Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Does anyone mount a mirror on their bike to see behind them?

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Does anyone mount a mirror on their bike to see behind them?

Old 08-07-22, 07:01 AM
  #1  
CheGiantForLife
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 287
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 526 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 40 Posts
Does anyone mount a mirror on their bike to see behind them?

At a few points in my loop, I must cross to the other side of the road, while riding forwards. Since the other side has a better median, in some sections.
I prefer not to stop entirely, and cross the road perpendicularly. I find that crossing to the other side of the road can be dangerous since I can't fully see behind me while riding forwards, to see if cars are coming.
This is probably the most dangerous part of my ride, maybe I have a stiff neck, or maybe I am not a great rider, but turning my head almost 180* while riding forwards is unstable for me.

Does anyone mount a mirror on their bike to see behind them?
Or do you prefer one mounted to your helmet?

Something like this?
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-...-goods/3403241

Last edited by CheGiantForLife; 08-07-22 at 07:36 AM.
CheGiantForLife is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 07:05 AM
  #2  
Koyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 5,622
Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5288 Post(s)
Liked 7,861 Times in 3,411 Posts
Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
At a few points in my loop, I must cross to the other side of the road, while riding forwards. Since the other side has a better median, in some sections.
I prefer not to stop entirely, and cross the road perpendicularly. I find that crossing to the other side of the road can be dangerous since I can't fully see behind me while riding forwards, to see if cars are coming.
This is probably the most dangerous part of my ride, maybe I have a stiff neck, or maybe I am not a great rider, but turning my head almost 180* while riding forwards is unstable for me.

Does anyone mount a mirror on their bike to see behind them?

Something like this?
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-...-goods/3403241
Yes, some people do that. Obviously.
Koyote is offline  
Likes For Koyote:
Old 08-07-22, 07:19 AM
  #3  
Crash2Much
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 48
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I have 2 big truck mirrors I put on my bike sometimes, rear view is amazing. LOL.
Crash2Much is offline  
Likes For Crash2Much:
Old 08-07-22, 07:25 AM
  #4  
groth
astro
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Pennington, NJ
Posts: 346

Bikes: Raleigh Sports, '72, Bianchi Volpe, '97 (no more, it died), Greenspeed GTVS6, '05, Trek 520, '13

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 45 Times in 22 Posts
Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
At a few points in my loop, I must cross to the other side of the road, while riding forwards. Since the other side has a better median, in some sections.
I prefer not to stop entirely, and cross the road perpendicularly. I find that crossing to the other side of the road can be dangerous since I can't fully see behind me while riding forwards, to see if cars are coming.
This is probably the most dangerous part of my ride, maybe I have a stiff neck, or maybe I am not a great rider, but turning my head almost 180* while riding forwards is unstable for me.

Does anyone mount a mirror on their bike to see behind them?

Something like this?
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-...-goods/3403241
I have a helmet mounted mirror. It works well, but it still has a blind spot: just to the left rear of me. Most cars I can hear, but slow moving (electric?) cars are problematic as well as cyclists that don't give an on your left! So, I always glance around before moving left.
groth is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 07:29 AM
  #5  
veganbikes
Clark W. Griswold
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: ,location, location
Posts: 10,207

Bikes: Foundry Chilkoot Ti W/Ultegra Di2, Salsa Timberjack Ti, Cinelli Mash Work RandoCross Fun Time Machine, 1x9 XT Parts Hybrid, Co-Motion Cascadia, Specialized Langster, Phil Wood Apple VeloXS Frame (w/DA 7400), R+M Supercharger2 Rohloff, Habanero Ti 26

Mentioned: 42 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2969 Post(s)
Liked 2,205 Times in 1,456 Posts
I couldn't imagine anyone doing that, it sounds too crazy and far fetched. Does anyone hold on to the handlebars when they ride their bike?
veganbikes is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 07:32 AM
  #6  
wolfchild
Senior Member
 
wolfchild's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario canada
Posts: 7,579

