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Old 07-17-12, 03:14 AM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
I don't know about y'all but this looks pretty ingenious to me. I want one!

http://www.bike-eye.com/

Looks cool but only for road and touring bikes. not enough space to most mtn bikes.
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Old 07-17-12, 08:05 AM
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I use a bar end mirror, mirrcycle , highly recomended. I use bar end shifters on my cross check. On the lower part of my left drop, i put a cut off section of a quill stem. The stem slides over the end of the handlebar and now I have a place to mount the bar end mirror.
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Old 07-17-12, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by waynesworld View Post
Exactly the same here. A mirror makes a huge difference to me when changing to the left lane.

I still have a Mountain Mirrycle on my hybrid. I like it while riding, but it gets in knocked all over the place, and is really in the way when going through any doors. I tried to not use a helmet mirror for a long time, but eventually did, and will probably continue to. Though I must say, I've been intrigued by drop bar end mirrors, and that Zefal Spy mirror.

My Bell (Citi or Metro, whichever is newer) has provisions for mounting their own mirror, which just snaps into place. It's small, but it's sufficient for me. I also have a Bottle Cap Bike Mirror (helmet mount), and another glasses mounted mirror (cycleaware, maybe?) that I haven't tried out much. I'm not even sure why I have both, or where one of them is. If I ride on the street, I usually use the Bell helmet and its mirror. Recently, though, I got a Specialized Echelon, which is a very comfortable helmet. I need to see how the other mirrors work with it.

After using them, I much prefer helmet mounted mirrors. Or the ones that mount to glasses (the one I can't currently find).
I use a Mirrcycle bar end mirror(Flat bars) but I've been considering a helmet mirror, as I want to get some Ergon grips. I need to experiment with helmet or glasses mounted mirrors.
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Old 07-17-12, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Looks cool but only for road and touring bikes. not enough space to most mtn bikes.
You're saying it probably won't fit my bike? I was thinking the same, so I contacted the company about it and sent them a close-up photo of the front portion of my frame to see what they think.

I REALLY like the idea, because I've been wanting a mirror but don't really want something that sticks out even farther than my 600mm bars already do, and plus the issues people have said on here about not being able to see with certain hand positions, head positions, etc.
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Old 07-17-12, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
You're saying it probably won't fit my bike? I was thinking the same, so I contacted the company about it and sent them a close-up photo of the front portion of my frame to see what they think.

I REALLY like the idea, because I've been wanting a mirror but don't really want something that sticks out even farther than my 600mm bars already do, and plus the issues people have said on here about not being able to see with certain hand positions, head positions, etc.
I meant most mtn bikes but I really meant just mine. lol
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Old 07-17-12, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Papa: You gonna make another one? If so can you post a picture? I am a visual kinda guy.
I just bought a new wide-angle mirror and I am looking for a button to Crazy Glue it to. Buttons are pretty hard to come by these days. When it's done, I'll take a photo. Don't know if you're being facetious, though...
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Deficit: Only shows what is directly behind you. With a helmet mounted mirror, I can turn my head just a little bit and view multiple lanes behind me to the right and the left.
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Old 07-17-12, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Deficit: Only shows what is directly behind you. With a helmet mounted mirror, I can turn my head just a little bit and view multiple lanes behind me to the right and the left.
Exactly. Head mounted is a huge advantage. A backpack could create a problem but any mirror is better than nothing.

I use the Take a Look on the glasses whether they be sunglasses or clear lens and when I wear a helmet, the Reflex works quite well.
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Old 07-17-12, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Mardmakarm View Post
You could try this Zefal Spy mirror.
That's pretty much my setup, but only the left side mirror, and closer to the bar ends. The Spy sits so close to the handlebars that it doesn't work well on the outside of the mirror for me (I mostly ride on the bar tops & brake hoods and found I had to contort my left arm to get a view of the Spy when it was outboard), but it works pretty well mounted inboard as in your picture. As a bonus, inboard mounting means the mirror is pretty well protected in cramped quarters, when leaning the bike against a wall, etc.

My old touring rig uses the classic Rhode Gear mirror that fastens to the brake hood. It's more effective, but no longer made, too thin for modern brake hoods, and I've come to prefer the stealthier Spy setup.

I know someone who uses a helmet-mounted mirror. It works OK for her *except* when biking away from a sunrise or sunset -- the mirror just reflects that intense light right into her eye. That's a problem I never had with bar-mounted mirrors.
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Old 07-17-12, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
I don't know about y'all but this looks pretty ingenious to me. I want one!

http://www.bike-eye.com/

I like the location, but it seems like you'd consistently get a view of your thigh in motion with one of these. You can even see that in the video, and honestly they could have spent as much time as they needed to shoot it at an angle where that wouldn't be apparent.
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Old 07-18-12, 01:30 PM
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Is the VT mirror convex or flat?
It's a flat mirror. I wouldn't use a convex mirror; they distort my sense of distance too much.
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Old 07-18-12, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Does it snap off easily? I am looking for one I can use in the poring down rain. I install my take a look mirror on my glasses but when it rains I need to take the glasses off and then I lose my mirror. Looking for something that will easily snap onto my helmet on those occasions.
(This was a question about the EVT mirror.) There is a ball and socket joint holding the mirror and flex arm to the mount base. It pops off fairly easily if you twist it far enough. It has never popped off when I didn't want it to.

