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Do you use a mirror on your handlebar or helmet, and if so, which one?

Old 06-08-14, 06:33 PM
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Do you use a mirror on your handlebar or helmet, and if so, which one?

Do you use a mirror for commuting and fitness riding, and if so, which one?
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Old 06-08-14, 06:45 PM
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I use this one, have for many years.

Blackburn Road Mirror -
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i like a helmet mirror. and i've recently attached a larger one to the back of my helmet that points forward. i've found if i hold my head slightly to the side i can look behind me and in front of me at the same time!
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My commuter has a salsa short and shallow drop bar, mirror is a Mirracycle mountain mounted in the bar end. Provides a very effective view of what is behind you.
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Sometimes I'll use the Safe Zone Mirror mounted to my helmet, on another bike I'll use a mirror cycle mounted to my handle bar.
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I velcro this one onto the left handlebar: Bell SMARTVIEW 300 Mirror Black



Works pretty good. The image is a bit jumpy like most handlebar mirrors, but I like the ability to take it off anytime I'm not using it with the velcro strip. Keeps it from getting damaged by falls.
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I've been using a Mirrycle bar end mirror on my mountain bike converted to utility bike for about a year.
Mirrycle Mountain Handlebar Mirror - Modern Bike

I find it to be just as useful and important while riding the bike as my car's side and rear view mirrors are while driving. Being able to see what's coming up behind me without having to turn my shoulders, or take my eyes off the road ahead, makes riding in road traffic much less nerve-wracking.

Installation was easy and I really haven't noticed image vibration. This mirror has survived a few fall-overs and countless bumps while bringing the bike back into my apartment. It has never gone out of adjustment due to road/trail vibration. I also like the fact that a replacement mirror is available if needed.
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A year ago I installed the mirrycle handlebar mirror. This was my first ever bicycle mirror, and I liked it quite a bit. After a few weeks I decided to remove it for the following reasons:

1) The mirror stuck out FIVE INCHES beyond the end of my handlebar. Occasionally I've been passed by cars that gave me only a foot or so of space. Five inches is quite a bit of extra width to be sticking out into the lane. Could be the difference maker in getting hit by a passing car.

2) The mirror got in the way when carrying the bike up my steps. Inevitably, the mirror would scape up against my walls as I carried the bike up the steps.

3) Mirror was a nuisance when locking to bike racks. It created conflicts with adjacent handlebars, etc.

4) Having biked my whole life without a mirror (and never having been in a crash btw) I had become accustomed to looking over my shoulder at opportune moments. With the mirror attached to my handlebars, I found that I was suddenly looking in the mirror frequently, taking my focus away from things in front of me. Not only this, but with the mirror located all the way down by my handlebars, I had to shift my focus quite a bit. Visually finding the mirror was not as easy as finding the rearview mirrors of a car.

I do think mirrors have value, and I may try a helmet mirror, but the handlebar mirrors are not for me.

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No mirror, this is the only exercise my neck gets.
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I just turn my head. It's just a reflex when I see anything in the distance I can envision being a potential problem I'll take a quick glance behind me to see what's coming and whether it's safe to move over into a lane if necessary. Unlike in a vehicle, I can generally hear when something is coming from behind although I don't normally look since I'm not usually in a lane.
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I have never used a mirror. I am usually always looking around. Years of driving, motorcycling and biking has given me a good sense of traffic around me.

I also tend to hear traffic coming up, even though I always wear ear flaps. I have always been in tune to vehicle noises, years of working in the garage made a difference. But it is scary to hear the cars with all the problems.

I also do not know where I would put the mirror, I ride in the drops and am not sure where I can mount one on the bike from my point of view. I do not think that I would like a helmet mount. So I have been without one and I think I will keep it that way.
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Handlebar. This one:

Amazon.com : Ultralite German Mirror : Bike Mirrors : Sports & Outdoors

It's super light, , very stable, has great mounting versatility, and the mirror quality is excellent; especially considering that it is not made of glass.
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Newly acquired bike has the same Mirrycle bar end mirror mentioned above. Also as mentioned above it does stick out quite a bit and can be a nuisance when moving the bike around. It does stick out precisely 5" from bar end to outside of mirror. I also had to re-position my downwards so that it didn't interfere with my bar-end grips. Haven't ridden with it enough to get used to having one, and have turned my head upon hearing rear approach cars then laughed when remembering the mirror. It's nice to not have to swivel around and take your eyes so far off what's ahead, but I'm not sure I'll be keeping it.
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Mirrors are a convenience if you don't need to change lanes on a busy road. They become essential if you do need to change lanes. While you don't focus ahead when you look at the mirror, you still have peripheral vision, and glancing at the mirror is much faster than turning your head, especially if you have to do it for any length of time.

