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wahoonc 01-08-14 08:45 PM

Bar end, helmet mount, turn head, depends on which bike. I had a glasses mounted one years ago that would work well with wire frame glasses, the new ones not as well.

Aaron :)

alaskanb3arcub 01-08-14 09:41 PM

Due to a neurological condition, I don't have a very wide FOV, so I have to rely on my hearing to know if someone is behind me. I can't really afford the re-focusing time involved in checking handle bar mounted mirrors(and then switching back to the road), my peripheral vision is limited due to my glasses(and is even worse with frames that are full framed, instead of just the top half), and glasses mounted mirror don't work well either(again, re-focusing time). Thankfully the local drivers don't give me a hard time.

StephenH 01-08-14 10:44 PM

Mirror mounted on my glasses.

the sci guy 01-08-14 11:02 PM

bar end mirror, the mirrycle or however you spell it is perfect for commuting on a flat bar MTB.
on my road bike i turn my head - but it's my first road bike and i am definitely missing my mirror.

JimF22003 01-09-14 04:33 AM

I turn my head and cough.

Lanovran 01-09-14 12:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tusker (Post 16392693)
As you can see in the pic,my Trek handles bars are not the most ideal.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358654

If you're unhappy with your current mirror placement, there is a Mirrcycle mirror that is designed specifically to work with those particular grips: http://www.mirrycle.com/ltd_mirror.php

BlazingPedals 01-09-14 01:32 PM

Recumbent rider (in case my avatar doesn't make that obvious.) I have used eyeglass mirrors for 20 years. Without a mirror, I can only turn my head far enough to see maybe 10 feet behind me; and since I'm never without glasses, it's an easy choice.

Pidge 01-09-14 08:54 PM

Head turn. But I'm only briefly on the road till I get to my dirt. I have a couple of cheapy handlebar mirrors I've yet to really try out, though. I'll rock a mirror next time I do a street ride, if I remember to put it on that is.

claystevens 01-13-14 02:48 AM

Thank for all replies. After reading all of them, I decide to purchase one mirror. I paid less attention on the back traffic before and I always ride ni high speed.

xtc14 01-30-14 03:18 PM

Take a look around, I don't like using mirrors, could be a hazard just when you happen to be crashing down the road.

Buzzatronic 01-30-14 04:31 PM

Bar end mirror for periodic checks of traffic situation, shoulder check when making any lane maneuver.

Fargo Wolf 01-30-14 06:05 PM

I use both a mirror (mounted to handle bar) and shoulder check. The mirror is my early warning system for traffic that is a ways off, and gives me an idea of what is approaching (car, P/U, Bus, Tractor Trailer Truck, ETC. As they get closer, I'll rely on shoulder checking as they pass me. For a lane change it's both a mirror check, shoulder check and signal accordingly.

slorollin 02-01-14 09:29 AM

Mountain Mirrycle mirror on my hybrid. Works very well, best I've found.

nymtber 02-01-14 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by slorollin (Post 16458802)
Mountain Mirrycle mirror on my hybrid. Works very well, best I've found.

Yep, only wish I had a sane way of mounting it to my road bike. Mine won't fit the one they made for older Shimano shifters :(

shoemakerpom 02-01-14 12:00 PM

These are the best investment ever made to my roadbike. The stay tight and you can adjust the angle on the fly fast without having to turn your head around. To me being by the beach with sand around turning around can be dangerous. http://www.amazon.com/Sprintech-Drop...ds=bike+mirror

Leebo 02-03-14 09:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nymtber (Post 16458835)
Yep, only wish I had a sane way of mounting it to my road bike. Mine won't fit the one they made for older Shimano shifters :(

What about using the bar end mount for your mirrcyle?

BobbyG 02-03-14 01:25 PM

Tak-a-Look glasses-mount mirror, handlebar birror and turn head torso.

Cougrrcj 02-03-14 07:40 PM

Well, I must also add that I use bar-end shifters, so that precludes mounting a mirror there. For me, hearing is number one, and the glasses/helmet-mounted mirror is secondary.

mrodgers 02-04-14 07:30 AM

Currently (or should say last year as there is no reason to look behind me down in the basement on my wife's stationary bike) I just turn and look. I don't currently ride on the road because I would die riding my POS bike on the road. I ride a flat bike trail along the river out in the middle of nowhere. I might see 6 people on a 2 hour ride which includes people coming up behind me (very rare), older folks walking that I am passing (most common), and people coming the other way.

This year with a new bike, I want to try to get some riding on the roads in. But I also would rather see the rare person coming behind me on the trail as well. Sometimes I ride with ear buds and get surprised when someone comes up behind me because it is very rare and I don't hear them coming.

Thus, I am in the market for a mirror and specifically want a helmet or glasses mirror. I don't know which one to get though. More often than not I wear sunglasses but not all the time. I also don't always wear my helmet as I have not been riding on the road. I don't know if I should get the Take-a-Look mirror and have a mount for the helmet to be able to do either helmet or glasses, or get the Third Eye Pro mirror that would mount only on the helmet. Both seem to be very popular, though Take-a-Look is the only one I recall mentioned often in this thread.

berner 02-08-14 11:34 AM

I currently use a helmet mounted mirror. Much to my surprise, my position on the bike and the handlebar have gotten lower over the past 6 months or so. At present, the bar is 11 mm below the saddle. This lower position effects the ability to see well rearward with a helmet mirror. Furthermore, the slightly lower position, which also gets me stretched out a bit more, seems to indicate the need for a longer stem. The net result as far as using a mirror it the a bar end mirror may be a better solution. Our position on a bike is like solving simultaneous equations in that a change in one variable changes another variable.

nymtber 02-09-14 08:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leebo (Post 16463689)
What about using the bar end mount for your mirrcyle?

I ride 99% in the hoods. I don't think mounting the mountain mirrycle would be easy to use, my arms will be in the way, and the mirror WAY too low. Besides, it took a new home on my SS MTB that is used on the canal path. When your crunching gravel under MTB tires, its hard to hear someone flying up on you...

I'll look at the glasses mounted ones. I wear sunglasses when I'm on the bike. UV protection AND stone/bug protection :) I don't want anything stuck to my helmet...

Drew Eckhardt 02-09-14 12:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by claystevens (Post 16392552)
Mirrors or other thing?
Or even you just turn around your head to check out?

I listen. Even electric cars make a lot of tire and wind noise when traveling beyond parking lot speeds.

If it's quiet enough when I want to move into another lane I look over my shoulder to double check.

HvPnyrs 02-10-14 02:01 AM

Another +2 for the Take a Look. I have 2 helmets, the Std. Take a Look is mounted on my Bell Metro city/winter helmet. The Pro Take a Look is mounted on the Giro Pneumo.

claystevens 02-10-14 03:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HvPnyrs (Post 16482618)
Another +2 for the Take a Look. I have 2 helmets, the Std. Take a Look is mounted on my Bell Metro city/winter helmet. The Pro Take a Look is mounted on the Giro Pneumo.

Seldom has the experience with Take a Look, maybe I should try it?

gabkr 02-10-14 05:03 PM

Started with glasses mounted mirror,but it always got out of adjustment. Then used nothing for a long time.Trying an Italian roadbike mirror,liking it so far...top quality glass mirror.


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