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    Senior Member Papa Tom's Avatar
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    Pushing Fifty & Steppin' It Up

    OK, so here's the other side of my story...

    At the same time I removed my toe clips and went bare-bottom, I ADDED a sideview mirror that I found on the street. It's not a good one at all, but I think I like what it does.

    Before this, when I went on long tours, I sometimes used a wide-angle mirror attached to my left glove (my own invention); however, I've never used a stationary mirror because the ones I remember from my childhood bounced around a lot and never really provided a useful view. I'm not sure what has changed, but this handlebar grip-mounted model has really impressed me -- enough so that I'm ready to buy one with a "real" mirror, rather than a plastic one.

    The other thing I'm considering, though, is a helmet-mounted mirror, something I have never tried. Now, here's where the "pushing fifty" part comes in. My eyesight has gone from superhuman to "does anybody have a pair of reading glasses?" over the past decade. The full-sized sideview mirror provides a large enough view that I can, at least, see that SOMETHING is behind me. Would one of those tiny helmet mirrors be as frustrating to look at as my shrimpy new iPhone screen?
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    Senior Member downtube42's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
    .... Would one of those tiny helmet mirrors be as frustrating to look at as my shrimpy new iPhone screen?
    You're not focusing on the tiny object in front of your face, you're focusing on the distant object reflected in the mirror. Big difference. Having said that, it seems this is an area where YMMV. They're pretty cheap, try one and see.
    What is bicycle touring?
    "So I kept looking and eventually found that a spark plug had same threads. So I cycled next two days until I got to Jackson, MS with a spark plug instead of right pedal." - mev

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    Spin Meister icyclist's Avatar
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    I've used mirrors. They seem useless to me. Perhaps, when I'm too old and stiff to turn my head, I'll consider using one again.
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    I need speed AzTallRider's Avatar
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    You need a retinal iMirror. You won't see any better, but you'll feel like one of the cool kids while using it. :^)

    (this is from a devoted iPhone user)
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