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Mirror Mounting on Helmet for "Take A Look"

Old 03-28-11, 04:05 PM
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Mirror Mounting on Helmet for "Take A Look"

I've been pleased with the Take-A-Look mirror mounted on my sunglasses except:
  • Sunglasses aren't good when it gets dark! (I haven't found good clear glasses)
  • My sunglasses ride down my nose slightly over time when I ride (normal? or bad fit?) - sometimes I need to push them back which improves the view in the mirror.
  • When off the bike (e.g., lunch break), it would be nice if the mirror wasn't on the glasses. It's only a small PITA to remove it and later replace it, but still...
It seems like it would be better to mount it on the helmet. Any problems with helmet-mounted mirrors?

Mounting -
My helmet does not have a visor. The "shell" is a very thin piece of plastic molded over a Styrofoam shell - like this:
The manufacturer makes a mounting kit:
But none of LBS have it, and it seems like any piece of plastic (e.g., a credit card) would work.
  • Does the "factory" kit work well? Any problems?
  • Would my DIY idea work just as well?
    • Any problem using any plastic that offers enough rigidity to provide a good mount for the 3 "legs" of the mirror?
    • Would there be any problem using velcro so it could be removed?
    • Any alternative ideas?
Thanks, as always.

PS - I love the large, rectangular view and the steadiness of the mirror. It's a great product.

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Old 03-28-11, 04:58 PM
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I use to use one of those 'third eye' type mirrors that attached to my helmet with the provided two-sided tape. The mirror was pretty lightweight and it worked out great for my needs, even in the rain. Cheap and effective.
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Yep, it works, but I prefer attaching to my glasses. Since I wear corrective glasses I always have glasses on to attach the mirror to. Optimally, riding a bike you're wearing glasses anyway. Properly adjusted, glasses should remain in place and not slide down. The view with the mirror mounted to my glasses if fixed and steady compared to mounted on the helmet where it moves around as the helmet shifts and bounces on rough roads. I value the stable view more than the convenience of not having to take them on and off my glasses, but it's really just personal preference. Give it a shot and see what you think.

For a while my wife used and like a helmet mounted mirror, but she switched to a Take-a-look on her glasses and never looked back... uh, that's not quite right. She actually looks back quite a bit, in the take-a-look mirror, that is.

The adapter that sticks to the helmet goes inside the helmet under the thin foam pad that contacts your head. After installation you need to exercise a modicum of caution handling the helmet as the adapter can get knocked off and the tape can take a thin layer of the helmet Styrofoam with it.
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My Take a Look lives on the visor of my Bell Metro. No adapter needed.
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For some reason I always think that if I fall down the extended bar will go through my eye.

Thanks for sharing your feedback/ review of the item with tips to make it work better.
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For years I wore a Bell Ghisallo helmet with a Take-a-Look attached via the standard adapter. I recently switched to a Giro, only to find that the adapter is impossible to install on the new helmet because of vent placement. So now I use it on my glasses instead. Truth is it makes very little difference in the mirror's effectiveness. I do miss the helmet attachment; who wants to walk around at lunch breaks with a rear-view mirror on your glasses?
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My Take-A-Look came with the piece of plastic for mounting on a helmet. Worked ok, but the adhesive pads failed after awhile. I cut a short slot in the helmet and stuck the piece of plastic in that and it has worked fine for a number of years now. Any rigid piece of plastic should work, but I'd question whether an old credit card would be rigid enough. The plastic piece they supply is thicker than that.
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I have a Third Eye and it's been on my helmet for a while now. It fell off at one point, so I re-attached it with a zip tie. I drilled holes in the helmet. Very secure now.
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I used one on my glasses for years, but now I have the Cycleaware on my helmet. I prefer the helmet mount because (1) it doesn't weigh down my glasses, (2) it has the "flip-up" option, useful when doing snot-rockets, and (3) it is always mounted, so when I put my helmet on, the mirror is on automatically.
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