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Old 06-20-13, 03:26 PM
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Suggestion on a good mirror for my commuter?

What are some good solutions for a rear view mirror? Helmet or bike attached? Looking over my shoulder while cycling is kind of like walking and chewing gum at the same time for me so I need a better solution
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Old 06-20-13, 03:31 PM
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-me...e=UTF8&index=0
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Old 06-20-13, 03:51 PM
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I've tried a bunch of them and Busch & Muller is the only one I'll recommend. THey come in various sizes and stay adjusted. Good quality.

https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/mirrors.asp
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i think you'll get a lot of support here for this one: https://www.amazon.com/Mirrycle-MTB-M...irrycle+mirror

i have it, and it's absolutely perfect. great size, great image, easy to install.
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Old 06-20-13, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by asmac View Post
I've tried a bunch of them and Busch & Muller is the only one I'll recommend. THey come in various sizes and stay adjusted. Good quality.

https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/mirrors.asp
For what it's worth I find most of PWs stuff kinda overpriced ...

but those are good prices...

https://www.amazon.de/Busch-M%C3%BCll...%C3%BCller+901
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Old 06-20-13, 07:09 PM
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thanks for the suggestions. I have drop bars with bar end shifters so that limits how I can mount it
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Old 06-20-13, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
I have drop bars with bar end shifters so that limits how I can mount it
I like the Zefal Spy, mounted with the mirror inboard of the bars. Inboard mounting means not great visibility of narrow things right up close to you (like another bike drafting off you) but it's fine for cars & such. Mounting inboard keeps the mirror fairly easy to see when using different hand positions, makes it easier to squeeze the bike through narrow passages, and means you can lean the left side of the bike against a wall without messing up the mirror alignment.

I initially wanted something like the old Rhode Gear brake lever mirror with the aluminum bracket and velcro strap, but now that I've used it for a few years, I've come to like the smaller, more subtle (less nerdy) Zefal Spy.

See also this thread from a year ago: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...r-end-shifters

Good luck.
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Old 06-20-13, 09:04 PM
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I use this. It's best to be mounted on glasses, where things would be the most stable.
Visor mount is more convenient if you have different glasses, e.g. brown lense for sunny days, and regular prescription for overcast / night.

I hated bar mirrors. They are so shaky that they're typically useless for me.
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Old 06-20-13, 09:09 PM
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Last year I when I started full-time bicycle commuting, I actually rode every day with both a mirrycle mirror on my bar end and a clip-on glasses mirror. I found that I used the mirror on my glasses 99.9% of the time. It was a quicker look and a more stable image. Here is the one I have that I still use every day:

https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-C...1ZLFV7YV&psc=1

If you wear eyewear, it should work for you. I alternate between clear protective work glasses and sunglasses, and it fits easily on either. I keep the other set of glasses not in use in a hardshell sunglass case in one of my panniers.

Good luck, I hope you find one you like and will use regularly. Mirrors are a useful safety device.
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Old 06-20-13, 09:18 PM
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Been using the Take-a-Look mirror for years.
Works great and is USA-made.
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Old 06-20-13, 10:22 PM
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Yes. The Take a Look mirror is excellent stuff.
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Originally Posted by asmac View Post
I've tried a bunch of them and Busch & Muller is the only one I'll recommend. THey come in various sizes and stay adjusted. Good quality.

https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/mirrors.asp

This. Have one on my left bar end, image is clear and doesn't vibrate at all.
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Old 06-21-13, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
thanks for the suggestions. I have drop bars with bar end shifters so that limits how I can mount it
I have drop bars with bar-ends, and I use the Sprintech mirror on the end of the left hand drop

On one bike I have a 1x8 drivetrain, so no fder shifter, on the other I have a bar end for the rder, and a downtube shifter for the fder, so in both cases, the left hand bar end is free for the mirror.
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Originally Posted by Bluish Green View Post
If you wear eyewear, it should work for you. I alternate between clear protective work glasses and sunglasses, and it fits easily on either. I keep the other set of glasses not in use in a hardshell sunglass case in one of my panniers.

Good luck, I hope you find one you like and will use regularly. Mirrors are a useful safety device.
OP: If you don't have glasses, you should consider it. Lots of little bugs flying right now for me.
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Old 06-21-13, 10:14 AM
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I bought a Mirrycle replacement lens for $3 and made my own stick out of 3/8 aluminum rod.....there is no adjustment,so it can't get out of adjustment....works great.No more shaking,clear as a bell.

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Old 06-21-13, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
i think you'll get a lot of support here for this one: https://www.amazon.com/Mirrycle-MTB-M...irrycle+mirror

i have it, and it's absolutely perfect. great size, great image, easy to install.
If this style fits your handle bars, that I will second this recommendation. I find it quite useful on my commuter/utility/grocery getter. For my other bikes (with drop bars) I prefer this model eyeglass mirror
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Old 06-21-13, 11:45 AM
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my mirror experience

On my road bike I have This It is pretty good but I cant really see out of it when I am in the drops.

I ride with a mirror on my glasses commuting and I think I like it better because I can see more when I turn my head. I bought it from Nashbar years ago. It hooks to my glasses.

I bought my in- laws the kind that mounts on the handlebars, installed them for them and they really like them. It gives them piece of mind they said.
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Old 06-21-13, 03:45 PM
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I LOVE this one.

This one is a second in my favs.
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I use BOTH a shifter mounted Mirrycycle and a Take-A-Look eyeglass mirror - actually two TAL mirrors, one for my sunglasses and another for my clear safety glasses for dark.

I find that when I want to look back, one mirror is skewed/vibrated out of position, and having both a handlebar and eyeglass mirror ensures that one is on track and working.

The helmet-mounted mirrors don't seem to last very long - especially the ones with a plastic ball mount - the ball joint wears out and I have to tape it to keep it in place. That and the daily use and abuse seems to kill them in a short time.

The Take-A-Look mirror is one of the best, in my opinion, after 6 years and 30,000 miles of daily commuting. BTW, after bugs, falling branches, rain, and blowing sand, I ALWAYS wear glasses when riding, even though I do not need corrective lenses. I get safety glasses - one pair sunglasses and one pair of clear at the local home improvement store.

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Again, I fail to see my favorite mentioned, the helmet mounted Safe Zone mirror is great. Highly adjustable and with a big picture right where you can see it. No vibration issues like some bike mounted mirrors have.
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Old 06-22-13, 03:12 AM
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Again, I fail to see my favorite mentioned, the helmet mounted Safe Zone mirror is great. Highly adjustable and with a big picture right where you can see it. No vibration issues like some bike mounted mirrors have.
Link?
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Old 06-22-13, 05:09 AM
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mirrycle STI mirror for me, it is excellent. Although it is the first thing that gets broken if you get knocked off!
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Link?
Sure, why not:

https://www.amazon.com/Safe-Zone-Bicy.../dp/B003LVHZ4O
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Old 06-22-13, 10:01 AM
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$40 for some your attach with zip ties.
no thanks.
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Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
Great pick. Almost went with that one.
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