Should mirrors be mandatory?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Cronorider, 14 Nov 2017.

  1. Cronorider

    Cronorider Well-Known Member

    Another thread got me thinking about the use of mirrors. I don't see very many bikes that have mirrors on them, particularly road bikes. I do have one of the bar end mirrors on my road bike, which is very unobtrusive, and I find it to be very useful, particularly in town. Do you use a mirror? Mirrors are mandatory on every other vehicle, why not bikes?
  2. No.
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  3. No
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  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Nay, nay, and thrice nay.
  5. No.
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  6. Useless at any sort of speed, in the dark, if it’s foggy or raining, or a bit cold, so no.
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  7. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    No I don't use one*. No they should be mandatory.

    * I do on my recumbent. That's because looking over my should whilst lying down doesn't give much useful information.
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  8. OP

    Cronorider Well-Known Member

    From my own experience, I would have to disagree
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  9. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    No they shouldn't, No I don't and they're not mandatory on bikes because you have an unobstructed direct rear view (well, maybe unless you're using a full face helmet for road cycling). Looking over your shoulder will always be better than a vibration-affected little mirror.
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  10. OP

    Cronorider Well-Known Member

    Once again, from my own experience, I would have to disagree.
  11. DRHysted

    DRHysted Über Member

    New Forest
    Tried them, didn’t get on with them.
    So on this one I’m out.
  12. broadway

    broadway Über Member

    Most cyclists I see moving around obstructions don't take advantage of the "unobstructed direct rear" view. My "vibration-affected little mirror" is more than adequate to give a good idea of what is behind me and also allows me to judge when the best time to do a shoulder check if one is required.
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    Tin Pot Guru

  14. LewisLondon

    LewisLondon Well-Known Member

    SW London
    Going to expand on this?
  15. User32269

    User32269 Guest

    Can see why lights are mandatory, but don't want anything else made a legal requirement for my bike.
    One of the joys of cycling is the freedom it gives; think it may be a slippery slope once something else is made compulsory? Helmets, hi viz, registration plates? Nah.
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