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Rear View mirrors

Old 09-06-04, 09:46 PM
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Rear View mirrors

I am new to road riding and I get nervous in traffic. I find myself looking back over my shoulder to see what is coming up from behind. Is there some sort of rear view mirror made for bikers or will I get used to riding in traffic? What are your thoughts?
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Old 09-06-04, 09:52 PM
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there are a few small ones i've seen around that attach to the helmet...

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Old 09-06-04, 09:57 PM
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Get the mirrors. You never really know what could be behind you when you're riding a bicycle.
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Using a mirror makes me feel much more secure. And certainly is a great convenience as opposed to completely turning your head around every 90 seconds...
I have two mirrors..One mounts to my sunglasses and the other to the handlebar.. I found the one's mounted to my sunglasses are more versitle in traffic and give me a bigger picture..
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Old 09-06-04, 11:43 PM
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I've been using a handlebar mirror for the last two years and wouldn't ride without it. It has saved me from accidents many times.

Today for example; I found myself in the middle of two guys (I didn't know either of them) and we were clipping along at 25 mph. I was just getting ready to pass when I looked in my mirror and noticed the guy behind me was passing unannounced. Without the mirror we definitely would have crashed.
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Old 09-07-04, 03:15 AM
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Speaking of mirrors..In this Months's "Southern California Cyclist" there was an ad for a sunglass mounted mirror..The mirror was inserted inside a beer bottle cap..Think I have to have one.
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Old 09-07-04, 05:39 AM
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I bought one of these a few weeks ago and it works very well. It was easy to mount and adjust. Suprisingly you don't even know it's there until you use it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...67832&tc=photo
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Tiger. Do you think Panniers would get in the way of the handlebar mounted mirrors you bougt? I have been curious about these mirrors. However, I do have rear blinking lights that mount in the same location and wondered which would be needed more.
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Take a look at the Take-A-Look, available from Bike Peddlar in Colorado and through some LBS (REI has it). Great mirror - stable, clear. Makes you look like a Borg, however.
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I just got that mirror and have tried it out twice so far, once during the day and once at night. It's definitely nice being able to monitor the rear without having to turn your head constantly - on longer rides that was making my right shoulder/neck sore.

The only thing is that there's a moment of unclarity as my eye refocuses between the mirror and the front.

I think a mirror would be more useful if your riding in traffic lots. You can always see the cars coming around to pass, so you're less likely to be surprised.
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Originally Posted by Ace88
Get the mirrors. You never really know what could be behind you when you're riding a bicycle.
Or you could just listen and look over your shoulder. Easy to do. I commute every day in an urban setting and can't honestly recall being suprised that there was a car behind me.
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Whats behind you is important, when it is just starting a breakaway. You dont have to refocus you eyes to look in the mirror because the image in the mirror is at the same distance as the road in front.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Tiger. Do you think Panniers would get in the way of the handlebar mounted mirrors you bougt? I have been curious about these mirrors. However, I do have rear blinking lights that mount in the same location and wondered which would be needed more.

I don't think the Panniers would block the mirror. When I first got the mirror and installed it I thought I would have trouble seeing because of my knee or leg blocking the mirror. Once I got on the road I was able to adjust it by twisting it around and I could see pretty clear. I ride mostly in the morning, before sunrise and I can see headlights very far back. I also have a cateye red blinking light on my seatpost and I can see it in the mirror. The mirror is made convex like some passenger side view mirrors on cars. It is a little larger than it appears in the pictures on ebay and is made of quality material. I am glad I made the purchase.
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Old 09-07-04, 12:57 PM
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Thanks for the input everyone.
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Originally Posted by Laggard
Or you could just listen and look over your shoulder. Easy to do. I commute every day in an urban setting and can't honestly recall being suprised that there was a car behind me.
You've never been passed by a Prius? When the electric motor is engaged, they are very, very, quiet (as are many other cars with modern tires and motors).

A good mirror (e.g., the Take a Look model) provides a much greater degree of situational awareness while riding. By way of comparison, try removing the rear view mirrors in your car for a few days to see the difference in outlook.
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