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The most useful cycling gadget I ever bought
on 11 October 2012
I highly recommend using a mirror when riding for safety reasons. A mirror is what allows you to take care of yourself on the road.
If you've never used a mirror in traffic it will be hard at first, but after getting used to it you'll get the same habbit that drivers have to check the rear view.
This particular type of mirror is hard to properly adjust at first, but since it sits in a protected place it will very rarely get misaligned, so time spent putting it right is time well spent. I guess it would be worth making a HOWTO video about adjusting it because it's hard to explain in words, but just google the forums - the instructions there have been useful for me.
Also, it will take some getting used to something sitting so close to the eye (also mentioned on cycling forums).
- a quick way to get a clear view of the traffic behind;
- no blind spots (a 10-20 degree head turn gives a full view);
- very rare re-adjustment needed;
- takes time to adjust properly, especially at first;
- takes time to get used to;
- blocks a part of the lower-right (or lower-left) field of view;
- not recommended with classes that need frequent lens changing (recommended with photochromic);
- dependent on personal eye position (won't work on another person without adjusting again);
Bottom line: it's worth the trouble. I'm very satisfied.
Added 1+ years o permanent usage:
I wanted to buy a second one, but seems they've gone up in price from the £11 I spent on them initially.
One more con I found:
- the provided double sided scotch gets worn out at some point and the mirror becomes increasingly difficult to re-place and keep placed. They come with one spare though!
Pro tip: take a permanent marker and circle the comfortable position on the other side of the lens. Now, in case it falls off or you change lenses, you can place the mirror in the exact same comfort spot in seconds!
This is still, hands down, my favourite bicycle accessory.
I think I found a good workaround: blu tack. Works much better than the double sided adhesive provided.