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As good as it gets for the price
on 1 April 2012
I'm not as excited about this as some people seem on here. But I do like it.
1st and best thing about this item is the value for money.
As a bike accessory in general, it's okay.
Build quality is necessarily minimal but decent enough. Being entirely made of plastic to keep the weight down.
While the rubber strap is useful in that its long enough to allow you to fix the mirror to a multitude of places on your bike. It is far too stretchy and does not provide enough pressure to truly secure the mirror in place.
Once I got the mirror in a reasonable viewing position, secured to my right barend, I found that it was quite easy to knock the mirror out of position. Forcing me to take care everytime I switched to using my bar ends.
The strap is also too long. If you secure it to a thinner tube such as handlebars or barends you are left with a few inches of strap that hangs loosely. This can get in the way of things if you don't fix the mirror to your bike in just the right position. You may do as I did and decide that I was only going to clamp it to my handlebars or bar ends and cut off the length of strap that is uneccessary.
Even after doing this I was still not fully satisfied with the fit. So I took the thing apart and mounted the mirror and rotating bezel to a regular reflector mount. So now I have the same mirror with all the same rotational freedom, same basic dimensions but with a rock solid mount.
This was very easy to do. If anyone would like instructions on how to do this leave a comment or send me a message. It really was quite effective and does not require breaking anything so you can go back to the original mount at any time.
This does mean tho that the mirror is now a permanent feature. But its fixed on pretty solid so you would have to break it to steal it making it useless.
Trying the various suggested positions on the bike, crossbar, stem, fork leg, inner handlebar and outer handlebar, I found that the only place I could really get a decent enough view of the road behind, was when the mirror was mounted to the top of my right bar end.
The mirror itself seemed smaller, once it arrived, than I thought it was going to be and the impression I got from the pics.
But I don't think this is a too bad as I didn't want to upset the profile of my handlebars too much by using this.
I did find it pretty fiddly at first trying to find the right angle to view the road behind, but once I got in position I was quite pleased with the view it provided. Even as small as it is, thanks to the convex mirror you get quite a decent view. With a little head tilting you can see even more.
So in summary.
On the upside, its's very cheap, it looks cool, its easy to fit/remove, its very light and fundementally works as a mirror just fine.
On the downside, the clamp/strap is poorly conceived and does not clamp very effectively. Easy to knock out of position.
Definite case of getting what you pay for. Does the job, not perfectly, but cheaply.
Would recommend for those trying to trick out their bike on a budget.