Author Topic: Bar end mirrors  (Read 4913 times)

Jacomus

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Bar end mirrors
« on: November 14, 2008, 03:46:39 pm »
I quite fancy a bar end mirror, but have never bought one before. It would be for fitting to mtb riser bars with bar-ends.
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008, 03:48:21 pm »
I tried one and hated it. I found it distracting, and hard to see in. But other people like them - worth a try. 

Jacomus

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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2008, 03:50:47 pm »
I tried one and hated it. I found it distracting, and hard to see in. But other people like them - worth a try. 

I might just go for it, and get a Blackburn one that looks loike it will fit.
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2008, 03:53:38 pm »
I had one, it was pretty crap. Vibrated a lot. The bike it was on was eventually stolen.

The Bike Eye is better and doesn't vibrate so much, that's what is on my hybrid. Good for seeing what's coming up behind you for planning purposes but still no substitute for a proper look, I know you know that though.

Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2008, 04:03:28 pm »
I used a Blackburn one for a while on a recumbent and it worked well. But that had 'praying hamster' steering, so the mirror was quite close - I'm not sure how good the field of view would be at arm's length.

Have you considered the Topeak 'Bar 'n' Mirror'?



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Jacomus

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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2008, 04:15:28 pm »
I used a Blackburn one for a while on a recumbent and it worked well. But that had 'praying hamster' steering, so the mirror was quite close - I'm not sure how good the field of view would be at arm's length.

Have you considered the Topeak 'Bar 'n' Mirror'?





A couple of reviews on BikeMagic slate it pretty hard. I also do not want to change my bar ends, as they are Most Excellent.
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2008, 04:15:55 pm »
I have a Mirrycle on the front of the tandem.  It allows me to see Butterfly's mirror clearly ;D
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Jacomus

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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2008, 04:21:04 pm »
I had one, it was pretty crap. Vibrated a lot. The bike it was on was eventually stolen.

The Bike Eye is better and doesn't vibrate so much, that's what is on my hybrid. Good for seeing what's coming up behind you for planning purposes but still no substitute for a proper look, I know you know that though.

Of course, I don't want it to replace, but I would like it to aid the info I can gather from around me.

I feel that a bar end mirror would vibrate less on my bike than most as it has the double bonus of huge volume 60mm tyres and suspension.

I'm not sure about the bike eye, as the view I want isn't straight back, I want it for my 4-5 o'clock
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2008, 04:39:45 pm »
I used a Blackburn one for a while on a recumbent and it worked well. But that had 'praying hamster' steering, so the mirror was quite close - I'm not sure how good the field of view would be at arm's length.

Have you considered the Topeak 'Bar 'n' Mirror'?





A couple of reviews on BikeMagic slate it pretty hard. I also do not want to change my bar ends, as they are Most Excellent.

Interesting... The only review I've seen was positive - I suspect that it's a personal preference thing, really. I'm definately with you on keeping a barend shape you like.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2008, 04:57:54 pm »
A mirror mounted at the end of the handlebars are very exposed and easily broken. Would recommend the type that mount on the glasses instead.

It's alot more useful and easy to make yourself!
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2008, 05:23:57 pm »
I had a dodgy neck once so I ordered a Blackburn mirror from Wiggle for my commuter (I think it was about £7). Neck got better before I fitted the mirror, but I've left it on there and I find it useful. If I'm riding my nice road bike I do miss it. The only problem I have is I need to adjust it everytime I go over a pothole or when the road surface is a bit rough- tends to vibrate it into a different position.

Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2008, 05:38:40 pm »
Ahhh.... you'll be on the front cover of Arrivee, sporting a beard, weird starey eyes, and a faded hi-viz jacket before too long , Jacomus  ;)

Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2008, 09:07:34 am »
I use the Wildoo Sprintech ones on my Road bikes.  1 pair is enough for 2 bikes as I have only fitted them on the RH side.  They do seem very good and only need re positioning when I knock them with my knee, which is very infrequantly.

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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2008, 10:42:16 am »
http://www.wildoo.co.uk/mirrors.htm

They look good.  :thumbsup:

Not sure they can be used with barends, unfortunately.
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2008, 03:09:23 pm »
Thanks PhilO   :thumbsup:

May be the Sprintech ones could go into the end of the Bar ends, looking looking a bit like the Flat bar ones shown.

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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2008, 05:37:36 pm »
I had a Bike Eye. I thought it was OK but no substitute for the previous mirror that mounted on the brake hood. However, I hadn't even thought about the consequences of using panniers until I used panniers. The Bike Eye is rendered completely useless as all you see it your pannier. To be fair, I think Bike Eye point this out in their literature now.

I quite like the look of those Sprintech ones myself. Now where did I put that letter to Santa I was writing?

Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2008, 09:37:27 pm »
I have the Sprintech ones.  I think they are absolutely fantastic and would recommend then any time.

But one of the lads from CTC bought them on my advice and hated them, taking them off and putting them in the shed.

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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2008, 10:47:14 am »
Mountain Mirrycle gives a reasonable view but the stalk is made of cheese.  I've got a couple of Blackburn ones on the Trice, which seem a bit less prone to disappearing into the undergrowth at odd times.
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2008, 06:49:33 pm »
The B&M Cycle Star comes in a few different options;
Busch & Müller KG - Rear view mirrors for bicycles
Some fit either round the bars or in the end.  I combined a short one with bar ends, pointed it down and sticking out slightly, gave a reasonable view, didn't get in the way of the bar ends, but did need frequent adjustment.
I also have a Springtech, IMO the B&M gives a better view and the fitting is more secure (expanding wedge rather than push fit) the Springtech looks sleeker.

Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2008, 11:11:56 pm »
I got one of these for mrs hatler which worked well enough until she dropped the bike on it.

A new one is on its way.
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2008, 11:20:29 pm »
I fiddled about with mirrors for a few years, until I decided they were more faff than benefit.

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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2008, 11:27:45 pm »
The only time I've ever been knocked off my bike by a car, was the day I experimented with a mirror for the first (and last) time.  It was, of course, my fault for not looking where I was going.
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Re: Bar end mirrors
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2008, 02:16:45 am »
I fiddled about with mirrors for a few years, until I decided they were more faff than benefit.

If it hadn't been for the Sprintech (and a similar design beforehand) I'd have agreed with you.  Any mirror I have tried that is on a stalk or sticks out is crap.  It gets knocked all the time, and has no image thanks to vibration.

The mirrors that go directly into the bar ends, and form an extension to the bars, are the good exception to the rule.