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Old 06-21-16, 07:20 AM
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Looking for a good helmet mirror

I'm in the market for a good helmet mirror. I want for it to attach outside the shell or along the edge (not inside - my head's too fat). I mostly commute, but do a few longer rides (roads only). What do you guys like?
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Old 06-21-16, 07:53 AM
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I've tried several r all, either too small, fragile or vibrate too much. Then found and use this one.

https://www.amazon.com/Safe-Zone-Bic.../dp/B003LVHZ4O
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
I've tried several r all, either too small, fragile or vibrate too much. Then found and use this one.

https://www.amazon.com/Safe-Zone-Bic.../dp/B003LVHZ4O
+1 on the Safe Zone helmet mirror ^^^ , I've tried a few different brands, and have settled on the above. It's not cheap, but IMO is the best. Customer service has proven to be great as well.
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Old 06-21-16, 08:16 AM
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I have tried various brands but honestly just building one results in a better, more convenient helmet mirror. It doesn't look any goofier than a ten times more expensive retail mirror.

ArtMinds™ 1" Square Mirrors Value Pack

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about 22 gauge or whatever is handy. I use a double strand.
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coil up the wire end and glue to the mirror
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tape to sunglasses or helmet or visor.

It doesn't really take longer to construct than to install and adjust those mirrors, and the wire is much easier to adjust when riding.
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Personally, I like the Third Eye mirror. It doesn't vibrate, it has a large mirror and it stays put. The ball sockets will wear out over time (years and years) but they can be stiffened up with a bit of plastic bag. Here's one in action

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MTB Bicycle Bike Rear View Riding Helmet Safe Mirror Third Eye Safety Rearview | eBay

The mounting hardware is useless, but you can take just the arm and mirror, use couple of zip ties and some hardened glue to keep it in place. Works quite well, actually. I've got it on two of my helmets and have already ordered a third, though now I need a third helmet as I just busted one in a recent crash.
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I like the Cycleaware Reflex. Very adjustable, it's basically a gumby wire with a ball socket on the end.

I used to use a Take-a-look but in an accident the bare mirror gouged my face up and I needed 18 stitches, then I thought about it and realized I probably did not want a big stiff hunk of unprotected wire right next to my eye.
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I like this one:
https://www.amazon.com/Third-Eye-Helmet-Bicycle-Mirror/dp/B0012OKA6M/ref=sr_1_4?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1466525019&sr=1-4&keywords=Third+Eye++Bicycle+Mirror


I use a bit of Goop to glue it to the helmet instead of the hook and loop stuff. Make sure you mess around with placement BEFORE permanent attachment. Getting it in the right spot is critical.
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Old 06-21-16, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I have tried various brands but honestly just building one results in a better, more convenient helmet mirror. It doesn't look any goofier than a ten times more expensive retail mirror.

ArtMinds™ 1" Square Mirrors Value Pack

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about 22 gauge or whatever is handy. I use a double strand.
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coil up the wire end and glue to the mirror
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tape to sunglasses or helmet or visor.

It doesn't really take longer to construct than to install and adjust those mirrors, and the wire is much easier to adjust when riding.
Great idea!!!!!

Do you have a photo of the finished product?
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Old 06-21-16, 07:22 PM
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I just want a set of these mounted to the barends and fork:
Freightliner M2 Columbia Mirror Assembly Set - Raney's Truck Parts
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Old 06-21-16, 07:50 PM
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I have one of these https://www.amazon.com/Third-Eye-Hel.../dp/B0015ZZBM6 and found it to be useless, it might have just been me not giving it a chance but I gave up on it and took it off withing the first 10 miles.
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I have a Third-Eye, but had to make the following mods:
- Mounting surface was useless, so had to improvise a mount.
- Ball joint at mirror could not put mirror in viewable angle, so had to heat & bend arm near joint.
- Arm was too short, so had to cut it, and glue in steel rod covered in shrink wrap, to make arm longer.
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It's not a helmet mount, but I used this for years and had good luck with it (attaches to your sunglasses):

https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-...dp/B000C17M26/
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Old 06-22-16, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by roadie276 View Post
It's not a helmet mount, but I used this for years and had good luck with it (attaches to your sunglasses):

https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-...dp/B000C17M26/
That is by far my favorite mirror. I like it better than the helmet mounts I have tried.

