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Old 10-07-17, 02:41 PM
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Too shaky for me personally. B/C of my vision, so it's not for me.
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Old 10-07-17, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
What kind is that? It looks more adaptable to swept handlebars than the old Cat Eye.

Yes, I like to have a mirror. It's a comfortable way to keep an eye on what's coming up behind me. Yes, I still turn my head before making a turn or changing lanes. Same with driving a car.
I had a cheaper one that I couldn't keep positioned, constantly requiring me to adjust it. When I started looking for a replacement I mostly considered the joins and mounting. I choose this one due to it's ball joint and what appeared to be a mounting system for inside the bars ends like is used on off road motorcycle bark busters, which I knew was rock solid. Though I could only look at the pictures online I felt this mirror offered everything I was wanting.

It has proven to deliver everything I was wanting, it works great. I was able to mount the base into the bars and tighten at the angle I wanted while leaving the joint loose enough to adjust by hand while riding. After riding with it a couple of times and adjusting it on the go to get it exactly where I wanted I tightened the joint to about the same torque I use on my stem bolts ~5Nm. I never moved or required adjusting except when I changed my seat.

It's the Hafny MR083 availible for less than $15 shipped on eBay.
Hafny HF-MR083 High-Quality Road Bicycle Drop Bar Rear View Mirror - Black
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Old 10-07-17, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Some do. I don't. I turn my head.
I turned my head to check behind me for many years. But now I have arthritis in my neck and prefer to use a helmet mounted mirror. I find myself looking for it even when I'm walking.
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Old 10-07-17, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Some do. I don't. I turn my head.

My head does not turn as far as it used to. I like my mirrors on both my touring bike and road bike.
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Old 10-07-17, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by dksix View Post
I had a cheaper one that I couldn't keep positioned, constantly requiring me to adjust it. When I started looking for a replacement I mostly considered the joins and mounting. I choose this one due to it's ball joint and what appeared to be a mounting system for inside the bars ends like is used on off road motorcycle bark busters, which I knew was rock solid. Though I could only look at the pictures online I felt this mirror offered everything I was wanting.

It has proven to deliver everything I was wanting, it works great. I was able to mount the base into the bars and tighten at the angle I wanted while leaving the joint loose enough to adjust by hand while riding. After riding with it a couple of times and adjusting it on the go to get it exactly where I wanted I tightened the joint to about the same torque I use on my stem bolts ~5Nm. I never moved or required adjusting except when I changed my seat.

It's the Hafny MR083 availible for less than $15 shipped on eBay.
Hafny HF-MR083 High-Quality Road Bicycle Drop Bar Rear View Mirror - Black
That looks like a nice design, and the price is decent too.
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Old 10-07-17, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
That looks like a nice design, and the price is decent too.
It's rock solid and what I'd buy if I needed one for another road bike, I don't use on on MTB.
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Old 10-07-17, 04:44 PM
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Take-a-look (compact size) on my glasses for me. I feel nekid without it now. Has saved my arse at least once.
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Old 10-07-17, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
If you decide to try one, give it a solid week before you decide whether to keep it.

I gave up after the first few rides with a helmet mirror years ago. Then rode a couple years without, and then decided to try again.

Now I won't ride without one, especially on twisty mountain ascents and descents.

By the way, it's entirely possible to use a mirror and turn your head, too.
There you go. Even though I check the mirror, I always look back to make sure before I veer over. In certain situations like a row of fast cars coming without a break, the mirror will allow you to check every few seconds for a break. To physically look back each time is troublesome and dangerous especially if the road is narrow. Another advantage is you can judge the speed of a car coming up much better because you have a longer time to look back. Sometimes a car will be coming at a high rate of speed and be up on you unexpected.
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Old 10-07-17, 05:26 PM
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I use one... I would laugh out loud at anyone that made a comment about it's appearance. Get a life.
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Old 10-07-17, 05:50 PM
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I have limited neck mobility from an injury so, yup, I use mirrors. Take-A-Look on the helmet -- which is my only mirror on the road bike -- and Mirrycles on the hybrids. I do glance to the sides before changing directions, in case anything sneaks into the blind spot, but I can't turn enough to look behind me so the mirrors are essential.

Most roadies I've seen locally don't use mirrors. Presumably that whole peer pressure too cool for school thing. But one of the fastest guys I know locally who's dominated many Strava segments does use one of those pricey optical glass Italian bar end mirrors on his road bike. Very sleek, no projections, presumably as aero as a mirror can be.
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Old 10-07-17, 06:01 PM
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After having a bunch of mirrors I use and swear by the Spintech DropBack Mirrror
It attaches to end of drops after you take cap off.
The Spintech mirror is very discreet. It's engineered so that whether you are upright or in the drops you can still see back with a glance. Once you set the position it stays unless bumped.

