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Old 01-13-16, 03:22 PM
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what type of mirror to use?

Hi,
Does anyone use the Rear-Viz SL-15 slimline wrist/arm mount rear view mirror?
Thank you.
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Old 01-13-16, 03:28 PM
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I rotate head)))
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Old 01-13-16, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by carlom0 View Post
Hi,
Does anyone use the Rear-Viz SL-15 slimline wrist/arm mount rear view mirror?
Thank you.
Not at all familiar with this mirror, but if you change hand positions, the view in the mirror will change, right? I frequently change hand position and prefer a helmet-mounted mirror, the Tak-A-Look. Helmet mirrors take some getting used to, but they are s-o-o-o worth it. As Yadder said, you can turn your head slightly from side to side and the mirror "pans" across the entire roadway behind you. I wouldn't even think of going on the road without it.

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Old 01-13-16, 09:10 PM
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I have had neck surgery and can't swivel my head around to extremes, and not very fast when I do move. I will not give up riding or doing what I want to do, I just have to do it slower.
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Old 01-13-16, 09:20 PM
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I have a helmet mirror. I can see most of what is directly behind me, but I do turn my head and look before making any lane changes or a move that takes me away from the side of the lane I am riding in.
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Old 01-13-16, 11:38 PM
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I have one .... it's cheap and it's brilliant, especially when riding in city traffic, or when you are on a cycle lane riding fast and want to pass other cyclists (a quick look and I can see if any other cyclist is trying to pass me before I pass the cyclist in front of me)

a split second adjustment of my arm, and I can see what's coming from behind .... I used to ride motorbike, so really missed my mirror before buying this
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Old 01-14-16, 05:24 AM
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Glad to see you're using a mirror. I think everyone should. Some riders believe that swiveling their head is just as good. I would say that swiveling your head when driving a motorcycle or car is just as effective as it is when riding a bike.
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Old 01-14-16, 05:55 AM
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In my opinion this is the best mirror available and is so durable it will last for many years. It fits both straight and drop handlebars and I've found it indispensable. The Mirrycle mirror.

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Old 01-14-16, 06:23 AM
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Take-a-look. Mounts on eyeglasses or helmet.
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Old 01-14-16, 06:31 AM
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Take A Look recommended 100%. I've used several helmet- or glasses-mounted mirrors and this is IMO the best of the lot. Excellent adjustability and durability, large enough for a good view behind. As a predominately urban rider, I could very well be caught dead without it!

Amazon.com : Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror : Bike Peddler Take A Look Mirror Compact : Sports & Outdoors
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Old 01-14-16, 07:54 AM
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I use the Cycleaware Heads Up Eyewear Mounted Mirror, on both sunglasses or clear safety glasses, during low light conditions. Lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to stow.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s00
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mirror use is kind of a personal preference and riding style thing...use what you like the best.
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Old 01-14-16, 08:24 AM
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I've used helmet mirrors but I must admit I was always knocking them when I took the helmet off or looking close at something, & forever adjusting them on the road or trail. Basically the surface on the helmet mirror base requires a flat surface, but helmets are not flat.

I now use a small bar end mirror that folds back away when I park - lean the bike up, or not in use. I use this on the trail bike as I'm more keen on keeping my eyes forward, the road bikes even at one's age I still rotate my head to where my wife is.
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Old 01-14-16, 09:00 AM
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I use this helmet mirror - easy to adjust on the fly: EVT | Safe Zone Mirror

Yes, I also swivel my head when it's safe to do so. When I'm descending at 30 mph while looking to cross two lanes to get to the left turn lane, I love having a mirror.
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Old 01-14-16, 09:08 AM
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I use the EVT mirror as well after trying other less substantial helmet mirrors. Those vibrated too much and we're more easily bumped out of position. I like the EVT much better.
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Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
In my opinion this is the best mirror available and is so durable it will last for many years. It fits both straight and drop handlebars and I've found it indispensable. The Mirrycle mirror.

I absolutely LOVE the Original MirrCycle Mirror that mounts on the brake lever body. That's the one where the cable comes out of the body and over the bar.

One thing to be aware of though is that the MirrCycle Mirror itself is GLASS and it can shatter in a crash.

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Originally Posted by carlom0 View Post
Does anyone use the Rear-Viz SL-15 slimline wrist/arm mount rear view mirror?
I use a sunglass mounted mirror. The wrist/arm mount looks interesting. But I already have enough bicycling specific tan lines.
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Old 01-14-16, 10:22 AM
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I prefer mirrors mounted to the handlebar over glasses-mounted mirrors. I don't always wear glasses, and sometimes even wear goggles during the winter.

My favorite mirrors are the ones from B&M of Germany. They have a glass mirror and some metal in the mounting hardware that helps with durability.
The Ortlieb/D+D mirror is nice and has a large, curved mirror area. But, the mounting hardware is less flexible and mostly plastic, so I've broken three of those things.
The B&M mirrors pivot out of the way in a crash, or at worst pop apart at the ball joints with enough force (which pop right back together).
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Old 01-14-16, 10:34 AM
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I user the Zefal Mirror Spin. very inexpensive, and love it. takes some getting used too, but very versatile.

https://www.amazon.com/Zefal-96018-Mi...icycle+mirrors
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Old 01-14-16, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by carlom0 View Post
Hi,
Does anyone use the Rear-Viz SL-15 slimline wrist/arm mount rear view mirror?
Thank you.
I bought one and it is being shipped now.

Back in the early 80s I used a similar mirror called a SeeBak, which sat on the back of my hand. To see behind me, I moved my hand a bit so the mirror swept behind me. I was very unhappy when that mirror bit the dust. I expect that the Rear-Viz mirror will work much the same. If you cannot move your head much, it should be perfect for your needs. But if you want to wait until I can make a report, I will let you know what I think after it arrives.
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Old 01-14-16, 05:23 PM
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Thank you, I will wait for your report.
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Originally Posted by carlom0 View Post
I have had neck surgery and can't swivel my head around to extremes, and not very fast when I do move. I will not give up riding or doing what I want to do, I just have to do it slower.
Put one on your helmet if you wear one.
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Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
In my opinion this is the best mirror available and is so durable it will last for many years. It fits both straight and drop handlebars and I've found it indispensable. The Mirrycle mirror.

^^^ I use this same mirror. It's a tank and works perfectly. It swivels nicely when bumping a wall going up and down my stairs, can be mounted over or under the bar and is extremely durable.
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Old 01-14-16, 06:50 PM
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Safe zone mirrors go on your helmet EVT | Safe Zone Mirror

This? RearViz - Bicycle Rear Vision Mirror Worn on the Arm No I dont , but you can.
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The Rear Viz mirrors are convex. While this gives you a wider view, I find that such mirrors inhibit adequate determination of distance and speed of the overtaking traffic. I used a convex bar end mirror for years, always verifying by turning my head around - then I tried a flat, helmet mounted mirror and never looked back.

Sorry for the anti-pun.
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