Got mine at REI:
https://www.rei.com/product/752285/b...-a-look-mirror

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Originally Posted by kd5nrh View Post
i just want a set of these mounted to the barends and fork:
freightliner m2 columbia mirror assembly set - raney's truck parts
lmao
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
That is by far my favorite mirror. I like it better than the helmet mounts I have tried.

Got mine at REI:
https://www.rei.com/product/752285/b...-a-look-mirror

+1, surprised it took this many posts for Take-a-Look to be recommended.

It is the only mirror I have ever tried, and I think it is great. The only problem is I wish it attached more securely. I lost my first one when it bumped off in a roadside flat repair, and now I'm forever fiddling to make sure I don't lose the second.

I used to 'secure' it with a heavy-duty twistie (a few-inch length cut from the indestructible twistie that holds children's toy packaging together), but now I need to occasionally ride without it, if I am on a trail ride where my helmet is likely to be brushed by branches.
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I've tried several and wasn't happy until I tried the Take-A-Look. You can attach it to glasses or helmet. I wear the same glasses when I ride but different helmets depending on where I am. My eyeglass prescription is weak, and I can get by without glasses, but I think they add a layer of safety, so I wear them whenever I ride unless it's raining heavily. If you don't wear prescription glasses, I recommend wearing non-prescription glasses.
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True. I road a group ride Saturday without my "take-a-look" and was kind of freaked out that I didn't know what was going on behind me all of the time. I've gotten spoiled with that thing.
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
True. I road a group ride Saturday without my "take-a-look" and was kind of freaked out that I didn't know what was going on behind me all of the time. I've gotten spoiled with that thing.
Yup. I accidentally left it behind at the country house on Sunday. My wife stayed there until last night, so she brought it back to the city for me. I rode without it Monday and yesterday. I still have the skill to turn around and look, but you can be sure I don't do that as often as I look in the mirror. Having a mirror is a really good thing. It's not quite what I call completely essential, like air in the tires, but it's close.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
+1, surprised it took this many posts for Take-a-Look to be recommended.

It is the only mirror I have ever tried, and I think it is great. The only problem is I wish it attached more securely. I lost my first one when it bumped off in a roadside flat repair, and now I'm forever fiddling to make sure I don't lose the second.

I used to 'secure' it with a heavy-duty twistie (a few-inch length cut from the indestructible twistie that holds children's toy packaging together), but now I need to occasionally ride without it, if I am on a trail ride where my helmet is likely to be brushed by branches.
Use cable ties(AKA: zip ties). I have mine attached to my helmet visor, and I can just fold it up and over the top of the visor if I am going offroad.
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
That is by far my favorite mirror. I like it better than the helmet mounts I have tried.

Got mine at REI:
https://www.rei.com/product/752285/b...-a-look-mirror

+1 If you don't wear glasses, get some cheap shop glasses or sunglasses.
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+2 On the EVT Safe Zone mirror. EVT's customer service is excellent, and the product is very high quality.
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Originally Posted by PolarBear007 View Post
Great idea!!!!!

Do you have a photo of the finished product?
This with a half inch mirror, which you want close. Larger, further away.
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wphamilton, I hereby nominate you for the Bicycle DIY Hall of Fame! You should make up a thread to document in one place all the innovations you've shared with us.

Unless I'm misremembering and attributing things to you that other people did, that would include fenders, fairings, these mirrors, and probably a bunch of other things, right? Not to mention your landmark backpack vs rack&panniers rolldown test.

When I eventually lose my (second) take-a-look, I'm going to make a pile of mirrors like you suggest. In fact, I should get started now, mirrors for the whole family!
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Another vote for the Take A Look mirror.

I attach mine to the helmet lining with little zip ties.



When ordering one, note that there are two sizes (maybe more, dunno). The one in the photo is, I think, the shorter one; but the one with longer wires is better.
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