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Old 05-30-19, 11:42 AM
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Big fan of helmet mirrors but not of the attachments so I make my own. A simple fiberglass piece, formed with a shape that the mirror clamps securely to. At its top, it is formed to fit the inside of my helmet visor. Drill two small holes and use nice SS screws. Outlasts several helmets. Near perfect, both for view and no-hassle. I take the visor off to clean the helmet anyways, so that is also easy. I make the mounts to fit the clamp on Third Eye Round Helmet Mirror.

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Old 06-03-19, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7
I ride in constant traffic. Either passing or getting passed constantly. A mirror would simply be a distraction but maybe you're conditions are different.
If I have parked cars on both sides of the street and two way traffic in addition, I don't have anytime for a rearward mirror.
That is the situation where they're most useful.

You know *exactly* where cars are, where the gaps are so you can set up better transitions, who's setting up to pass and turn in front of you (goodbye hooks), who's about to mess with you for sport, who doesn't see you at all, and who has stuff sticking out the sides (trailers, construction stuff, etc) and isn't thinking about that when considering their width, and who's giving you extra space so you can fit somewhere you need to be.

Ignore all that stuff, and you're relying on luck for your safety.
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Old 06-04-19, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by banerjek
That is the situation where they're most useful.

You know *exactly* where cars are, where the gaps are so you can set up better transitions, who's setting up to pass and turn in front of you (goodbye hooks), who's about to mess with you for sport, who doesn't see you at all, and who has stuff sticking out the sides (trailers, construction stuff, etc) and isn't thinking about that when considering their width, and who's giving you extra space so you can fit somewhere you need to be.

Ignore all that stuff, and you're relying on luck for your safety.
Dude, sorry, but where I ride the cars are packed and mirrors are useless.

This is an example.


Maybe it's different for you but a mirror is nothing but an unwanted distraction for me.

This is old video and traffic is much worse now.
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Old 07-07-20, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
I also evangelized to @johnlink to get a mirror. He tried a Take-a-Look mirror on his glasses and didn't like it. He now has a handlebar end mirror on EACH end of his handlebars. He is about to embark on a 4,000-mile trip around the USA, so I'm eager to hear how they work out for him.

On Wednesday, in NYC traffic, I saw in my mirror a patrol car behind me with its flashing lights. I quickly pulled over, and the car went on. So that's good.
Here's what I wrote about my mirrors in my review of my gear (https://johnlinkbikingadventures.blo...my-gear.html):

The two CAT EYE - BM-45 Bar End Bike Mirrors I installed in my handlebar ends added greatly to my comfort and safety. Although they are rather small, their convex shape allowed me to see a large area behind me. With their ball-and-socket joints I was able to adjust them so I could see what I need to see whether I was on the hoods or in the drops. I used the left mirror the most, but the right mirror was needed when the road curved to the right.
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Old 07-08-20, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider
I also evangelized to @johnlink to get a mirror. He tried a Take-a-Look mirror on his glasses and didn't like it.

He now has a handlebar end mirror on EACH end of his handlebars. He is about to embark on a 4,000-mile trip around the USA, so I'm eager to hear how they work out for him....

Originally Posted by johnlink
Here's what I wrote about my mirrors in my review of my gear (https://johnlinkbikingadventures.blo...my-gear.html):

The two CAT EYE - BM-45 Bar End Bike Mirrors I installed in my handlebar ends added greatly to my comfort and safety. Although they are rather small, their convex shape allowed me to see a large area behind me. With their ball-and-socket joints I was able to adjust them so I could see what I need to see whether I was on the hoods or in the drops.

I used the left mirror the most, but the right mirror was needed when the road curved to the right.
Originally Posted by mountaindave
However, it is surprising sometimes just how quickly someone can come up behind me in a car seemingly out of nowhere. Iíve fortunately never been hit, but definitely been made to feel like an easily squashable bug by impatient or inconsiderate motorists.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
Thanks again for that reply. I'm a mirror advocate, virtually an evangelist, and I wear two eyeglass mounted Take-a-Look mirrors, left and right (link)...
I have posted about the advantages:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
I use both left and right rearview mirrors, in my case Take-a-Look eyeglass mounted ones. I got the idea from a cycling companion who used only a right hand mirror.

The additional right hand mirror affords a pretty good rearward view, but is particularly useful [including]:

1. Riding on the left-hand side of a one-way street

2. Riding in the middle or left lanes of a two-way thoroughfare

3. In a rotary

4. On a curved road to the rightÖ

5....7....

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Old 07-08-20, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
I have posted about the advantages:
I agree about the use of the second mirror. It often provides a view not afforded by the first mirror.
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Old 07-08-20, 08:11 AM
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As a recumbent rider mirrors are a must for me because I just cannot turn my upper body like on an upright bike. Plus we don't have traffic jams and dedicated bike lanes where I live. Cars are speeding and drivers often don't pay much attention. So I want to see approaching cars from behind.
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Old 07-08-20, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Harhir
As a recumbent rider mirrors are a must for me because I just cannot turn my upper body like on an upright bike. Plus we don't have traffic jams and dedicated bike lanes where I live.

Cars are speeding and drivers often don't pay much attention. So I want to see approaching cars from behind.
I have also previously posted:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
I use both left and right rearview mirrors, in my case Take-a-Look eyeglass mounted ones....

My main argument for a mirror, particularly in the urban environment is summarized by Jimís Law of the Road: ďNo matter how well paved or lightly-traveled the Road, a vehicle is likely to pass you on the left as you encounter an obstacle on the right.Ē...

Addendum: This past weekend I rode with a companion on a low-riding recumbent three-wheel trike. I just deflected my right-hand mirror slightly downwards so I didnít have to crane my neck upwards to see him.

The left-hand mirror was still in place to monitor rearward traffic.
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Old 07-08-20, 10:35 AM
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I've said it before, but helmet (or glasses) mounted mirrors are perfect for me. People who complain generally don't have them positioned properly, but they are a life saver for commuting. That cat eye bar mounted mirrors just don't cut it for me. Mine is laying in my garage unused.
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Old 07-08-20, 07:32 PM
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Mirrors are great in any number, but they still canít counteract an a$$hole who just canít lose even one second on the way to his destination. It happened to me this morning: I saw the car, had the space, took the lane, signaled, and he still decided to speed up and pass me with a solid double yellow line as I was turning left. WTF!?
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