Who uses a mirror?

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Who uses a mirror?

Postby vinyl_theif » 7 Jun 2014, 12:12pm

For safety reasons and peace of mind I've always rode with one.
Initially I had used the Blackburn bar end type, but when cruising along out of town I found it hindered my comfort as was just slightly in the place where my palm rests, on the top corner of my bars. One advantage of this mirror being it can be mounted either side. (It's shown mounted on the R.H side just for the purpose of this forum post photo)
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Wanting to remove this comfort annoyance on this years tour I bought an old school (almost moped?) style mirror. Initially a reluctant change as the mirror has a slightly different concave surface so the reflection was slightly different, but have since come to prefer it now it's mounted out the way from my hands. I fitted two additional washers on the top-nut so it wouldn't chew up the plastic bar-clamp, and enables it to be turned inward slightly if required (when going through occasional doors) or even reducing chances of damage if it gets knocked.
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I know many prefer riding with a helmet and - although maybe not true in all circumstances - I feel prevention is better than cure. So who else uses a mirror?
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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby Psamathe » 7 Jun 2014, 12:26pm

I use one. A Image

When I purchased it I thought it would be too small. It is small but works brilliantly. Love it/them (mirrors that is).

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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby Mick F » 7 Jun 2014, 12:40pm

I've got one of those.
Brilliant, and I wouldn't be without it.
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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby BeeKeeper » 7 Jun 2014, 3:05pm

I use a mirrycle one. Easy to use and easy to swap sides for trips to France etc. But not suitable for all handlebars.

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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby TrevA » 7 Jun 2014, 3:21pm

I used to have Mirrycle Road Mirror, fitted to my STI but it gradually chewed it's way through the top of the lever, so I replaced it with a Cat Eye bar end one, on dropped bars. Useful for keeping an eye on what's going on behind you.

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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby Paulatic » 7 Jun 2014, 4:27pm

Only use a mirror when I wear a helmet. Never thought the mirror was very good until I discovered there was a protective film over it. Far better once I took it off :)Image
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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby Monsieur » 7 Jun 2014, 4:36pm

I use the same one as the first picture on this thread - forewarned is forearmed, and all that..
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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby mercalia » 7 Jun 2014, 4:38pm

I suppose the next trick from shimano with electronic wifi gears will be a small rear facing video camera and display to attach to the handle bars?

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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby Audax67 » 7 Jun 2014, 9:31pm

I use one each side, a elliptical Zefal on the left for traffic (in France, right?) and a small very convex one on the right to make sure no evil wheelsucker is getting so close as to put me (and himself, but he deserves it) in danger. This happened to me on a UAF Audax a few years ago, when a bloke kept trying to creep up in the 18" between my back wheel and the verge and get out of the wind.

Only negative point I find is that when I ride the mirrorless beater I tend to glance into the place the mirror should be and think "OK, nothing behind". Oops.
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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby Mistik-ka » 8 Jun 2014, 12:28am

City or country I feel vulnerable without a mirror. (More vulnerable, I should say.)

The best solution I've found for dropped bars is the "Ultralite German Mirror by D+D Oberlauda", which you can find from a number of sites on the web. (In North America I think it's sold via Ortleib.) It's light, gives a sharp image, and — the thing I like most about it — is very steady. (Helmet mirrors make me dizzy. :? ) I have one on the traffic side of both my bikes, with a little "Zefal spy" on the curb side when I'm likely to have to deal with multi-lane roads.

It's actually quite handy when I switch from riding in Canada to touring in Britain: I switch the mirrors over and it reminds me on which side of the road I'm supposed to be on and where to watch for traffic. :!:

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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby Sweep » 8 Jun 2014, 8:15am

Interesting thread.

One of those things that like ponchos I once maybe thought somewhat nerdy but one may be useful on big roads when I'm loaded up.

I'd want something that could be easily clipped on and off - I wouldn't want to use it all the time and would put it on on an as-needed basis.

For a flat bar bike with bar ends.

Can anyone suggest something effective/tough/simple?
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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby vinyl_theif » 8 Jun 2014, 9:30am

The 'Blackburn' in my first photo, attaches with Velcro straps, L / R mountable, and has a ball/socket joint to position exactly as required, and is a descent sized mirror....I bet once you fit it you'll feel lost without it.
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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby nmnm » 9 Jun 2014, 3:38am

For drop bar bike, I tried the

mirrycle sti mirror (too much vibration)
B&M bar end no-stalk mirror (wrong place, too far too look down)
Zefal spy mirror (poor plastic mirror glass, too small)
Cateye 300g Race mirror (fittings rattled loose, wrong place - bar end - too far too look).

I now use the zefal spy mirror (great fittings) with the lens popped out and the nice big cateye bm300g race mirror (incl plastic shell) glued on top. I sawed off the cateye stalk. It attaches at the drop, prevents using the drops position, no great loss, and tucks into the curve of the drop when parked.

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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby LollyKat » 9 Jun 2014, 10:08am

nmnm wrote:For drop bar bike....

I now use the zefal spy mirror (great fittings) with the lens popped out and the nice big cateye bm300g race mirror (incl plastic shell) glued on top. I sawed off the cateye stalk. It attaches at the drop, prevents using the drops position, no great loss, and tucks into the curve of the drop when parked.

Can you post a picture of this? I'm struggling to find a decent mirror. So far the best has been the B&M bar-end one but as you say it is a bit small. Meanwhile I have a spy and a cateye languishing in the cupboard.... How did you glue it - Araldite?

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Re: Who uses a mirror?

Postby Psamathe » 9 Jun 2014, 10:13am

LollyKat wrote:So far the best has been the B&M bar-end one but as you say it is a bit small. Meanwhile I have a spy and a cateye languishing in the cupboard.... How did you glue it - Araldite?

If you have only looked at the B&M rather than used one, I thought it looked a bit small in the shop but when out on the bike I find it great - more than big enough. (But maybe you have one already - and different people have different requirements/expectations).

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