Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
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Just want to mention that I recently bought and installed an Italian Road Bike mirror myself, but unlike most in that linked thread, I'm not finding it that great - doesn't work with my preferred bar position and while the clarity of the mirror is good, its position and size is not - its honestly easier and quicker to do a head check than position yourself to squint into the mirror.
Looks pretty cool with leather bar tape though.
I use the Third Eye BarEnd Mirror on all of my roadies (all drop bar). The good is that it's glass and 3" diameter, the bad is that this is the first thing to smash in a crash. I've never been cut up by the glass, I just keep a spare or two on hand for quick repair.
See also this thread http://m.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtop ... 3&p=602450 and the 10 page thread viewtopic.php?f=12&t=15958&start=100
My favorites mirror has been the Mirrycle, for over 30 years, and I use their road mirror on both my road bikes, MTB mirrors on the flat-bars and MTB.
Like the Third Eye BarEnd mirror, they have a 3 inch convex glass screen. The mounting on the levers gives a little more crash protection, but more
vitally, gets the mirror closer to your eye and gives a wider field of view.
Unfortunately, Shimano have made changes in the latest STI levers, and the Mirrycle currently don't have a mount that works for them. The
The Axiom FastFlash might be the next best
on the newest bikes (see GraemeL's post in above thread).
Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us -Jerry Garcia
Italian Road Bike Mirror has worked well for me on both bikes. Works well on the hoods and drops, its only when my hands are on the tops is it obscured and I'll need to slightly move my elbow to see the mirror.
I'm short sighted, wear glasses and have got one of these
http://www.efficientvelo.com/product/sa ... et-mirror/
- flexible arm so can be moved where you want it to get reasonable vision
- glass mirror so clear
- flexible arm to its not going to poke you when you do a face plant, but doesn't wobble
- comes apart without breaking and goes back together after face plant
- easy to attach to helmet and easily detached when you want - has never fallen off - apart from face plant
- it can be a bit fiddly to align
I'd buy another one if I needed another mirror.
I use a Zefal Spy mirror on all my bikes. Placed on the drop bars just before the end plugs. It works very well. Main downside is longevity since it's not glass and the surface deteriorates.
I used a Zefal-Z-Eye mirror ( http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Zefal-Z-Eye-Mirror_251 ) for most of last year until the adhesive failed. Still in two minds about it, and haven't got around to attaching it to my new helmet yet.
Really handy for keeping an eye on what's going on up to about 15-20 metres behind you without having to turn your head. Miss it when I get buzzed by cars and other bike riders.
Stays in the place you put it while riding.
Never really found a position that I was happy with. Either it was occupying my line of sight (and possibly hiding a hazard) or out of the way and a strain to look at.
Tends to move out of place when you put the helmet down somewhere.
Prevents fitting of helmet cover.
Couldn't use it to identify anything (other than headlights) more than 20 metres back
I have not seen this one. Where did you buy yours? The biggest drawback is that I use several different helmets - although I suppose that's not much different to using different bikes and needing a mirror for each one.
The last con is a bit off-putting. Maybe I'll stick with my Cateye bar-end mirror. It has a large enough mirror to actually see what's behind you properly.
I got it from http://www.efficientvelo.com
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