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Old 08-30-22, 04:39 PM
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convex mirrors: Mirrycle field of view is just right

I got a cheap plastic mirror, and found that the curvature was so extreme that cars bearing down on me looked so tiny I had to concentrate to spot them. Online comments then persuaded me to try the Mirrycle mirror. It's impressive from an engineering standpoint - glass, with screws that self-tap into brass to form hinges of adjustable stiffness that won't loosen. You can rotate it out of harm's way for parking. Here's a shot of the views in both mirrors - cars in the Mirrycle (which is also convex) are about 3 times larger, and the pointless fisheye view of the neighbourhood is greatly reduced.


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I got a cheap plastic mirror, and found that the curvature was so extreme that cars bearing down on me looked so tiny I had to concentrate to spot them. Online comments then persuaded me to try the Mirrycle mirror. It's impressive from an engineering standpoint - glass, with screws that self-tap into brass to form hinges of adjustable stiffness that won't loosen. You can rotate it out of harm's way for parking. Here's a shot of the views in both mirrors - cars in the Mirrycle (which is also convex) are about 3 times larger, and the pointless fisheye view of the neighbourhood is greatly reduced.


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Please take another picture but with the top mirror showing the same car as the bottom mirror.
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Old 08-30-22, 04:56 PM
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It is showing the same car - the black one, next to two white ones in the top mirror, is on the right in the bottom mirror.
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It is showing the same car - the black one, next to two white ones in the top mirror, is on the right in the bottom mirror.
My mirror is like the one on top. Took me a while to get used to looking out for cars when they are so tiny.
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Old 08-30-22, 09:58 PM
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Another drawback of the wide field of view is that - as in the photo - it often includes the sun, as a blob of glare.
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I don't use convex mirrors, I think they're only good for motor vehicle blind spots, so useless on bikes. I've seen large convex mirrors placed on blind corners and they are misleading.

I'm always looking for the perfect mirror, but right now I just use the Mirrycle, similar to your bottom mirror.
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30 year commuter. I like the mirrycle mirror and have it on two of my bikes. But I like my glasses-mounted take-a-look mirror even more. I know not everyone likes glasses and helmet mounted mirrors but they are usually flat and through small head movements offer coverage unmatched by any handlebar mirrors including the mirrycle.

BTW, I also find the mirrycle mirror mount holds the mirror's position better than most other mirrors I've tried.
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I've been using the Mirrycle similar to the lower one in the picture. Love it. I initially was having problems with it moving when I hit a bump, but I put rubber faucet washers in the pivot points and it's helped a lot to stabilize it.
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Originally Posted by Antifriction View Post
I got a cheap plastic mirror, and found that the curvature was so extreme that cars bearing down on me looked so tiny I had to concentrate to spot them. Online comments then persuaded me to try the Mirrycle mirror. It's impressive from an engineering standpoint - glass, with screws that self-tap into brass to form hinges of adjustable stiffness that won't loosen. You can rotate it out of harm's way for parking. Here's a shot of the views in both mirrors - cars in the Mirrycle (which is also convex) are about 3 times larger, and the pointless fisheye view of the neighbourhood is greatly reduced.


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I love my Mirrycle mirror... the only issue I have is that on rare occasion I try to slip through a gate opening and manage to clip the mirror itself... it snaps right off, broken. It is a hassle I have learned to live with, due to the otherwise good quality of the Mirrycle itself. When I approach narrow openings, I slow and ease through, to save the cost of a new mirror.
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@ work4bike: the Mirrcycle is mildly convex - images are about half the size of those in a flat mirror, meaning field of view is doubled. That seems like about the right compromise if you have to make one. So the cheap mirror is 6x. Too bad makers don't put the shrinkage factor on the package. Now that I'm tuned in to the variability, I'd take a flat mirror to the bike shop to measure convexity. In the end I'm keeping both on my bike - only way I'll feel definitely aware of what's behind me, without turning around.
@genec: is it the mirror that breaks, or the stalk? My LBS sells replacement mirrors, for 1/4 the price of the whole thing - maybe a lot of people have your experience.

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@genec: you might consider twisting the Mirrcycle out of harm's way before riding through dodgy openings. It's actually in the instructions: "SUGGESTION: When riding off road, on trails, or in the woods, it's a good idea to pivot the mirror head out of the way... readjust the mirror when you get on the road again."
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I like the Mirrcycle, but it's unusable on my swept bars. Do you think the mount hackable?
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&Korina: you could attach the horizontal arm of the Mirrcycle to a clamp on the handlebar - leaving out the vertical post. You could also use the extension tube they sell as a vertical post: https://mirrycle.com/product-category/mirrors/
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@genec: you might consider twisting the Mirrcycle out of harm's way before riding through dodgy openings. It's actually in the instructions: "SUGGESTION: When riding off road, on trails, or in the woods, it's a good idea to pivot the mirror head out of the way... readjust the mirror when you get on the road again."
Yeah, but that takes forethought... rather than the "dare" of "will it fit."

Actually one reason I don't do that is when you get the mirror adjusted just right, ya don't wanna mess with it... I still love my Mirrcycle mirrors.
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Originally Posted by Pinelander View Post
I've been using the Mirrycle similar to the lower one in the picture. Love it. I initially was having problems with it moving when I hit a bump, but I put rubber faucet washers in the pivot points and it's helped a lot to stabilize it.
my last new one was much stiffer and does not come un adjusted like they have been.
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Yeah, but that takes forethought... rather than the "dare" of "will it fit."

Actually one reason I don't do that is when you get the mirror adjusted just right, ya don't wanna mess with it... I still love my Mirrcycle mirrors.
Consider mounting the mirror inward. Field of view isn't quite as good as outward mounting, but it can work well once adjusted properly.

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Consider mounting the mirror inward. Field of view isn't quite as good as outward mounting, but it can work well once adjusted properly.

OK, that IS an idea... my bars are a bit extra wide... so that might work well. BTW I have those grips and love them.

Now, I have a few questions... looking at your bars, below...
What is item 1 with the +/- signs?
What is item 2, with a horn? (electric horn... is this an ebike?)
And what are the barhorns, item 3. Interesting. Looks like they need a variant of what my grips look like right now.

That is quite a "control panel" there on that bike.
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OK, that IS an idea... my bars are a bit extra wide... so that might work well. BTW I have those grips and love them.

Now, I have a few questions... looking at your bars, below...
What is item 1 with the +/- signs?
What is item 2, with a horn? (electric horn... is this an ebike?)
And what are the barhorns, item 3. Interesting. Looks like they need a variant of what my grips look like right now.

That is quite a "control panel" there on that bike.
My apologies for not being clear that the photo is not my bike, for convenience I grabbed it from a google image search. Source was an ebike forum though, so the + / - buttons control the motor assist, the horn is something aftermarket I believe. Grips appear to be Ergon GP3 which come with the extensions.
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Originally Posted by gpburdell View Post
My apologies for not being clear that the photo is not my bike, for convenience I grabbed it from a google image search. Source was an ebike forum though, so the + / - buttons control the motor assist, the horn is something aftermarket I believe. Grips appear to be Ergon GP3 which come with the extensions.
OK, makes sense.

And thanks for the Ergon link... I have the GP1 grips now and love them... so comfortable. I had no idea those other models existed.
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