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Old 10-02-05, 08:24 AM
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Mirrors

Here's the deal- I've tried the mirror you hook onto your glasses, didn't like it. I have straight handlebars and I tried the mirror that sticks out to the side. I didn't like that one either. I have enough coordination to be able to look behind me without running into a tree or a ditch. However, I've been told I really should have a mirror. What do you all use, if anything? Thanks.
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Old 10-02-05, 08:50 AM
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I use the Take-A-Look one mounted on my glasses. Couldn't ride without it at this point, I'm so used to it being there.
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Old 10-02-05, 09:04 AM
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Maybe I just need to give it more time.
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I've tried those too and didn't like them. The latest was take-a-look, which would be OK for some but I didn't like. The helmet mount was dodgy and my glasses are very thing wire-rimmed flexons, the mirror barely holds.

I just put on a CycleAware Reflex, and it's the best. The first day out, after a couple of miles, I realized that I had been checking behind me with the mirror totally without conscious effort. Of course, proper adjustment is critical, but once that's there, it's a great mirror.

I'll probably lose the bar-end now.
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Old 10-02-05, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by michaelnel
I use the Take-A-Look one mounted on my glasses. Couldn't ride without it at this point, I'm so used to it being there.
Yeah it freaks me out when I don't have it. I was total non-believer, but I'm sold now.
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Old 10-02-05, 11:32 AM
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I use the CycleAware Reflex Mirror. I'm very happy with the beastie, although it did take a few days to get used to.
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I use this one:
https://www.rei.com/product/47905328.htm

I have it mounted on my bar end because I found it too low right out of the bar (I have straight bars as well).

It took a day or three to get used to it and find the perfect position, but now I wouldn't leave home without it.
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Old 10-02-05, 01:21 PM
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I use two Zefal Spy Mirrors attached to bar extensions. I also use an Ultralite helmet mirror (sold by my local cycling association) that attaches to my helmet.

Here's a photo of the bar mirror set-up:
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I say give it more time b/c no doubt, it takes getting use too. Once you train your eyes to glance and ride at the same time, you will love it. I've had a mirror on my handle bars way back when I first started out, which was fine. What I really love about T-A-L in particular as cars/trucks up ahead is forever doubled parked, I just have to turn my head ever so slightly to get a wider view of what's behind me.. if anything before taking more of the road.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe

I just put on a CycleAware Reflex, and it's the best. The first day out, after a couple of miles, I realized that I had been checking behind me with the mirror totally without conscious effort. Of course, proper adjustment is critical, but once that's there, it's a great mirror.

I'll probably lose the bar-end now.
Cycleaware Reflex is what i use as well. Works perfectly. Has for years.
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Old 10-02-05, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
I've tried those too and didn't like them. The latest was take-a-look, which would be OK for some but I didn't like. The helmet mount was dodgy and my glasses are very thing wire-rimmed flexons, the mirror barely holds.
I'd like to second the thin-wire glasses problem--if you have glasses that are rounded in the earpiece, then the mirror will roll off them and be a constant nuisance. I had the Third Eye eyeglass mirror and it was a total headache, until it fell one last time and met its end underneath the wheels of a cab.
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I too have tried mirrors, I just don't like using them.
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I love using a mirror because it gives me better situational awareness - though I still always give a look before sticking my butt out into traffic. That said, just because a mirror is good for me doesn't make it good for you. Don't let someone else tell you that you 'should' have one, if you think you need one, by all means, otherwise, no worries.

I liked eyeglass mirrors, but I don't always wear glasses and I was always losing the darn things. Currently I have one mounted on my brake hoods, which is OK for me, but could be improved upon and doesn't help you a bit. I ordered on of these:
https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=6700
It might be a better solution for me and it might serve your needs as well. Mine has not arrived yet (Monday I figure), so I can't comment on it's usefullness yet.
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I like the glasses mirror, take-a-look. It took a small amount of time to get used to. It does have a lot of adjustability to get it right where I prefer it. I like being able to scan the road behind left to right once in a while, something that a bike-mounted mirror does not offer. Additionally, I don't have to get into a special position to use the mirror, as some bike-mounted mirrors require.
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I'm sort of in the same situation and will probably purchase some sort of mirror system this month. Last month was lights. One question I have is how fixed mirrors (to the bar ends or handle bars) handle normal road vibration versus "wind flutter" with eyeglass mounts. I can hear the wind at higher speeds so I assume it must do something to the mirror. Anyway, I don't want to be looking through a very shaky mirror.
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Originally Posted by michaelnel
I use the Take-A-Look one mounted on my glasses. Couldn't ride without it at this point, I'm so used to it being there.
A BIG second to that. I even carry a spare in case I'm far from home and it (somehow) get lost, although I've not lost one yet. You might have to have the right temples on your glasses to hold it well, but I have found such eyeglass-mounted mirrors the most stable. They don't vibrate and so give the clearest view. The Take-A-Look is the best.

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Originally Posted by unkchunk
I'm sort of in the same situation and will probably purchase some sort of mirror system this month. Last month was lights. One question I have is how fixed mirrors (to the bar ends or handle bars) handle normal road vibration versus "wind flutter" with eyeglass mounts. I can hear the wind at higher speeds so I assume it must do something to the mirror. Anyway, I don't want to be looking through a very shaky mirror.
The mirrors I attach to the bar extensions were getting a little wobbly but all I had to do was tighten them up with an allen wrench. My helmet mirror never wobbles.
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helmet mirrors work well
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Helmet mirrors take a while to get used to buy they offer great awareness of what is around you. I really like this mirror ( https://www.hubbub.com/store/proddetail.asp?prod=helmir ). The first helmet mirror I tried I could not use at all. I got this one and was uncomfortable at first, now I couldn't imagine going with out it.
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IMHO helmet mirrors are the best. They are essentially the same as eyeglass mirrors as far as usability goes, but they have two big extra advantages (for me, YMMV):

- Don't vibrate as much (eyeglass mirrors on my glasses weigh more than my glasses do, and they bounce like crazy)
- Don't forget them - I take my glasses mirrors off, and forget to put them back on again, but I never take the mirror off my helmet, so I always have it.
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