Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Posted: 4 Jul 2019, 10:21am
FWIW,I don't like the look of the Springtech drop bar mirror as it seems to project too much rearward and is a potential knee knocker in tight manoeuvres etc.
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reohn2 wrote:horizon wrote:zenitb wrote:Useful thread. I have been cycling solo bikes on the road for almost 50 years now (!!!!??? :-0) and so far have survived with the "listen, look back, signal, final look, wave of thanks" technique.
You may not quite have meant this but I want to say that I profoundly disagree with the idea that a mirror is for look, signal, manouvre. You can do whatever you want (e.g. look over your shoulder) when you need to turn right for example. The mirror OTOH allows you to have constant awareness of what is behind you, enabling you to take up the best road position to deal with it. This might mean moving into the centre of the lane to prevent overtaking for example. With a mirror, you control the road. Without one, you simple buckle down and hope for the best.
I use the now discontinued Cateye BM300G and have done for 20 odd years,first fitted to the tandem,I think I last about three weeks before fitting them to my solos.I wouldn't ride on the road without one
zenitb wrote:Interesting that it was the tandem that triggered you getting one in the first place reohn2...I am actually quite open to trialing new stuff (for better or for worse - eg belt drive) so it sounds like I should at least give it a try. Our tandem - or rather the routes we take it on - gets a real bashing on its extremities..so it is going to have to be quite rugged to survive! !
reohn2 wrote:FWIW,I don't like the look of the Springtech drop bar mirror as it seems to project too much rearward and is a potential knee knocker in tight manoeuvres etc.
Audax67 wrote:I have a Zefal Cyclops on the offside. Used to use a Sprintech on the nearside as well but could never get it to stay put, and it was very easily scratched so I ditched it.
JohnW wrote:reohn2 wrote:FWIW,I don't like the look of the Springtech drop bar mirror as it seems to project too much rearward and is a potential knee knocker in tight manoeuvres etc.
Have you tried them John?
That is something that did occur to me and I asked that question earlier on the thread.
There's only been one reply on that matter, from Paulatic; he says that he's not had a problem, but he's not specific to the 'Springtechs'.
My cycling colleague who has them doesn't report a problem - but I'll ask him. He's away on business at the moment.
Mine have arrived today, and I'll fit and try them tomorrow, and report back..
JohnW wrote:I'm just doing an update on my last post -if anyone's interested.
I continue to find them a boon. They don't work a miracle, they don't give you a perfect view - how could they considering their size and location - but they make a good attempt. I wouldn't be without mine.
I finally fit them on my 'other' bike today. I'd not fitted them on that bike at the same time as I'd fitted the first pair. I really did miss them on that bike. I found myself looking down for them.
I encountered a problem on the 'other' bike. Both bikes have drop 'bars, but I found that the angel of the drop on the 'other' bike made it impossible to adjust the mirrors to give me a rear view. I had another pair of 'bars and I decided to fit them. I then found that the existing 'bars on the 'other' bike were different diameter from the spares. I had a spare stem - a fraction longer but it fits. So..........fitting the mirrors entailed changing the bars, which included moving the levers and the light brackets and the computer bracket, new handlebar tape and a couple of hours work! I see it as worth it though. Having had the mirrors I consider it's worth the effort if necessary.
So - it's a good idea to check. The nearer to horizontal you have the drops, the easier it is to adjust to the right angle.
Cugel wrote:JohnW wrote:I'm just doing an update on my last post...............................The nearer to horizontal you have the drops, the easier it is to adjust to the right angle.
Lower drop bar angle of dangle can mean that some bars won't allow the sprintechs to be positioned at the right angle for the rider's normal head position. Compact bars seem to work best. Happily, this is what I have on all my bikes. I suspect the worst bars for dangle angle will be the older fashioned deep drop racer bars - unless the rider has their tops canted well forward.
Another bar issue is to do with bar width. Narrow bars do bring the mirrors inboard a little so if you have a big erse (big hips, to be accurate) the rearward view will be more restricted, especially if the road behind bends a bit. Two mirrors helps a lot as if you can't see 'round the rearward bend with one, the other is likely to give a clear view.
Those gravel bike bars with a wide flare of the dropped part of the bars would probably suit these mirrors best. Such bars would put the mirrors outboard by a much greater amount than with standard bars, giving a wider field of view around one's hips.
So far, after having these mirrors about a year now, they're still performing as when new: no vibration; not moved by wind pressure or rough road vibrations; not scratched yet.
One further point, though - the mirrors are quite small and although the convex aspect gives a wide field of view, one's eyesight must be good enough to discern the details of what's reflected. I use prescription sunglasses and have no problem obtaining a clear and detailed view. But anyone cycling with less than very good eyesight (native or with specs) would have difficulty differentiating the lorry from the car coming up behind.