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Do you have a real handlebar end mirror?

Old 12-26-11, 08:39 PM
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Do you have a real handlebar end mirror?

I've tried a few road handlebar-end mirrors but you can never see clearly what's behind you, like the mirror is made of plastic and its too blurry.

Can anyone recommend an effective handlebar-end mirror?
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Old 12-26-11, 08:54 PM
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I use to use a cat-eye on my old bike, here's the link of it BM-500 .That's for flat bars, I didn't have a problem using it too. If you have drop bars I think th is would be more appropriate BM-300 .

Edit: O yea, I forgot about the sizing. Where the mirror attaches to the handle bar varies in size so you might have to get that checked out.

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Old 12-26-11, 08:56 PM
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I have used this one and it may be "Fred" but is is clear and helps me keep an eye on approaching traffic. At 61 my head does not swivel like it used to.
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes...8_20000_400246
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Old 12-26-11, 09:01 PM
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https://www.cateye.com/en/products/detail/BM-300G/

I use this one and it works very well.
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Old 12-26-11, 09:02 PM
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I like my mirror mounted on my sunglasses. It easy to see what is behind you.
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I'm hoping that someone has somethign that works as a bar end plug, like this but actually function ie. you can see with it.

CycleAware Roadie Bar End Mirror
https://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Cyclin...end-mirror.jsp
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Old 12-26-11, 09:26 PM
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this
https://www.amazon.com/Sprintech-Left...087596-1335510

or this

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001V7IFDU/...SIN=B001V7IFDU

or this

https://www.ebay.com/itm/220385014555...#ht_5227wt_931
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Old 12-26-11, 09:28 PM
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The Cycleaware is terrible.
Have you tried the other two?
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Old 12-26-11, 09:30 PM
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I've used these for a couple years and really like them. Real glass and a small form-factor.

https://www.aspirevelotech.com/Mercha..._Code=RBM_1001

As far as being able to clearly see what is behind me, I still always look before pulling across traffic. The mirror is great for increased situational awareness, but not good enough that I'd trust my life to it. Same reason I always look before changing lanes in a car, just to make sure. A mirror is good for telling you it's not clear, but I don't trust them to say it's clear (if that makes sense).
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Old 12-26-11, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by grwoolf View Post
I've used these for a couple years and really like them. Real glass and a small form-factor.

https://www.aspirevelotech.com/Mercha..._Code=RBM_1001

As far as being able to clearly see what is behind me, I still always look before pulling across traffic. The mirror is great for increased situational awareness, but not good enough that I'd trust my life to it. Same reason I always look before changing lanes in a car, just to make sure. A mirror is good for telling you it's not clear, but I don't trust them to say it's clear (if that makes sense).
Yes that does make sense. it's to increase your awareness, as you say. Personally, if i'm on a stretch of road that has little or no shoulder, i'd like to know if an 18-wheeler is coming up behind me.
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Old 12-26-11, 09:34 PM
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I use this on 3 bikes.
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Old 12-26-11, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I use this on 3 bikes.
Thanks
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Old 12-26-11, 10:54 PM
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I use Sprintech mirrors on my road bikes
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Old 12-26-11, 10:59 PM
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I use the Italian Road Bike mirror and it's very clear and does the job.
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I have the the one from MEC. Does not get ripped off when on the back of the truck with other bikes and works well enough for me. Have had on last three bikes
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Old 12-27-11, 03:54 PM
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I just purchased the one from the 3rd link on your list. Look forward to using it. Thanks
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Another +1 for the Italian Road Bike Mirror. Glad to see you selected it -- there's no comparison to the cheesy plastic wavy ones. You can tell what's going on without having to think too hard about what the mirror is showing. It takes a bit of experimenting to get them set up right, but once they are set they are great.

I use one on each side -- I can often still see down the road even if riders behind have drifted a bit to the left.
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Do you have a real handlebar end mirror? <--- No because that makes you a fred 1st class (kidding)

Between you and me with mirror or not mirror some people cant see sh...t behind the bike. I stayed in the blind spot of a guy like 3 years ago and he figured out i was behind him because I started coughing, even he god scared and almost lost control of the bike

Another time just outta the blue asked a guy if the mirrors worked and he got scared because he was not seeing me nowhere, and answered "clearly they don't work, can't see you! and smiled ."

