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Old 03-25-03, 02:25 PM
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Rear view mirrors

Who's using rear view mirrors?
If so, what type?
Handle bar mount? Helmet mount?
Did near misses convince you to use them?
How many of us know their value but do not use them?
Just curious, I have started using the handle bar mounted type on my mule. Now I wonder how I went so long without it.
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Old 03-25-03, 02:29 PM
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I have a mirror on my road helmet and my commuter helmet.
I also have a handle bar mounted mirror on my commuter bike.
I want to know who or what is behind me.
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Old 03-25-03, 02:32 PM
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Yep, I find it really useful. I got a new handle bar mirror, lost the old one. A few near misses with 4 wheelers gave me the inspiration to keep an occasional eye behind me.
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Old 03-25-03, 02:37 PM
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For your reading pleasure:
http://users.rcn.com/icebike/Equipme...ingmirrors.htm

Not when riding off-road or in a competitive event; however, when riding on the open road.....

I use a slighly modified "Take a Look" model.
http://www.yuccadune.com/product952.html
http://home.att.net/~mark.livingood/.../Livingood.jpg

It's physically attached to my helmet.

Riding with my wife on the back of the tandem motivated me to take a greater interest in what was coming up behind us -- motor vehicle AND bicycles -- since I was now responsible for her safety as well as my own.

Mirrors are a personal decision for adults, much like helmets, clipless pedals, cycling gloves and socks. If you like 'em or think they're important by all means use them. If not, it's nobody else's business -- thank you very much.

P.S. It also lets me sneak-a-peek at my beloved to see what the heck she's doing back there....
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Old 03-25-03, 03:43 PM
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Handle bar mirrors have been a disapointment because the minute the bike shakes you can barely see what's behind. Trying to squeeze through cars breaks the mirror more often than not. I hate having to take the thing off and on every day (on my commuter) to keep people from stealing it off the bike. I would always spend the first few minutes of each ride trying to fix the device to get a good angle. Futhermore, if the sun is behind you, it makes the device useless.

I tried the "Third Eye" and was let down big time. The mirror is not big enough and I was constantly trying to keep my head in a position that enabled me see ANYTHING! It tends to distract you after a while and just seemed like a lot of work to make it functional. I also could not get used to it reflecting light in your eyes at you all the time

I'm going to order Reevu. (www.reevu.com) There's no US distributor but I'm getting mine from the UK. I have my fingers crossed on this one. I'll give a review later.

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Old 03-25-03, 03:46 PM
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I experimented with a mirror about three years ago. To be honest I found it the next best thing to completely useless. I spent so much time fiddling with it to get a better view of what was behind me that it turned out to be easier just to turn my head and see for myself. About the only time I noticed it was when the sun was directly behind me and the damn thing near blinded me.
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Old 03-25-03, 06:57 PM
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I use a bar-end mirror, which works fairly well, but I really need one with a better reach. At the same time, I am always worried about snapping it off the end of the bar. I used a helment mounted one for awhile, didn't care for it. I'm a big believer in mirrors, I just haven't got the right solution yet.
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Old 03-25-03, 07:36 PM
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I use a "Third Eye Eyeglass Mirror" available from Performance. I'm sure there are similar mirrors out there from others. I had used a handle bar mount and helmet mount with success prior to that. When I went from straight bars to turn downs the handle bar mount wasn't particularly appealing. Pretty much the same when I bought a 'good' helmet. The eyeglass mirror took some getting used to. I swear by it now and use it religiously on the road and frequently on rail trail
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Old 03-25-03, 09:50 PM
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I wear glasses and use either a Take-a-look (in addition to livengood's links, it's available from the Terry Bicycle web-site) or a Third Eye. Which one I use depends on the glasses I'm wearing. The TAL bends the earpiece on my Ti frames (good glasses that I wear when commuting to/from work), but works great on some older specs I wear on other rides.
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Old 03-26-03, 08:49 AM
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I had asked about this in my post. Looks like I'm definately getting one, it's just a question of which type.
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Old 03-26-03, 09:33 AM
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Originally posted by livngood


I use a slighly modified "Take a Look" model.
http://www.yuccadune.com/product952.html
http://home.att.net/~mark.livingood/.../Livingood.jpg

It's physically attached to my helmet.

How do you attach the take a look to your helmet? I have one and have been wondering how to do that.

Thanks,
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Old 03-26-03, 10:25 AM
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I use a bar end mirror which can fold out of the way.

It doesn't vibrate much at all, & I find it very useful. In heavy traffic of course, there's ALWAYS something behind you, but its handy out in the country, and very easy at night because a car's lights are easy to spot

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Old 03-26-03, 10:27 AM
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On my road bike I have a handlebar mounted mirror (where a bar end shifter would go). I recommend this one, it does not shake and does not move. Once adjusted it stays put.

On my touring bike I cannot use the same mirror (bar end shifters) so I have to use one of those that mount on the brake hood. NEVER mount it on the brake hood. It moves when you brake. Instead I mount it on the...lower bar just behind the drops. This means I cannot place my hands there, but I never do anyway. I don't like this mirror as much as it shakes as you ride. But not too bad.

On my commuter (mtb handlebars) I have a handlebar mounted that fits inside the bar. Does not move.

