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so I'll do my best to explain why
on 31 March 2015
This is way below the average stars awarded to this mirror, so I'll do my best to explain why.
Hmm, where to start?
Ok, the bike, I bought this to use on is a Brompton M3L - so straight bars essentially. The first problem is that fitting it so that it's over the top of the bars reduces your hand room too much. Fit it under the bars and your arm obscures it.
I managed to bodge it to fit over the end of the handlebars, so that the mirror was in line with the bars. This needed a couple of zip-ties as the mount doesn't allow 3D movement. My arm still blocked the view, but not too badly now.
Out on the road, the limitations really came apparent - the small size and lumpy mirror combined with vibration to make a clear image a distant dream. And I kept having to move my arm every time I wanted to check it.
I gave it a few days (about 30 miles of commuting) before I binned it and went back to a traditional bar end mirror. Whilst I did get used to the image it presented, I was having to study it to make it resolve into something useful, which defeats the safety aspect of a mirror. At night, forget it. The distortion of the lens means that headlights just wash everything out.
I can see it working better on drop bars, and for someone who only wants to have a little 'early warning device' instead of receive a proper picture of what is going on behind you.
The image is too small, too distorted and on flat bars the placement options mean you can't have an unobstructed view of the mirror.