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Old 04-16-16, 07:57 PM
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Question about mirror placement / orientation

So after a couple of close calls this past week while riding on streets, I have decided that it is in my best interests to get a mirror for my bike so I can see what's coming up behind me and (potentially) about to make me their new hood ornament.

I want to get the kind that attaches on the end of the handlebar, or even fits into the end of the handlebar and then tightens with an adjustable screw. If I decide to get that style, would it be better to have the mirror positioned above the handlebars or below? I've seen bikes with them positioned both ways, and am just wondering if there is any advantage to one way over the other, or if it is just rider preference?

Thanks in advance for any info provided.

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Old 04-16-16, 08:39 PM
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I can recommend the Mirrycle because the dang thing is inexpensive and crash-proof. It's survived two minor crashes onto pavement in a single week, another crash on grass and at least one no-speed flop when the bike fell over. Only scuff came from the last and worst crash on pavement, and it only scuffed the "elbow" of the articulating joint. The articulating arms just pivot out of the way. The mirror itself appears to be very tough.

Only drawback is the Mirrycle extension feels too wide on the narrow paved path and bridges of the local multi-use path. I always worry about bonking meandering pedestrians and racerboy wannabes on the MUP. So I usually ride the wider, less traveled gravel section that parallels the local MUP.

I'm considering a helmet mounted mirror so I can fold the Mirrycle in on the MUP, and reserve the Mirrycle for my rides in traffic.
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If, and that's a big if, I were to use a handlebar mounted mirror I would mount it ABOVE the handlebar so that it's easier to glance at in traffic. I prefer to use a helmet mounted mirror and do so for a couple of reasons. #1 is that the mirror allows mt to see what's coming up WITHOUT having to tak my eyes off the road ahead. #2 is that I can turn my head slightly to scan behind me wilst i'm turning the bicycle. With a handlebar mounted mirror when you turn you do NOT see what's directly behind you. A helmet mirror is also very useful on paths as you again can move your head and see what's behind you on your right too.

An eyeglass/sunglass mounted mirror works well too.

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Old 04-16-16, 09:14 PM
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high bars, high mirror
low bars, low mirror
and if the view isn't good, try t'other
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Old 04-16-16, 09:17 PM
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Eye Glass or Helmet mirror worked best for me.

Give yourself about Three Days to get use to it.
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Most of the riders I know use mirrors. Some of them have tens of thousands of miles of riding experience. But what I notice is they all use DIFFERENT mirrors, there is zero consistency there. Some have them on the helmet, some on eyeglasses, some on the bike, some various combinations.
I tried one that sticks on the helmet, it jiggled too much.
I got one that clamps on the helmet, but my helmet was tapered wrong and it wouldn't clamp.
I've used two or three different ones that attach to eyeglasses. Best I've found is this one:
Cycle Aware Heads Up Eyeglass Mirror
It's not perfect, and requires a loose rubber band to keep it from being knocked off if you wipe sweat or something.
My point is not that you should use this one, but you should experiment to see what works for you, and that's likely different from what works for other people.
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I switched from a handlebar mirror to a helmet/glasses one. IMO is much better in the field of view it gives you, without having to deviate your sight a lot.

Very inexpensive also, paid $5 for it.
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It would be interesting to see what mirrors everyone has, I am a newbie who will probably be getting one soonish as part of the general safety upgrades on my bike, I have seen quite a few bar end mirrors, some do seem rather large though and would probably create a fair amount of wind resistance!
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I have mirrors on all my bikes and every one is different based on the bike and use
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I have used bar end mirrors, ones that strap to the hoods and finally settled on the "Take A Look" mirror that mounts to my helmet. It gives me better coverage and allows me to scan back and forth behind me. You can bend the three prongs that create a friction Mount on your helmet for a more secure mount. It stays on great for me.

The bar end mirrors work, but I found road vibrations being transferred to the mirror.
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Originally Posted by dim View Post
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Wow, that's pretty slick. I've never seen that before.


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Works


As is that as well, though that requires you to lift your hand up every time you want to look.

I use the Take-a-look mirror mounted on my helmet. Love it. I can see everything behind me as it takes very little head movement to see the full width of the road behind.
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My bikes all have swept bars, so my wrist gets in the way of a mirror unless it's on a long stalk, or located below the bar. I've got a CatEye road bike type mirror, and used a heat gun to bend the little stalk so it can be correctly angled for my use.

A problem is that most of these mirrors seem to be convex, to give you a wider field of view, resulting in a distorted image -- literally astigmatism -- if you tilt the mirror too much. I only use the mirror to avoid getting surprised by cars passing too close, and to keep an "inventory" of what's behind me. I still turn my head to look, if I'm going to turn or change lanes.

The "Cycle Aware" mirror looks nice to try. It would also help for seeing when my boss is creeping up on me in the office.
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Lots of good information and tips provided. Thanks for the replies.

Will be making a decision as to which style in a day or two. The more I think about it, the more I think I might go with a helmet mounted mirror. There's a Performance Bike store just a few miles away from where I work, so when I head back to work Wednesday, I may stop in there on the way home and see what they have in stock.

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Originally Posted by IndianaRecRider View Post
Lots of good information and tips provided. Thanks for the replies.

Will be making a decision as to which style in a day or two. The more I think about it, the more I think I might go with a helmet mounted mirror. There's a Performance Bike store just a few miles away from where I work, so when I head back to work Wednesday, I may stop in there on the way home and see what they have in stock.

I've used bar end mount, mount on bar, brake lever mount with cable thru like Mirrycle, Velcro strap to brake hood, Velcro strap around bar grip, helmet mount and eyeglass mount.

Third Eye mirror was best until I got Cycle Aware Heads Up Eyeglass Mirror and flipped it upside down putting the mirror in an elevated position.

BTW - I liked the helmet mount also but had too much shaking even with helmet strap very tight.
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Originally Posted by IndianaRecRider View Post
So after a couple of close calls this past week while riding on streets, I have decided that it is in my best interests to get a mirror for my bike so I can see what's coming up behind me and (potentially) about to make me their new hood ornament.

I want to get the kind that attaches on the end of the handlebar, or even fits into the end of the handlebar and then tightens with an adjustable screw. If I decide to get that style, would it be better to have the mirror positioned above the handlebars or below? I've seen bikes with them positioned both ways, and am just wondering if there is any advantage to one way over the other, or if it is just rider preference?

Thanks in advance for any info provided.

For the bikes I ride in the winter I use the Mircycle stuck into a straight bar-end for more extension to see around my mittens and parka.
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Have 2.

Mirrycle above, takes a couple of rides to adjust, but like it

Ultralite German Mirror (that's the name) below, a little harder to see for me, like it less
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then..... there is also the Italian Mirror for drop bars .... they come in pairs, so you have one on each bar end

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I switched to the eyeglass mirror and won't ever go back. By far the best field of view and easy to store.
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