Bikes: I have 3 singlespeed/fixed gear bikes

Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2964 Post(s)
Liked 1,704 Times in 838 Posts
Yes I find mirrors very useful, but even with a mirror i still have a habit of turning my head to double check.
wolfchild is offline  
Likes For wolfchild:
Old 08-07-22, 07:32 AM
  #7  
RGMN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 537
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 234 Post(s)
Liked 209 Times in 140 Posts
Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
I couldn't imagine anyone doing that, it sounds too crazy and far fetched. Does anyone hold on to the handlebars when they ride their bike?
Handlebars are overrated. I got rid of mine and enjoy the weight savings.
RGMN is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 07:38 AM
  #8  
CheGiantForLife
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 287
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 526 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 40 Posts
Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Yes, some people do that. Obviously.
Originally Posted by Crash2Much View Post
I have 2 big truck mirrors I put on my bike sometimes, rear view is amazing. LOL.
Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
I couldn't imagine anyone doing that, it sounds too crazy and far fetched. Does anyone hold on to the handlebars when they ride their bike?
Originally Posted by RGMN View Post
Handlebars are overrated. I got rid of mine and enjoy the weight savings.
2 constructive replies and then this typical low IQ garbage signal to noise ratio. LOL.
CheGiantForLife is offline  
Likes For CheGiantForLife:
Old 08-07-22, 07:39 AM
  #9  
easyupbug 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2,239

Bikes: too many sparkly Italians, some sweet Americans and a couple interesting Japanese

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 435 Post(s)
Liked 357 Times in 268 Posts
We all ride so we see mounted mirrors all the time. You reference Amazon who probably has pages of mirrors ready to be sold and mounted on your bike because they sell zillions of them every day so your question seems odd at best.
easyupbug is offline  
Likes For easyupbug:
Old 08-07-22, 07:39 AM
  #10  
CheGiantForLife
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 287
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 526 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 40 Posts
Originally Posted by groth View Post
I have a helmet mounted mirror. It works well, but it still has a blind spot: just to the left rear of me. Most cars I can hear, but slow moving (electric?) cars are problematic as well as cyclists that don't give an on your left! So, I always glance around before moving left.
Would you suggest helmet mount over a handlebar mounted ?
How does it attach to helmet? Universal mount?
CheGiantForLife is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 07:41 AM
  #11  
kahn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: northWET washington
Posts: 1,191
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 380 Post(s)
Liked 668 Times in 391 Posts
I've used and continue to use mirrors for decades. I now have added Garmin's Varia Radar/light. It alerts with both beeps and shows rear approaching traffic (cars, trucks, bikes, and yes, even on occasion a train!) on compatible Garmin GPS units. It even shows more than one rear approaching vehicle. In urban riding there can be a lot of beeps.

I have the mirror on my drop handlebars on the left side. In the past I used a helmet mounted mirror but now have trouble focusing on it.
kahn is offline  
Likes For kahn:
Old 08-07-22, 07:43 AM
  #12  
veganbikes
Clark W. Griswold
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: ,location, location
Posts: 10,207

Bikes: Foundry Chilkoot Ti W/Ultegra Di2, Salsa Timberjack Ti, Cinelli Mash Work RandoCross Fun Time Machine, 1x9 XT Parts Hybrid, Co-Motion Cascadia, Specialized Langster, Phil Wood Apple VeloXS Frame (w/DA 7400), R+M Supercharger2 Rohloff, Habanero Ti 26

Mentioned: 42 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2969 Post(s)
Liked 2,205 Times in 1,456 Posts
Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
2 constructive replies and then this typical low IQ garbage signal to noise ratio. LOL.
Thank you for noticing my reply was constructive! I very much enjoyed your question. I like knowing if people use an object for seeing behind them to see behind them. I always wonder about that.
veganbikes is offline  
Likes For veganbikes:
Old 08-07-22, 07:59 AM
  #13  
koala logs
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2022
Posts: 674
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 347 Post(s)
Liked 166 Times in 136 Posts
Originally Posted by groth View Post
I have a helmet mounted mirror. It works well, but it still has a blind spot: just to the left rear of me. Most cars I can hear, but slow moving (electric?) cars are problematic as well as cyclists that don't give an on your left! So, I always glance around before moving left.
I don't get how could you possibly have blind spot on your helmet mirror.

I also use helmet mirror and don't have issues with blind spot. Obviously, you have to pan your head a little bit to have full view of the rear with that tiny mirror. They're expected to be used in such manner.

