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Old 05-22-11, 01:07 PM
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+1 on the Mirrycycle. It's on my hybrid, and is rock solid. There is some anecdotal evidence that drivers stay a little farther left when passing when you have a mirror sticking out.

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Old 05-23-11, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by smasha
... if i could find a helmet-mount mirror that snaps on/off i might try it.
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Originally Posted by K'Tesh
Helmet mirrors are less likely to be shaken out of position. Also, I find a more stable view from them. "Take A Look" is my mirror of choice.

Mine, too. It takes some getting used to, but it does offer a panoramic view once you learn to "pan" by turning your head slightly. Also, a helmet mount lets the mirror ride above the horizon, so it doesn't block your view to the front. You do have to treat your helmet gently when you're not wearing it, if you don't want to be readjusting your mirror all the time.
The bar-mounted mirror I tried was shaky and didn't offer a wide enough field of view to be useful. Others might be better. (Hope so, anyway.)
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I use a handlebar mirror (sprintech). I have tried helmet and glasses mount mirrors, but I find that in order to make use of the mirror, I have to move my head to the proper orientation - with a handlebar mirror, I find that I can be looking down a side street for traffic, and then just glance down at my mirror and quickly be able to see if there is something behind me. With the helmet mirror, it seemed like if I wanted to see behind me, I first had to point my head in the right direction, which was rarely where I wanted to be pointing my head.
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I use Mountain Mirrycles on the handlebars of most of my bikes, with the mirror underneath the bars instead of sticking out. This keeps the mirror from banging into doorways and other objects and getting knocked out of adjustment. When I'm riding the bikes that don't have a mirror I use a Take-A-Look on my glasses.
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Originally Posted by frantik
i dont use a mirror but those lightweight ones made from a bike spoke (sold by a member here) which mount to your glasses look cool.. forget the name
I used to use the messenger mirror (which I think you're referring to) and I like the field of view and ability to move it by turning my head better than the bar ends that I have now (distorted images and I can see how once the link loosens up it's going to be blurry from vibrations like the last one I had), but helmet and glasses mounted mirrors are fragile as they can get bent up/broken quite easily (as I've found on several occasions) if you aren't careful about how you transport your glasses/helmet or forget you have a mirror on there. Also, changing lenses on my old glasses always meant I had to re-adjust my glasses mirror which was a bit more work than the bar ends I have now. Also, the third I glasses mount mirror I had before the messenger mirror was a piece of junk (moved out of adjustment when I hit a large bump or got in some bad wind, was blurry anyway, didn't stay on my glasses), stay away from that.
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I like the Take-a-look glasses mounted mirror, I tried the Third Eye version and found it too unstable and with less panoramic view. I've had two different handle bar mounted versions, one vibrated too much and kept loosening up no matter how often I tightened it, and the other broke off when the bike fell. I have a helment mirror that I have not tried yet, but the mirror arm does come off. I also have a mirror that was specifically designed for a Bell visored helment. The mirror surface seems kind of small, and I have not tried yet either. One issue with the helment mounts is that I like to use a helment cover for rain, and can't use these mirrors in that case.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
The problem some people have with helmet mounted mirrors is convincing their brain/eyes .. to focus at 200 feet. Also .. you're only seeing out of one eye.
Yeah, those weren't my problem. I was riding forward fine, with this spot that was an obstruction, then I would focus on the spot and i'd clearly see a random and out of context splotch of car parts and concrete, moving contrary to expectation, surrounded by meaningless static. For whatever reason, my brain couldn't resolve the two POV's at the same time with the helmet mirror. I can't with handlebar mirrors either, but handlebar mirrors tell me a lot more with good context so I can just flick it a glance and have good info.
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When I'm out of practice and then start using the glasses mirror again, I have a problem where I actually close my right eye and only focus on the mirror with my left eye when I want to look behind. Sure this allows me to hold my line better than turning, but doesn't give any field of view benefits. It's only with a lot of practice that I don't and even then all my focus is either forward or back and the other really only draws my attention when it picks up sudden unexpected motion. I guess I can't focus on 2 things at once well (or at all).
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I tried a "3rd Eye" mirror some years ago and could not get any benefit from it. On a road bike, when in the drop portion of the handlebars, all I could see was a reflection of my shoulder. I'd have to sit up straight to use the mirror at all - and the mirror location required to get a good view was very frustrating in my forward view whilst in a normal riding position. I wanted to like it but it lasted a week. These things are very personal, and do work for a lot of people, nor are they expensive. If it doesn't work, it has a place in the toolbox as an inspection mirror!

I'd try a handlebar mirror, but have yet to get around to it.

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