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Old 02-06-05, 12:31 AM   #1
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Is this mirror useful?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MakeTrack=true
i tried a mirror on my handlebars, it rattled so much it was useless, does anyone have any experience with that one, is it any better?
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Old 02-06-05, 12:10 PM   #2
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There are two mirrors which are well made and durable and do not move around or rattle: the "mirrycycle mtb mirror" which offers a large viewing surface and which in my opinion is invaluable for loaded touring, or a smaller mirror the "Busch and Muller Cycle star barend mirror. This is much smaller and gives a smaller view. Both are made of high-impact resin (don't ask) are bar-end fitting and are of good quality. I've had one Mirryccle for nearly 30 years. Given the amount of traffic these days I wouldn't tour without one and they quickly become indespensible. George.
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Old 02-06-05, 12:23 PM   #3
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I use that exact mirror on my commuter helmet. Works great for me.
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does anyone have any experience with that one, is it any better?
I've used it before. Works great. I had trouble finding last time I needed a new mirror and now use this one.

BTW, are you considering buying it on ebay? Its probably close to the same price at your LBS.
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The only mirror I have found stable enough to be useful is the type that attaches to my glasses. There's a plastic version by Third Eye, I think it's called, and another type made out from an old spoke, whose name I can't recall. But that's my experience and not necessarily the only "truth" to this topic.

But I would also ask RonH's question: why not buy something like this from your LBS and do a little bit to support the shop? The savings isn't that great to warrant an ebay purchase.
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Old 02-07-05, 07:02 AM   #6
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I don't use a mirror, I'm too much of a poser to use one , but my wife uses that exact mirror and she really likes it. In fact on our last ride she didn't have it and made a comment about missing it.
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Old 02-07-05, 10:14 AM   #7
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I use the Tird Eye glasses mount mirror. You can scan a wide area behind you with small movement of the head. No vibration problem. I miss it when I dont have it with me.
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i tried a mirror on my handlebars, it rattled so much it was useless, does anyone have any experience with that one, is it any better?
I use that one all the time. With 13 bikes, it doesn't make sense to attach a handlebar mirror to every one. The adhesive is a little weak however. I use a double stick foam adhesive that's made for outdoor use. Works better. Make sure that you clean the old adhesive off first if you are going to use the stickier stuff, however. I find that paint thinner will take the adhesive right off.

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Old 02-07-05, 02:51 PM   #9
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I used to use helmet mounted mirrors, but they look too dorky like you have an antenna on your head. I just switched to the glass mounted M2Racer Stealth Mirror and love it. The mirror is small in size, but since it is mounted so close to the glasses, the view is actually large and clear with little vibration. It is very light, compact and designed to be very stealthy, meaning that it is almost not noticible.

http://www.m2racer.com/products.php?...products&id=12
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I use the exact same mirror and love it. Go from bike to bike and still have mirror. I have no vibration problems with mine, try snugging up helmet strap a tad.
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I used to use helmet mounted mirrors, but they look too dorky like you have an antenna on your head. I just switched to the glass mounted M2Racer Stealth Mirror and love it. The mirror is small in size, but since it is mounted so close to the glasses, the view is actually large and clear with little vibration. It is very light, compact and designed to be very stealthy, meaning that it is almost not noticible.

http://www.m2racer.com/products.php?...products&id=12
I've tried glasses mounted mirrors. My glasses are real glass (don't like plastic, feels weird) so they are heavier than most which causes them to slide down my face if they are heavier as with a mirror.

Also the mirror on the helmet is kind of a put it on and go thing. Don't have to fiddle with mirror on glasses, then on face, then helmet.

YMMV,

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Old 02-07-05, 10:56 PM   #12
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Mirrors are useful when you need one. Other than that they are pretty much just in the way.
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Old 02-07-05, 11:11 PM   #13
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The Stealth Mirror looks great, but the price ($18.30)? Yowza - kinda high.

