Bike Eye is a visibility aid that now comes in a second version, making it a suitable option for all kinds of bikes. However, the concept still relies on a clear, uninterrupted field of vision along the top tube so kitchen sink tourists and anyone else who uses large panniers and/or a big saddlebag will still need to look elsewhere.
Blackburn’s helmet mirror is a great idea but its susceptibility to vibration and misalignment can be extremely frustrating – especially at night.
Topeak’s Bar n’ Mirror is an interesting and stylish concept - a bar end with a fold out mirror, executed with the brand’s trademark panache. A blend of cold forged aluminium and engineering grade plastics are undeniably chic but form presides over comfort on longer distances.
The bike eye is a surprisingly effective awareness aid that is likely to challenge preconceptions held about mirrors. Weighing a mere 60g, the Bike Eye is closest in principle to a car’s interior mirror. It attaches with zip ties to the head tube, giving you a view down the length of the bike and directly behind you.
A mirror, light and indicator in one, the Winkku is designed to address some of the problems faced by commuters – especially inexperienced ones, or those facing heavy traffic. It's not the first time we've seen a bike mirror, or an indicator, or an outboard light, but the combination of the three is novel and well realised. It's a pity the mirror isn't better, and there are flaws in the design, but overall it's a decent product and one that will appeal to segments of the commuter brigade.
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