Looking For a Good Mirror ????

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by seanhan, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Does anybody have a good mirror mounted on a beach cruiser.
    Looking for one the stays put and you can see cars with.

    The one I bought is Carp !!!!!

  2. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

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  3. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Picture those "bar ends" that you'll find on mountain bikes. (and others, I suppose)
    Those make a fine mirror mount.

    You simply drill through it, front to back. I used a couple of motorcycle mirrors, about 3" round. You pass the bolt from a seat post clamp through the hole you drilled and the flanges from the clamp will hold on to the mirrors arm.

    I mounted the bar ends just inside my grips and levers. The bar end gets everything above your hands and the mirrors arm can be tilted so that the mirror sits outside of your wrists.

    You'll need the actual mirrors, of course. But stainless steel bicycle mirrors can be found online. And I imagine motorcycle mirrors could be found at a garage/motorcycle junkyard.
  4. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Thanks Guys

    Got to get some installed before my big road trip.
  5. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    I love my Blackburn bar end mirror. It's got a very clear convex mirror and attaches without tools to the very end of your handlebar so it doesn't take up any valuable bar space. Very adjustable too and folds in easily for storage or off roading. It looks great on a mountain bike, don't know how it would look on a beach cruiser though.
  6. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    I'm planning to use an ATV style clamp on mirror

    It has an angled stalk about 6" tall, a wide rectangular mirror, and heavy duty bracket. I expect it can withstand lots of vibration/shock.

    $20 from Walmart. I can't find a photo/link, but it was in Automotive/sporting goods by the motorcycle helmets and ATV gear.

    edit: Its same brand and similar to this
  7. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

  8. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    Thanks bamabikeguy, just bought 2 from eBay - one for each bike.
    P.S. The link is dead.

    ... Steve
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2009
  9. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    I've gotten into the habit of swinging the mirror in each night, in case the wind blows over the end bike, starts a chain reaction. The small allens head for tightening it are on my keychain.
  10. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    Glad to hear they're allen-head screws. I'm getting really sick of flat and Philips screws where tightness is an issue.

    ... Steve
  11. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    All my box wrenches in order of importance 15mm, 11mm, 5mm, 10mm.

    On my road bikes, even the chainguard phillips heads have been swapped out, and fingernail polish on every thread eliminates problems.
  12. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

  13. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    re: cheap bar ends as mirror mounts

    Thats a pretty cool idea. Do you use the bar ends any? Do you feel endangered by them (I don't like bar ends usually).

    You can probably use 4 or even 6" diesel truck corner spot mirrors on the bar ends. They are very durable and will provide a wide angle view, but will not give accurate distance or details.

  14. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    I use the msssspp system for distance.

    Here in hill country, from the first flash of a car in the mirror, I used to recite 1-8 mississippis, & the car has caught up.

    Out in flat prairies it took 15 misses.

    But the whole trick to a MB.bikemirror is minimal shaking, both models look to have that quality.

    $4 mirrors do not.
  15. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    Walmart mirror vibrates on HT bike

    I bought the $20 Mad Dog ATV mirror from WMart. It looks nice, and seems fairly well made. When pedaling the bike, it does great, but when the bike is running, the mirror vibrates terribly. It is useable in daylight but worthless at night as it just makes a white streak with any headlights on it.

    I tried reinstalling it with a foam piece wrapped around the bar. I will see if this helps.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2010
  16. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    Does the myrrical work on the HT 2 stroke bike?

    I have a beach bike MB with a 2stroke engine, and my mirror vibrates too much to work correctly. (seeing double!)

  17. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    My 'Mountain Mirrycle' mirrors arrived a couple of days ago. The one on the electric bike is nice and clear with almost no vibration and stays put on potholes and bumps without self-adjusting.
    Haven't tested the MB yet, but I suspect that it will vibrate too much. Old tube rubber around the plug that goes into the handlebars might help, but for now I've fitted it without.
    I noticed on the electric that the vibration was worse when I let go of the handlebars. Gripping the bars hard helps damp the mirror vibration.
    I'll post results after my next MB ride.

    ... Steve