Went for a ride today, and somehow got away without my mirror, and felt like I was riding blind the whole ride. It was a disconcerting feeling.
The mirror I use is the Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror. As the name suggests, it clips onto sunglasses, and allows you to easily take a look behind you while riding.
I’ve also used the Third Eye Mirror, which is also a fine mirror, but I’ve found the Take A Look mirror to be more rugged, and to adjust easier to different sunglasses (as well as helmet visors).
There are many different types of bicycling mirrors available, including mirrors that attach to your eyeglasses, mirrors that attach to your helmet, and mirrors that attach to your handlebars. They’re all relatively inexpensive — most in the $10 to $15 range.
Whichever type of mirror you prefer, I do recommend that you at least give a mirror a try. They take a bit of getting used to, but once you’re accustomed to being able to easily see what’s coming up behind you — whether that’s a car or a fellow cyclist — you’ll really appreciate the increased visibility and confidence you’ll gain.
And my little ride today, sans eyeglass mirror, only reinforced that point for me. I really did feel blind. I could still hear cars coming from behind, and I could always turn my head and look over my shoulder, but I wasn’t nearly as confident as I normally am in traffic.
Do you ride with a mirror, and if so, what kind? If not, why not?