Urban Velo

Messenger Mirror

mmfullview For some riders, a rear view mirror is indispensable. There is no question that knowing what’s coming up from behind is a good idea, it’s just a matter of how one decides to keep tabs on things. Rear view mirrors that mount to glasses are nothing new, and the Messenger Mirror doesn’t claim to be. It does claim to be a compact, high quality glass mirror with a simple, DIY attachment and a $5 price tag. Easy-on, easy-off and adaptable to right or left side use depending on how traffic flows where you live, this mirror is sure to find a few fans out there.

7 Comments

  1. JeremyAugust 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I hope this gains some acceptance. Mirrors are ignored by hipsters and wannabe-hipsters because of the fear of looking like a Fred.
    I know ‘better a fred than dead’ but such wisdom is generally ignored.
    I wish this guy success and will give it a try. Hey what’s 5 bucks?
    Maybe his tagline should be ‘not fred and not dead’.

  2. CalienteAugust 11, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Is this mirror convex or flat?

    Mirrors are great, but from my practical experience, I’ve noticed that these types of glasses/helmet mounted mirrors cause people to swerve all over the place.
    I dont use a mirror, but I assume that when cyclists hear something behind them they scan the road behind them using their mirror and that is what causes the swerving. Maybe a convex mirror might help a cyclist to quickly glance up at the mirror instead of having to focus a lot of attention on finding whatever is behind them.

  3. MMAugust 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Caliente, the mirror is flat.

    I find I stay riding straight when using the mirror and I swerve when looking back over my shoulder w/o it (no matter how hard I try and keep the bike straight).

    Jeremy, I believe your comments to be true and a big part of why people aren’t wearing mirrors, though I know there must be other reasons (someone pls explain the others to me).

  4. MattAugust 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I read this post the other day and decided to dig out an old glasses mounted mirror to try out. Turns out I like using a mirror, but I don’t like looking like a fred, so I ordered one of these. I don’t have it yet, but I think it has potential to minimize the fred look, and I try to not care anyway.

  5. tim zAugust 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    5 dollars is a fair price. some people, be they “hipsters”, “wanna be hipsters”, or hip hopsters don’t wear glasses or helmets so this might be the reason they don’t wear a mirror. but then again i see a lot of hipsters with those little black glasses rolling around.

    i think if you can’t look behind you and hold a straight line, you might want to learn. a mirror has it’s benefits but sometimes you need to make eye contact. it lets the driver know you can ride and once they see you look at them it humanizes you a little. maybe they’ll give you a lil elbow room, ya dig?

  6. MattAugust 26, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Got my MM a few weeks ago. $5 is more than fair. I like it, it’s surprisingly stable, and the size and placement seem just right, a quick glance and I know what’s behind me. I tried my Take-A-Look mirror again and found the size and placement not “quite right”. I also tried removing the MM from the “mount” and sticking it on my helmet, but the vibration made it unusable. I rode the other day without it and really missed the MM! Very minimal Fred factor ;)

  7. MMAugust 26, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Muchas gracias Matt!! Your comments are very much appreciated here. And I agree (tim z) that eye contact with the 2-ton-rolling-steel-box operator is crucial. The mirror helps me time it just right to do so then get back to the task at hand.

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