A couple of readers have recently been in touch to recommend bicycle mirrors. I’ve spotted these on the odd occasion around London so I thought it would be a good time to roundup some of the best ones.
Bicycle mirrors are useful for being aware of your surroundings. That taxi driver driving too close to your back wheel or a cyclist about to perform a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre are all easier to spot. Whilst I thoroughly recommend frequent glancing over your shoulder to establish eye contact with drivers, a bicycle mirror can be a useful additional tool.
The mirror for cyclists who don’t do bicycle mirrors
Many people will read this post and think “Bicycle mirrors are simply not for me”. In which case the Cyclaware View Point Adjustable Mini Mirror may get you interested. This is a tiny mirror that attaches to the inside of your sunglasses.
The mirror pivots 40 degrees so you can adjust it to the perfect angle. It’s designed to be self adhesive and to not damage your sunglasses.
I’ve not tried this myself but if any readers have then I’d really be interested in hearing their thoughts on it!
Handlebar mounted bicycle mirror
The Third Eye Handlebar End Mirror is useful for those who don’t want to attach a mirror to their bicycle helmet. It provides a good viewing angle thanks to the convex shape.
The MirrCycle is a similar product but it is also retractable and easier to adjust. It was thoroughly recommended to me by London Cyclist reader Ed.
A reader also recommended the Bike Eye Rear View Mirror. However, looking through some of the reviews on the internet I’m not sure how much of a clear view this would provide as it looks like it would most focus on reflecting your legs!
Bicycle mirrors attached to your helmet
For helmet mirrors the one product that comes highly recommended is the Cycle Aware Reflex Helmet Mirror. At under £15 this bicycle mirror gives you a great view of what is coming up behind you, it’s easy to install and adjust. The product is high quality so it combines durability with a light weight design.
Another product by Cycle Aware worth mentioning is the Heads Up! bicycle mirror. This will mount to your sunglasses and provide you with a good viewing angle. It weighs only 3.1 grams so shouldn’t cause any problems with your sunglasses slipping down your nose. The product costs £10 on Amazon.co.uk.
The biggest advantage of the mirrors is that you avoid that horrible surprise when a vehicle overtakes you at speed and you get a gust of wind. As I mentioned earlier, when riding around central London I wouldn’t use the mirror as a replacement for frequent glancing behind to establish eye contact.
I’ve tried to round up some of the best bicycle mirrors above but as always I absolutely love to hear from readers experiences and reviews so don’t hesitate to leave your comment below.
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