Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

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Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby Mick F » 5 Jul 2011, 8:14pm

Mrs Mick F doesn’t like it.

I showed it to her when she came in from work, and her instant reaction was, “It’s childish.”
Also: “inelegant” and “inappropriate” and also “cheap, nasty and pathetic.”

She added that it should be "sleek and efficient" and that thing "looks like an add-on!"
It was “wrong” and “un-professional”, and that “she would be ashamed to be seen with it!”




What was she talking about?
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby ferrit worrier » 5 Jul 2011, 8:34pm

Shopping basket ! but not on "the" bike, perhaps for Barberella?
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby [XAP]Bob » 5 Jul 2011, 8:59pm

Your new Lejog trike?
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby Mick F » 5 Jul 2011, 10:17pm

Nope
and
Nope

Keep guessing.
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby snibgo » 5 Jul 2011, 10:18pm

An electric motor for your Mercian.

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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby peter99 » 5 Jul 2011, 10:22pm

bike trailer

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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby Mick F » 6 Jul 2011, 7:30am

Clues:
Bought from Wiggle/CTC Shop
Out for a test later today.
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby toontra » 6 Jul 2011, 8:36am

Your new mirror?

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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby rjb » 6 Jul 2011, 8:40am

Its your new Helmet Cam, and you are going to test it down Pork Hill :lol:
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby Mick F » 6 Jul 2011, 8:58am

toontra wrote:Your new mirror?

YES!

She doesn't like it. And I don't blame her, it's awful.

Maybe it will be fine and work very well, but it looks naff and childish and would be very good on a child's bike.

The mirror feels cheap and plasticy, and sticks out rather vulnerably. Anyway, off for a test soon, but I think I will only use it whilst towing. The good thing about it, is that it comes off easily!
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby reohn2 » 6 Jul 2011, 9:58am

Completely functional and folds away when not in use,very good bit of kit :D .


PS If I told you it was made in Italy would it make it any better :roll:

PPS,You're s'posed to look though it not at it :P

PPPS, In one of the photos I'm peering over an aluminium box on (I presume) a trailer.Mick,I don't know how to break this to you but you street cred is already shot, a ickle mirror won't do it any more harm me thinks :oops:
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby al_yrpal » 6 Jul 2011, 10:20am

I have one of those. Its in my box of bits. Blinking nuisance.

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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby Mick F » 6 Jul 2011, 11:28am

Just come back from a test ride - complete with concrete block in the trailer.

Yes, street cred already shot with a trailer, so the mirror fits with it ok. No, it doesn't fold away, and actually gets in the way quite a bit. The Italian Road Bike Mirror I had until recently was superb in its neatness and unobtrusive-ness, but the mirror glass kept coming off.
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However, apart from this Cateye mirror's bad points, it actually worked very well. It was easy to adjust and had a good clear view of behind. I also think that following vehicles could see it, and consequently they would believe I'd seen them - not obvious with the Italian mirror.

Getting down on the drops wasn't easy, I had to be careful not to knock the mirror, but even if I had, I couldn't use it when down on the drops anyway as I couldn't see it! I tried to rotate the mirror vertically downwards in an effort to get over this problem, but if it is pointed down, it can't be adjusted to see properly.

Given the choice, it would be the Italian Road Bike Mirror every time - providing the damned glass would stay in!


(Thinks: as this Cateye mirror has plastic glass, perhaps I could cut it to the right shape and fit it on the Italian offering.)
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby reohn2 » 6 Jul 2011, 12:03pm

Mick,It works better if you rotate the holder so the mirror folds up not down so that when folded out in the riding position its against the stop with little stalk pointing to the right parallel to the h/bar tops,it then folds up between tops and drops when parking.
With it fitted like that theres less chance of disturbing it when going to the drops,with which I have no trouble at all and with a lot shallower drops and quite big hands.It also won't be disturbed by the odd pothole encounter either.
The fact that I have to move my arm slightly to see through it I find to be a good point as its less disracting.
Other points I find good about this mirror are that when on the continet its easily swapped to the other side,and its made of bendy polythene type plastic making it practically indetructable,carrying a spare when on tour is easy as its flat in the luggage,light and cheap :)

Give it a fair crack Mick,I wouldn't be without mine :)
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Re: Mrs Mick F doesn't like it

Postby CREPELLO » 6 Jul 2011, 12:35pm

I'm guessing you use a helmet. Have you considered a helmet mounted mirror?

The other thing - as you like to form and function of the old mirror so much, I would still be thinking about how it could be fixed or improved. I know you had trouble gluing the mirror to it's base. Was there no 'frame' for the glass to sit in, that could help hold it in place?

If the frame had an edge that overlapped the glass, then surely the glass wouldn't pop out. If it didn't or was inadequate, I'd want to improve that frame. You know, just like conventional picture frames hold the glass - surely that method would would stop the glass from popping out. Perhaps a ring of tightly stretched inner tube would serve such a function?

Sorry if this is now irrelevant or not possible and I know that you lost the glass. Just my musings on the subject :) .