Of course, compared to not having any mirror, you have to pan your head all the way to the back to see behind you, losing front view. With helmet mirror, you only pan a little bit without losing front view on your peripheral vision. It's a massive improvement of rear view, otherwise, I would not have bothered having a pointy thing attached to my helmet.

I find helmet mirror better for cycling. The mirror is smaller and lighter and comfortably within forward view, you don't have to look down (as you would with handlebar mirror) and have better coverage of rear view.

Last edited by koala logs; 08-07-22 at 08:03 AM.
koala logs is offline  
Likes For koala logs:
Old 08-07-22, 08:14 AM
  #14  
spelger
Senior Member
 
spelger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: reno, nv
Posts: 1,570

Bikes: yes, i have one

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 766 Post(s)
Liked 790 Times in 465 Posts
Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
At a few points in my loop, I must cross to the other side of the road, while riding forwards. Since the other side has a better median
sounds like you want to ride on the wrong side of the road. Not too smart.
spelger is offline  
Likes For spelger:
Old 08-07-22, 08:29 AM
  #15  
GhostRider62
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Posts: 2,843
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1670 Post(s)
Liked 1,381 Times in 874 Posts
Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
Would you suggest helmet mount over a handlebar mounted ?
How does it attach to helmet? Universal mount?
I've owned and tested most mirrors. In combination with a Varia, I use one or two of the following.....always. A car does not approach from the rear without me verifying that they have moved over.

My favorite for helmet mount: EVT Safety mirror

My favorite for handlebar end mount: "The Italian road bike mirror"

My favorite for bar mounted mirror: B&M 901 or 903 Mirror

Most of the rest have crappy plastic optics, all three of these are high quality glass mirrors with excellent optics.
GhostRider62 is offline  
Likes For GhostRider62:
Old 08-07-22, 08:32 AM
  #16  
GhostRider62
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Posts: 2,843
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1670 Post(s)
Liked 1,381 Times in 874 Posts
Originally Posted by koala logs View Post
I don't get how could you possibly have blind spot on your helmet mirror.

I also use helmet mirror and don't have issues with blind spot. Obviously, you have to pan your head a little bit to have full view of the rear with that tiny mirror. They're expected to be used in such manner.

Of course, compared to not having any mirror, you have to pan your head all the way to the back to see behind you, losing front view. With helmet mirror, you only pan a little bit without losing front view on your peripheral vision. It's a massive improvement of rear view, otherwise, I would not have bothered having a pointy thing attached to my helmet.

I find helmet mirror better for cycling. The mirror is smaller and lighter and comfortably within forward view, you don't have to look down (as you would with handlebar mirror) and have better coverage of rear view.
Here are two reasons

1. degenerative disc disease
2. riding a bent
3. Bonus response.....some helmet mirrors have a miserible FOV
GhostRider62 is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 08:47 AM
  #17  
CheGiantForLife
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 287
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 526 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 40 Posts
Originally Posted by spelger View Post
sounds like you want to ride on the wrong side of the road. Not too smart.
Very perceptive.
Yes, I ride on both sides of the road.

One one stretch, there is a 3 foot wide margin or breakdown alley only on one side of the road. (Not wide enough for a car)
So, I ride facing traffic and then need to cross over when the margin disappears to the other side. What is the right term for "margin"?

I try to avoid riding in the actual traffic lane, whenever possible
I feel it is safer to ride facing traffic, but in the margin, than to ride with traffic, but in the actual traffic, causing all sorts of problems for cars.
CheGiantForLife is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 08:47 AM
  #18  
CheGiantForLife
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 287
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 526 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 40 Posts
I just ordered this for $8
https://www.ebay.com/itm/134188824280?
CheGiantForLife is offline  
Likes For CheGiantForLife:
Old 08-07-22, 09:03 AM
  #19  
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 32,693

Bikes: 02 GTO, 2011 Magnum

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1220 Post(s)
Liked 926 Times in 458 Posts
Glasses Mirror and Glove Mirror

__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"

10 Wheels is offline  
Likes For 10 Wheels:
Old 08-07-22, 09:37 AM
  #20  
easyupbug 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2,239

Bikes: too many sparkly Italians, some sweet Americans and a couple interesting Japanese

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 435 Post(s)
Liked 357 Times in 268 Posts
Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
I feel it is safer to ride facing traffic, but in the margin, than to ride with traffic, but in the actual traffic, causing all sorts of problems for cars.
In the three states I predominantly ride AZ, OR & WY and I suspect others you would and should be ticketed as it is dangerous and annoying to cyclists who would meet you head on following the law..

