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  • Stuart Knoles

    Proud to say I have relinquished much pride and started using a mirror ( think I have accomplished enough in cycling to be able to just do what I please). Learned early on to ride completely by looking around my arm with head horizontal and on its side, or glancing under the arm with head inverted – being all the while able to keep the bike on the intended line of travel – as a performance skill to ride in a group. I now look like a dork with the helmet-mounted mirror, but can still out perform most people on a bike.

    March 21, 2012
  • Anne

    I’ve tried a couple of different helmet-mounted mirrors and HATED them. I couldn’t stand the distraction of having the reflection right near my eye, and DID have vibration problems.

    Tried again with a Rhode Gear mirror (no longer available) that I loved and used for years until it got crunched in a crash.

    Next, I tried Mirrycle mirrors and they’ve been great. I’ve had this one on my mountain bike for years. It’s been extremely durable and has replacement parts available by mail from the manufacturer. If I’m taking the bike on a train or through a narrow space, I use a 3mm hex wrench to loosen one of the bolts and fold the mirror in so it’s no wider than the handlebars.

    I use this Blackburn mirror on my Dahon folder. I’ve had it for years. It gives a wide view of the road and adjusts easily on the fly.

    March 21, 2012
  • Cyclists denying the usefulness of mirrors are a laugh. Can you imagine driving a car without one? I drove trucks fro years where the only info from the rear must be from mirrors and I have been using them on my bike for the same reasons since the early 80s. Now after cancer surgery makes turning my head nearly impossible the mirror is even more important for me and I would be worried about riding a bike without one.

    March 21, 2012
  • I love the “Take a Look” mirror – if glasses-mounted mirrors don’t bother you, it’s definitely one of the best. The interesting thing is when I don’t take it off before going into a store, I’m frequently asked if it’s a mirror, and how well it works. And I have to say that after years of using one, I feel naked on the road without it. Last year during a trip to Yellowstone, I lost my mirror and had 2 replacements sent out to the post office in Jackson, WY since I couldn’t find another one locally. I wanted to make sure I had a spare in case I lost it again – fortunately I completed the tour without having to use the backup mirror.

    March 22, 2012
  • Terry Bradley

    I had bar-end mounted mirrors on all 4 of my bikes. When I started using bar-end shifters on 1 of them, I zip-tied a Take A Look mirror to my helmet. In a short time I found I was using the helmet mirror all the time anyway, so the handlebar mirrors came off the other bikes. The handlebar mirrors were always getting bumped going in & out doors, locking my bike up, & loading the bike on & off the racks on the front of the bus.

    March 22, 2012
  • I’ve got the “Take a Look” mirror. As Terry said, they do mount nicely to your helmet visor with plastic zip ties. I’ve used several mirror over the years, both bike and helmet mounted. So far, I’m liking the Take a Look the best. The feild of view is wide and the image is clear. I will often ride sweep (in the rear) and it’s nice to give cyclists ahead of me a “Car Back” warning when needed.

    Great Post, Jack

    March 22, 2012
  • Here’s a great option for those who do not like the helmet mounted mirrors: http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm/product/425_101/ortlieb-ultralite-bike-mirror.cfm

    Thanks for your write-up! Seems as though everyone is on the quest for a great mirror.

    March 22, 2012
  • If you’re cheap and crafty, you can pretty easily make your own. I wrote an Instructable on one such technique ( http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Pocket-Sized-Clip-On-Rear-View-Mirror/ ). It’s probably heavier than every commercial variety, but it works, stays in place, doesn’t immediately break upon dropping (and is easy to replace), and holds its position forever.

    March 22, 2012
  • I’m always very wary indeed about helmet mounted mirrors. You have to consider what would happen if you came off the bike. The idea of having what is effectively a spike so close to your eye doesn’t bear thinking about.

    March 22, 2012
  • My wife and I have used the Take-a-Look mirror for years and can’t imagine riding without it. We mount ours to our helmets by slipping it over the plastic band that the sweat pad attaches to and holding it there with a wrap of black tape. Works like a charm!

    Occasionally we’ll spend a lot of time in the saddle and catch ourselves trying to look in the mirror as we walk down the street. Does that happen to anyone else?

    March 28, 2012
  • Cool racers on closed roads don’t need ‘em. But at 58 years old on open roads I sure like my Take-a-Look. My head just doesn’t swivel like it did 20 years ago. I may be a Fred, but I’m a Fred that rides double centuries and 8000 miles a year. I love everything about my mirror, except looking like a dork.

    March 29, 2012
  • Ha! Move over helmet war, here come the mirror wars! :)

    I like mirrors too but I see them mostly as a comfort device because I figure they won’t stop a driver from running me over. The main safety device in my opinion is riding position.

    I don’t wear glasses or anything to mount the mirror on, so I use a tiny bar-mounted mirror called Zéfal Spin. It’s on the left side of my Brompton. It’s very discrete and I doubt other people notice it. Maybe I’ll try the take-a-look though, sounds cool to have eyes in the back of my head.

    I’ve cycled all my life in town and never felt the need for a mirror, but on country highways it’s a nice thing to have.

    April 03, 2012
  • Bell makes a dedicated horizontal mirror for their “Muni” helmet. Folds. Stays put in use. Best mirror ever.

    April 16, 2012
  • Steve Davis

    A mirror is the important safety feature there is along with your eyes and ears. You are absolutely correct.

    December 13, 2012
  • Jim

    I’ve been using a number of helmet mirrors (I think four – on various helmets) over more than thirty years of touring and urban riding. I prefer them over handlebar mirrors because I find I have more immediate control over rear visibility when the mirror is always where I want it to be. I need to adjust them each time I put on the helmet – it takes a couple of seconds, but what the heck, I know what I’m dealing with.

    Recently my helmet mirror broke and I ‘borrowed’ a handlebar mirror from my daughter’s bike for a few days. I was so conditioned to the helmet mirror that I consistently looked up to the left whenever I heard a sound behind me. I actually catch myself doing that when walking down the street. They become a conditioned reflex and are utterly trustworthy.

    January 14, 2013
  • Joseph

    Totally agree on the usefulness. Yes, I have been walking, heard a car approach from behind, and by habit look for the mirror. I would not ride without the helmet mirror. The Reflex brand broke and scratched quickly. It has a flat base, to mount to a curved helmet! The Third-Eye brand mirror also came apart the same way – the plastic ball came out of the socket. I’ll get the Take-a-Look next. One advantage: I can scan left rear and right rear by turning my neck, which is useful when I hear the bark but don’t see the dog. Also allows me to pan and keep an approaching driver in view until they pass.

    October 25, 2013
  • emilychloe.henochowicz@gmail.com

    So I have a folding bike and a helmet mounted mirror sounds great, but these mirrors seem designed for you to peer over your left shoulder with your left eye and I don’t have a left eye (so it’s scary how long I’ve done without a mirror!) Do you know any good solutions for those of us with monocular vision? Thanks!

    July 16, 2014

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