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Postby flashpixx » Sun May 04, 2014 11:00 am

Did a search lots of posts on mirrors... what mirror/s are recommended for a roadbike (drops). Something not too big :? :D

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Re: Mirror

Postby nirismo » Sun May 04, 2014 11:11 am

Check out this thread. viewtopic.php?t=41837
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Re: Mirror

Postby flashpixx » Sun May 04, 2014 6:02 pm

nirismo wrote:Check out this thread. viewtopic.php?t=41837


cheers didnt go back far enough in my search :? :lol:
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Re: Mirror

Postby yugyug » Mon May 05, 2014 6:11 pm

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.
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Re: Mirror

Postby Boognoss » Tue May 06, 2014 9:13 am

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.
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Re: Mirror

Postby wombatK » Tue May 06, 2014 9:48 am

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).
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Re: Mirror

Postby __PG__ » Wed May 07, 2014 10:09 pm

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.
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Re: Mirror

Postby ball bearing » Wed May 07, 2014 11:57 pm

Any comments about helmet or eyeglass mounted mirrors? Are they any good for near-sighted eyeglass wearers?
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Mirror

Postby kb » Thu May 08, 2014 7:04 am

I came across a rider with a mirror on the downtube once. I wouldn't have though it would work particularly well, legs being in the way an' all but he thought it was great. I guess it's hard to tell without trying.
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Re: Mirror

Postby wob » Thu May 08, 2014 1:43 pm

I'm short sighted, wear glasses and have got one of these
http://www.efficientvelo.com/product/sa ... et-mirror/

Like:
- 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

Dislikes
- it can be a bit fiddly to align

I'd buy another one if I needed another mirror.
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Re: Mirror

Postby biker jk » Thu May 08, 2014 1:47 pm

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.

http://www.zefal.com/en/mirrors/78-spy.html
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Re: Mirror

Postby FiveDaysAWeek » Thu May 08, 2014 2:07 pm

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.

Pro:
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.

Con:
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
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Re: Mirror

Postby ball bearing » Thu May 08, 2014 5:17 pm

wob wrote:I'm short sighted, wear glasses and have got one of these
http://www.efficientvelo.com/product/sa ... et-mirror/

Like:
- 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

Dislikes
- it can be a bit fiddly to align

I'd buy another one if I needed another mirror.


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.
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Re: Mirror

Postby ball bearing » Thu May 08, 2014 5:19 pm

FiveDaysAWeek wrote: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.

Pro:
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.

Con:
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


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.
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Re: Mirror

Postby Hamster » Sun May 11, 2014 6:28 pm

I have a mirrycle on my flat-bar. It's an excellent mirror.
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Re: Mirror

Postby wob » Mon May 12, 2014 1:33 pm

ball bearing wrote:
wob wrote:I'm short sighted, wear glasses and have got one of these
http://www.efficientvelo.com/product/sa ... et-mirror/

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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.


I got it from http://www.efficientvelo.com
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Re: Mirror

Postby Aushiker » Mon May 12, 2014 6:53 pm

biker jk wrote:I use a Zefal Spy mirror on all my bikes. Placed on the drop bars just before the end plugs.


Same setup for me on my dropbar bikes.

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