For most of my cycling life, I never bothered with mirrors. I had a go with one when I was a thirteen year old – bought from Halfords maybe – using my pocket money. It was clamped onto the handlebars of my Hurcules but was really a waste of time. A novelty at best, but rather useless as it was flat glass and as it vibrated, the rear view was blurred.
It didn't stay on my bike for long, and that was it. No mirrors for me – until only a few years ago ...........
This is a little story.
In the early part of 2008, I happened to have found this and gave it some thought about them, eventually buying one. The mirror wasn't expensive, but the shipping from the US made it a bit dear! Anyway, I didn't actually mind as the idea appealed to me. Have a good look and read at the link, the idea is fantastic.
The mirror glass was beautifully ground with excellent optical quality. The unit has a rubber set of "legs" that you sit over the end of your dropped bars and tape it into position with gaffa tape. The next bit isn't too easy!
You then go for a ride – without wrapping your bar tape on – and stop and start and by using trial and error, adjust the aim of the mirror by removing and reapplying the gaffa tape. The rubber legs allow for quite a wide range of adjustment. Eventually, when you're happy, you tape up your bars properly and Hey Presto!
In use it was fantastic and I was delighted! The mirror – though small – gave excellent rear view and was great in traffic for a quick check. Mirrors never take the place of a good look, but as a quick check they are great – and this little mirror was perfect. Advantages were: small and discreet, solid and knock-proof, good optics. Disadvantage was that every now and again I would catch my knee on it getting on or off the bike.
However, another disadvantage reared its ugly head ....
By the autumn of the same year, the glass fell out! I never saw it go, I just looked down and the glass had gone! I emailed the folks in US and they sent me a new glass free of charge complete with instructions for gluing in position. I duly followed their instruction and was happy again.
Eighteen months later, the glass came out again! I emailed them in US and again received a new glass but warned that that was it. No more freebies. I fitted the new glass again and this time used Araldite instead of the recommended impact adhesive. Again, I was happy. How long for, I wondered!
Twelve months later, the glass fell out again. That was it. Forget it! However, I loved having a mirror so looked round for a substitute .....
I bought one of these as they looked good value and designed for dropped bars. I fitted it and went out for a ride. My immediate thoughts were good ones but very soon I was very disappointed. No matter how hard I screwed in the clamp bolt, the mirror would move over about 15mph or even less in windy conditions.
I took it off and tried modifying the clamp arrangements, but no matter what I did, the problem remained. I took the mirror off in disgust.
I still wanted a mirror, so went in search again of something which would suit me and went for one of these and had my fingers crossed very firmly!
It fitted easily, and as the adjustment ball-joint wasn't part of the securing, it was properly and solidly made. It's easy to knock the mirror off aim when leaning the bike or getting on or off, but it's so simple to put it back on aim.
I'm very happy with this mirror. I even prefer it to the Italian one – and that's saying something! It's solidly made, easy to use, good optics, not too big and in the way, easily aim-able and easily adjusted.
Regards to all,