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'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 8:58pm
by JohnW
'SPRINTECH' REAR VIEW CYCLE MIRRORS.
Has anyone fitted and used any of these?
Does anyone use rear-view mirrors?
Any comments or advice? - any thoughts?

Re: 'Sprintec' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 9:27pm
by Paulatic
A search for Sprintec is an eduaction in contraception :)

Don’t drop the H if searching to discover what the OP refers to Sprintech.

A search here for mirror produces nearly 5000 results so to reiterate yes I use a mirror and on both bikes with drops I use B&M and would always buy another without hesitation.

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 10:07pm
by JohnW
Paulatic - if you want to discuss members' views on birth control you could start your own thread. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
'Sprintech' information is available on the SJS web-site.

I'll say it again, in a different way :

Do any members use bar-end mirrors?
What caused them to start?
Do they help - would users recommend their use?
Have any members used/tried 'Sprintech' mirrors?
Have users found them helpful?
Have members used more than one brand, and how do different brands compare?

'Sprintech' information is available on the SJS website
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories ... ors-black/

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 10:28pm
by Paulatic
John I pointed out your typo with a smile we’ve all made them. I failed to see even a glint in your response.

I also referred to a search here will give you nearly 5000 posts with reference to "mirrors".
A search for Sprintech gives a least 40 posts and I felt you might find many answers to your questions. Purely selfish as I was feeling week and didn’t want to read the same points over again. Maybe I’ve been here too long but then I see you’ve been here longer.

Edit: Whilst composing that John pleasingly got some laughter in the right place and helpfully put in a link which was originally lacking.

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 10:35pm
by Cugel
JohnW wrote:Paulatic - if you want to discuss members' views on birth control you could start your own thread.
'Sprintech' information is available on the SJS web-site.

I'll say it again, in a different way :

Do any members use bar-end mirrors?
What caused them to start?
Do they help - would users recommend their use?
Have any members used/tried 'Sprintech' mirrors?
Have users found them helpful?
Have members used more than one brand, and how do different brands compare?

'Sprintech' information is available on the SJS website
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories ... ors-black/


I've used bar end mirrors on drop bars for a decade.

Their use was necessitated by my disinclination to crick the old neck trying to look over my shoulder.

They're far better than a look over the shoulder. In fact (despite what many trot out about a "lifesaver" look-back) good mirrors mean no need to look over the shoulder, which brings it's own hazard of then not looking forward and perhaps wobbling as you neck-crick.

I used Cateye convex mirrors for many years but now use the Sprintech as they're far more stable, don't vibrate and give a very clear view behind as long as you use both LH and RH. Two mirrors allows you to see all the road behind when it's bending, whereas a single RH mirror, for example, means you can't see the road behind (because of your hip) if you're traversing a LH bend. A LH mirror is needed to see the whole road then.

If I ride a bike without mirror, I now feel vulnerable. Mirrors allow you to know about traffic coming up behind at a glance, any time you like, whilst still being able to see forward. This is far superior to a momentary (but often still too long) glance over the shoulder only before turning right, especially if wanting to move to the middle of the road to turn right against oncoming traffic.

Cat-eye bar end mirrors had a larger surface area than the Sprintech but suffered from going out of alignment in the wind at speed and vibrating with poor road surfaces, to a degree that you couldn't make out what they were reflecting. Sprintech don't bend in the wind and don't vibrate. Their area is smaller but they give a clear view at all times. It's important to get the angle of dangle right. WIder bars help - even a 42cm rather than a 40cm width makes a difference.

You need to clean them carefully (as if they were spectacles) as they can scratch. Don't use the cloth you just used to wipe the mud off your rims! :-)

Cugel

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 10:47pm
by JohnW
Paulatic wrote:John I pointed out your typo with a smile we’ve all made them. I failed to see even a glint in your response.

I also referred to a search here will give you nearly 5000 posts with reference to "mirrors".
A search for Sprintech gives a least 40 posts and I felt you might find many answers to your questions. Purely selfish as I was feeling week and didn’t want to read the same points over again. Maybe I’ve been here too long but then I see you’ve been here longer.

Edit: Whilst composing that John pleasingly got some laughter in the right place and helpfully put in a link which was originally lacking.


How did you get to see my second post when it was half finished? :? :? - i.e. without laughing smilies? It's a mystery of technology. :roll: :roll: I must have pressed something wrong at the wrong time! :? :?

You have the advantage of me Paul in that you've used mirrors, and I haven't. A cycling colleague has used the mirrors for about a month, and is enthusiastic. I probably don't need much encouragement to buy and fit some. Another cycling colleague who has used them for some time says he feels blind without them (he has two bikes, but only mirrors on one at the moment).

Specific questions that occur to me are :
1). do you catch your knee(s) on them when pedalling?
2). do you tend to catch them on something when parking the bike?

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 10:51pm
by JohnW
Cugel wrote:...................................I've used bar end mirrors on drop bars for a decade.

Their use was necessitated by my disinclination to crick the old neck trying to look over my shoulder.

They're far better than a look over the shoulder. In fact (despite what many trot out about a "lifesaver" look-back) good mirrors mean no need to look over the shoulder, which brings it's own hazard of then not looking forward and perhaps wobbling as you neck-crick.

