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Old 11-01-14, 09:44 AM
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Take A Look Mirror Saved My Bacon

I was going to add this to the other thread in which a mirror alerted someone to an imminent crash but decided maybe it would be better to create a separate thread.

Here's my story.

My Take A Look mirror saved me from near-certain death once too.

In my case, also on a narrow guard rail section, a car pulled out to pass an oncoming vehicle right in front of me and I knew there was a tractor-trailer on my tail because I had seen it in my mirror. I wasn't excited about going three-wide and the four-wide move on a two-lane road put me over the edge. I did a rolling dismount over the guard-rail.

Somehow the ******* in the tractor-trailer planning an illegal-pass was able to get slowed enough (in a slide) that the other idiot, who had obviously not seen the tractor-trailer (distracted by me?), was able to get back in line and mayhem was avoided. It was quite a spectacle that I was glad to be watching from the other side of a guard rail.

I doubt that I would have enjoyed being plowed over by a sliding tractor-trailer.
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Old 11-01-14, 09:47 AM
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can you draw a diagram of this because i can't for the life of me figure out what you're saying lol

(PS: glad you're still alive!)
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can you draw a diagram of this because i can't for the life of me figure out what you're saying lol

(PS: glad you're still alive!)
And where was the bacon, exactly?
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Welcome to the club! I still relieving my account on my head multiple times a day. I wish, like you, I would have seen the car 3 sec. earlier, I would have no wounds and my bike would still be intact. Still very great full to God for allowing me to see him thru the mirror with enough time to get my body out of the way.

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Every vehicle known to man operated on public roadways come with mirrors (generally 3 of them) as standard equipment. If that's not enough, rear-facing cameras are becoming more popular and available. Yet most cyclists I see are totally oblivious to the world behind them even though they may be overtaken by hundreds of cars every day, even every hour. Go figure.
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
Every vehicle known to man operated on public roadways come with mirrors (generally 3 of them) as standard equipment. If that's not enough, rear-facing cameras are becoming more popular and available. Yet most cyclists I see are totally oblivious to the world behind them even though they may be overtaken by hundreds of cars every day, even every hour. Go figure.
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AFAIC the 'Take A Look" mirror is the best thing since sliced bread. If I'm road riding I will have that thing clipped onto my glasses. IOW ...... don't leave home without it.
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Been using mirrors for 30 years, and the take-a-look for 15. I was wondering if I could have done a rolling dismount over a guardrail. Congrats!
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AFAIC the 'Take A Look" mirror is the best thing since sliced bread. If I'm road riding I will have that thing clipped onto my glasses. IOW ...... don't leave home without it.
What was the best thing before sliced bread???
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What was the best thing before sliced bread???
Quick release hubs of course
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Quick release hubs of course


I should have known that !!
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
Been using mirrors for 30 years, and the take-a-look for 15. I was wondering if I could have done a rolling dismount over a guardrail. Congrats!
Nothing to it. Just step on the guardrail on the way over.
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
Every vehicle known to man operated on public roadways come with mirrors (generally 3 of them) as standard equipment. If that's not enough, rear-facing cameras are becoming more popular and available. Yet most cyclists I see are totally oblivious to the world behind them even though they may be overtaken by hundreds of cars every day, even every hour. Go figure.
And don't forget blind spot radar.

Its not the "good-ol-days" anymore, there are more vehicles on the road at higher speeds, with drivers who are more aggressive, while breaking many rules and laws, all with more distractions.

Anybody with common sense will recognize the advantage of a mirror while operating a vehicle on a public road.
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
Every vehicle known to man operated on public roadways come with mirrors (generally 3 of them) as standard equipment.
100% of vehicles equipped.
15% of mirrors actually used......half of them the inside one, used for applying make-up.

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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
Every vehicle known to man operated on public roadways come with mirrors (generally 3 of them) as standard equipment. If that's not enough, rear-facing cameras are becoming more popular and available. Yet most cyclists I see are totally oblivious to the world behind them even though they may be overtaken by hundreds of cars every day, even every hour. Go figure.
Because:

1) you're usually going slow enough to have the time to turn around and look.

