I'm surprised at how many cyclists don't use mirrors. With this film, I'm trying to start a debate about what seems to me to be a vital safety feature. What do you think?

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Comment by Common Old Garrwain on May 13, 2014 at 9:49pm

I always knew we were kindred spirits, Mike. Two of my bikes even have Mirrycles like yours, but I haven't quite got my handlebars as upright as yours yet ;-)

For mirror sceptics, I wonder how many people would be comfortable driving a car without mirrors? Admittedly the obsructions to a clear view from within cars have made mirrors a necessity, but the slower speed of bicycles means there is always much more traffic approaching from behind - it can be very hard or impossible for bicyclists to maintain a buffer zone by keeping up the same speed as surrounding traffic.

Comment by Dabba on May 17, 2014 at 9:19am

Mike, I agree with you about the need for bike mirrors.  I feel vulnerable if I have to ride without one.  I've been using them for 25 years.

One of the problems seems to be the lack of suitable ones for drop bars.  This is my latest version based on this setup.  It works well with my Ultegra setup, as well as my touring bike with brake levers and bar cons on drop bars.

Comment by Bill Parker on May 17, 2014 at 11:15am
Dabba has been worried that my STI mounted mirror might damage the lever in a stack but 3 years on it has not been a problem, wouldn't leave home without one. From a brief play with helmet mirrors I think they are too small and require a lot of head movement to adequately scan the area behind whereas the lever mounted one I have is large and covers a couple of lanes with just a glance

Comment by Mike Rubbo on May 17, 2014 at 12:00pm

hi Bill, thanks for the great article and and photo. I've posted what you wrote on my Facebook page. I guess if you're on Facebook you can see it

Comment by Common Old Garrwain on May 21, 2014 at 9:55pm

Bill and Dabba, I've always used the Cateye mirror on drop bar bikes (not suitable with baa-cons)


They are inexpensive, difficult to destroy, easy to fit and the same size as the Mirrycles. The optics aren't quite as clear, but this is only apparent in a side-by-side comparison.

Comment by Neil Alexander on May 22, 2014 at 2:38pm

@Sir William, er, Bill, I see you are adopting the previously noted and all-tO'O'-cO'mmO'n tactic O'f cO'mmenting frO'm a pO'sitiO'n O'f near-tO'tal ignO'rance.

Unless you are in a neck brace or have fused vertebrae, you will always be moving your head in all directions in traffic to keep tabs on who is about to run you down. Using a helmet-mounted mirror quickly becomes second nature and, with one properly adjusted, you need move your head only a few degrees of arc to scan both the lane behind and the one(s) beside you. A flat mirror makes it much easier to judge distances vehicles are behind you than with convex bar-mounted mirrors. That said, it is still always advisable to do a head-check before making lane changes or other sudden changes of direction. Also, there is no reason that you couldn't use both types of mirror, however, if you have multiple bikes but only one helmet, it is much easier to have a mirror "on" all bikes. Er, as long as you are wearing said PPE.

Comment by Bill Parker on May 22, 2014 at 4:10pm
Back in the Dark Ages I have a Latin teacher who was fond of saying "ignorance need not inhibit eloquence", he would often say this when looking at me for some reason, anyway I hated Latin and managed to move to the stream that did Commerce and Geography considered less rigorous but have been much more useful in the decades since than a dead language spoken by sundry Romans (what have they ever done for us) and clerics. Mr O' has his good points too. With the lever mounted larger mirror you don't need to "scan" as a quick glance shows an area at least 2 lanes wide and from next to your elbow to a great distance back (depending on your eyesight)
Comment by Bill Parker on May 22, 2014 at 4:16pm
Had, I could never get the tenses right in Latin either.
Comment by Bill Parker on May 22, 2014 at 5:10pm

Google reckons that would be some thing like "ignorantia, non est opus prohibere eloquentia" but from my position of ignorance I can't confirm its correctness


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