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Old 10-31-06, 08:44 PM
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Where does the mirror go?

Hello there, I am after some advice. I shall ask my LBS as well, but after all, they are a business.

OK, I am planning my next trip to the LBS and on my list are some glasses, bar ends and a revision mirror.

Riding a Trek 3900 and gradually adding its and pieces that will (hopefully) make longer rides easier (hence the bar ends) and a bit safer (hence the mirror). I have decided that it will be at least a while before I attempt any ‘real’ mountainy stuff. I am finding that the mirror might come in handy because when I drive I use them a LOT. But around where I ride there is a lot of what may by called ‘parking lane’ that is not a designated bike lane or traffic lane. The times that I generally ride through these areas, the parking lane is mostly deserted except for one or two cars where I would have to merge into the traffic lane. I would feel safer being able to see what is behind me, not just beside me (what you get with a shoulder check). The glasses are just funky.

But here is my problem, most of the mirrors I have seen attach onto the ends of the handlebars, making it impossible to also have bar ends. More towards the middle on the bars, I have a reflector on one side and my light on the other. I still could probably squish the mirror on there if I can get one to clamp on (but I have never seen them). So, do they exist and how should I organise them? I would also like to leave room for a computer. What can I say, I am accessory mad.

Please feel free to discuss the merits of mirrors, bar ends and funky glasses as well.

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Old 10-31-06, 09:34 PM
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I'm partial to the Mountain Mirrycle, it goes into the end of the handlebars.

http://www.mirrycle.com/mountainmirrycle.htm
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Originally Posted by DCCommuter
I'm partial to the Mountain Mirrycle, it goes into the end of the handlebars.

http://www.mirrycle.com/mountainmirrycle.htm
That's my point. If I use something like that I can't use barends.
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Try this: Titec Shorties with a Zefals Cyclops mirror.
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Originally Posted by damnable
That's my point. If I use something like that I can't use barends.
The bar ends go over the handlebars, the mirror goes inside them. Or you can put the mirror into the end of the bar ends.
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Topeak Bar ’n Mirror

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Originally Posted by Black Shuck
Topeak Bar ’n Mirror
I found that thing to be totally, utterly useless as a mirror. The bar end part was fine but there was no way you could actually use that tiny little surface as a mirror, especially at night.
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Originally Posted by DCCommuter
The bar ends go over the handlebars, the mirror goes inside them. Or you can put the mirror into the end of the bar ends.
That's the set up I use. The Blackburn Multi-mirror fits in the end hole, bar-end clamps around. Works fine.
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Are they hard to remove? Both the barends and the mirror. If I ever want to actually go bush somewhere I don't want to be a riding coathanger.
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Old 11-01-06, 08:21 AM
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The best mirror on the market today is the Take-a-Look.

It's a glasses or helmet mounted mirror that works incredibly well. Unlike bar mounted mirrors, it's not much affected by road vibrations, and with a simple turn of your head you can "sweep" everything behind you.
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Originally Posted by damnable
Are they hard to remove? Both the barends and the mirror. If I ever want to actually go bush somewhere I don't want to be a riding coathanger.
Both are held on with a single allen head bolt each. The mirror comes off easily, the bar ends can be trickier if they've been on for a while.
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Originally Posted by SSP
The best mirror on the market today is the Take-a-Look.

It's a glasses or helmet mounted mirror that works incredibly well. Unlike bar mounted mirrors, it's not much affected by road vibrations, and with a simple turn of your head you can "sweep" everything behind you.
I was actually going to suggest something similar. Back in high school, one of the brothers would wear a helmet with a mirror installed to the side while riding his bike.
If there's no space on the bar left, why not the helmet?
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Old 11-01-06, 10:43 AM
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By the way, I would avoid that "parking lane". In the lane of traffic, drivers know what you're doing. When you bounce from parking lane into traffic, you have become unpredictable. Be predictable.

I've heard lots of good about the Take-a-Look, and nothing bad. I haven't tried it yet, but sounds good.
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That's my point. If I use something like that I can't use barends.
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Not true. I have bar ends and they don't interfere with the mirror that goes inside the bars. Bar ends go around the bars. Not everyone can use glasses mounted mirrors. I can't. There is no position where I can put them and actually see behind me. But I have an enlarged blind spot. Even so, there are pleny of people who can't use them.
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Another point is, don't be quick to discount the use of some types of mirrors. They take getting used to. Most people who don't like em, haven't gone through the time period it takes to get used to using the mirror...
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I use a "Third Eye" glasses mount mirror. It allows you to scan the road behind you, if there are lanes merging from the left, or if the road is curved. For riding in the parking lane, keep as far out from the curb as the outside edge of the parked cars. Then you wont suddenly swerve into the view of cars approaching from behind. When you pass parked cars watch for people about to exit and leave space for the door to open.
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