I feel naked without it
Up until about 5 years ago I never used any type of rear view mirror, but I'm a daily commuter and I felt like I needed an advantage when it came to traffic, especially in the winter months. I started with a handlebar mirror and it worked pretty well, but the road vibrations made the view hard to see, so I was spending too much time looking at it - not good to take my eyes off the road that long.
Then I met a friend on a local century, he was using the Take-a-Look mirror and could not speak higher praise, so I purchased one that day. It took me a couple of rides to get use the rectangle in my upper left vision, but once that hurdle was crossed, it has been a constant companion. I even use it for group mountain bike rides for quick checks on new people.
This is a great cycling tool and safety device, it gives you that key piece of info that may make the difference between an accident or a near miss.
Also, they are very durable. During long climbs I prefer not to wear glasses, on one climbed I dropped my glasses out of my Jersey's rear pocket(mirror attached). Some riders found the glasses and the mirror after a car had driven over them - glasses were DOA, but the mirror had only a few scratches and I'm still using it.
As valuable as a helmet
Helmets help minimize traumatic injuries when they occur, but this mirror will help you prevent those injuries from occurring in the first place.
This is my first time using a bike mirror, and I'm glad I chose this one. For the first time I can safely monitor what's going on behind me without turning fully around trying to catch a glimpse over my shoulder. The mirror provides a clear, wide view, and you can even reposition it while riding with ease. Also, it's so lightweight you won't feel it even after hours of on the road.
A few tips:
1. At first the mirror's articulation points may take some effort to move, but rotate them a bit and they'll soon loosen up.
2. Attach the mirror to glasses with thicker frames instead of thin wire frames for a rock steady fit.
3. Using a bike mirror requires you a rotate your head slightly. Car mirrors are positioned some distance to the side so you can see behind you; with a bike mirror you must rotate your head an inch or two to see directly behind you. In the States we ride on the right side of the road, so I have to rotate my head a bit to the left to see directly behind me. Once I figured that out this mirror became one of my most valuable pieces of safety equipment.
WoW! So clear- extremely lightweight
This mirror has amazing viewability. I cant believe who clear things look thru it. Easy to get used to.
Very easy to use; even after 1 ride
Extremely helpful as it turns w/your head not the handlebars
-Thought I could attach to helmet, but does not allow for that. I had to attach to my glasses or will need to purchase a visor. As someone who constantly fusses w/my glasses during a ride, this was a tiny hassle, but it is easy to get used to even after one 5mile ride. Its very light weight. but would prefer it was not on my glasses.
-If you have long hair and need to push it aside, the mirror does prevent this from easily happening. Had to wear ponytail. Will take a bit to get used to, but the mirror is still worth it. More of a heads-up than a complaint.
-No carrying case comes with it. Caution is needed since it is now on my glasses and has to be removed and cannot stay with the helmet. Will have to add my glasses carrying case to bike pack or use extra caution if left out in the open. Still, price and quality make the mirror worthwhile.
Looks a little cheap, but works well
This appeared to be cheaply constructed, and even the packaging had a certain homemade look, so I was a little hesitant to buy it. However, after about 200 road miles, I'm very impressed with this simple and durable product.
It did take a little getting used to, however. This doesn't work like a rear-view mirror on a car; you can't simply glance into it to see what's behind you. Rather, you have to tilt your head up a bit and rotate it a little to see over your shoulder, but this is still MUCH easier - and safer - than turning your head all the way back to look behind you.
I was also pleasantly surprised at how steady the image is (I use this mounted in my sunglasses, not my helmet).
Lastly, I really appreciate the lifetime warranty on this product. If anything ever breaks, you simply send the mirror - and $2.00 - back to the manufacturer, and they'll send you a new mirror.
After about 30 years of cycling, this is the first mirror I've ever used, and now I can't ride without it.
What you don't see can hurt you ...
After reading about yet another B.A.D. cycling accident on a route I frequent, I decided it was time to get a rearview mirror of some sort.
Started with this attached to my prescription glasses, but taking the mirror on and off the left temple it was clear my glasses were not going to fare well over time.
Second approach: Attached to the visor on my helmet. This required some ingenuity and I settled on using small zip-ties to secure.
Unlike a mirror attached to your bike, this mirror incurs less vibration and therefore gives you a clearer view.
In use, this mirror works well. You can see the lane to your left and directly behind you. Sure you can just turn your head and look, but being able to quickly glance and see what may be coming is far more effective and consequently safer.
The mirror is lightweight and relatively inexpensive. One does worry if the sharp corners of the mirror might cause injury in a crash.
Is such a device really necessary? Given the multitude of ways people are finding to drive distracted, you betcha!
Yep, this is the one you want
Yes, the other reviewers are correct, this is the best option out there. I've tried the others and they pale in comparision to this model. Takes several rides to get accustomed to but don't give up, it will become second nature after a while. You'll fiddle with the mirror angle a LOT during your first few rides so be careful with that distraction. Yes, you'll need to turn/tilt your head a little to get the best view behind you but once you master the technique you'll appreciate the added safety this mirror provides. I just returned from a 300 mile road trip with this unit and the peace of mind it provides is beyond words. I won't leave home without it.
Don't leave home without it
I purchased this helmet-mounted mirror (I was originally going to install it on my bicycle safety glasse)from another venue, however it works great once you practice patience, take a little time to properly install it between your helmet visor and the helmet (visor removal may be necessary). I had gone about five miles, in the dark, before I finally got the proper angle adjusted to work for viewing traffic in the mirror. It may take you more or less time to get the proper angle adjustment, but whatever it takes it sure beats turning your head around to look at traffic. This was my first helmet-mounted mirror and it works perfectly. I won't leave home without it in the future.
Does exactly what I wanted. While I have a mountain bike I did not check mountain bike as a use. I have only used it on roads (gravel and paved) so far. I can imagine that on really rough trails it might not work so well. My rating of 4 versus 5 has to do with the positioning of the mirror. I bent mine up and out so it more easily sees over my shoulder. I could use a bit more length so I could get it just an inch or so further out. With a jacket on I have to move quite a bit to see, with just a tee shirt, it works great.
Stop looking and buy this one
I mostly mountain bike, but recently started riding to work. On these back roads I decided I needed a mirror to see what was coming up behind me. Since I commute on a mountain bike I didn't want a handlebar mount. My primary concern was having a mirror with enough surface area to get a good view behind me, and one that would stay steady in a strong head/cross wind. This mirror met all of my criteria and more! I have ridden with this mirror clipped to my helmet visor in 30+mph headwind and it never even budged. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Good all round rear view
Most of my mountain bike riding is on back roads and some trail. A slight twist of the head, and I can see a very broad view behind. It is very handy in seeing what is coming up behind.
It is easy to install, and the only negative that I have experienced is that is that the the mount configuration is easily knocked off, when taking off the helmet and carrying. This recently cause me to lose mine, but I liked this mirror so much, that I will be ordering another. I will try to rig up a leash to keep it close.