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Old 06-12-12, 01:22 AM
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Old 06-12-12, 01:53 AM
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It depends. When commuting for example, I am already riding my fred-mobile, so I figure I may as well (and I do quite like having it). However the rest of the time I'm too stupidly concerned with my image to use one So seeing as this is the 41, I'm gonna have to say no.
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Old 06-12-12, 01:55 AM
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Originally Posted by RookieRoadie View Post
It depends. When commuting for example, I am already riding my fred-mobile, so I figure I may as well (and I do quite like having it). However the rest of the time I'm too stupidly concerned with my image to use one So seeing as this is the 41, I'm gonna have to say no.
You are so in denial, dude!
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Old 06-12-12, 04:07 AM
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Personally I enjoy looking over my left shoulder every 10 seconds.
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Old 06-12-12, 04:39 AM
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Always. All my bikes have one, including my road bike.

Riding in India without a mirror is suicidal, especially when I am usually listening to music too.
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Old 06-12-12, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Paul Y. View Post
Personally I enjoy looking over my left shoulder every 10 seconds.
Guess I'm lucky in that I get to do most of my riding on quiet rural roads, so I can usually hear anything coming long before it's near enough to warrant looking
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Old 06-12-12, 05:23 AM
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I don't need a mirror. I have a neck, I therefore can turn my head and look. Besides, if I wreck I don't want a helmet mirror piercing my cheek, eye, or anything else.
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Old 06-12-12, 05:28 AM
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Look between legs, survey world upside-down, inspect crotch for possible debris, continue.
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Old 06-12-12, 05:32 AM
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I had a mirror on my commuter. It is useful only when one wears a hood. Apart from that no. Why?

1) I can never trust my mirror, so always double check by looking over my shoulder. Whether it's turning, avoiding objects, changing lane position etc. So I still turn my head.

2) When traffic comes from behind, looking at the mirror, 99% of cars drive as they will run me over and just turn at the last few meters. This makes having a mirror a traumatic experience (no shoulder, nowhere to run and cars come at you). If they want to hit me, they will. I just make sure to be highly visible (clothing, lane position etc).

3) Mirrors are just another gadget. The less gadgets, the better.
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Old 06-12-12, 05:37 AM
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Mirrors do, however, seem to be standard equipment for bent riders



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Old 06-12-12, 05:49 AM
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I use a bar end mirror.
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Old 06-12-12, 06:07 AM
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Das ist verboten.
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I like to use a mirror to check out my tan. The mirror in the bathroom is also useful when I'm shaving, too. All in all I think that mirrors are useful.
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Old 06-12-12, 06:15 AM
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Mirrors freak me out.. nothing more aggravating than being in a pace line trying to look ahead, and catching the guy in front of you checking you out in his mirror. That's just creepy.
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Old 06-12-12, 06:24 AM
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I don't have one now but I ordered a Messenger Mirror and will be giving that a try soon. https://www.messengermirror.com/

Several of the people I ride with in Grupetto use mirrors and they help a lot to let everyone know of cars coming. I've found it a little disconcerting to turn my head to look for cars when riding in a paceline.
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Old 06-12-12, 06:50 AM
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No way.

I am already un-cool enough.

Besides I put mirrors on my wife's cruiser and when I've ridden it I find them to be about worthless.
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More than 90% of what is going to kill you is in front of you. Being overly compulsive about what's coming up behind is thus counterproductive.

And as Slaninar points out, there's not much value in seeing the car that's going to run you down from behind.
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Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post

Riding in India without a mirror is suicidal, especially when I am usually listening to music too.

Here's an idea, lose the stupid music.
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Here's an idea, lose the stupid music.
Thank You.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
More than 90% of what is going to kill you is in front of you. Being overly compulsive about what's coming up behind is thus counterproductive.

And as Slaninar points out, there's not much value in seeing the car that's going to run you down from behind.
What you say is mostly true, but there are two situations where I would really miss my mirror.

One is when approaching a driveway where I might get right hooked. I am a bit paranoid since I got hit like this once. I mostly just check for the presence of an auto that could turn and then turn my head to check it out.

The other situation is when I'm crossing a busy bridge near home I have to cross frequently that isn't quite as wide as I would like. If I a see a house trailer or similar wide load coming up from behind, I will wait until it passes or take the right lane to keep from getting squeezed into the railing or worse. There is a lot of traffic and constantly turning my head might keep me from spotting some of the debris frequently on the bridge.
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There is no option for Yes and No. I ride with a mirror, except when I don't.
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Fredly... If I get hit, i don't want to see myself getting hit.
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I use Italian Road Bike mirrors on all of my bikes. Clear image so a glance is all you need, convex so the field of view is large, and they don't move once you have them set up.
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I don't want to see the car that is going to hit me. I'd rather it be a surprise.
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