"In Arizona, it is legal for bicycles to ride in the traffic lanes, as long as they adhere to the same street laws as motorists. Always ride with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic is very dangerous. Follow the same rules motorists do; travel in a straight line without swerving into other traffic lanes."
easyupbug is offline  
Likes For easyupbug:
Old 08-07-22, 09:37 AM
  #21  
koala logs
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2022
Posts: 674
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 347 Post(s)
Liked 166 Times in 136 Posts
Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
I feel it is safer to ride facing traffic, but in the margin, than to ride with traffic, but in the actual traffic, causing all sorts of problems for cars.
Not really safe, in some jurisdictions, drivers can just run you over without facing any consequences simply because you're at the wrong side of the road.

Even if they're not intent on killing you, they are likely not looking your way so the chance of a collision is much higher.
koala logs is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 10:01 AM
  #22  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 10,734

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 115 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3547 Post(s)
Liked 2,344 Times in 1,535 Posts
Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
Would you suggest helmet mount over a handlebar mounted ?
How does it attach to helmet? Universal mount?
For me, it will always be a helmet mirror. It's a better mirror than I have in my car. (Yes, I do have better visibility in the car but it takes all three mirrors to get there.) Personally, things fastened to my handlebars and sticking out scare me. Anything that hits it or that I hit with it will affect my steering and probably cause a crash. Also they do not take kindly to bikes falling over (and being weight mounted on the handlebars, might add to the bike falling over when parked less than perfectly).

I do have a pet peeve re: helmet mirrors. The helmet manufacturers and mirror people can't just sit down and come up with a standard so all helmets have the mount provided and any mirror can just go on. Isn't that simply a no-brainer? I've gotten around this by making my own brackets that screw on with very small screws. I use the 3rd Eye short helmet mirrors and mount them on the visor. Works extremely well. I make them by forming thin aluminum sheet (I have an endless supply left over from a garden project) to fit the curvature of the helmet, then extending down and bent out at the bottom as a shelf. Fiberglass both sides with cloth and epoxy. Drill for the screws. Paint. Outlasts helmets. In fact, outlasts helmet runs. Places the mirror exactly where I want it.

Production plastic, my mirrors might cost 50 cents to make. Helmet manufacturers would have to provide some almost tiny holes. And we cyclists could have really good mirrors that go easily from helmet to helmet.
79pmooney is online now  
Likes For 79pmooney:
Old 08-07-22, 10:16 AM
  #23  
zandoval 
Senior Member
 
zandoval's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bastrop Texas
Posts: 3,335

Bikes: Univega, Peu P6, Peu PR-10, Ted Williams, Peu UO-8, Peu UO-18 Mixte, Peu Dolomites

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 527 Post(s)
Liked 801 Times in 523 Posts
Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Glasses Mirror and Glove Mirror
Me too... Thanks 10wheels...

__________________
No matter where your at... There you are... Δf:=f(1/2)-f(-1/2)
zandoval is offline  
Likes For zandoval:
Old 08-07-22, 10:16 AM
  #24  
m.c. 
Full Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 290
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 108 Post(s)
Liked 100 Times in 58 Posts
My wife uses this one https://www.italianroadbikemirror.com

I've never used a mirror on a bicycle but have on the recumbent. I've been thinking of getting a helmet mount type.

Where I live a bicycle is a vehicle and must ride with the other vehicles all going the same direction. You can't ride facing the oncoming cars just as you cant drive a car going against traffic.
m.c. is offline  
Old 08-07-22, 10:19 AM
  #25  
Polaris OBark
Dirt Roadie
 
Polaris OBark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Posts: 1,593
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 855 Post(s)
Liked 1,243 Times in 703 Posts
No.

Everyone uses Garmin radars.

Absolutely no exceptions.
Polaris OBark is offline  
Likes For Polaris OBark:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.