I have never had a mirror stolen, so I leave them on. Broke one or 2, but that is when I let go of the bike and gravity took over.

I never ride without a mirror - its an early warning for me. I don't care how it looks on my racing road bike either.

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Old 03-26-03, 11:07 AM
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I used a Blackburn bar end mirror for a year or two and was quite satisfied. I think it actually works better on a road bar because you point it down and slightly out. It really doesn't stick out more than a couple of inches. The Blackburn is oval-shaped and provides a good view. Yes, occasionally there was a little vibration, but not all the time. Even when there is vibration, you can still see whether there is a car right behind you. When I got a second and third bike I didn't put mirrors on them but trained myself to look over my shoulder. I found that once I got used to that I never used the mirror even when riding the bike that had it. When it got broken one day I just didn't replace it and haven't missed it. I have also tried the Take A Look clipped to my glasses and found it worked fine, too.

If you go read a post or two of mine from a couple of years ago I might have said I would never ride without one. I still think mirrors are very useful for riders of all levels and would definitely encourage new riders to use them. I guess I have developed a very cautious and defensive riding style, habitually checking my back well before approaching touchy spots. Also, although we don't have any bike-friendly facilities most of the streets I take are lightly trafficked and/or have extra space. I keep thinking I should put on another Blackburn, but then I know I will never put mirrors on all 5 of my bikes anyway.
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Old 03-26-03, 11:09 AM
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I have a Third Eye. All I see in it in my normal riding position is the side of my head and my shoulder. I only have to move my head a few degrees to get a good view of the road behind me, which is much the same as looking in the door-mounted mirror on the car. This type of mirror does not limit the field of view if the road behind you is curved. I can even see if cars are approaching down an expressway exit on my RH side.
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Originally posted by livngood

P.S. It also lets me sneak-a-peek at my beloved to see what the heck she's doing back there....
She's checkin' out the hot guys duh...... :confused:
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I have a Blackburn mirror on both road and commuter bikes. I tried a glasses-mounted mirror, but on my road bike, the only thing I could see was my own shoulder. When riding alone, I can just look over my shoulder, but if I am at the tail-end of a paceline, I don't like to do that. A quick glance down at the mirror is less likely to put me into someones wheel. Some stretches of road make it pretty hard to see. I really like the emergence of daytime running lights on cars because it makes it easier to spot overtaking cars in the mirror. Saturn started putting them on in 1996 and I am starting to see a lot more cars with this feature just in the last year or two.
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I also use the Third Eye eyeglass mounted mirror, and swear by it. As Andrew said you can have a full view behind you just by moving your head a bit, otherwise you never notice it's on. It does take a bit of getting used to and you have to experiment a bit with it. Just remember, whichever mirror you get, it doesn't take the place of a good shoulder check.
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I have always had a mirror on my commuter. The latest was a replace ment bought at the lbs. It is one of those that goes in the end of the handlebar.
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Originally posted by hayneda
How do you attach the take a look to your helmet? I have one and have been wondering how to do that.
You need to be creative, think out of the box and be willing to do nasty things to your helmet that void the warranty and potentially degrades it's ability to fully absorb a sharp, side impact the way it was intended.

Here's a hint, it involves driving a long, thin gauge wire into the core of the helmet that's glued in-place and to which the "take a look" is attached.
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I ride using the Bike-Eye mirror it really suits my riding environment I commute and train mainly on country roads, I can see vehicles approaching from a distance and am pre warned, without having to constantly turn my head when I need to manouver. When I'm out riding or training with friends I like to stay as a group, should anyone drop off the pack I's easy to inform others in the group, pace ourselves untill the straglers get back in the bunch, all without turning around and totaly loosing our own pace or rythem.
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I use a little Rhode Gear helmet mirror. It sits close to my left eye, and gives me a wide, steady, view of the road behind. I like how it turns with my head. If something or someone is going to pass, I'd rather know well in advance so I can prepare (move further to the right, etc.).
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Originally Posted by urbanrider
Who's using rear view mirrors?
If so, what type?
Handle bar mount? Helmet mount?
Did near misses convince you to use them?
How many of us know their value but do not use them?
Just curious, I have started using the handle bar mounted type on my mule. Now I wonder how I went so long without it.
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Look here! You’re pedaling. You’re sweating. You’re moving from side to side. Is it really that hard to turn around and see what’s up? Unless you have neck/back problems that is……
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I used a helmet mirror when I first started riding, but stopped using it after a year or so because:

It became a distraction.
It was also dorky looking.
I learned to keep my line while looking behind me.
I read that getting hit from behind is actually pretty rare.
I always do a head check before changing lanes anyway.

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Nothing I ever saw behind me was useful information. I've been riding the last 16 years without one.

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Old 12-16-04, 02:14 AM
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Take-a-Look is the best that I've used. Great, easy rearward visibility.

For those who say a rear view mirror is a "distraction" or not important...have you removed the mirrors in your car? Seriously, a good mirror like the Take-a-Look allows you to easily monitor your backside every few seconds without having to turn around. Modern cars with aero designs, and quiet engines and tires can easily sneak up on you unless you use a mirror.

Here's a site that has a pretty good discussion of various mirror styles, and the pluses and minuses of each:

http://www.icebike.com/Equipment/cyclingmirrors.htm
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