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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. Nigel-YZ1

    Nigel-YZ1 Guru

    Location:
    Penistone
    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.
     
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  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 Guru

    Location:
    Crawley
    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. Smeggers II

    Smeggers II Daphne Ariadne Clingfilm

    Only for the elderly.
     
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  9. OP
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    Cronorider

    Cronorider Well-Known Member

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

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    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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    Cronorider

    Cronorider Well-Known Member

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

    DRHysted Über Member

    Location:
    New Forest
    Tried them, didn’t get on with them.
    So on this one I’m out.
     
  13. 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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  14. No.

    I use one (sprintech) on my main bike, but not on my Brommie. It's very useful, but has distinct limitations. Definitely not rubbish.

    I still shoulder check too.
     
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  15. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.