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Old 08-14-11, 06:55 PM   #1
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What mirror for a bike that has bar end shifters?

I'm getting my new bike soon, and it has bar end shifters. In the last while, I've been riding a mountain bike that had a velcro strap mirror on the end of the straight bars. Most road bike mirrors seem designed to go into the bar end, however - that is a no go on a bike with bar end shifters.

What do you recommend?
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Old 08-14-11, 07:50 PM   #2
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I have a Blackburn that clamps around the brake hood. Works pretty good. Has a velcro strap that holds it in place.
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Old 08-14-11, 08:08 PM   #3
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Can't comment because I don't have one yet, but it looks pretty decent http://www.rivbike.com/products/show...-mirror/20-177
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I have a Blackburn that clamps around the brake hood. Works pretty good. Has a velcro strap that holds it in place.
+1 On the Blackburn road mirror. I also use a take-a-look mirror on my glasses. Between the two, I have decent views behind me.
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Old 08-14-11, 08:27 PM   #5
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I use a Mountain Myrricle attached with a light clamp just below the brake. I like this position so much that I put it there even though my bike doesn't have bar-end shifters. This is an old picture. The clamp goes under the bar tape.
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I have a Blackburn that clamps around the brake hood. Works pretty good. Has a velcro strap that holds it in place.
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there is one that slips under the brake hood to mount,
without effecting the feel of the brake hood.
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http://www.mirrycle.com/road_mirror.php

Mounts neatly and works pretty good.
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Hi


IMG_2034 by aushiker, on Flickr
I have a Zefal Spy Mirror on my Surly Long Haul Trucker.

It does not have fantastic depth of field but I find it sufficient for my needs (I don't have the best eyesight either).

I have a photo handy of it on the LHT but you can see the same fitment on my Kinesis in the photo below.



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Old 08-15-11, 04:14 AM   #10
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+1 for the Zefal Spy - works well, light weight and stays out of the way - downside is the field of view is slightly smaller than some other mirrors.
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Hi, I use the Reflex helmet mirror: http://www.cycleaware.com/ It takes some time to get used to. You can detach the arm from the base. If you helmet is has a curve to it use a zip tie on the base.
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Old 08-15-11, 05:42 AM   #12
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Third Eye mirror that clamps onto my helmet visor. I don't have a photo so I looked for one on the web and found this ebay listing.
http://cgi.ebay.com/THIRD-3rd-EYE-BI...item19c7b793f5
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Old 08-15-11, 06:19 AM   #13
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I like this one . I got from Rivendell. It fits any handlebar you like.

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http://www.mirrycle.com/road_mirror.php

Mounts neatly and works pretty good.

+1 for this setup

This is how mine looks.


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I like this one . I got from Rivendell. It fits any handlebar you like.
+1 for the German-made Ultra Light Bike Mirror from Rivendell. I love it. Big mirror surface, weighs nothing, very adjustable and very sturdy.
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Old 08-15-11, 08:31 AM   #16
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I use a glasses mounted mirror. I find it more useful and clearer. They're not for everyone, and take a little getting use to. It is a great conversation piece too. From non-cyclists I am often asked "What the heck is that?" I usually inform them that "It is my computer monitor, of course!"
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+1 for the German-made Ultra Light Bike Mirror from Rivendell. I love it. Big mirror surface, weighs nothing, very adjustable and very sturdy.
I have the same and agree with all of the physical descriptions, but I definitely don't love it. ;-) I find the curvature of the mirror is fine for giving you a nice wide-angle view, but the image of cars coming up from behind is so tiny beyond a few hundred feet that I can almost hear them before they're visible. I much prefer a narrower view mirror without all of the size distortion.
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A couple of characteristics I look for in a mirror are:

1. Can it be mounted sturdily?

2. Does it vibrate when riding on rough surface and blur the view?

I have the above mentioned 'german mirror' from Rivendell on my rando bike. It is very sturdy and doesn't vibrate. But as mentioned above, the view is not that great: I would prefer a wider view of what's behind me. Seems like the shape of the mirror surface could be better.

After leaving it in the parts bin after one use, I revived my Blackburn mirror for the touring bike with bar end shifters. The problem I have with it is that the velcro comes undone after a while. Also, it vibrates too much and blurs the view. I still use it and live with its limitations.

The best mirror I've used (have tried 4 different types) is the Mountain Mirrycle on a mountain bike. They have a road bike version called Road Mirrycle, which is designed for bikes with STI levers. I don't know if it is possible to mount it on the brake hood of a bar-end-shifter handlebar. If I could, I would definitely try that.

Good luck with your choice.
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+1 for the German-made Ultra Light Bike Mirror from Rivendell. I love it. Big mirror surface, weighs nothing, very adjustable and very sturdy.
My wife has one on her LHT and likes it a lot, so +1
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having used the hood mounted one for years, I have recently become a fan of helmet visor/ eyeglasses mounted types. I have a take-a-look one and as Gus said, it takes a few days to get used to, but for me the fact that I can jump on any bike and it is there + the fact that it is not a straight mirror, not convex, means the view is much more true to life for distances.

to top it off, vibrations are not an issue, which often was the case for my hood mounted one. Compared to the old one, the lack of vibrations and "wide angle" effect really makes a big big difference. Always on my helmet--sealed the deal for me (I alternate between 2 bikes often)
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Thanks Eric, I guess I saw this the first time you posted it, it's worked well for a few years now, I've tried others but this is still the best.

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I use a Mountain Myrricle attached with a light clamp just below the brake. I like this position so much that I put it there even though my bike doesn't have bar-end shifters. This is an old picture. The clamp goes under the bar tape.
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Can't comment because I don't have one yet, but it looks pretty decent http://www.rivbike.com/products/show...-mirror/20-177
I have that mirror on my LHT its nice for sure.My 2 cents anyway.
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was out for a ride tonight and remembered another thing I like about the helmet mounted ones, you can be standing for a hill and still see easily behind you. I ride in the city a lot and on unloaded rides that are faster, its nice to be standing in a climb and still be aware at a glance what is going on behind.
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