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Old 01-13-12, 06:44 PM
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Time for a Mirror? anyone else have/had this issue?

When I wear my face mask, I cant hear cars behind me.

When the wind is blowing, I cant hear cars behind me.

Anyone else experience this? I was thinking of getting a mirror to help out but not sure.
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Old 01-13-12, 06:47 PM
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Time for a mirror?

if you're not already using one, absolutely.

a mirror allows much better awareness of traffic overtaking even without a facemask.
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Old 01-13-12, 06:56 PM
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I've been using them so long, I just don't feel comfortable in traffic without a mirror. I have the Blackburn road and mountain mirrors and highly recommend them.
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I have one on both my bikes, on the handlebar. One on a flat bar and one on a drop bar. I love them. They make me feel far more aware and much safer.
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Old 01-13-12, 07:07 PM
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will it fit on a flat bar using bar ends?
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Old 01-13-12, 07:13 PM
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I had a mirror, then took it off after getting bar ends- couldn't find a happy place for my hand/wrist. Then got Ergon grips and pretty much ignore the bar ends, so thinking about pulling them and putting the mirror back.

I'd still use my ears more than rely on the mirror. With my limited visual field (glaucoma), I'd have to fixate on the mirror to make out any details. About the only time I use it is at intersections or on the MUP to check out people of interest
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Old 01-13-12, 07:18 PM
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I got a Third Eye helmet mirror for Christmas, and it's really amazing how much more aware of your surroundings you can be when you have a way to see behind you without looking over your shoulder. Very useful if you ride in heavy traffic.
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Old 01-13-12, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
will it fit on a flat bar using bar ends?
Depends on the bar ends. If they are like the Cane Creek ergo's and their clones, then no; otherwise yes, but may have adjust the angle of the bar end to allow proper positioning of the mirror.

Of course, they do make bar end/mirror combos, but I've never tried or seen up close myself.
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I CANNOT ride on the road without a mirror...have been wearing the same style of mirror for the last 30 years, on my glasses for all of that time. I have had a half dozen "take a look" brand mirrors over the years, and as they are mounted on your glasses (or on your helmet) you and keep an eye on traffic, but also sweep your head around a bit and check out things you can't see on a handlebar mounted mirror. I'm not a paid spokesman, but I really cannot ride without this mirror and urge you to try it.

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Old 01-13-12, 07:52 PM
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Same as above. ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
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Originally Posted by Tractortom View Post
I CANNOT ride on the road without a mirror...have been wearing the same style of mirror for the last 30 years, on my glasses for all of that time. I have had a half dozen "take a look" brand mirrors over the years, and as they are mounted on your glasses (or on your helmet) you and keep an eye on traffic, but also sweep your head around a bit and check out things you can't see on a handlebar mounted mirror. I'm not a paid spokesman, but I really cannot ride without this mirror and urge you to try it.

Tractor Tom in Okeechobee, FL
Exactly, The Take a Look mirror is better than others that I have tried. I will not ride without it. BTW, I have mine mounted on my helmet.
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Another vote for the Take A Look mirror... I've gotten so used to wearing some type of mirror on my helmet or glasses - I frequently find myself looking slightly to my left to see who is behind me as I walk down a hallway at work.
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I use mine on the glasses. The glasses mount does not seem to move as much as the helmet mount.

To me not having a bicycle mirror is the same as not having one in the car. One needs to know what's around you.
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If the bar end leaves the bar tube open , certainly..
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You all mounting the Take A Look onto the glasses or helmet? I am afraid I might brake the mirror if it wasn't on my bike.
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Old 01-14-12, 04:29 AM
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Wow. I just watched this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Op5lJp5gOo

I am sold on Take A Look. I love the flexibility. Guess when I was looking and using mirrors when I was 16, they were not as neat as Take A Look. They were so rigid. This one is nice and flexible.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
You all mounting the Take A Look onto the glasses or helmet? I am afraid I might brake the mirror if it wasn't on my bike.
My Take a Look mirror is mounted on my helmet. I did a full faceplant last fall and sustained no damage to the mirror.
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Originally Posted by BigCircles View Post
Another vote for the Take A Look mirror... I've gotten so used to wearing some type of mirror on my helmet or glasses - I frequently find myself looking slightly to my left to see who is behind me as I walk down a hallway at work.
I do that, too. Mine is on my glasses. I hate when I forget. Much rather be without my helmet than my mirror.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
When I wear my face mask, I cant hear cars behind me.

When the wind is blowing, I cant hear cars behind me.

Anyone else experience this? I was thinking of getting a mirror to help out but not sure.
I just posted this on another commuter thread about mirrors, with specific reference to additional winter head gear:

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
...In the winter, instead of wearing ski goggles with an elastic headband, I wear large plastic safety glasses with rigid earpieces so I can mount the mirrors on them.
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On my first bike, I would have never considered it. Too race conscious. But now that I am into touring, I will never ride another bike without it.
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Originally Posted by Spld cyclist View Post
I've been using them so long, I just don't feel comfortable in traffic without a mirror. I have the Blackburn road and mountain mirrors and highly recommend them.
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I velcro my "take a look" to the glasses temple so it can't fall off. I dropped one in 6" of snow, and never found it.
I also use "croakies" just a glasses leash that is adjustable.
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My Take a Look is mounted on the left side of the visor of my helmet. Drilled a small hole in the visor and have the mirror loosely secured with a small ziptie. Before doing that, it would fall off on occasion. I was always able to find it - undamaged.
I'm unable to turn around to look behind me - not possible on most recumbent bikes - and depend on the mirror to keep track of vehicles. Have been using glasses- or helmet-mounted mirrors since at least 1980.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Then got Ergon grips and pretty much ignore the bar ends, so thinking about pulling them and putting the mirror back.
What type of Ergons do you have? I use the GP1 versions and I have had no issues in using bar end mirrors.
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
What type of Ergons do you have? I use the GP1 versions and I have had no issues in using bar end mirrors.
I've got the same Ergon's, except they're the grip shift variant.

The issue isn't mounting a bar end mirror with them. It's getting the bar end to be usuable with a mirror mounted. By the time I set the mirror up to where I can use it properly, then there is no good angle for my hand and wrist while using the bar end. I've even tried installing the mirror in the bar end itself (trick I picked up here on BF somewhere), but I couldn't get a good field of view- save for my arm and gut.
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