I'm wondering how many people ride with some type of rear view mirror?
Recently I've heard to two very serious bike accidents where the cyclist was hit from behind; one resulting in death. I don't know if the riders had a mirror, but I'm wondering if that would have helped them.
My mirror is the kind that is attached to my helmet. (it's hand made by the fellow from Gambier, OH; it's a work of art!!) I feel it is even more important to my safety than my helmet; I love it. Especially since I've noticed recently more than a few drivers LOOKING at their phone while they are driving. It's making me a bit anxious. With a mirror I feel like I at least have a chance of diving off the road if a car isn't going to pass me properly. Also with a mirror I can assess the situation ahead and determine if I need to take the whole lane to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
Try this wherever you believe it is safe to do so: If you typically shoulder check to the left, prior to turning, take your left hand off the handlebars and point with your index finger straight ahead. Then make your head turn. I bet you won't swerve, or alternatively, you will swerve less. As you become more proficient at this, the exaggerated motion of pointing will become less pronounced, but you will experience the same net effect; i.e. no more swerving.
(It keeps you from activating certain muscles in your torso and back which would otherwise cause an unintended twist).
Daniel G said:
These seem like a good idea. I can't seem to glance backward without swerving at least a little, so I tend to keep my gaze forward. I've been working on that for a while, but it's hard to fight the urge to steer with your head.
I bought one from the same guy at the Hilly Hundred a number of years ago. He is still making mirrors. Mine broke a while back but I have replaced it with a sticky one that lost its stick. Its now duck taped to my helmet. When it breaks or the tape gives way I will replace it from the guy in Ohio. If you ever lead a group these things are essential for keeping an eye on the ducklings behind you. Commuting in the city I find a mirror makes it much easier to safely maneuver in traffic. I spend more time looking ahead with an occasional eyeball on the mirror and less time swinging my head backwards. This way I am ready when there is a sudden change in front of me. The guy who makes the mirror in the picture (he has all kinds of backs for the mirror)s is:
Ultra Light Touring Shop
P.O. Box 363
Gambier, Ohio 43022