never though a person could see so much from such a tiny mirror. Dorky? indeed but who cares
Me too. You want to hear dorky? I wear left and right:

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...My own preference is to use both left and right Take-a-Look mirrors. The additional right-hand mirror is useful when:
-riding on the left side of a one-way street
-down the middle of a multilane road
-in a rotary
-when coming out of a curve to the right
-when a bright sun is behind you because at least one of the mirrors will be out of direct sunlight.
I got the idea from a cycling companion who wore his mirror on the right only.
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Take-a-look is good. I get so used to it that on occasion when I'm walking or hiking I find myself glancing toward where the mirror would be to check out what's behind me.

Two is a bit much. Wearing one, a small rotation of the head permits scanning a wide range to either side behind you.
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Old 05-29-11, 06:06 AM   #10
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The only problem I have with mine is that the temple of my eyeglasses is completely round in cross-section, so the whole mirror wants to rotate around it, especially every time I hit a bump in the road. I need some glasses with a more rectangular shape to the temple for it to stay put. Maybe I'll take the mirror with me the next time I have to get glasses - maybe later this summer.
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Take-a-look is good. I get so used to it that on occasion when I'm walking or hiking I find myself glancing toward where the mirror would be to check out what's behind me.

Two is a bit much. Wearing one, a small rotation of the head permits scanning a wide range to either side behind you.
Maybe I don't need the right and left handlebar mirrors too (just kidding).

I wear two mirrors just in city traffic on the crazy roads of Boston. For me the main advantage of an eyeglass mounted mirror is that I can glance rearward quickly to check for cars, yet still keep my head pointed forward in the direction of travel when encountering a sudden obstruction, e.g. pothole, car door opening, etc. The split second of time saved, while still maintaining forward vision and control too, may be vital. Having the right hand mirror is thus useful in the situations described above.

Jim's Law of the Road is: "No matter how well-paved and lightly traveled the road, a vehicle will likely pass you on the left as you encounter an obstacle on the right."

BTW, I also have on occasions while walking looked up for the mirror, though I don't wear one for that activity. One time I was standing in my cycling attire including mirror in front of a "bad boy" radio talk show host who was doing an outdoor remote broadcast. During a commercial break, he was leering at a couple of ladies standing behind me. I caught his attention and pointed at my rearview Take-a-Look mirror.
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I'm another Take-A-Look fan.
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Old 05-29-11, 01:59 PM   #13
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The only problem I have with mine is that the temple of my eyeglasses is completely round in cross-section, so the whole mirror wants to rotate around it, especially every time I hit a bump in the road. I need some glasses with a more rectangular shape to the temple for it to stay put. Maybe I'll take the mirror with me the next time I have to get glasses - maybe later this summer.

I just got of couple of the Take-A-Look helmet mounts. Will report back on how well they work.
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(Regarding Take-a-Look) ... never ride without it!
Agree, but with with caveat.

I LIKE the acreage and quality of the glass.

What I don't like is the springy-ness of the wire. Unless your cycling surface is baby-butt-smooth, you get a jittery view. Recently, they started adding a rubber sleeve to dampen the jitters...not enough. I run a little bead of GOOP down the wire before using them.
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Old 05-29-11, 07:02 PM   #15
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The only problem I have with mine is that the temple of my eyeglasses is completely round in cross-section, so the whole mirror wants to rotate around it, especially every time I hit a bump in the road. I need some glasses with a more rectangular shape to the temple for it to stay put. Maybe I'll take the mirror with me the next time I have to get glasses - maybe later this summer.
I mounted mine to the visor of my helmet with two tie straps... works good.
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Old 05-29-11, 08:25 PM   #16
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In the 1970s I experimented unsuccessfully with an eyeglass-mounted mirror. About 5 years ago I bought a CyclAware helmet-mount mirror, and now I hate to ride without it. I had to carve a section out of the visor's side piece, and I had to replace the original foam mounting pad w/ double-sided sticky tape, but I have been otherwise delighted w/ the product.

Like so many recent converts, I am now an obnoxious mirror evangelist.
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Some like them - I prefer the Italian road bike mirror
Same here. I have tried but could never adjust to a helmet or eyeglass mounted mirror.
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My TAL mirror is alright. I mount it to my sunglasses but I still have to cock my head up and to the left a bit to see traffic behind. I might try one of those handlebar end mirrors.
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IMO the take a look is the best mirror of it's type, it's just that I could never get used to it. I still prefer a bar mounted mirror.
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My TAL mirror is alright. I mount it to my sunglasses but I still have to cock my head up and to the left a bit to see traffic behind. I might try one of those handlebar end mirrors.
Italian bike mirror is what I use.

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Old 05-30-11, 03:55 PM   #21
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This thread need pictures...
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All of the bicycling mirror advocates here convinced me of the advantages to using a mirror. I ended up buying the Safe Zone bicycle helmet mirror--see the listing on Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/446w6z8 .

Unfortunately, my current helmet--a Bell Triumph--is so old that I cannot attach the mirror to it (not enough closely spaced vents). Therefore I have placed an order for a new helmet--a Bell Array--so I can start using the mirror.
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Have been using helmet- and glasses mounted mirrors since at least 1981.



Using a TAL for at least a couple of years and it's my favorite. Mounted on the visor of the helmet and secured with a couple of zip ties - before the zip ties it occasionally fell off but, somehow, I was always able to find it.
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That's what I use. Love them.
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