I just got a Third Eye eyeglasses mirror, but haven't used it yet. I'm a bit afraid it will bend my thin eyeglass frame.
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Old 02-07-05, 11:34 PM   #14
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I will prob get it from a bike shop, when i first saw it on ebay, i though it said free shipping with another item from the same seller (bar-stem shifters to replace my downtube ones on my beater bike), but i mis-remembered, its only $2.00 off
The reasoin i am skeptical about that mirror, and also the one posted by RonH, is the vibration rendering the mirror useless, how bad is the vibration with the one i posted, and yours RonH?
3 grams for the glasses mount mirror????? (is it a typo?) a finger nail prob weighs more then that!!!!
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Old 02-08-05, 05:08 AM   #15
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The mirrors that don't shake around are convex (many of them are), (in other words they're ovally so you can see more, thus shaking isn't seen as much, and you can get more in the view). I use one of these and it works very well. I highly recommended it
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Old 02-08-05, 07:38 AM   #16
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I might have to try one of these. I hate being surprised by traffic that passes close to me, seems like a mirror might help that
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Mirrors are useful when you need one. Other than that they are pretty much just in the way.
Since I use them all the time, they are never in the way Often, and other people have had this happen, I find myself glancing up the the left when I pass someone while walking, especially pretty girls Sorry, Honey, I won't do that again.

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Here's a good review of different mirrors for cycling:

http://www.icebike.com/Equipment/cyclingmirrors.htm

FWIW, I use their recommended "Take a Look" brand mirror, as do most of my cycling friends. It's a glasses-mounted mirror that is more secure than Third Eye, and provides a better field of view. Highly recommended.
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Here's a good review of different mirrors for cycling:

http://www.icebike.com/Equipment/cyclingmirrors.htm

FWIW, I use their recommended "Take a Look" brand mirror, as do most of my cycling friends. It's a glasses-mounted mirror that is more secure than Third Eye, and provides a better field of view. Highly recommended.
Thanks for the link to the review, it did help me to decide. I am gonna try the "take a look" mirror. I have tried the 3rd eye mirror but the mirror was so close to my eye I found it difficult to use. The take a look is farther from my eyes so looks like it should be easier to use.
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Thanks for the link to the review, it did help me to decide. I am gonna try the "take a look" mirror. I have tried the 3rd eye mirror but the mirror was so close to my eye I found it difficult to use. The take a look is farther from my eyes so looks like it should be easier to use.
fyi - the Take a Look comes in two models. The "original" model has a longer arm, so the mirror is further away from your eyes (this is the one I use). They also have a new "shorter arm" version. I have no experience with this model, and doubt that my aging eyes would find it very user friendly
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I have one hanging off my helmet. I love the fact that I can hammer and just glance up to see if traffic is on my left. Get one !
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Since I use them all the time, they are never in the way Often, and other people have had this happen, I find myself glancing up the the left when I pass someone while walking, especially pretty girls Sorry, Honey, I won't do that again.

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Stuart, I have ridden without one so long I just find it difficcult to grasp hold of and make work. I have tried HB mirrors and helmet models. Anyway that is a personal issue for me to deal with. Sounds as if you might have another good reason
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I use a "third eye" mirror all the time, I love it, I feel lost if I don't have it. Even when I'm out walking I find myself trying to look in the mirror (which isn't there) to see what is behind me.
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Stuart, I have ridden without one so long I just find it difficcult to grasp hold of and make work. I have tried HB mirrors and helmet models. Anyway that is a personal issue for me to deal with. Sounds as if you might have another good reason
After several years of marriage, I've developed a callus on the back of my head for the dope slaps my wife gives me from looking in mirrors as women pass It's kinda low down on my head too because she's small (Sorry that was a short joke Oww! Okay Honey no short jokes.)
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I highly recommend the Bike Peddler Takel-A-Look Mirror. It's available at Colorado Cyclist and other places:http://www.coloradocyclist.com/commo...estTimeout=120
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