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Old 04-24-11, 10:57 PM   #1
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Any Ideas On Mirrors?

I'm looking for a good mirror for my bike... Road Bike. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-24-11, 11:39 PM   #2
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If it is for non-city traffic conditions, I use this one.
http://www.amazon.com/Cateye-1900080.../dp/B000P1Q170
If it is for city traffic then I use a similarly attached, slightly larger convex mirror. (No blind spots)
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I really like the Ultra Light Bike Mirror made by D+D Oberlauda:

http://www.therandonneeshop.com/prod...ht_bike_mirror

I don't ride in the drops often, so it having the mirror there isn't an issue for me. (There are other road bike mirrors that mount near the shifters if you would prefer that.)
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I really like the Mirrycle Series. I have the Mountain version on my hybrid and the STI version (which fits Shimano shifters) on my touring bike. I tried a bar-end mirror on the road bike but it just doesn't work when you're riding on the hoods. The STI Mirrycle works great.
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Old 04-25-11, 07:06 AM   #5
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I prefer the Take a Look eyeglass mirror. It's much easier to see everything behind you.
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I prefer helmet or glasses mounted mirrors to bike mounted ones. I change up my position on the bike too much for a bike-mount mirror to be effective.
Right now I use the 3rd Eye Pro helmet mount.
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I really like the Mirrycle Series. I have the Mountain version on my hybrid and the STI version (which fits Shimano shifters) on my touring bike. I tried a bar-end mirror on the road bike but it just doesn't work when you're riding on the hoods. The STI Mirrycle works great.
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I tried, and hated, a bunch of different glasses- or helmet-mounted mirrors before finding the STI Mirrycle. Have one on my touring bike and wouldn't leave home without it.
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I really like the Mirrycle Series. I have the Mountain version on my hybrid and the STI version (which fits Shimano shifters) on my touring bike. I tried a bar-end mirror on the road bike but it just doesn't work when you're riding on the hoods. The STI Mirrycle works great.
I have these also on my MTB and 105 brifters they rock and are fairly inexpensive to boot.
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I prefer the helmet or glasses mount ones.
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I have a small one mounted on my helmet. It has a base that is can be snapped in and out of so I don't look silly riding the MTB trails with it.
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I prefer the Take a Look eyeglass mirror. It's much easier to see everything behind you.
This is what I started using this year and I am very satisfied with it.
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I was going to say that you'll have to figure out what works best for you, but I think the wildly differing opinions already posted says it quite well.

FWIW, I've tried one helmet mounted and one bar-end mounted on my road bike and I don't like either one. I have the "Mountain Mirrycle" on my hybrid and love it.
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Great Input

Thanks for the input! I think this one is just what I was looking for since I don't ride in the drops...

http://www.therandonneeshop.com/prod...ht_bike_mirror
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If it is for non-city traffic conditions, I use this one.
http://www.amazon.com/Cateye-1900080.../dp/B000P1Q170
If it is for city traffic then I use a similarly attached, slightly larger convex mirror. (No blind spots)
You put a mirror on a Cervelo?
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Thanks for the input! I think this one is just what I was looking for since I don't ride in the drops...

http://www.therandonneeshop.com/prod...ht_bike_mirror
I put that one on and like it so far (only had it out about 5 times, bleeping weather!! can hear the rain on the roof as I type). I have it mounted high enough to use the drops.
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You put a mirror on a Cervelo?
You know what's worse ?

I put myself on a Cervelo.

Seriously, sometimes I do because I lack the rotational ability to check behind me when needed. I broke my neck almost 30 years ago and it fused while I was in a coma and left me with a greatly reduced ability to rotate my noggin as well as some other mementos.

I've also put a Carradice Barley bag on it from time to time as well.
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You know what's worse ?

I put myself on a Cervelo.

That is just classic...
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I have been looking at mirrors too. I have 3 bikes so I was thinking a helmet attachment but When I tried it on my eyes hurt from trying to focus on the mirror right next to my face right after looking far ahead, a lot of eye adjustment going on there if you look back every 10 seconds or so like I tend to do while driving. Does this go away?
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I've been thinking about using a mirror. I tried one about 12 years ago that attached to your glasses, but it juggled around so much, that it gave me motion sickness. I also had a hard time paying attention to the road in front of me sometimes (hit some big rocks, lumber...), because I was so worried about what was behind me.

Are the mirrors more stable these days?

Do you all have problems with taking your eyes off the road too much?
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I like the Mirrycle

I like this one http://www.amazon.com/Mirrycle-MTB-M...3831488&sr=1-1

I used to think I was too cool to have a mirror and that people wouldn't think I was a serious rider, but, the back roads of New England have made me a believer. I have one of these on both bikes and can't imagine riding without one.

I'm not a fan of the helmet-mounted ones because they break to easily, but, I know lots of people swear by them. They must be much more careful than me when it comes to where you put your helmet when stored.
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I have helmet-mounted ones on my road and commuter helmets and use a glasses-mounted one for my MTB (didn't want to put one on my MTB helmet as it gets tossed around more and I don't need a mirror if we're riding off-road only). All of them are glued in place (I use Goop), even the glasses-mounted one. No problem with vibration and I don't really think about them being there till I want to look back. How often I check the mirror depends on where I'm riding and what I'm doing. If I'm trying to cross 3 lanes of 50 MPH traffic to get to a left turn lane, I'll be checking often to see if there is a gap in traffic. If I'm on a long stretch of road and I'm just cruising along, I may only check it every few minutes.

I had no problem adapting to the mirror but my wife has not yet gotten the hang of it and may never. It's all about what works for you.
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I've been using and really enjoy this:

but lately it's been getting all bent up because I've been taking the glasses off to go into the grocery store or work or whatever and the long extension is fragile (and I've been switching lenses on my glasses lately and every time you do that you need to move the mirror), so I've put these:

on my bar ends. They work almost as well (you do have blind spots though) without the possible bending of the spoke, so I might take the messenger mirror off my glasses. I do think it's the best option I've tried if you're just going out for a ride though, so maybe I'll get a second pair of glasses for when I'm just riding and not doing other things and leave it on those.
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I have been looking at mirrors too. I have 3 bikes so I was thinking a helmet attachment but When I tried it on my eyes hurt from trying to focus on the mirror right next to my face right after looking far ahead, a lot of eye adjustment going on there if you look back every 10 seconds or so like I tend to do while driving. Does this go away?
It didn't for me, which is one of the reasons I switched to the Mirrycle. In particular, I find it much easier to focus on the larger mirror provided by the Mirrycle...
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I'm looking for a good mirror for my bike... Road Bike. Any suggestions?
I like the Blackburn that attaches with a velcro strap
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If you don't mind eyeglass-mounted mirrors the Take-a-Look works extremely well; I've been using mine for about 5 months. I have a HubBub helmet-mounted mirror to try which is a)expensive and b) reputed to be very stable. I'm just not fond of the look when you take your helmet off.
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