Not durable, fitting problems
Perhaps this mirror is okay for commuting and other gentle uses. But I got this mirror at last minute to use on a three week, 800-mile bike ride. I bought it because my Surely Long Haul Trucker's gear levers are on the ends of the handle bars and I have no easy way for mounting conventional mirrors, so I thought it would be convenient to have a mirror mounted on my helmet. But I immediately had problems and lost the mirror by the second day.
First, my helmet visor prevented proper mounting, forcing the mirror to be mounted further back than convenient. Second, because the mirror is made to be easily put on and removed, the mirror got knocked off the stem unnoticed while I was loading my bike the second day. The stem soon disappeared after that.
I would not advise using this mirror when you are heavily loaded and have other things to worry about than your mirror. It is not made to stay together if you are the least bit rough with it or preoccupied. Perhaps for light commuting it is adequate, but I would recommend a heavy-duty mirror that mounts on the bike and is made to last. The only mirror that has fit this specification in my experience was my old metal mirror that I had years ago. The new plastic ones that I have tried, though they last longer than this one, just aren't durable when you are riding rough roads or have heavy loads that might throw your frame around when you are loading-unloading, etc.
Not as Package Advertising implies
Bought a new helmet, Giro with visor, at REI, also got a CycleAware mirror.
Have a Third Eye mirror on the old helmet for a dozen years or more and love it. Would not bike in NYC, where I live, without it.
Cycleware glue mount was dried out, not even tacky.
Apparently ( from reviews here )using your own glue is often needed.
Mount is flat, not a usual surface on a curved helmet. Information on packaging says : "New and Improved curved base for stronger adhesion"
Perhaps the packaging is new, but not yet the product : dried out adhesion and flat base.
Package also says : "New and improved ball & socket joint for increased longevity"
Perhaps that is old version also, because there is minimal rotation and mirror can easily be dislodged.
After having used a very well made product, Third Eye, for a long time, this does not compare well.
Would like to give a road test to see if there is any value to the design. Will happily amend this review.
Will try my adhesive or velcro. Or dissolve the glue on the Third Eye on the old helmet.
Good Idea, Poorly Designed
I am very disappointed in this product. First of all, the mounting base requires a fairly large, flat space in an apropriate area on your helmet to affix. If you're lucky enough to have that, then you must deal with the weak adhesive and double-sided tape. The foam tape on my unit failed the first time I attemted to detach the mirror from the base. I repaired it with a velcro mounting, which worked much better. The other weak point of the design is the inabilty to maintain adjustment of the mirror and stalk. The mirror swivel is too flimsy, and the gumby-like stalk just won't hold it's position. I bought this item for a six day bike tour, and fussed with it the whole time. It now resides in the back of my bicycle junk box.
Very delicate high maintenance design
There are many posts about the need for care and maintenance of this mirror and they are all true. The first challenge was the attachment to the helmut that I finally solved with a zip tie. The most frustrating aspect of this mirror for me was the mirror simply falls off the stem with light motion, i.e. adjusting when riding, lifting your arm to load or unload your bike. A good friend had a bad crash related to adjusting this mirror. This MUST BE REMOVED when you are carrying your helmut or the mirror will be gone. Nearly lost mine several times and finally lost it in REI! I do like the idea of a helmut mirror and I hope someone out there will be inspired to design one that works.
It works but....
I initially thought that I was going to be happy with the mirror after I finally got it adjusted but after using it on a few rides I am dissapointed. I did not have any problem with the adhesive coming loose from the helmet but I have had a problem with the mirror falling off of the flexible piece. I was fortunate and found it the first few times that it happened but eventually lost it. I emailed the company asking if replacement mirrors were available and did not get a response. After sending the email I found replacement mirrors on their website but 2 mirrors was almost as much as I paid originally. This one is going back to the store and I'll be giving someone else a try.
It has been a struggle to get used to this mirror. It is very difficult to keep in adjustment and the mirror is too small. I finally put superglue in the ball and socket joint and that helped some, but it is still difficult to keep in adjustment because the arm bends easily. Rough road surfaces cause it to vibrate and then it is worthless. I find that I still rely on my handlebar mounted mirror and use this mirror to augment that one since it draws my attention to things coming up behind which I can then check out with the handlebar mirror. I am hopefull that some day it will fall off and then I can trash it.
Good Idea. Poor Execution
Nice idea but the mirror socket broke on the first one I had so I added some silicone tubing to the second one I purchased to reinforce the socket. I didn't get a chance to see how well this worked as the whole thing fell off while I was riding and was lost. [$] down the drain for 2 of them...The helmet mount is designed for flat surfaces and helmets tend to be curved so adhesion is not good. It doesn't help that the force needed to remove the arm from the helmet mount is more than the adhesive strength of the mounting pad. I replaced this with a mirror that mounts to my glasses.
Mirror is way too small.
This mirror is way too small. I use it as a rear view mirror while biking. Using my shoulder as a reference point, the field of view is extremely narrow - maybe 5-6' wide at most. This should be expected considering the size of the mirror. But I could not find my toddler son on his bicycle behind me without constantly scanning behind me by moving my head side-side. This obviously is not great for keeping eyes on the road in front of me. I'll return this for one with a greater field of vision so that quick checks behind me don't require whole head turns.
Nice mirror, good idea, so-so adhesive
I like this mirror in general: the rotating mount, the flexible wire, etc. It is small but so are all helmet mirrors. I have had trouble making this stick to a Giro Eclipse helmet. From day one, it routinely fell off when just slightly bumped. And detaching the mirror from its mount (a great feature idea) doesn't work, because the whole thing would just rip off the helmet since the adhesive wasn't solid. It would always stay on, but after maybe 15 uses today, it fell off in the road just due to wind - poor adhesive. I'm going to explore alternatives.
Lousy Fastening Method
The adhesive mounting method that comes with this is poor as previously described. The slightest bump will cause the adhesive to fail. They need to change to double sided foam tape to stick it on so it is less fragile and can take a bump. Mine fell off twice. I now have it attached with velcro. It otherwise would get 4 or 5 stars as it is a nice mirror with lots of adjustment.
Effective But Problematic
I've tried several different types of helmet-mounted mirrors, and while I like how adjustable this model is, I've had a problem with losing the mirror after it separated from the arm that holds it. The joint that connects the mirror to the arm is designed to allow the mirrow to clip in and out, and therein lies the problem: when the helmet is subject to routine jostling (i.e., packing and unpacking at a campsite) the mirror can be dislodged. After losing the mirror twice, and having to buy an entire unit to replace the missing mirror (you can't simply buy a replacement mirror), I resorted to hot-gluing a piece of string to the mirror and tying the other end to the flexible arm. Now, when the mirror gets dislodged, I don't lose it--at least not yet! Other than that problem, the mirror offers a good field of view for being small and it can be easily positioned just where you want it.
Great mirror, cruddy base
I used this mirror on many long tours and when it fell off (usually about every 1000 miles or so) I would actually repurchase it. The best thing you can do is make sure that your helmet is spotless before installing and then to use some epoxy once you know you've got it in the right place. Without adding superglue or epoxy, the ability to remove the mirror from the helmet is pretty much useless.
That being said, its saved me from getting hit at least once, since I can't install handlebar mirrors on my butterfly bars.
I love using a mirror
I ride in the city and frequently deal with lots of traffic. I love having the mirror because cars never surprise me. The image is sharp and I get a good range of view. Just like a car mirror, "objects are closer than they appear" which is good to remember when changing lanes! The only things that I don't like are that the mirror itself will pop off of the arm if it is bumped, and the adhesive gave out after 2 months. I superglued it back on.