Any Opinions on Bike Mirrors?
Are they helpful? What do you suggest? I am looking to get my hubby one for Father's Day. He's on his bike daily. I am torn between looking for one for his helmet and one for the handlebars..or two for the handlebars. I know nothing about this subject and am hoping you can impart your wisdom. TIA
I experimented a long time back with bike-mounted mirrors. I didn't find them particularly helpful - road vibration just makes it all look fuzzy, to me.
I ended up with a glasses-mounted mirror, like this - http://www.treefortbikes.com/product...l-100-Eye.html. I use it when leading group rides with people who need an eye kept on them. There are other, safer (i.e., plastic around mirror) alternatives. The one I use looks perfect for putting someone's (okay, my) eye out.
I use the Italian Road Mirror on my Big Dummy. it works quite well.
I had one of the little gooseneck ones on my handlebar before I smashed it off my accident. I find it is too small to see much in daylight. At night they are great because headlights stick out.
I have the Mirrycle Mirror on my hybrid and use it constantly - I like to always know whether it is safe to bail out of the bike lane into the traffic lane in case of emergency. As a near-sighted glasses wearer, I find it difficult to quickly glance backward over my shoulder far enough to be able to see traffic through my glasses rather than just in my blurry peripheral vision, the mirror makes this mostly moot.
Actually, I have to admit I often find myself instinctively looking for it even when I'm not on the bike (for instance, when I'm pushing my son in his stroller).
Mirrycle makes mirrors for other types of handlebars as well.
Last edited by chris_s; 06-13-2012 at 10:04 AM.
I use a helmet mounted mirror, the Third Eye Pro. I find it more flexible than a handlebar mounted mirror as I switch back and forth from the handlebars to the aero bars. When my old mirror fell off (old adhesive lost grip in a heavy downpour), I felt more vulnerable without it as I cycled Beach Drive on my daily commute. I really like being aware of what's coming up behind me.
For drop bars, I've tried both the bar-end plug in mirror and also the kind that clamp on the side of the drop part of the bar and extend out to the side. The plug in ones are great but I've had a couple where the plug in connecting stuff wore out or broke off. The clamp ones can interfere with your hands when you're in the drops, and they are easy to knock around when you lean your bike against a wall or getting out a door. However, on balance, I prefer the clamp on type. They have lasted longer for me.
I've used glasses mounted, helmet mounted, and bar mounted mirrors. Below is my experience with them:
I'm very partial to the Take-a-look glasses moutned mirror that Mark linked to above. I've been using one for five years now and it vibrates very little. I've crashed with it on, cracked my helmet, but did not put my eye out.
I picked up a Chuck Harris mirror at a bike event in Indiana. Chuck mounted it to my helmet, but I bent it on another fall and can't get it adjusted to the replacement helmet, and you have to find Chuck at various bike events.
I also have a helmet visor mounted one that is specific to my Bell Metro helmet that I use to commute. That one is a little small and vibrates more than my Take-a-look.
Another popular glasses mounted mirror is the Third Eye. I used this before I got the Take-a-look, and find that it doesn't stay on the glasses as well and that the ball joint loosens up over time.
As far as handlebar mirrors, I have tried two that fit into the ends of the handlebars on my hybrid. To be honest, I don't remember the brands. The first broke off when I crashed on ice (seems like I have crashing issues when referring to bike mirrors, doesn't it ). I lost its replacement because I didn't check the tightness of the adjustment screw and the mirror fell off while I was riding and I didn't miss it immediately and couldn't find it when I retraced my route.
Originally Posted by Mark Blacknell
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I dislike glasses-mounted mirrors, handlebar mirrors can't be aimed, and many of the helmet-mounted mirrors are semi-permanent (double sided tape), don't fit some helments (or at least those I use), or they don't hold up (same issue reported above for 3rd Eye).
My helmet-mirror-of-choice is the Hubbub - a commercial version, I believe, of the "Chuck Harris". I own two. Nigh-indestructible (one of mine survived a 20mph crash) and seems to fit about anything. Hubbub sells replacement mirrors, too (reflective 'silvering" wore off my older mirror after several seasons of year-round use). Costs a bit more (initially) but I can easily move it to another helmet and it-just-don't-break.