Absolutely great mirror, easy to get used to. Combined with hearing (never any music...do you want to live biking on the road?), forewarned and safe.I have tried several different mirrors and my favorite for years now is the Bike Peddler Take-a-look. Stable, easy to mount and with a good field of view. Mounting it to the helmet may require zip ties, depending on design, but you can also mount it onto your glasses.
I have gotten so used to it that I catch myself looking to the upper left, even when I am not riding my bike and not wearing my helmet.
Very cool! How visible is the screen under different lighting conditions?
I have used these little mirrors for years on bikes.Not knowing what's behind you and constantly craning around to see can be a bit unbalancing and unsafe.
We've included three of the most popular options for rearview safety and a way to try all three of them on Amazon.
Handle Bar Mirror
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Here is one of the more popular options for under $30 on Amazon, the Mirrycle Bar End Bicycle Mirror. This mirror is highly recommended by many riders, it works on the right or left side and comes with 2 adapters for large and small diameter holes. It is convex, which may not be everyone's ideal fit. For a casual commute on smooth roads, this mirror will most likely hold up pretty well. However, the plastic arm doesn't handle extreme temperatures well, and some users report that setting up can be tricky.
Furthermore, any kind of handlebar mirror will be subject to vibration unless it's tightened as much as possible, and even with the best mirror it's likely that it will have to be retightened after a long ride.
Bike Mirror on Helmet
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These mirrors are quick and easy to attach with a velcro strap. The crystal view flat mirror helps you accurately judge the distance of objects behind you much better than a curved or convex mirror. 360° of adjustment allows you to use your peripheral vision to accurately see everything behind, while maintaining a clear view of the road ahead. The shaft length places the mirror at a perfect distance in front of you so it stays steady even during bumpy rides. What makes this a nice alternative to the handlebar mirror is that it doesn't turn with the bike, and it remains stable during bumpy rides.
Backup Camera as a Mirror
Check out this video that features a custom electric bike
Using a backup camera for a mirror is brilliant!
Here are some wonderful camera options for under $30 on Amazon.
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Here's why this option stands above the rest. First, it's waterproof and has 7 LED lights for enhanced night capability. Second, features night vision, which already provides more options than regular mirrors. You have to provide a 12-volt power source, however, so keep that in mind when purchasing.
All three options have their pros and cons, and what works for one rider may be a nuisance for another. We gathered some budget-friendly options so that riders can try all three options out without breaking the bank.
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or fog or snow. it lets me spend less time looking in the mirror.Although I do have a handlebar end mirror, my best rear view assistant is the Garmin varia. The mirror bounces around with bumpy trails, and the varia has seen things before I've spotted them in the mirror especially in darker trails
My motorcycling years have accustomed me to their use so I dont mind it at all. If on a nice pedal road bike.. it would be an issue for me though. I will look into the radar device. It would be very useful on my duel sport motorcycles where I spend a lot of time standing and need to know when someone is approaching from the rear other than the use of a helmet mirror.thats why I have a garmin radar so I dont have to look in a mirror as much. I dont want a big bulky mirror on my bike and never needed one.
its nice because the audio warnings save some mirror time. plus its easier seeing distance back with it.My motorcycling years have accustomed me to their use so I dont mind it at all. If on a nice pedal road bike.. it would be an issue for me though. I will look into the radar device. It would be very useful on my duel sport motorcycles where I spend a lot of time standing and need to know when someone is approaching from the rear other than the use of a helmet mirror.