I also use a eyeglass mounted mirror. (Sorry, can't remember what brand and I'm too lazy to look!)
Just thought I'd throw out a story that I heard last weekend. A fellow rider said that back in July, he was leaving his home for a ride. His driveway had some mossy patches and he wasn't paying attention. He went down and was knocked unconscious. When he woke up, his metal helmet mounted mirror was stuck in his temple! Seventeen stitches later, he was fine, but makes me think twice about helmet mirrors!
...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!
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I also ride with the Take-a-look mirror. It is very light: practically weightless. Easy to adjust and I like that I have control over what I see just by moving my head. That comes in handy when riding on one way streets in Long Beach. The city planners decided to put the bike paths on the left side of the one way street. A fixed mirror on your left will be of no use in that situation. But I can turn to my far left and see the traffic coming up on my right hand side.
I need to use a rear view mirror since I ride a recumbent. Since I am in a reclining position, I can't look back over my shoulder to check out traffic.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. African proverb
I wish! The anti-grav generator is just too heavy - that's the biggest problem in anti-grav systems. Kind of like that just-out-of-reach dream of a machine that generates more energy than it uses to operate.
I assure you, you will not be disappointed if you invest in one of these mirrors. And I got two, just in case I lose one or have a friend that needs to borrow one. I was skeptical when I first got mine but was a staunch believer before the half-mark of my first ride with it.
If you're also wanting to CYA, I'd recommend some sort of helmet cam. I love mine, but wouldn't recommend the one I got just from a sheer cost vs. ROI. Contour makes an exceptional camera - much smaller and lighter than anything else I've tried or seen on the market. It's all self-contained (no extra wires or external battery packs) and very affordable.
I like the Roam contour.com/products/contour-roam , but the user can't replace the battery when it, inevitably, dies (needs recharging) but you're in the middle of a ride! If that capability is important to you, (for me it's paramount since my rides usually go much longer than 2.5 hours), you'd want the ContourGPS. A couple of extra batteries, and you're set! Don't get me wrong, I love my Contour+ contour.com/products/contour-plus , but it's a chunk of change if all you want to do is have an irrefutable eye witness, in the event something happens and it's your word against someone else's, especially a motorist. Plus, it's great for capturing that moment that no one would believe if you recounted it yourself. Like when I got up to 34.9 mph in a sprint on a flat area. My buddy still says I'm nuts but I know what my bike computer said. Wish I had it on video.
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I guess my concern was that the weight would pull down my glasses, and also, I use the glasses in the car, etc., so I'd have to remove the mirror every single time I use it. Is it heavy at all? Or is it light enough to put on the glasses and kinda forget it's there?
I echo Don's sentimonies. If you break that chincy little plastic arm on the cheaper helmet mirrors, talk about a pain in rear! If you bump something with that Look mirror, worst case, it just gets knocked off.
The nice thing about the glasses mount is you can simply detach it after your ride and store in your carry bag. My glasses have the cloth pouch to store them in so the mirror detaching works perfectly. My mirror has never fallen off so if that's your concern, I can assure you, if properly attached, you'll be fine. Plus, even if it falls off, they are shatterproof.
I think it's definitely worth the small investment and the peace of mind is very nice. :-)
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Both of you are reinforcing what I thought. Based on online reviews at other site, the take-a-look seemed like a great mirror. I know I've seen a couple of guys in my group use them. I don't know that I want it attached to my glasses, but if it easily works on the helmet I'd give it a shot. Thanks for the suggestions.
I took off the bar end mirror for yesterday afternoon's ride after getting fed up with it. I thought I'd try riding without a mirror. Then about halfway through I casually glanced over my shoulder to find a dump truck that had quietly rounded the curve and was bearing down on me. I got my tail out of the way quickly then thought, "Tomorrow, I better order a mirror".
I have a couple of them and have zero complaints about. them. They even mount on the ''odd'' Oakley frames (I have two M-Frames). They are shatter proof and the manufacturer even says something to the effect of, ''If you don't like it, just return it...SERIOUSLY! There is no fine print.''
Just make sure you get the original and not the compact. I did make the mistake of getting the compact and it just sits WAY too close to my eye to make it easy to use. The original has a longer arm and is much easier to focus on. Generally, I've found putting it on for use via your left eye is preferable but my left eye is also my dominant eye, so you may find a right-mount works better. Just play with it. And, for only $13, it's not like it's an arm and a leg.
LOVE my Take A Looks! You can either just pop 'em on your sunglasses (my preference) or you can attach 'em to your helmet.
They are inexpensive ($8) and since attached to one's head you can easily move the mirror to get the best possible look. It does take a little adjusting but does everything I want in a mirror.
I waited a long time before getting a mirror and ruled out one attached to the bike because a) I figured I would break it moving my bike around and b) figured I wouldn't be able to control the view of the mirror.
Take A Looks are popular with my bike club which was what sold me on this particular mirror:
Anyone care to share what bike mirror they use and how satisfied they are with it? I know that none of them are perfect, but I'd like to hear what experiences you guys have had with various types.
I've been using a bar-end mirror for a long time, but it doesn't stay in place well, and it's out of my line of sight enough that I often don't notice approaching cars until they are right on me. I've avoided the helmet mounted mirrors, but I'm starting to lean toward them now. Anyone care to share an opinion?
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