Cycleaware Heads Up Eyewear Mirror

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Cycleaware Heads Up Eyewear Mirror -

No need to turn around to see what's behind you with this sunglass-mounting cycling mirror.

Imported.

Features:

  • Easy to use, lightweight and adjustable
  • Mirror mounts to eyeglasses or sunglasses, and stays in place
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Activity:Cycling
Dimensions:Unavailable
Mirror mounting:Glasses
Weight:15 grams

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Cycleaware Heads Up Eyewear Mirror Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

been using for >10yrs, work great

I'm a competitive sculler and have been using these for >10 years to see where I'm going (scullers sit facing astern). The mirror is small enough that it doesn't block your vision, and simply rotating one's head broadens the angle of view when needed.

Two caveats:
(1) Glasses frames with flat temple pieces are required. The mounting arm will spin on round wire temple pieces. And the mounting tabs will probably break off if you try to mash it onto thick oval-section temple pieces. I have no problems with the flat metal temple pieces on my distance glasses (Versace frames) or the flat plastic temple pieces on my sunglasses (Ray Ban #3237, not the "Aviator").

(2) Store the unit in the clear plastic case to avoid scratching the mirror, which slightly degrades the image.

Complaints of fragility by other reviewers are a mystery to me, because I have found these units to be very durable. I go through only 1-2 units a year, mainly because the mirrors eventually scratch and I want the best image I can get. I can't remember ever breaking the arm, and mounting tabs very rarely break off for me (none broke last season). Occasionally I drop a Heads Up! in the water (they sink). But the main reason I need to order more is that I give my spare units away to other scullers who want to try using a mirror! Previously I ordered them through the manufacturer and am very pleased to find that REI sells them.

I don't use a mirror when cycling - I rely on ears and turning my head - so I can't comment on their utility for cycling.
retired but active at REI on 01/01/2014

Good Twist

The twist in the shape make this attaich easier and stay on better than previous mirrors I'v ehad that attach to classes. oval mirror is also larger, so you see more. I use it almost daily.
Brian - cyclist at REI on 11/11/2009

Negative Reviews:

Keep looking someplace else

This is a follow-up review to one I posted in August 2012.

After my first Heads Up mirror broke, I did find out that Cycle Aware had a warranty on the mirror. I called them and they sent a replacement arm (free). As I was pressing the old mirror into the new arm, one of the supports in the ball-and-socket that holds the mirror steady broke off but it held the mirror okay until I later dropped the mirror and more ball-and-socket supports broke off thus rendering the whole thing useless.

At that point, I e-mailed the company with my concerns and frustration and they kindly sent me an entirely new mirror (free). That was in December 2012 and now it's August 2103. After maybe 50-60 uses, the prong on the arm has broken off again.

It's just no longer worth the hassle or the expense. Rather than buy a couple of these each year, I'm going to go find something else that I only have to buy ONCE.
peterpaddlehikebikerun at REI on 10/10/2013

Mirron snapped and broke off during ride

I used this produce three times. The third time during a group ride I tried to adjust the mirror it snapped off. With somewhat of struggle I managed to put back on. I couldn't adjust it correctly after that. The three parts that hold the mirror onto your glasses are pretty worthless on the thin wire frames. I lost the whole unit somewhere on the group ride and didn't go back for it. (I wore clip-on sunglassess that day rather than my over the glasses sunglasses.) Also during that ride whenever we went quite fast, the mirror wouldn't stay in place. It seemed to "bend" with the wind.I wish I could return it but seeing as it is lying on the Luce Line Trail someewhere I can't. It was pretty much a waste of [$], plus tax. REI should pull it from their shelves. I wish I could give it 0 stars.
Kat the biker at REI on 08/08/2011

Try something else

I actually liked this product when it was still in one piece. It fit snugly over my glasses and I didn't have the problem some have mentioned with the mirror easily going out of adjustment. I took this mirror with me for every ride, regardless. Until this morning ...

As I was getting ready to leave the house and was putting the mirror on my sunglasses, the rearmost prong broke off, as another reviewer mentioned. So ... totally useless now and no LBS open that early to go buy a new mirror. I checked the manufacturer's website to see if they offered any kind of warranty and could find nothing so that's that.

I will buy a new mirror but it WON'T be this one.
peterpaddlehikebikerun at REI on 08/08/2012

Buy a third eye instead

I have had the third eye mirror before, it has two ball adjustment points and is much easier to adjust then this product. First time using on a bike treed to adjust while riding and it popped of my glasses. In my attempt to grab it hit my handle bars with my hand and had my first bike crash in 20 years. On the second attempt to use it stopped my bike. Went to bend the arm and it snapped in half. So got a total of about 5 minutes of use out of this product.
TELYGO at REI on 08/08/2010

Breaks easily

I love glasses mount mirrors over handlebar. This product had two big issues that others have pointed out:1) the prong farthest from the mirror broke off rather quickly after purchase so i had to rubberband it to my glasses. A light drop on the ground also snapped the arm in half.2) when going high speeds (not that high though) the mirror tends to change angle because the wind pushes it back and you have to continually readjust it.I'm going to try the more robust peddler ([@])
whimbley at REI on 08/08/2011

"A" in concept, "D-" in execution

This is a great idea, but a total failure in practice. The bracket intended to grab on to your eyeglasses won't hold in place without an additional wire. The mirror itself is adjusted by means of a tiny ball joint that is so loose-fitting it is thrown out of alignment by a slight breeze(!) or a bump in the road. Got tired of fussing with mine and bought a bar-end mount mirror today.
heydogrun at REI on 06/06/2008

Broken

I used it for 5 or 6 rides. But then I wanted to bend it a little to be able to see better over my shoulder. After a little bend it suddently snapped.

It is a good design in general, but needs to be made out of a plastic that can accept some bending.
kEITHf at REI on 07/07/2010

Junk

Only 1 out of 10 reviews had much good to say about this piece of junk. REI needs to offer something that actually works and lasts more than the two minutes it takes to break this thing.
Dustoff287 at REI on 05/05/2013

Another broken mirror

I used this on 4-5 rides, and was VERY happy with it until it snapped in two where it fits on to my cycling sunglasses.
Catinahat at REI on 08/08/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Works well for me

I've been happy with mine and haven't experienced the problems of the other reviewer. Maybe they vary and you should check them out in the store before you buy. They don't work well if you've got very thin wire framed glasses, but they fit just fine on normal heavier plastic frames. There is a wide range of motion on the mirror so it's easy to direct it almost any way you want. I recommend it if you want to see those cars creeping up behind you. For me it's a lot easier to tilt my head slightly than it is to peer into a handlebar mounted mirror.
monkeydog at REI on 07/07/2008

Alright, but breaks easily...

Overall, I loved the mirror; at first. Very convenient. Easy to adjust. A breeze to install.

However, I would recommend leaving it on your glasses permanently. I was switching mine back and forth between safetly glasses (for riding in the early morning) and sunglasses. Ended up breaking when I was installing them. I would recommend paying two dollars more to get the "Bike Peddler Take a Look" instead. The reviews speak for themselves. It's what I'm about to get.
mountainman84 at REI on 02/02/2009