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Old 05-09-19, 03:28 PM
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Helmet mirror

I tried to search for threads with this topic and could not find the one I read recently. I am looking to buy a helmet mirror and would like suggestions.

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Old 05-09-19, 03:57 PM
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Don't take it as smartalec because I'm serious: I buy a pack of mirrors at Joann's craft, superglue a paperclip to it, unbend it and attach that to sunglasses (or the helmet). Unless you pay a premium price for the best quality mirrors, it's as good or better. A tiny fraction of the price and easier to adjust.
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Old 05-09-19, 04:43 PM
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Thanks wphamilton, That's amazing. I must try that.
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Old 05-09-19, 05:53 PM
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I use a "Third Eye" mirror that sticks onto the inside of your glasses. Tried various helmet mirrors but didn't like them... too much vibration. The Third Eye mirror solved that issue. The image is clear and vibration free.
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Old 05-09-19, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by alanf View Post
I tried to search for threads with this topic and could not find the one I read recently. I am looking to buy a helmet mirror and would like suggestions.

Al
Is this the thread you were thinking of? Even if not, there's a lot of good information there. Does anyone use wing mirrors?
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Old 05-09-19, 07:49 PM
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Is this the thread you were thinking of? Even if not, there's a lot of good information there. Does anyone use wing mirrors?
That's the one. Thanks rseeker. I appreciate it.
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Old 05-10-19, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
buy a pack of mirrors at Joann's craft, superglue a paperclip to it, unbend it and attach that to sunglasses (or the helmet)
intriguing! care to share a photo?
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Old 05-10-19, 01:09 PM
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Old 05-10-19, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
intriguing! care to share a photo?
A little dirty, sorry.

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Old 05-11-19, 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
A little dirty, sorry.
interesting location almost looks like the sight line is not thru the glasses but thru the side. maybe it's the angle of the photo. but I dig the ingenuity! I recently cut & glued a cam mount to a helmet & very happy with the lower mount dynamics. gonna do it to another
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Old 05-11-19, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
A little dirty, sorry.

COOL BEANS,

will give it a try
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Old 05-19-19, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
interesting location almost looks like the sight line is not thru the glasses but thru the side. maybe it's the angle of the photo. but I dig the ingenuity! I recently cut & glued a cam mount to a helmet & very happy with the lower mount dynamics. gonna do it to another
Close to the glasses gives me a larger field of view and less vibration. It's also easier for old(er) eyes to focus on than locations further out on the side.

The downside is that the angle is more outside so to see directly behind me I have to turn my head a little.
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Old 05-21-19, 04:27 AM
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This topic shows my EVT Safe Zone helmet mirror.
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Old 05-21-19, 05:10 AM
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I've been using these for a few years https://www.ebay.com/itm/Foldable-Bi...frcectupt=true The velcro mounting is junk. I use Sikaflex 291 to stick the base to the inside of my helmet with some holes in it so the adhesive has a key. Inow have a base on either side for riding on the left or the right.
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Old 05-21-19, 07:11 PM
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I use this glasses mount mirror and I love it

https://www.thebikesmiths.com/produc...CABEgI5ZPD_BwE
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Old 05-21-19, 10:23 PM
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I use this glasses mount mirror and I love it

https://www.thebikesmiths.com/produc...CABEgI5ZPD_BwE
Same. Best I've tried. I hope to continue looking like a dork for many years to come.
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I have several different ones. The take-a-look is pretty nice, but it's about $20.

I also have one that I made from a dental mirror and an alligator clip. I got them both at the dollar store.
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I've never used one. I always figured it would end up poking through my eyeball in the event of a crash. They're supposed to break away before they do that, but I don't want to test that hypothesis. I rely on my ears and my spidey sense to know when there's a car back.
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Old 05-28-19, 12:03 PM
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My rides tend to only have occasional traffic interaction in one specific stretch so after briefly experimenting with a helmet mirror I decided it was too much trouble and too likely to get broken in between rides. But in part hoping to keep track of a friend who was going to come along (and then didn't), I experimented yesterday with a little stick-on blind-spot mirror from the auto parts aisle that I drilled the base of and threaded elastic through so that I could put it on the back of either hand.

This actually worked fairly well as by holding up the hand it was on it let me make intentional spot checks where entering or exiting traffic would cross the bike shoulder, and had I needed to would have let me check group separation directly behind me on the trail. Depending on the coming situation sometimes I put it on one hand and sometimes the other. It was also completely unobtrusive in that I forget I was wearing it for several miles past the road section, and only returned it to my pack at a later rest stop. Unlike the angle mounted wrist mirrors sold, this wasn't intended be used with the corresponding hand still on the bars.

But that was for spot checks, riding more generally in traffic a permanent helmet or eyeglass mount would make more sense.
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Originally Posted by BobFishell View Post
I've never used one. I always figured it would end up poking through my eyeball in the event of a crash. They're supposed to break away before they do that, but I don't want to test that hypothesis. I rely on my ears and my spidey sense to know when there's a car back.
I did that for decades. Then I tried a helmet mirror. For the first time I could know there was a car right behind the one that was passing me. I also had much more information on the situation behind me as I approached potential road hazards ahead.

I was passed a few years ago close by a farm dump truck. Because I had a mirror, I knew the flatbed trailer behind was a full foot wider on my side. I moved over until my tires were !4" from the pavement edge. The trailer missed my thigh by the same 4". Without a mirror, that outcome would have been unlikely.

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