I have a safe zone helmet mirror. It's not cheap, but it's well made and I've been very happy with it since. I didn't get a handlebar mirror due to what I've heard of vibrations and the extra width it takes (on my already wide flat bars).
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Third Eye Pro, it took me a couple of rides to get used to it, but I would not ride without it now.
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Have 2 helmets,
Std. Take A Look, visor mounted on the Bell Metro.
Compact Take A Look, visor mounted on the Giro Pneumo.
Absolutely indispensable for my 30+mi. RT commute through L.A. rush hour traffic.
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I like a handle bar mirror. For drop bars, the 903/2 from Peter White Cycles, that plugs into the end of the bar with no arm works perfect.
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I also like the mirrycle bar end for flat bars. You can turn it so it is under the bar and then it doesn't stick out and get banged on doors, wall, etc.
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I got a generic cheap mirror, a bar-end, at WalMart maybe 10 years ago. Here it is on the bullhorn - Note that the bullhorns point out, that gives the mirror an excellent view.

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I've tried several mirrors over the years.

I started with a handlebar mounted one on my flat bar commuter, and liked it pretty well although it does increase the width of the bike slightly. Not terrible, but it does stick out a bit when I park the bike in crowded racks or my garage.

On my road bike I then tried one of those little mirrors that attach to the drop bar end. Didn't really like that one. It was too small to be very useful, and I found I kept smacking it with my knee when standing to climb hills.

When I got another flat-bar commuter, I bought a bar end mirror that had a convex shape that touted a wider field of view. While this might have been true, it also destroyed any ability for me to judge how far away something was. It felt like I was riding with a funhouse mirror on my handlebar. One day I hit a bump and it fell off and broke on the road. I lost no sleep over that one.

I then decided to try a glasses-mounted mirror. I went with this one: Amazon.com : Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror (Original) : Helmet Mirror : Sports & Outdoors It took a few rides to get used to it, but now I absolutely love it. I'll probably go this route from now on. The nice thing is when I ride a different bike, I just pop on my sunglasses and my mirror goes with me. I can turn my head slightly and see in every direction. It doesn't replace the need to physically turn my head when riding in traffic (no mirror does) but I feel much more aware of my surroundings when using this mirror.

The downside to my eyeglass mirror is that occasionally I'll bump it when putting on my helmet. Then I'll be riding down the road and think, "Man, that dude is really following me close. At least he's handsome."
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I just switched to Take-a-Look helmet mirror and like it a great deal.
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Another vote for a helmet mounted Take A Look mirror. Been using this for years.

Bike Peddler Take A Look Mirror at REI.com
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I ended up using a take-a-look mirror mounted to my glasses. They're prescription so there's no way I'm ever going to be biking without them.

That said, I did experiment with the Hubbub helmet mounted mirror before settling. I'd let it go for cheap, if you or anyone else is interested.


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Originally Posted by qtoffer View Post
I've been using a Mirrycle bar end mirror on my mountain bike converted to utility bike for about a year.
Mirrycle Mountain Handlebar Mirror - Modern Bike

I find it to be just as useful and important while riding the bike as my car's side and rear view mirrors are while driving. Being able to see what's coming up behind me without having to turn my shoulders, or take my eyes off the road ahead, makes riding in road traffic much less nerve-wracking.

Installation was easy and I really haven't noticed image vibration. This mirror has survived a few fall-overs and countless bumps while bringing the bike back into my apartment. It has never gone out of adjustment due to road/trail vibration. I also like the fact that a replacement mirror is available if needed.
This. It works better than some of the mirrors I had on motorcycles.
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https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-Cycling-Eyeglass-Mirror/dp/B001VTQNVO
Absolutely Love IT!
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