gaz - What's wrong with looking over your shoulder?
Some people have neck or back problems which limit how much they can turn, in which case they are necessary
+2It's *highly* unwise to rely on mirrors.
As m'learned friend says, on a 'bent it's hard to look over your shoulder, but there should be no problem on an upright.
Oops I posted too quickly without reading whole post, I think it is highly unwise to rely on mirrors alone; I thought thats what Thedoctor meant. Some people will develop a reliance upon them which is not safe IMO.I don't know if you can really stretch to saying that using mirrors is "*highly* unwise". Of course they have some disadvantages, one being blind spots that you'll need to look in anyway, and another being that loss of presence and negotiation weight you bring to drivers by looking at them.
Not that I've cycle across Poland, well done on that I came to a similar conclusion when considering fitting a mirror. I also decided that I wouldn't want to see driver bearing down on me, perhaps looking closer than they are as this may cause me to nervously swerve out of the way rather than holding a good position in traffic.I decided last year when cycling across Poland on the open road that having a mirror so that I can avoid HGVs "getting" me from behind would be a waste of space - I know they are there - if one was out to get me there would not be much I could do about it
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