2016-12-08 Don’t Look Back
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Discussion (17)

  1. Persia

    Yeah, buddy, you’ve got ears. And your head and eyes can rotate.

  2. K'Tesh

    I use the “Take A Look”. I find them to be very useful. This way, I don’t have to look away from what’s ahead of me to see what my ears are (or aren’t) telling me what’s coming up behind me. In China this is very helpful as traffic doesn’t work the way your western models tell it should.

  3. K'Tesh

    Battery powered scooters are really popular here, as is salmon riding, and pedestrian walking in the bike lane, cars parked in the bike lane, cars driving against traffic in the bike lane, bicyclists riding against traffic in the bike lane.

  4. Bicycle Bill

    I got used to riding with an eyeglass mirror after buying one of Chuck Harris’s handmade mirrors on a TOSRV back around 1975 or 1976.  I find them useful not so much for motorized traffic but to help orient yourself and watch out for other riders in a congested group ride like TOSRV or RAGBRAI.


  5. Alan Donnelly

    Virtually essential on recumbents – not so easy to turn your head to look back. And for anyone whose neck doesn’t twist too easily…

    • Richard L

      I second that for recumbents. I don’t remember if Stu has a mirror on his helmet.

  6. Will

    Ride on the left. You can see traffic coming and passing close is way less stressful. Switch back to the right for the descents though.

  7. Will, are you advocating salmoning?? i can’t think of a better way to get hit.

    Or do you mean riding on the left side of your lane?

  8. Andy S

    I have a mirror on each bike. I originally put one on for keeping an eye on my sons behind me when they were young sidewalk riders, but I found it so useful in traffic that I don’t want to be without it. I have minor hearing problems, and not the most mobile neck.

  9. bikingbill

    The Mirrors are AWESOME if you are controlling the lane and doing stuff like making left turns from multi-lane roads.

    I have a regular route that requires a left turn on a 6-lane road with a 55 mph speed limit. The mirrors make this stress free. I can check for room, signal, and control each lane in sequence.

    Surprisingly, I never get harassed doing that.

    • Michael Townsend

      I agree I find mine is awesome. I commute to work 26-28 miles round trip. I start to work a 500 am There are a couple places I need to transition one 55 mph road from the bike lane to go straight through the intersection. Knowing what is behind me and keeping an eye out in front me for what my headlights show is stress free.

      Again I would walk away from Mr. Moon and get Joe to help me. I would also tip Joe.

  10. Ron Beland

    I can hear traffic behind me and figure I have no control over passing drivers other than behaving predictably and confidently taking up my space on the right side of the road @ 3 feet from parked cars so that drivers know what I am up to. It would be different if I could not turn my head to plan for for lane changes but as long as I have the flexibility I feel no need for mirrors as there is enough to do paying attention to what’s in front. This approach has served me well in >45 years of adult urban cyclocommuting.

    • Michael Townsend

      Makes sense ! still I like my mirror as a added caution.

      But saying ” If I am going to get hit I done want see it coming ” snork snork

      But you got love Moon you do

  11. Heffe

    OK, can someone explain what salmon riding is?

  12. Michael Townsend

    salmon riding going the wrong way of traffic

  13. I use bottle caps and mirror blanks from the craft store to make rear view mirrors (plural) for my full-face helmet. I had a huge tumor removed from my neck a couple years back and I still have problems turning my head.

  14. MLC40

    I used to use a clip-on mirror that mounted to my glasses but got tired of knocking it out of alignment all the time by accident when I reached my hand up. I changed to ones that mount on the ends of my drop bars and love them. They are not a substitute for shoulder checking – mirrors can only tell you “no,” they cannot tell you “yes.” If you wouldn’t drive a car in traffic without mirrors, why would you ride a bike without them?


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