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Old 06-16-05, 10:40 AM   #1
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I am looking for a mirror.

I am looking for a mirror. I have a Gary Fisher Tiburon hybrid. I am not sure if I want a bar end mirror, or a helmet mirror. I just know I want a mirror. What do you use, and why.

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Old 06-16-05, 11:23 AM   #2
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Have helmet, it's better than nothing but not good. I'm getting a brake lever mirror, Rhodes.
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I prefer a helmet or eyeglass mounted mirror. You can easily see plenty of different areas - simple 10 to 20 degree turn of the head allows a full sweep of what is behind you. I have a Third Eye helmet mount mirror, which attaches to the visor - vibration is minimal, and the field of view is good. Also had a Take-a-Look mirror until I stupidly lost it. It's by far the best mirror I've ever tried - virtually no vibration, huge field of view, required little head movement, and could be mounted on eyeglasses or helmet. Must get me another one of those...

I have tried handlebar mirrors - most frustrating downside was that you can only see the spot that it's been set up to allow you to see, and at times have to move your whole body or even the handlebars to change the view. Handlebar mount was also more sensitive to bumps on the road, and I found it required me to take my eyes away from the road more than a helmet/glasses mount mirror, so I used it less often. Plus only mounted to one bike, so I didn't have the option of using a mirror if I wanted to take a different bike.
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Old 06-16-05, 12:13 PM   #4
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Cycleaware eyeglass mirror. I've also used a Third Eye but never got comfortable with it.

I've used several handlebar mirrors over the years and the better ones worked ok but the cheap ones vibrate too much. The eyeglass mirror works just as good and doesn't clutter the handlebars. Also good if you ride different bikes as you only need one mirror. One precaution to the eyeglass mirror is that it creates a blind spot where the mirror is. This isn't a big deal but is something to be aware of.

As a safety precaution try not to trust your mirror when moving into traffic. It's easier to miss an oncoming vehicle in the mirror than it is when looking directly.
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Yeah I've got a bar end mirror and I'm not really happy with it... It's something cheap I got at Performance, supposed to mount into the end of your handlebars, except it didn't fit... so I had to "fix" it... of course I fixed it good so that is no longer a problem but the angle part where you adjust it just doesn't stay tight enough, I usually wind up readjusting it at least twice a ride. If you get a handlebar mirror, make sure it has a very firm tightening mechanism that you have to loosen, adjust, and tighten in order to angle it.
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mtn mirrycle barend mirror!
http://www.mirrycle.com/mountainmirrycle.htm


I've tried helmet/eyeglass mirrors and could not get use to them. They drove me nuts.
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mtn mirrycle barend mirror!
http://www.mirrycle.com/mountainmirrycle.htm


I've tried helmet/eyeglass mirrors and could not get use to them. They drove me nuts.
This is the only one that works well in my experience giving durability, no vibration and good field of vision. Just can't be bested.
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I use a Chuck Harris helmet mirror made from recycled spokes. Personally, the mirror is ok for a mirror. It's a litte big for my taste. I use if for commuting in traffic. It does help. I bought this one because of being hand made from old spokes. Kind of cool. Indestructable.

http://www.bikefriday.com/pipermail/...er/000458.html
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I use a Chuck Harris helmet mirror made from recycled spokes. Personally, the mirror is ok for a mirror. It's a litte big for my taste. I use if for commuting in traffic. It does help. I bought this one because of being hand made from old spokes. Kind of cool. Indestructable.

http://www.bikefriday.com/pipermail/...er/000458.html
I have one of these purchased through the Austin Cycling Association for $12. When I googled them, I noticed other bike clubs sell them, too. I really like it! At first, I had trouble seeing anything but I guess my eyes have adjusted because now, I feel very comfortable with it.
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Amazon has the Take a Look mirrors for sale.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search.html...%3A3403241%2Ct

I just bought a third eye glasses mirror. Still getting use to it. I also heard that the Take a Look mirror was rated the best out there. Here is a good read on mirror options.

http://icebike.org/Equipment/cyclingmirrors.htm
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