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Old 01-14-12, 08:11 AM
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anyone use two mirrors?

Hi,

I have one mirror on my bike, but was considering getting another. Wondered if anyone already had a 2 mirror setup similar to a motorbike?

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Old 01-14-12, 09:14 AM
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I have seen a lot of trikes with two mirrors. If you are interested in a two mirror system add a mirror to your helmet or glasses like a "Take a Look" mirror so you can sweep your head around and get a better look behind you. With a conventional bike, I can't see much advantage with having a mirror on the opposite handlebar end.

Just my opinion...

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Old 01-14-12, 09:20 AM
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Do you mean like one on the bike and one on the helmet? Or a flat mirror and a convex one? As the other poster said, since bikes are so close to the curb a mirror on the right is of limited value. Motorcycles pass cars frequently, so a right hand mirror is much more useful to them.

In your case it would be the left-hand mirror that was less useful.
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Old 01-14-12, 09:35 AM
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I use two mirrors, due to lack of bike lanes and very dangerous traffic here.

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I have two mirrors on my handle bars, mostly because they are also turn signal/marker lights.
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xtra: do you have a pic of your set up? Would like to see it.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
xtra: do you have a pic of your set up? Would like to see it.
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Old 01-14-12, 01:02 PM
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Why stop at two?

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I use two mirrors on my bike. They are a bar end set made for left and right mounting and provide decent coverage .


They look like these http://www.rei.com/media/hh/8730876d...2a89739ec4.jpg



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Old 01-14-12, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by daven1986 View Post
I have one mirror on my bike, but was considering getting another. Wondered if anyone already had a 2 mirror setup similar to a motorbike?
I do, I do...and I perennially post about the advantages of my left and right Take-a-Look eyeglass mirrors:

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
...My own preference is to use both left and right Take-a-Look mirrors. The additional right-hand mirror is useful when:
-riding on the left side of a one-way street
-down the middle of a multilane road
-in a rotary
-when coming out of a curve to the right
-when a bright sun is behind you because usually at least one of the mirrors will be out of direct sunlight.

...I see no advantage to turning around on the bike when you can maintain a riding position and still look ahead with a rearview mirror. Some hazards come up so suddenly that I appreciate the milliseconds saved by being in position to react. Especially in my urban environment, I live by Jim's Law of the Road: “No matter how lightly traveled and well paved a road is, a vehicle will likely pass you on the left as you encounter an obstacle on the right.”...
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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Old 01-14-12, 01:42 PM
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That will probably be the next purchase for me. I have one on my left side, Blackburn, that mounts on the handlebar near the brake lever. And I ride a standard upright bike, not a recum.
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Old 01-14-12, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Mardmakarm View Post
I use two mirrors, due to lack of bike lanes and very dangerous traffic here.

I'd appreciate a couple photos of the whole bike. looks like a lot of evolution there.
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Old 01-15-12, 07:09 AM
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Although bikes are usually close to the kurb, I find that I often pass cars / cycles and a mirror is useful for merging back in. Will have to consider if it is really worth it though! Tried a helmet mirror once but didn't get on with it, I still have it knocking about, my retry it!

Thanks

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Old 01-16-12, 04:42 AM
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Originally Posted by XR2 View Post
I'd appreciate a couple photos of the whole bike. looks like a lot of evolution there.



Hope these pics will help you.
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Old 01-16-12, 02:11 PM
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Very cool looking bike. What are the handlebars?
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Old 01-16-12, 05:28 PM
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I have two mirrors on all of my bikes-- a hybrid, a vintage, and a 'bent. Eyeglass mirrors wont fit on my RexSpecs and I like always being able to see behind me when making turns or just gazing at scenery. Plus dual mirrors do make a bike look cool, like a motorcycle. My 'bent has chopper bars and headlamps, people are always asking where's the engine.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Why stop at two?
True enough. Everyone should put a mirror between their aero bars, so when they are in their time trial position, they can see what is ahead of them.
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My commute heads east in the morning and west in the evening. Sometimes the sun is in a position that makes my eyeglass mirror unuseable, so at that time I use the bar mounted mirror.

I have no interest in putting 2 bar mounted mirrors on a bicycle.
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Originally Posted by Mardmakarm View Post



Hope these pics will help you.
Thanks. Nice bike. I seem to gravitate towards bikes like that for some reason. Could you post some details?
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When I was commuting daily I had one on each side but then again I rode on the wrong side of the road a lot...
I am thinking to go with a helmet mount and one mirror on the handlebars I use barend shifters usually so the bar end mirror is not an option..
I also found that I was adjusting the mirrors a lot with the flexible wire then I went to clamp mounts and it was much better.
The helmet or glasses mount is my next purchase...
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Originally Posted by aboatguy View Post
I use two mirrors on my bike. They are a bar end set made for left and right mounting and provide decent coverage .


They look like these http://www.rei.com/media/hh/8730876d...2a89739ec4.jpg


Mike
I have a very similar set.
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