Very, very handy! IMHO it is likely riders who cause most accidents not drivers.
I drive a lot of country roads, with my mirror I can confidently veer off the side of the road towards middle.
What if you are driving along edge of road and see obstacle ahead, by the time you turn your head to see if it's safe to veer center, you could hit, as opposed to quick glance at mirror.
You are flying quiet downhill at 35mph and want to veer center, you certainly don't want to whip head around. Quick mirror glance and road is yours.
I don't look at it constantly, but makes riding more comfortable in many situations.

With this mirror, there is NO REASON not to have one. I can't believe that on the group ride i go on, with all the hundreds of miles these guys/gals ride, that very few have one. Mistake. It only takes one accident to end it or be permanently injured. This sport is dangerous even with sensible precautions. $30 is cheap insurance and makes riding more confident and enjoyable.

A mirror will not save you if you are riding edge of road and some one is texting or doesn't see you, but that is not what it is for.
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Old 10-07-17, 06:11 PM
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Well, I turned 70 this year and after 50+ years cycling, It's time to get safe. (or fred). I added I little strap-on mirror for my handlebar and flashing taillight. My head just doesn't turn like it used to. Now that I have ridden a season with the mirror, I don't know why I didn't put one on years ago. On occasion, I have left for a ride, and immediately missed the mirror and turned around to get it. KB
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Old 10-07-17, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by glenncz View Post
With this mirror, there is NO REASON not to have one.
Bar end shifters

But otherwise, I concur.
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Old 10-07-17, 08:14 PM
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I use a helmet mirror now and occasionally an eyeglass mirror instead. Used to use an original Mirrycle in the days of conventional (pre-aero) brake levers, then did without for a while.
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Old 10-07-17, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Moose View Post
I use one... I would laugh out loud at anyone that made a comment about it's appearance. Get a life.
I had some guy comment "nice mirror and leg hair" on one of the local fast group rides.

He wasn't fast.
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Old 10-08-17, 12:39 AM
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I used eyeglass mounted mirror before broken neck bike crash and continue to use now. Find it very useful and feel naked if I ride without it on.
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Old 10-08-17, 03:28 AM
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Ditto. I use a blackburn mirror PITA as alway needs adjusting but would never ride without one. Replacing with the mentioned bar end type. Arthritis in neck limits looking back and a mirror is really convenient in taking a lane, left turns, tracking droped riders in group rides etc.
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Old 10-08-17, 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by carl7 View Post
EXACTLY. You also have to consider for some reason a rider may not have the neck flexibility as they age or some other condition. There's only one way to find out, try a helmet mount mirror, heck their only a few bucks. It's something to find out for yourself like most things in cycling. And, I'd rather look like a "Fred" and be safer and alive. My racing days are long over and safety is the main concern. Yet another advantage is, you can tell by the angle a car is approaching from behind if he's headed straight towards you, or, following the curve. It may give you a split second advantage. My biggest worry is getting hit from behind.
Well said, and I'll just add that sometimes when I turn my head to see behind me, I'll drift to the left a little. With fast approaching autos from behind that's not a good time to drift over. Love my eyeglass mounted Take A Look.
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Old 10-08-17, 06:00 AM
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I have bar end shifters and decided on the shorter stem Cyclestar Mirror. Here is a link to where it was purchased. Cycle Star Mirror 901 & 901/3 Busch & Muller
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Old 10-08-17, 06:45 AM
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Not using a mirror and any other safety device to save one from the killer cars is not very bright.

Every cyclist has to assume that every car on the road is out to kill them. These days with drunks, people on drugs, and smart phones a cyclist has to really have situational awareness at all times.
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Old 10-08-17, 06:52 AM
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You wouldn't dream of driving without a mirror, so why would you ride without one? Having to turn your head constantly is a nuisance at best, and dangerous at worst. If you're going to ride safely in traffic you need to be aware of everything around your, not just in front of you. You can't do this without a mirror.

I'll still turn my head sometimes, too, even though I already know what's coming behind me, especially if I'm going into the left turn lane. It also alerts drivers behind me that I know they're there. They can't know that I know they're there otherwise, and might be thinking, that guy just swerved into the left lane without looking!
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Old 10-08-17, 06:57 AM
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I use this: The Italian Road Bike Mirror - EasternSlopes.com
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Old 10-08-17, 07:23 AM
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So much fear.
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Originally Posted by cycloaptrgangr View Post
So much fear.


Ride blind folded in traffic if you are so brave.
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Ride blind folded in traffic if you are so brave.
That's a really sweet false dichotomy that you just cooked up.

I guess I struck a nerve.
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