Author Topic: Mirror recommendations  (Read 251 times)

Tim Hall

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Mirror recommendations
« on: June 26, 2020, 01:31:08 pm »
Looking for bar mountable mirror recommendations. I recently replaced the very scratched mirror on my bent with something from the LBS.  I can't remember what the old one was. The new one, while shiny, is convex, such that it has a wilde field of view but the images are tiny.

"objects in the mirror are closer than they appear" especially when they are approaching at R17.

What do people use for a commuting type recumbent?
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Re: Mirror recommendations
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2020, 01:40:56 pm »
Hi Tim,
I use these for drops:
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories/sprintech-racing-road-mirrors-black/
but probably not what you want, and they are convex - so ignore me!

Kim

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Re: Mirror recommendations
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2020, 06:27:17 pm »
They're all a bit convex.  A flat mirror wouldn't work very well.  (DAHIKT)

First and foremost, do you have the end of a handlebar to mount it to?  If not, it will severely limit your options.

I've got the larger ?80mm B&M Cyclestar on my Streetmachine (USS with bar-end shifters), on account of the band-on mounting option.

A pair of smaller Cyclestars on the bars of the Red Barron (tiller steering), again using the band-on mounting, inboard of the brake levers.  This puts the mirror above the hand grip, peering over my shoulder, and doesn't add any width to the bike.  More aero for racing, innit.

Barakta's trike was supplied with a Myrricle, which is an excellent mirror in the style of the larger Cyclestar, but bar-end mounting only.

Decathlon do cheap teardrop-shaped mirrors with bar-end mounting which are optically excellent.  Not sure about the longevity of the mounting (I've bodged a couple onto the mudguard supports of the above trike using a ball stud of appropriately unobtainium diameter from a supplier of car boot gas-lift thingers).
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Tim Hall

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Re: Mirror recommendations
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2020, 11:41:29 am »
Thanks for the replies. No bar end - here's a rather dark photo showing the current set up. The previous larger mirror mounted in the same place, using a similar Velcro secured bracket.



I can probably bodge a new mirror onto the existing mount if the one it comes with isn't suitable.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

Kim

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Re: Mirror recommendations
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2020, 12:51:13 pm »
On that basis, I'd try an 80mm CycleStar.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...