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Old 07-18-12, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by cycronin View Post
I like the location, but it seems like you'd consistently get a view of your thigh in motion with one of these. You can even see that in the video, and honestly they could have spent as much time as they needed to shoot it at an angle where that wouldn't be apparent.
I may try sitting on my bike and hold a small mirror in that location just to see what it's like. I mean I seriously like the idea of that location WAY more than one on the end of my handle bars or attached to my helmet or glasses.
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Old 07-18-12, 04:15 PM
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I have been using the Bike Eye for the last month and I like the location and visibility. The mirror angle usually has to be readjusted at the start of each ride but it's easy to adjust. I don't like helmet mirrors and the bar ends don't give me any visibility. I also had to switch the side I put my commuter pannier.
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Old 07-18-12, 04:27 PM
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Does anybody have any experience with this? Looks like it tightens into position while expanding the bar end. Not sure though.
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Old 07-18-12, 04:29 PM
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I've used a 3rd Eye mirror for glasses that I cut the end tabs off and zip tied it to the visor on my helmet. It works pretty well, and I can fold
it up inside the visor when I'm not using it so it won't break off.

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I happened to have just lost it today, but I took an old badge/button (like an election button with a long pin across the back) and glued a small wide-angle mirror on it. Then I pin the button to my left glove and I can adjust my hand to see anywhere I need to see behind me. It actually works very well and I have thought about marketing it, but I'll leave that up to you guys!
That's a great idea! you can position it anywhere you like on your hand, then just raise it up to look behind you!

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I just bought a new wide-angle mirror and I am looking for a button to Crazy Glue it to. Buttons are pretty hard to come by these days. When it's done, I'll take a photo.
Tom, go to an LBS and see if they have the promo materials for the "People on Bikes.org" campaign. They have been using pin on buttons with their logo that might work for you.

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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
I mean I seriously like the idea of that location WAY more than one attached to my helmet or glasses.
Just curious, why?
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
Just curious, why?
Because I don't like the idea of trying to look in a mirror with one eye (glasses or helmet mirror so close to head) and my handle bars are already very wide and I'd rather not have anything hanging out even farther.
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I finally got used to the Blackburn bar-end mirror.
I bought the thing one day at local bike shop, and tried to install it . the bar end hole was to small. When I got home I carefully drilled it out and it fit good.
I tried to use it but just could not adapt to it. Today I re-installed it after three months, and went for a 10 mile ride, and got it dialed in. I like it. Before everytime I tried to look over my shoulder I would almost crash. I'm loving it. Finally!
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>>>>>Tom, go to an LBS and see if they have the promo materials for the "People on Bikes.org" campaign. They have been using pin on buttons with their logo that might work for you.<<<<

I will check this out. Thanks. 'Seems no one sells buttons or bumper stickers anymore.
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Originally Posted by cycronin View Post
I agree with this... the Take a Look Mirror claims that it can be attached to the helmet visor but that doesn't work. It's designed for glasses and VERY effective installed on glasses. It's easy to install if you need to switch glasses (takes maybe 10-20 seconds tops to put them on the glasses and adjust them). I've never tried a handlebar mirror but the fact that you can simply pivot your head slightly with the TAL glasses mirror to scan what's behind you makes it difficult for me to believe there's a handlebar mirror that can trump them.
I've fallen in love with the Take a Look mirrors and don't have any problem mounting one on my helmet visor. It could use a zip tie or some tape just for security (hangs by itself very well for now). Doesn't hang well on my glasses as they are wire frames. This video helped: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Op5lJp5gOo
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
I just bought a new wide-angle mirror and I am looking for a button to Crazy Glue it to. Buttons are pretty hard to come by these days. When it's done, I'll take a photo. Don't know if you're being facetious, though...
Papa.... you should know me by now ! and yes I really want to see a picture of it.
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I feel so inadequate. I bought a helmet mirror and used it. As a mirror. On my helmet. Papa Tom and oldskookwrench and all the others with their "I took some old beer cans and duct tape and made an aluminum hard-tailed 29er out of them" ingenuity are really harshing my mellow. I think my MacGyver-watching privileges are going to be revoked.
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>>>I think my MacGyver-watching privileges are going to be revoked.<<<<<

Funny you said that, because that's what all the guys at work call me. I am known for being able to create useful stuff out of garbage. This glove mirror was an accident that ended up working a lot better than any handlebar mirror ever did for me. I don't suppose it would appeal to people who are not comfortable taking one hand off the handlebar to move the mirror around, though. That's why you haven't been invited to watch my YouTube video or to send me money to fund it!
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Originally Posted by Jtgyk View Post
I've fallen in love with the Take a Look mirrors and don't have any problem mounting one on my helmet visor. It could use a zip tie or some tape just for security (hangs by itself very well for now). Doesn't hang well on my glasses as they are wire frames. This video helped: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Op5lJp5gOo
Interesting. Thanks for the link... I had not tried mounting it that way. I'll have to try it. It would be nice to have it on the helmet if it works as well on glasses just so I wouldn't have to remove it for any reason (like you do with glasses depending on how much light is outside). But they do work great with glasses.
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