I used Cateye convex mirrors for many years but now use the Sprintech as they're far more stable, don't vibrate and give a very clear view behind as long as you use both LH and RH. Two mirrors allows you to see all the road behind when it's bending, whereas a single RH mirror, for example, means you can't see the road behind (because of your hip) if you're traversing a LH bend. A LH mirror is needed to see the whole road then.

If I ride a bike without mirror, I now feel vulnerable. Mirrors allow you to know about traffic coming up behind at a glance, any time you like, whilst still being able to see forward. This is far superior to a momentary (but often still too long) glance over the shoulder only before turning right, especially if wanting to move to the middle of the road to turn right against oncoming traffic.

Cat-eye bar end mirrors had a larger surface area than the Sprintech but suffered from going out of alignment in the wind at speed and vibrating with poor road surfaces, to a degree that you couldn't make out what they were reflecting. Sprintech don't bend in the wind and don't vibrate. Their area is smaller but they give a clear view at all times. It's important to get the angle of dangle right. WIder bars help - even a 42cm rather than a 40cm width makes a difference.

You need to clean them carefully (as if they were spectacles) as they can scratch. Don't use the cloth you just used to wipe the mud off your rims! :-)

Cugel


That's helpful, thanks.
I know about the neck getting stiffer as the years go by.

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 11:03pm
by Paulatic
I don’t catch the mirror ever with my knee. Parking yes it can get knocked. Recent Heb tour and every time I retrieved my bike to leave the ferry the mirror had been knocked. Not a long term problem with the B&M it resets in a flash no damage done and never a sign of constant knocks weakening it.

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 11:10pm
by JohnW
Paulatic wrote:................Parking yes it can get knocked. Recent Heb tour and every time I retrieved my bike to leave the ferry the mirror had been knocked. Not a long term problem with the B&M it resets in a flash no damage done and never a sign of constant knocks weakening it.

Thanks again.
Something to watch out for then.
Good that you don't knock them with your knees.

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 1 Jul 2019, 12:33am
by rmurphy195
I've used a bar-end mirror for about a year now, it works well for most of the time but can be difficult to see when I'm using the drops. Easily knocked out of adjustment, but just as easy to re-adjust. Cateye BM300 I think it is.

I started using mine so that I could keep an eye out for vehicles coming up behind, and it works, I have fewer nasty surprises that way. (Only have one, on the right-hand side).

Have to watch out when leaning the bike up against a wall though!

As an aside, in my motorbiking days I used one, again on the offside - much better than the ones on stalks which used to vibrate too much.

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 1 Jul 2019, 2:00pm
by Paulatic
Out this morning and took a pic of the view I have with the B&M mirror. There is certainly no need for a left and right with these.

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 1 Jul 2019, 2:04pm
by landsurfer
Paulatic wrote:Out this morning and took a pic of the view I have with the B&M mirror. There is certainly no need for a left and right with these.


Only because your so skinny ( or is that lithe .. :) ) with my body mass all i would see would be my knees ...... :lol:

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 1 Jul 2019, 2:16pm
by Paulatic
landsurfer wrote:
Paulatic wrote:Out this morning and took a pic of the view I have with the B&M mirror. There is certainly no need for a left and right with these.


Only because your so skinny ( or is that lithe .. :) ) with my body mass all i would see would be my knees ...... :lol:


Thank you Landsurfer at 13.5 stonesI’ve never considered myself skinny. Here we go I’ve added a couple of inches to give me a build similar to yours.
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Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 1 Jul 2019, 2:25pm
by horizon
JohnW wrote:
Do any members use bar-end mirrors?
What caused them to start?
Do they help - would users recommend their use?
Have any members used/tried 'Sprintech' mirrors?
Have users found them helpful?


JohnW: we've had long discussions about mirrors on here on the past. I'm always happy to add my voice to such discussions because (a) so few cyclists use a mirror and (b) I wouldn't cycle without one. I don't see why you wouldn't use a mirror and I don't see how you can cycle satisfactorily on the road without one. However, people did disagree with that and so we just had to ... agree to differ. I have my own favourite type of mirror but to my mind the important thing is that you have one. Bar end shifters require different mirrors.

Knowing whether a car is behind you or not, what size and how close allows you to adjust your road position accordingly. I think that's priceless and that constant knowledge of what is behind you, gleaned from multiple fleeting glances in the mirror, can only be achieved with a mirror.

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Posted: 1 Jul 2019, 2:58pm
by JohnW
horizon wrote:...........................JohnW: we've had long discussions about mirrors on here on the past. I'm always happy to add my voice to such discussions because (a) so few cyclists use a mirror and (b) I wouldn't cycle without one. I don't see why you wouldn't use a mirror and I don't see how you can cycle satisfactorily on the road without one. However, people did disagree with that and so we just had to ... agree to differ. I have my own favourite type of mirror but to my mind the important thing is that you have one. Bar end shifters require different mirrors.

Knowing whether a car is behind you or not, what size and how close allows you to adjust your road position accordingly. I think that's priceless and that constant knowledge of what is behind you, gleaned from multiple fleeting glances in the mirror, can only be achieved with a mirror.

Thanks for that horizon, and everyone for your comments. I vaguely remembered that the subject had ben raised on the Forum, but couldn't remember when or under what title - shows how much notice I take! :roll: :roll: :roll:

Anyway, it seems a good move :D , so on the strength of good advice :D I've ordered a pair for each bike, from SJS. Price the same as bought by a friend on Amazon...................I wouldn't buy from Amazon myself though!
I ordered the white ones. 8) 8)