IMO the stuff should work but you really have to handle the bike too bad to dont be able to move your head and use peripheral vision to look behind you, is easier to do that IMO, the other stuff i have noticed is that for some riders, specially for the guys that cant handle even a super market kart w/o crashing something the mirrors are dangerous because they have to lose concentration in the road to be able to look at the mirrors, then they go to the sides or something happen, thing i have see a few times already, a chick looked at the mirrors and she started tilting off the road. Useless POS, but the inventor sure got a couple of millions already and now is retired.

Bunch of useless stuff moving around in the market. Some guys carry but too much useless paraphernalia hanging from the bike or the helmet for a 1 hour ride.
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Old 12-27-11, 07:07 PM
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I've used bike-mounted mirrors and helmet mirrors. I prefer the helmet mirror because it covers a much larger area by moving your head.

BTW, some bar ends are supposed to dampen vibration. Don't know if the bar-end mirrors would mess that up. Or if anyone cares.
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Old 12-28-11, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post

IMO the stuff should work but you really have to handle the bike too bad to dont be able to move your head and use peripheral vision to look behind you, is easier to do that IMO,
Not when it is raining and you have a hood on your head. I mounted mirror, small, cateye one, and use it only in such occasions. It works better than turning head (and torso) almost 180 degrees in the wet slippery conditions. But it is ultra Fred! Will dismount it in the spring.
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
Do you have a real handlebar end mirror? <--- No because that makes you a fred 1st class (kidding)

Between you and me with mirror or not mirror some people cant see sh...t behind the bike. I stayed in the blind spot of a guy like 3 years ago and he figured out i was behind him because I started coughing, even he god scared and almost lost control of the bike

Another time just outta the blue asked a guy if the mirrors worked and he got scared because he was not seeing me nowhere, and answered "clearly they don't work, can't see you! and smiled ."

IMO the stuff should work but you really have to handle the bike too bad to dont be able to move your head and use peripheral vision to look behind you, is easier to do that IMO, the other stuff i have noticed is that for some riders, specially for the guys that cant handle even a super market kart w/o crashing something the mirrors are dangerous because they have to lose concentration in the road to be able to look at the mirrors, then they go to the sides or something happen, thing i have see a few times already, a chick looked at the mirrors and she started tilting off the road. Useless POS, but the inventor sure got a couple of millions already and now is retired.

Bunch of useless stuff moving around in the market. Some guys carry but too much useless paraphernalia hanging from the bike or the helmet for a 1 hour ride.
I don't mind if someone rides behind me and I don't know about it, i don't care to be honest. What i'm really interested is seeing the 18-wheeler coming up behind me and I can't hear him, at least i can see him.
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Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
I just purchased the one from the 3rd link on your list. Look forward to using it. Thanks
Just received the Italian Mirror.
It's very clear and not concave, which I find allows it to be more precise.
Excellent recommendation and thanks.
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Originally Posted by Madridjoe View Post
I have used this one and it may be "Fred" but is is clear and helps me keep an eye on approaching traffic. At 61 my head does not swivel like it used to.
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes...8_20000_400246
I'm 58, and I'm beyond the stage of life where I give a damn about what 20-something full kit wearing wannabees think. My goal is to be riding at 88. So anything that makes my rides safer isn't too "Fred" for me.
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Old 01-06-12, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
I'm 58, and I'm beyond the stage of life where I give a damn about what 20-something full kit wearing wannabees think. My goal is to be riding at 88. So anything that makes my rides safer isn't too "Fred" for me.
I'm a 60 year old full kit wearing wannabee. Do you care what I think?

Rather the Fred up my bike with a mirror, I Fred up myself with a Take-a-look mirror on my glasses.
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Old 01-06-12, 07:35 PM
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I use a mirror. I understand it's very Fredish, but I'm a rather new cyclist who hasn't mastered the head turn yet. But I like glancing slightly to the right to see the traffic behind me. These Tokyo streets are dangerous. One day I will no longer need one I hope. Not the prettiest attachment on my bike.
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