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Anyone using rearview mirrors? Which ones? Is that "must have" or something to avoid?

Old 09-25-12, 08:54 AM
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Anyone using rearview mirrors? Which ones? Is that "must have" or something to avoid?

Hello ladies and gents!

Is anyone using rearview mirrors for the rides, and which ones?

What are your comments on usefullness, safety, and convenience?

Thank you.
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I use a helmet mirror that allows full view because I can pan all around. For me this is a must have, I want to see what is behind me and turning around to look can be dangerous at times. For some reason serious roadies avoid mirrors and I just do not understand that concept. It is like not wearing a helmet, safety comes before all else.
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I tried an eyeglass mounted mirror recently and found it to be too close for me to be able to quickly focus on. Then I tried a helmet mirror, a Cycle-Aware Reflex, and that works nicely. It's still taking me a while to get used to having it hanging out in front.
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Tried all of them.

Ended with this one.

https://www.messengermirror.com/
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Mirrorless. I can turn my head without deviating from my line.
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Get ready for a bunch of stupid posts.

Myself, "yes", I ride with mirrors. They are not perfect and just like an automobile, it is unwise to rely on them totally and not give a head turn before making a move. They are good for letting me know that something is back there, but it takes a head turn to really become apprised of an evolving situation.

For many years, I use the MTB version of a Mirrycle attached to the end of my left drop bar. It required a look down, but gave the largest field-of-view and with a flat mirror, gave a somewhat accurate picture of what was happening behind me. Only trouble is that it stuck out to the side and I was always having to re-position it after leaning the bike against something or other. There is an STI version available, but I never was able to get it to work. Mounted up high might be safer, but looks pretty dorky.

Since I ride with sunglasses, (mostly for bug protection), I next tried a sunglass frame mount mirror. Hated the thing, and it sits in my "cycle room" unused. It is "Third Eye".

Currently, I'm using Sprintech mirrors on two of my bikes, (and switch them to a third bike when I ride that one). They attach on either side of the bar ends and flow with the shape of the bars. I like them, and don't like them. I like them in that they are easy to install/remove, are small, and flow with the lines of the bike. What I don't like about them is that I'm constantly bumping them, (when I get out of the saddle to take a few strokes), and that they are convex. I'd much rather have a flat mirror, but they don't come that way. Convex makes things look smaller and you really can't tell what's behind you. But as I said, you really should take a head-turn anyway before doing something others might not expect. They are relatively expensive, (for what they are), but I'm happy enough and will probably get that third pair for the other bike.
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Mirrorless. I can turn my head without deviating from my line.
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I guess for you guys living in the country where there isn't a constant stream of cars it might be useful. Personally, I just always assume there's could be cars coming up behind me (as there usually are) and ride accordingly, without a mirror.
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[QUOTE=volosong

Myself, "yes", I ride with mirrors. [B]They are not perfect and just like an automobile, it is unwise to rely on them totally and not give a head turn before making a move.[/B] They are good for letting me know that something is back there, but it takes a head turn to really become apprised of an evolving situation.
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So, turning ones head is not safe, so one uses a mirror for safety yet has to still turn ones head for safety?
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Originally Posted by deacon mark View Post
I use a helmet mirror that allows full view because I can pan all around. For me this is a must have, I want to see what is behind me and turning around to look can be dangerous at times. For some reason serious roadies avoid mirrors and I just do not understand that concept. It is like not wearing a helmet, safety comes before all else.
Same here. I use the 3rd eye helmet mirror, it works great.
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[QUOTE=seymour1910;14772394]
Originally Posted by volosong

Myself, "yes", I ride with mirrors. [B
They are not perfect and just like an automobile, it is unwise to rely on them totally and not give a head turn before making a move.[/B] They are good for letting me know that something is back there, but it takes a head turn to really become apprised of an evolving situation.
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So, turning ones head is not safe, so one uses a mirror for safety yet has to still turn ones head for safety?
Yes, like 3-5 degrees is all you need, not any more. Its a small movement.
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I am not making an argument nor am I one that says NO MIRROR. I think for the guy's that bought them and wear them it's fine. My thing is with doing both, if you buy a mirror to see what is behind so you don't have to turn your head, then what is the real point of the mirror if you have to still turn and look back?
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"Must have or something to avoid" is nothing more than an argument in itself. Do what you feel is right by you and whatever makes you feel safe.
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I have a mirror on my hybrid bike. It is the "bar-end" type. I *think* these adapt to road bike drop bars as well. I cannot imagine riding without a mirror. It is by far, the most important piece of safety equipment you can add to your bike. The idea of craning my neck around to check traffic is simply unsafe. A quick glance in the mirror and you immediately have your traffic situation assessed. I have tried the helmet mounted mirrors and found it difficult to change my POV to the mirror while riding. I think that's just a personal thing - they would take some getting accustomed to.
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Fine rear-view mirrors are nice.
Regardless of where you mount them.
Every road cyclist should have one.
Do yourself a favor and get one soon.