2) Because you're in the open space on a bicycle, no roof, back seets etc. blocking your view.

3) Because when I ride 30 km/h and a vehicle approaches me with 80 km/h, I have no chance to avoid them if they decide not to swerve to pass me - too high a speed difference.

I used to have a mirror. It was good when riding with a rain hood on - less complete turn arounds before left turns/lane changes. Apart from that, mostly useless. For me.
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Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
Because:

1) you're usually going slow enough to have the time to turn around and look.

2) Because you're in the open space on a bicycle, no roof, back seets etc. blocking your view.

3) Because when I ride 30 km/h and a vehicle approaches me with 80 km/h, I have no chance to avoid them if they decide not to swerve to pass me - too high a speed difference.

I used to have a mirror. It was good when riding with a rain hood on - less complete turn arounds before left turns/lane changes. Apart from that, mostly useless. For me.
With a properly adjusted mirror one has a constant view to the rear in their peripheral vision which improves ones situational awareness. A mirror doesn't replace a "head check", but the constant situational awareness a mirror provides can be invaluable when there isn't time for one.

My mirror is helmet mounted, and I sometimes ride the local MUT without wearing it, so yes I understand one can still maintain an acceptable level of safety without one, but it comes at the cost of being less focused on whats ahead, and expending more effort to maintain the same level of awareness.
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Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
Because:

3) Because when I ride 30 km/h and a vehicle approaches me with 80 km/h, I have no chance to avoid them if they decide not to swerve to pass me - too high a speed difference.

I used to have a mirror. It was good when riding with a rain hood on - less complete turn arounds before left turns/lane changes. Apart from that, mostly useless. For me.
This is exactly what happen to me and I was able to at least get my body out of the way to avoid a direct hit. All because I hear it , saw it on the mirror and took evasive action. If I had to turn my head, I would be dead!

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3) Because when I ride 30 km/h and a vehicle approaches me with 80 km/h, I have no chance to avoid them if they decide not to swerve to pass me - too high a speed difference.
The speed limit on the road where my incident took place is 65mph and rarely observed. It was information I had already gathered via my rear-view mirror that made my decision to exit the road immediate when things got worse.
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PS. Not suggesting a mandate to have mirrors but the argument that they have no merit is just plain wrong.
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In my city, people drive cars as if they'll run you over. They swerve in the last few meters to pass you on a bicycle. So having a mirror scared me, all the time, looking at those cars approaching fast. Really. I know it sounds silly, but I had decided to take it off. Or jump off the road for every car approaching, literally.

They do help peripheral vision. Situational awareness.

They also add one more thing, they make the bicycle wider, making it harder to filter between parked/stopped cars.

I weighed pros and cons and decided to go without a mirror. I also choose to ride without a helmet (OMG!).


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FWIW, I agree that a head-mounted mirror is great, but my take-a-look left me with stitches and scarring on my face once. Now that I've had it forced into my face by the pavement, I realize how incredibly scary the design is - it has sharp edges (not real sharp, but sharp enough to plow an inch-long gash in my face) right next to your face, and also a long, stiff wire just waiting to be bent and shoved into your face.

Since then I've ridden with a Cycleaware Reflex, which amounts to the same thing but eliminates all of these hazards - the mirror is covered with smooth plastic and the wire is gumby wire covered with soft plastic.
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I realize how incredibly scary the design is - it has sharp edges (not real sharp, but sharp enough to plow an inch-long gash in my face) right next to your face, and also a long, stiff wire just waiting to be bent and shoved into your face.
Looking at it this way, anything attached to your face is a hazard. Like glasses.
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I've been using the CatEye helmet mirrors for about 20 years. I won't claim they are the end-all safety item. but they do provide good information and do so while taking minimal attention of the road in front and causing no imbalance/steering corrections that can cause trouble. So I look at is as simply - do I want the information that perhaps once or twice might save my life or prevent very serious injury or is it better to be cool and go without? As one who had had several of the above (one years ago that I could have avoided with a mirror) and knows well the consequences, I choose to ride with one. In fact, I willingly spend the time to make a little custom bracket that attaches to the helmet visor for a more secure mount. This means it pops off with the visor when I want to clean the helmet or pack it to travel.

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