Wrist mirror

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Wrist mirror

Postby roberts8 » 11 Dec 2018, 7:20pm

Does any know if these work? I have butterfly bars and drops and do change bar positions frequently on a ride so constant adjustment could be annoying but can see (no pun intended ) the advantage as I have slightly restricted movement in my neck. I assume it would be useful when cycling on European roads.

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby mjr » 11 Dec 2018, 8:39pm

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A small sharp disc of plastic (I really hope it's not glass) near one's wrist? What could possibly go wrong in the worst case? (In case it's not clear, I think this is only just less daft as an idea than ones sticking out of helmets on skewers.)

Can you really not make a mirror or two on the bike work?
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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby roberts8 » 11 Dec 2018, 10:36pm

The safety aspect is a good point so maybe I will look at the ones that fit on the down tubes so can be interchangeable between bikes. Thanks for your opinion.

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby MikeF » 11 Dec 2018, 10:42pm

There are different designs to that without sticking out. However I've yet to find any mirror of any sort that is any good.
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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby simonhill » 12 Dec 2018, 12:54am

Re the useful in Europe. I use a bike mounted mirror, I put it on the right for lhd roads and the left for rhd roads. Most mirrors are interchangeable. Mine is a Cateye, so it's (notionally) French anyway.

I use flat bars, so can't recommend mine, but there are lots to choose from.
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I find it very useful when touring, to give me a idea of what's behind. I wouldn't rely on it as a full check before a move across the road manoeuvre.

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby MarcusT » 12 Dec 2018, 5:10am

Considering that your wrist has to be in the perfect position every time you check the mirror it could end up being frustrating.
On my butterfly bars I placed the mirror on the upper bend (corner angle). Mainly because I used the main bars, the side bars, much more than the upper bars. After a few hours you get used to it.
I wish it were simple as riding a bike

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby Cunobelin » 12 Dec 2018, 6:25am

MarcusT wrote:Considering that your wrist has to be in the perfect position every time you check the mirror it could end up being frustrating.
On my butterfly bars I placed the mirror on the upper bend (corner angle). Mainly because I used the main bars, the side bars, much more than the upper bars. After a few hours you get used to it.


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Never been an issue

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby Greystoke » 12 Dec 2018, 6:27am

I've used one that fits in the end of my drop bars on my tourer for years, very good and increases safety.
That wrist mount one looks like a Wallace & Grommit invention.
Helmet ones seem a good idea but haven't tried one.

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby Nigel » 12 Dec 2018, 10:05am

simonhill wrote:Re the useful in Europe. I use a bike mounted mirror, I put it on the right for lhd roads and the left for rhd roads. Most mirrors are interchangeable. Mine is a Cateye, so it's (notionally) French anyway.


There's me thinking that Cateye are Japanese :-)

I also have bike mounted mirrors. Of the ones I've tried: The original Mirrycle worked well, but not compatible with modern drop-bar brakes. The bar-end Mirrycle was also good. On the current bikes, we have three B&M types. They are available in two diameters and a variety of mounts and stalk-lengths.


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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby tod28 » 12 Dec 2018, 10:18am

Nigel wrote:
simonhill wrote:Mine is a Cateye, so it's (notionally) French anyway.


There's me thinking that Cateye are Japanese :-)

- Nigel


Only since 1954! :roll:

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby mjr » 12 Dec 2018, 10:40am

Nigel wrote:
simonhill wrote:[...] Mine is a Cateye, so it's (notionally) French anyway.


There's me thinking that Cateye are Japanese :-)

Yes, Zefal are the main French mirror-makers that I've seen.
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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby thirdcrank » 12 Dec 2018, 10:51am

I know a recumbent rider who uses a mirror dangling from the wrist to excellent effect.

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby simonhill » 12 Dec 2018, 7:39pm

Sorry, I meant Zéfal, the French bike accessory maker since 1880, not the upstart Cateye.

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby Mike_Ayling » 12 Dec 2018, 9:34pm

mjr wrote: (In case it's not clear, I think this is only just less daft as an idea than ones sticking out of helmets on skewers.)

Can you really not make a mirror or two on the bike work?


I have used a helmet mounted mirror for years.

IMHO if any injury caused by these devices had ever been recorded the recall notices would have gone out immediately.

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Re: Wrist mirror

Postby Mick F » 13 Dec 2018, 6:00am

Greystoke wrote:Helmet ones seem a good idea but haven't tried one.


First, you need a helmet to fit it to. :wink:
I no longer own one.
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