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3/22/11 6:53 P

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...I used to ride without mirrors. Like another poster, I found\believed it just as easy to glance over my shoulder. But, after my little "accident," when I was getting all new gear, I figured, "For $15, why not?!" I wish I would have made that minuscule investment years earlier

It is SO much easier to just glance up, at a small square\rectangle, and get an instant view of just what's coming up behind me without ever really taking my eyes off the road (I have bizarrely fantastic peripheral vision). I can glance up every 2-3 seconds, as a car approaches, just to make sure that he sees me as clearly as I see him\her and not look like I'm trying to perfect some perverse repetitive head\neck twisting technique while I cycle.

Guys! Really. For $15, why wouldn't you? www.bikeahead.com/take_a_look_mirror
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also try: www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-Cycling-
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if you prefer Amazon. The manufacturer even offers an unconditional warranty on it (outside of abuse, of course) that, almost word for word, states, "If you are EVER unhappy with your product, send it to us and tell us why. If we can't make it right, we'll refund you."

Oh! And one word of "warning." Don't get the compact design - it sits SO close to your face (at least it did for me). Get the original. It extends far enough out that it doesn't inhibit your vision or field of view nearly as dramatically as the compact does.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,430
3/22/11 8:52 A

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Now THAT sounds like something I might do...lol!

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3/22/11 7:56 A

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Strange thing, I know someone who was so busy paying attention to the car in his mirror he ran into a parked truck and spent a few days in the hospital and the rest of the season off the bike! I guess paying attention to one's surrounding no matter what the equipment used is the most important.

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PERRYR's Photo PERRYR Posts: 668
3/22/11 6:44 A

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I ride, run, etc to stay healthy.
To me, riding on the road without a mirror puts that plan at risk. Looking like a geek trumps laying in the ditch with a crashed bike. Friend of a friend was killed a couple of years ago when he looked back and veered into the path of an oncoming car.

I have the mirror that hooks to the arm on my sunglasses. It limits the type of glasses. I just got used to always wearing the same pair. I'd be lost without it even if I look geeky.

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3/21/11 9:26 P

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I've gotten by with KESTREL500's approach: "I always assume there is someone behind me and act cautiously until I am sure."

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3/21/11 8:58 P

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Thanks for this Don!
I am looking for full safety gear this year! Mirrors, lights, reflective jerseys etc. I WILL not let the spring & fall cut MY riding short this year!
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3/21/11 7:03 P

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I use the mirror that hooks on my glasses. It works best for me. I used to have one that sticks to my helmet, but our southern heat is too much for that glue. It kept creeping down as I rode and I had to keep sticking it back on.

If I don't ride with a mirror, I feel lost. With the wind in your ears, you can't always hear what's coming up behind you. I also find that on group rides the people who don't use mirrors depend on those that do to warn them of cars coming from behind.

Our roads are very narrow and twisty. Too many cyclists have been hit from behind. I'd rather have some warning so I can hit the farmer's field. (There are rarely shoulder's either.) A barbed wire fence would feel so much better than a car's bumper!


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3/21/11 6:45 P

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I know that some people swear by them but I never found mirrors that useful. To me it is just as easy to take a quick glance over my shoulder as it is to try to see behind me with a tiny mirror.

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3/21/11 5:25 P

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On one of my bikes I have a mirror on the end of my handlebar where one would normally have the plug that comes with the handlebar tape. It is nice because it does not stick out but doesn't give a very wide view. I also have one of the little mirrors that stick to the inside of my sunglasses (Viewpoint) It actually works pretty well when you get used to it. The only problem is that I don't always wear those glasses. So most of the time no mirror. I have gotten pretty good at looking over my shoulder without veering off course! Plus I always assume there is someone behind me and act cautiously until I am sure.

Edited by: KESTREL500 at: 3/21/2011 (17:25)
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3/21/11 5:05 P

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I use the type that attaches to your sunglasses. I like it much better than those which are on the bike itself.

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3/21/11 4:06 P

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I went for a ride today and thought about how I need a mirror. Most time I hear a car coming from behind but I am not that safe when I have to turn my head to see what is coming to cross the street. I tend to ride all over the road when I am lucky and towards the ditch when I am not so lucky.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,430
3/21/11 3:36 P

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I have yet to get a mirror for cycling purposes.

This article alerted me to far more options than I thought there were for mirrors.

What do folks out there find to be helpful?

bicycletouringpro.com/blog/selecting
-a
-mirror-for-your-bicycle-tour/


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