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    Does anybody use mirrors?

    My wife and I decided to check out an LBS before lunch yesterday, while we were waiting for her parents to show up. Anyway, she mentioned that she wanted to get some mirrors since she wants to be as cautious as possible when she rides. Now, i'm not a big fan of mirrors, purely because of cosmetic reasons, but she does make a good point. I much rather be safe than try to look cool. SO, how many of you use mirrors? And those that do, do you have them on your bike, or on your helmet?

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    I use them and they have saved my butt a few times. I like being able to see if a semi is coming up on me and about how far away it is. One of the main roads I have to ride has very narrow berms and to "take the lane" would be absolute suicide. I use the Mirycle handlebar end mirrors. I have them on my hybrid and my roadster mtn. bike. I know a lot of people frown on mirrors, but hey.... whatever works, right? Ride lots, Ride safe!!
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    A helmet-mounted mirror means I never forget either. It's also allows me to relax- if I can see there's no traffic behind me, I can ride a little further away from the edge of the pavement.
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    I been using this for several years.
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    Heck yes, I use a mirror constantly during my commute. I use a handlebar mounted mirror. This one. I feel it is a huge safety benefit. I tried a helmet mirror but could not train my eyes to adapt to it. I wear progressive lenses. You may like a helmet mirror. The only way to find out is to try one.
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    Have been using helmet- or glasses-mounted mirrors for a while - 25 to 30 years. Why would you not care what is behind you?
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    Another vote for helmet mounted mirrors.

    I like them so that I can see approaching traffic when making a move to the left turn lane. It also allows me to see if another rider is coming up on me so that I can move as far right as possible to give them ample space to pass me. Also if someone just blows by me and I didn't see them coming it tends to scare the crap out of me.
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    I use eyeglass-mounted mirrors. My riding buddy uses a snowmobile mirror that goes on the back of his left hand. Neither is a choice.

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    Ditto on the helmet mounted mirror.
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    Third Eye bar end mirror on both road bikes.

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    Heck yes!!!!

    I use Mountain Mirrycles on all of my flat bar mountain bikes. Awesome mirrors.

    I've just started to try out other mirror types. The Third Eye Pro Helmet mirror is working very well on my helmet.

    The Take A Look works awesome on my glasses, but is so incredible geeky, I'm scared to be seen using it.

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    I tried it for a few weeks and found the mirror to be virtually worthless.

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    I have a mirror mounted to the left bar end of my hybrid and can't believe that I rode as long as I did without it. I constantly check it for oncoming traffic, overtaking cyclists, etc. For me it's a huge safety enhancement.

    http://www.rivbike.com/products/show...-mirror/20-177

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
    I tried it for a few weeks and found the mirror to be virtually worthless.
    So did I, although my trial lasted longer than that. Basically, I found that I spent so much time adjusting the mirror to try to get a decent view, that it was just easier to turn my neck and have a proper look if I wanted to know what was going on behind me.
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    Only on one of four bikes. I have a Third Eye on the commuter/hybrid, left hand bar end. Functional, and I dig the cafe' racer look. The mountain bike does not need one, the road bike will not accept one ( it's a mental thing) and the Big Dummy is just plain cool without one.
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    mirrors every time, every bike. I'm constantly checking. Aesthetics are irrelevant

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekmanDan View Post
    My wife and I decided to check out an LBS before lunch yesterday, while we were waiting for her parents to show up. Anyway, she mentioned that she wanted to get some mirrors since she wants to be as cautious as possible when she rides. Now, i'm not a big fan of mirrors, purely because of cosmetic reasons, but she does make a good point. I much rather be safe than try to look cool. SO, how many of you use mirrors? And those that do, do you have them on your bike, or on your helmet?
    I use scooter mirrors on all my bikes/trike. However, none of them are the chicken little bicycle junk that pass as a decent mirror. All my mirrors are sold for scooters adapted with a simple"P" clip to the bars.

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    There should be a 4th option: Eye glass mirror. I voted "Mirror on the Helmet" as it was closest choice. I use a Third eye eyeglass mirror. I also have a take-a-look, but It's a deep spare because it's much heavier than the Third Eye.
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    I use a mirror all the time. Mine is mounted on the handle bars. Ive tried a couple eye glass/helmet style mirror, but found them to be uncomfortable to use. IMO third eye is the best quality of the glass/helmet style. If you purchase a quality mirror, you'll find I think, adjustment not to be a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    I been using this for several years.
    i used one of those but just tape it to the side of my head

    no mirror for me.. though i could see if you spend a lot of time on the roads a mirror would be useful. i like the glasses mounted ones.. they look cool
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    Wife and I use Take-a-look mirrors that mount to our glasses. Greatly simplifies keeping continually aware of traffic coming up behind and facilitates taking the lane as needed to prepare to turn left, avoid hazards on the side of the road, swing out a safe distance from parked cars to avoid getting doored, etc... I can also concentrate on pedaling hard while threading through hazards along the side of the road without pausing to turn my head and look behind. On the rare occasion I might ride without, I really miss it.

    I'll also point out that when using fixed mirrors on motor vehicles, it is often advisable/necessary to turn your head to check blind zones the mirrors don't cover. With a helmet or glasses mounted mirror, slightly pivoting your head allows scanning the view over a wide range, effectively illuminating blind zones.

    If you can't get a mirror to work properly, it's either the wrong product or operator error.

    And despite how much I like how well they work, I still think they look dorky, but I'm not so vain as to let that concern me.
    Last edited by Looigi; 04-18-11 at 07:49 AM.

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    A mirror is definitely a useful tool to have when riding in heavy urban traffic.

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