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Old 07-26-08, 02:56 PM
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Where to put new safety gear?

(Sorry if this is in the wrong forum as I could see it going a couple of places, but I mainly use the bike to commute, so I put it here. Mods, please feel free to move if appropriate.)

Last night my wife for our anniversary gave me some new toys to put on the bike I recently got for commuting. As a bit of background, my commuter bike is an old rigid framed mongoose mountain bike I got off craigslist that someone sort of converted by putting Scott Drop-In bars, slicks, and fenders on. I've since thrown front and rear lights, a computer, a rack, and trunk/panniers on it.

So my wife's sort of nervous about me being out on busy roads (have yet to convince her that's the only place for me to be legally), so her present to me was safety type gear to ease her mind that I was being more safe. She got me this gizmo that's a combination horn, tail light, brake light, and turn signals (man putting the brake sensor on my center pull brakes was a pain in the a**) because she's convinced that no one understands hand signals anymore (she may be right, she doesn't know them). At first I was a bit unenthused about the device, but the turn signals are sort of fun to have at my fingertips rather than having to use my hands.

The other thing she gave me was a handlebar mounted mirror, and I'm looking for the best way to install that. Anybody have any good ideas? Has anyone ever tried mounting a mirror on this type of handlebars?

I want to install/use it because her giving me a gift to encourage my cycling is a good thing, right? Anyway, I don't want to have that stop or hurt her feelings by saying she gave me something I can't/won't use, but I really can't figure a good spot for it where it'll be useful but won't get in the way of my hands. Right now I've got it at the sort of corner where the bar levels off after the drop curve and turns back inwards, but it seems too low to be useful down there. Maybe I just don't have it adjusted right? After tightening all of the nuts on it I can find, it tends to flop around every which way every time I hit a bump, so I obviously don't have it adjusted the best it can be, but any positioning advice anyone can offer would be helpful.
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Old 07-26-08, 03:05 PM
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Pictures of this interesting gadget is requested, or at least a link to the vendors. I love my handlegrip mounted mirror. It is strapped on with a velcro strap and I remove it when I lock the bike at work.

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Those turn signals sound cool. When i go all out I plan on having a lithium battery pack and run turn signals, horn, in one cool package.

Here is how I mounted my side view mirror:
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Old 07-26-08, 03:16 PM
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If you're asking about the handlebars, they look like this:



if you were asking about the brake light/turn signal/horn, this is the one my wife gave me:
http://www.amazon.com/Acclaim-Signal...7106617&sr=8-1
While the turn signal is neat, a word of warning is that it's a pain to install the brake sensor and the horn isn't super loud, so don't take this as a rave review. Pretty loud in a quiet area, but I don't know what it'd sound like when there is other noise/traffic around. Still for its size the volume is decent I suppose.

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Old 07-26-08, 03:17 PM
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Dang, Joseph. You one baad dude. Flashing a peace AND snapping off a picture!
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Old 07-26-08, 03:24 PM
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The mirror I'm trying to attach is this one:

With flat bars or bar ends like you have, it would be pretty straight forward, but with the curved bars (as I tend to move my hands all over the bars at various times, I'm just not sure where the best spot to attach them is. Put them on the top and it's where I hold my hands most of the times, but sometimes I'm in the drops or down by the brakes (old brakes-no hoods). Maybe the bottom curve before they go back inward is the best spot and I just need a better way of adjusting the mirror so I can see it, but it's not reflecting the sky.

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Old 07-26-08, 03:30 PM
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I am jealous of your peace sign flashing and picture taking skills. I'd definitely end up in a bush if I tried something like that.
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Hey JosephPaul, what type of mirror is that?
(how do I find one to purchase?)
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If you are jealous of the peace sign snapping picture skills you should try my no handed double middle finger sticking my tounge out on a FG with one pannier on the side in the midst of a rain storm on 23mm tires skills.
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I've tried multiple handlebar-mounted mirrors and thought they were all next to useless; little field of view and tons of vibration make it almost impossible to see anything in them. I much prefer helmet-mount. Glasses-mount is OK but I tend to forget them, I never forget my helmet.
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Old 07-26-08, 04:52 PM
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Had I bought the mirror myself, I probably would have gone with a helmet mount, but I'm trying to use what my wife gave me so I don't hurt her feelings first.
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Old 07-26-08, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
If you are jealous of the peace sign snapping picture skills you should try my no handed double middle finger sticking my tounge out on a FG with one pannier on the side in the midst of a rain storm on 23mm tires skills.
I'm a total clutz with no sense of balance. I ride on 26"x1.25" slicks and if I take both hands off the bars at the same time, I wobble like mad as I desparately try to get my hands back on the bar and the bucking bronco that my bike has suddenly become and/or try to get my toes out of the clips. Doesn't work really well...
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I was able to ride no handed then I was hit by a car. It took 4 months before my sense of balance returned enough that I was able to ride no handed. It should happen sooner or later for most of us.
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I have one of those turn signals / brake lites too. Did you basically have to remove the brake cable then thread it in the sensor than reinstall it? That's the only way I can think of to do it. Should be cool once it's installed.
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Yeah, you had to remove the brake cable, remove the little cap crimped on the end to keep it from fraying, slide it up, replace the cable, put a new cap on the end and recrimp it. The way my brakes are supposed to work with it (old school center pull brakes from old lower end mountain bike) you're supposed to use a little screw to anchor it to the brake cable and have the little sensor thing just below the cable housing so that when you press the brakes, the cable is drawn into the housing and the sensor is stopped so that it is compressed, connecting the circuit and turning the brake light on. What happens instead is that it crushes up the brake cable housing, so I had to modify the system and run this odd adaptor clip I had left over from another project from the frame to over the cable where I wanted it and use screws and zip ties to keep it in place directly above the sensor so that stops it before it can mess up my brake cable housing any more than it already has. Sub-optimal, but it'll do.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
I was able to ride no handed then I was hit by a car. It took 4 months before my sense of balance returned enough that I was able to ride no handed. It should happen sooner or later for most of us.
What? That we get hit by a car or lose our sence of balance?
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Neither. Most of us should be able to ride no handed sooner or later.
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For those who wanted to see what the light setup looked like here's the controller (on the right of the computer, still have to keep adjusting the mirror as it seems to move around a lot): Yes, it does look a bit cheap, but it's kind of fun to just thumb the blinker on when I've got my hands up top and it beeps and has a indicator light to remind you which side you've signaled.

And here's what the rear light looks like (below my trunk bag): I know it's not a good photo, but it's just two yellow lights on the outside of a wider red middle light.

And finally, here's how I had to set up the brake sensor:
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