Have blind spot? Solve it with a bicycle mirror.
"My bicycle mirror keeps me aware."
You can get on a cycling forum like Velo News has or Road Bike Review and see the avid stand people take on each side for or against the bicycle mirror. From the road bikers who just feel too cool to wear a mirror to the mountain biker that can't keep a part new everyone has an opinion on cycles.
Most people who just go out to ride for fun don't think too much beyond they had on their Schwinn when they were a kid or the mirror you see in the "bike department" (don't get me started) at Wally World.
Bicycle commuters and recumbent riders seem to gravitate toward bicycle mirrors sooner or later as purely a matter of safety. The mirrors that are available out there are much better looking and functional than the mirrors you remember when you were a kid.
There are four kinds of bicycle mirror setups out that I will go over:
Different designs of the handlebar mount mirror have different attachment methods. Some use a plug that inserts into the end of your handlebar. This is a pretty sturdy mount and doesn't take up any handlebar real estate. It's a nice feature if you have narrow handlebars or just don't want to mount it any other way.
Other designs of handlebar mount mirrors use a clamp that will mount on top (around) the bar itself. These can be secured with a screw or with velcro. The screw would be a more secure mount than the Velcro by nature and will be less prone to theft.
In the table below you can see the various styles of handlebar mounted mirrors. Click on any image for more information. Just use you back button to come back to this page if what you are looking for isn't after the click.
With all of the varieties available, you shouldn't have any trouble picking out a mirror to fit on your handlebars should that be what you are looking for.
For those who
don't want to mount a mirror on their bike there is really only one
other place to mount the mirror, on your body. I don't know about you, but the
only place that makes sense to mount a mirror on your body is your
head. I would bet that someone out there has come up with one
that mounts to your hand or something but I haven't seen it.
One of the features that draws many people to helmet mounted mirrors is they are not bike dependent. While many people will have several bikes, most consistently use one helmet. A helmet mount mirror will have the advantage of the natural shock absorbing your body will provide but may tend to get moved out of place if your helmet shifts on your head.
The visibility offered by a helmet mirror is quite surprising. A simple 10 to 20 degree sweep of your head will give you a clear view of all that is behind you. This is much less motion than required to see with a bar mounted mirror.
An added bonus is that an eyeglass mounted mirror has all the same advantages as a helmet mounted mirror, yet vibrates even less -- though it tends to pull the eyeglasses down and is easier to misplace than a mirror which is attached to the helmet.
Generally this mounting style will position the mirror either at the same level as the eye (or slightly above) and just far enough to the side to clear your helmet. If you ride in the cold weather, your balaclava or hood will be cleared by this style of mount.
These mirrors work by attaching to the frame arm of your glasses. Most will attach with a three point mount (see photo)
There are only two manufacturers of eyeglass frame mounted mirrors that I know of, Take A Look and Third Eye. Both offer what appear to be good mirrors though the Take a Look appears to be of a higher quality.
Judge for yourself in the pictures below. You can get more information about either by clicking on the picture.
Eyeglass Lens Mounted MirrorThere is only one company that I know of that makes a lens mounted mirror, Third Eye. See the picture below for an idea of how it works.
The thought behind this mirror is that there is not something sticking out past the front of your face that could cause eye damage (other than your glasses) in the event of a crash.
This is a different approach to a
bicycle mirror. While they are made with high quality optics some
considerations need to be made before using this kind of mirror.
Well you might not be exactly ready for this but a company has come out with a product that just might be of some merit to replace a bicycle mirror. Cerevellum, a company in South Carolina has developed both a wired and wireless version of an electronic rearview mirror. Not only does this work as a rearview mirror on you handlebars but it also works as a power meter, bicycle computer and heart rate monitor. Using the ANT+ Sport wireless technology, you can connect to any cycling device that also uses this technology.
You can see more about this bicycle mirror replacement at their website.
I will give a review of this once I get my hands on one and use it.
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