Bike mirror

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Bike mirror

Postby Jurassic2 » 7 Oct 2018, 1:19pm

Does anyone know if there is a suitable mirror i can use on my Dawes Galaxy with bar end levers, not been able to find anything suitable, appreciate any help.

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby horizon » 7 Oct 2018, 11:06pm

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories ... drop-bars/

You might find it cheaper. I think it is excellent.
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Re: Bike mirror

Postby elmo » 7 Oct 2018, 11:20pm

I can vouch for the one in the above post. Gives a good rear view.

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby Mike_Ayling » 8 Oct 2018, 2:11am

Have you considered a helmet mirror, particularly useful if you ride more than one bike.

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby mjr » 8 Oct 2018, 8:17am

Mike_Ayling wrote:Have you considered a helmet mirror, particularly useful if you ride more than one bike.

If you think that headgear is necessary, it seems foolish to position a mirror near your face in a crash.

Zefal Spy will fit beside the end of the drops, I think. I prefer to look directly, though.
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Re: Bike mirror

Postby Jurassic2 » 8 Oct 2018, 10:23am

Many, thanks a couple of good alternatives to look at.

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby robgul » 8 Oct 2018, 2:18pm

elmo wrote:I can vouch for the one in the above post. Gives a good rear view.

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Yep - and it's easy to swap to the other brake hood if you're riding abroad. The only downside is if you lean the bike against a wall.

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby Psamathe » 8 Oct 2018, 3:32pm

I found that my mirror in the end of the drops is great cycling UK without a rear pannier on the mirror side. But when there is a loaded pannier on the mirror side it rather obscures the view from the mirror - not completely but enough to make it not so useful.

Not relevant for OP with bar end shifters.

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby anniesboy » 8 Oct 2018, 3:40pm

The Blackburn mirror is what I use on my Thorn with drop bars.

I can use it on the other side when cycling in France, on the negative side it does "shake" especially on poor surfaces.

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby horizon » 8 Oct 2018, 5:44pm

anniesboy wrote: on the negative side it does "shake" especially on poor surfaces.


It also gets obscured by rain and mist, can break if the bike is dropped etc and makes cars seem further away than they are. But despite this works brilliantly and IMV is an absolute lifesaver - I don't cycle without it.
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Re: Bike mirror

Postby Mike_Ayling » 8 Oct 2018, 9:20pm

mjr wrote:
Mike_Ayling wrote:Have you considered a helmet mirror, particularly useful if you ride more than one bike.

If you think that headgear is necessary, it seems foolish to position a mirror near your face in a crash.



We are not allowed to think here in the nanny state of Victoria Australia, the gummint says we have to wear a helmet!

In all the anti helmet threads and mirror threads that I have encountered yours is the first reference I have seen about a helmet mirror possibly causing injury. I live and learn!

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby rmurphy195 » 8 Oct 2018, 9:57pm

mjr wrote:
Mike_Ayling wrote:Have you considered a helmet mirror, particularly useful if you ride more than one bike.

If you think that headgear is necessary, it seems foolish to position a mirror near your face in a crash.

Zefal Spy will fit beside the end of the drops, I think. I prefer to look directly, though.


Tried the Zefal spy. Tiny, poor quality mirror that distorts a lot and is too small to be of any use.

Agree with comments re helmet mirrors - I wouldn't feel happy with a spike near my eye that could easily get pushed into it.
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Re: Bike mirror

Postby Debs » 8 Oct 2018, 10:46pm

I have a Zefal Spin Mirror on two of my bikes. £9.13 from Wiggle.

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Can be neatly folded under the bars when not in use, adjustment is good and stays in position very well, doesn't vibrate into blurred vision when on rough roads like many mirrors do.
My only neg is T Rex looks further away than he really is,
and must admit i ofter hear a car/truck/bus/Stegosaurus coming before seeing it in the mirror :D

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby Jurassic2 » 10 Oct 2018, 12:27pm

Thanks, Debs I have used those before, but i'm riding a Galaxy with bar end levers so not possible to use those:

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Re: Bike mirror

Postby AndyK » 10 Oct 2018, 2:05pm

Mike_Ayling wrote:
mjr wrote:
Mike_Ayling wrote:Have you considered a helmet mirror, particularly useful if you ride more than one bike.

If you think that headgear is necessary, it seems foolish to position a mirror near your face in a crash.



We are not allowed to think here in the nanny state of Victoria Australia, the gummint says we have to wear a helmet!

In all the anti helmet threads and mirror threads that I have encountered yours is the first reference I have seen about a helmet mirror possibly causing injury. I live and learn!

Mike

I have seen such an injury - or at least, what the patient looked like after he'd been to A&E to have embedded shards of mirror removed from his eyelid. Not nice. Fortunately no permanent damage was done to his eye. It certanly put me off the idea. However that was the only time I've seen such a thing, so i can't draw any conclusions about how likely it is to happen. (Continued in helmet thread, page 231987 :D )