horizon wrote:If you use a Blackburn drop bar mirror, there is little or no vibration, the mirror is large enough to see cars a long way off, especially at night, and it allows you to see cars you cannot hear - the ones following the one you can hear. A mirror enables you to ride assertively because you can constantly check where cars are and position yourself accordingly. It's not my job to encourage you to use a mirror - it's your choice. But how you cycle safely and calmly without one, I don't know.
on the last point - Very easily
I don't like my MTB mirror much (it tends to swivel as it's strapped to the hand grip) so on one trip I didn't use it for long periods and was able to compare. All I would say is that it is really a personal choice and I didn't want to make the case
for using one, just to report my feelings. To me it is so
useful that my remark for me
still stands - I really don't know how you can ride in traffic as well as you can with a mirror*. Having said that, other folks have different ways and what they choose is entirely up to them. BTW I've amended my original post to "But how you can cycle as safely and as calmly without one, I don't know."
* The mirror seems to support a certain style of riding where you constantly place yourself in relation to vehicles on the road behind you and affect their behaviour as a consequence. I don't know how you can realistically do that without a mirror but, as I said, other people have other ways of riding.
PS Any expansion on the "very easily" would be appreciated (genuinely).