Mirror mirror on the wall…..
Having ridden street bikes (motorcycles) for so long and training people I just don’t feel comfortable riding without a mirror on the street. At least on the left side. As a trainer I use to ask “Tell me about your accident and I’ll tell you why it was your fault.” Even though I sometimes sit at a traffic light in a well marked bike lane on my way to offroad areas, I always keep an eye on my 6:00 in the event some dumb shit is using their cell phone as they approach the light or stop sign. Even a small tap or veering into the bike lane can be deadly for me. I hate antenna mirrors, so I installed a bar end left side mirror on my bike. The issue arose when I would get to my offroad area. Some of the paths are narrow and the mirror snags brush. So after much searching I found a small 2″ mirror that I had hoped would replace the bar end unit. I can see to my left, but unfortunately not directly behind me. So I reinstalled the bar end mirror and mounted the small 2″ on the right side.
I’m really fortunate that I live in an area where I can ride to off road trails easily. Some folks poopoo (those who consider themselves hard core off road riders…LOL) mirrors, but that’s OK. I don’t plan to get rear ended as I ride to my offroad joy.
My armband rear view mirror. It’s really handy when I’m riding to an off road area that is quite wooded and I don’t want to catch my mirror on bushes or trees.