What's wrong with just a mirror?

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What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby cycleruk » 11 Jun 2017, 8:32pm

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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby landsurfer » 11 Jun 2017, 8:39pm

Marketing Department stuff ... "no need" .?.. "Lets create one".
Don't fall for this stuff ...
Even replying to this post was a result for the marketing dept .. :lol:
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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby thirdcrank » 11 Jun 2017, 8:54pm

:idea: Thinks: why not come up with a version to alert horse riders of an approaching cyclist?
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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby gaz » 11 Jun 2017, 8:57pm

The linked article is from October 2015.

Perhaps you can find some positive user feedback, or perhaps it flopped :mrgreen: .
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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby cycleruk » 11 Jun 2017, 9:44pm

gaz wrote:The linked article is from October 2015.
Perhaps you can find some positive user feedback, or perhaps it flopped :mrgreen: .

I know someone who got one today - it's his birthday. :roll:
He found the link - I didn't even read it when I saw the price. Still for sale at various places.
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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby Roadster » 11 Jun 2017, 10:18pm

Huh, a child's toy! I already have a revolving radar dish mounted on top of my helmet, with its display screen mounted on my handlebar stem. When funds allow, this cutting-edge early warning system will be upgraded to a 360-degree digital camera and a virtual reality headset, then I'll feel really safe...

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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby ChrisOntLancs » 12 Jun 2017, 12:50am

Roadster wrote:Huh, a child's toy! I already have a revolving radar dish mounted on top of my helmet, with its display screen mounted on my handlebar stem. When funds allow, this cutting-edge early warning system will be upgraded to a 360-degree digital camera and a virtual reality headset, then I'll feel really safe...


yeah i do worry that to power all this, i'd need another battery pack, and if i got another battery pack i wouldn't have room for flares and would be prone to heat seeking missiles.

semaphore, it would actually be nice to learn semaphore, just for laughs at the lights.

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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby Postboxer » 12 Jun 2017, 8:17am

It's the radar seeking missiles you would have to worry about.

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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby Psamathe » 12 Jun 2017, 9:41am

Whilst I'm not tempted, I wonder how helpful such devices would be.

I glance in my mirror and in no time I have an accurate picture of nature of vehicle (e.g. Range Rover=big risk, Fiesta=more likely to give reasonable gap), I know how close the vehicle is and have an appreciation as to how fast it is moving. Can such a radar device give similar information to a similar degree of accuracy or would they just be prompting you something is there so look in your mirror?

And I wonder how reliable they are. My car has not got them but my experience of cars with those reversing hazard detection device things (the things that beep before you reverse into a post) seem a complete waste of time).

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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby Grandad » 12 Jun 2017, 9:54am

those reversing hazard detection device things (the things that beep before you reverse into a post) seem a complete waste of time).

+1 Mine goes mad as I back out of the garage onto an empty drive :D

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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 12 Jun 2017, 10:07am

Grandad wrote:
those reversing hazard detection device things (the things that beep before you reverse into a post) seem a complete waste of time).

+1 Mine goes mad as I back out of the garage onto an empty drive :D


I've had them completely useless.

But I'm quite happy with mine, and really like the system on my parent's car.

I know that it goes a bit bonkers in terms of being rather conservative, but I know what range I have, it is also split into three 'zones', so I know if there is a random short post behind the car.

On my parent's car, and on the hire car I had earlier in the month, the rear facing camera shows up on the dashboard - with markings for moving straight ahead, current steering angle, full lock as well as distance indicators.


I have reversed down a lane with all four sensors on a hire car going mad, then I turned into a drive, and because they'd been going mad I wasn't aware that there was a short wooden fence embedded in the hedge... scrape....
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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby mercalia » 12 Jun 2017, 12:16pm

every thing has to be tech these days eg smart phones and lady adjusting their make up? Not many these days take a mirror out of their handbag but use the face looking camera on their spartphone to do the job :roll:

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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby Roadster » 12 Jun 2017, 4:22pm

Psamathe wrote:I wonder how helpful such devices would be.

I think the short answer is, not very.
On the contrary, they're more likely to be a dangerous distraction than a genuine aid to safety.

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Re: What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby Si » 12 Jun 2017, 4:34pm

OK, doing what one must never do....scanning a bit of the article and jumping to a view without knowing all the facts. But the author says that it works best on quiet country lane when you have virtually no traffic and are tired.....stops you getting surprised by a car suddenly going past you. But shirely, if it's a quite country lane you'll hear the car coming from miles away and you'll have plenty of time to look behind (mirror or turn of head) to see what the car is doing?

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What's wrong with just a mirror?

Postby Wayfarer » 12 Jun 2017, 5:32pm

Cycle mirror acts as third eye, will see before you hear, and judge what action to take. On narrow roads pull in and let vehicle pass, problem solved. Motorists can get very frustrated .