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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
I tried an eyeglass mounted mirror recently and found it to be too close for me to be able to quickly focus on. Then I tried a helmet mirror, a Cycle-Aware Reflex, and that works nicely. It's still taking me a while to get used to having it hanging out in front.
Pretty much mirrors (heheh) my experience, except that I am through the learning curve. I wouldn't want to ride without a mirror. I think I have a Third Eye, mounted to my helmet. It uses adhesive, but I found it let go after a while if I didn't also zip tie it to the helmet (drilled two mall holes in the helmet.)
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I think that you should try it and see if it is helpful or not.

I personally use the sprintech one that goes on the bar end.

Most of the time, when on quiet country roads, I don't even need or use it.

Much more useful when there is traffic or street noise, as a vehicle can sneak up on you before you can hear it.
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Third-Eye eye glasses mounted mirror here.
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I use the Bike Pedler Take-A-Look mirror. It works great.
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The drop bar style mirror is the best and most people don't even know its there. I only use it on the left side for traffic. I would feel blind without it riding on the shoulder of the road.
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"CycleAware Heads Up Eyewear Mirror", available at REI among other places.
I tried one or two similar mirrors, but they were heavier or didn't stay in place as well.
I tried a stick-on helmet mirror, it jiggled too much.
I bought a clip-on helmet mirror, but the place where it needs to fit is sloped wrong, so it won't go on the helmet.
I thought a bar-end mirror would be cool, but I have bar-end shifters, so that's out.
With the CycleAware mirror, I do put a loose rubber band around it and stab my glasses through the rubber band when putting it on- otherwise accidentally bumping it as you ride can knock it right off into the street.

One application besides traffic, is if you're ever pulling someone slower than you are, you need to be able to watch real closely to make sure they're still on, and that's actually why I first bought a mirror. But having gotten used to it, it's very handy for traffic as well.
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Originally Posted by seymour1910 View Post
Originally Posted by volosong

Myself, "yes", I ride with mirrors. They are not perfect and just like an automobile, it is unwise to rely on them totally and not give a head turn before making a move. They are good for letting me know that something is back there, but it takes a head turn to really become apprised of an evolving situation.
So, turning ones head is not safe, so one uses a mirror for safety yet has to still turn ones head for safety?
It's not hard to understand. Use the mirror first, then turn your head (only if the mirror appears to indicate that things are clear).

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I am not making an argument nor am I one that says NO MIRROR. I think for the guy's that bought them and wear them it's fine. My thing is with doing both, if you buy a mirror to see what is behind so you don't have to turn your head, then what is the real point of the mirror if you have to still turn and look back?
If you see something in the mirror, you don't need to turn your head to look at it (you already know it's there). In many cases, having a mirror makes turning your head to look unnecessary. Again, it's not hard to understand.

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The drop bar style mirror is the best and most people don't even know its there. I only use it on the left side for traffic. I would feel blind without it riding on the shoulder of the road.
I've seen those around. The Italian Road Bike Mirror, right? I see them on eBay all the time. I got something like it, but it bulges out a bit, and I would really like something that flows with the contours of my drop bars.

On the other hand, I've heard that the Italian mirror uses glass while mine uses plastic. Not sure what to think about that.
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The drop bar style mirror is the best and most people don't even know its there. I only use it on the left side for traffic. I would feel blind without it riding on the shoulder of the road.
Yup
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Turing head while riding takes some time to master. I can't keep sraight line and start to swivel, which is not safe.
Some head turning still would be required, but at least with mirrors you can reduce number of times you need to turn your head (ie if you can see a car in the mirror there is no need to turn head to make sure it's there).

Looked at several different mirrors:
- majority does not get much love from cyclists
- some seem to have flaws in the design
- one with better overall reviews will not fit on STI levers produced after 2010 (wtf?)

Out of all Sprintech seems like best bet.
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