Bike Eye bike mirror  £15.95

8/10

A great improvement over the original, very clever concept

Contact  www.bike-eye.com

by Shaun Audane   December 24, 2010  

Bike Eye mirror 2011

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.

You can fit it in under a minute using the supplied cable ties, and the softer plastics now used ensure a seamless, sculpted fit around most head tubes. They also insulate against road shock (one of our gripes with the original design) while the newly integrated nut and bolt make for easier alignment than previously. The mirror itself is unchanged, working to the same principle as a car rear view mirror, there is now though a new 10mm wider version available too. The flat glass plate won’t tarnish or peel and it provides better perception of approaching vehicle speed/ proximity than a convex design. When correctly set up it works by giving you a view between and under your legs - optimum viewing point is when your leg is at the top of the pedal stroke.

Setting the mirror in double-sided foam tape safeguards against splinter injuries in the event of a nasty spill. Both versions of the Bike Eye are beautifully simple to use, demanding the slightest split-second glance to see what's going on behind. The performance of the two different versions is neck-and-neck until we come to trailer and tag-along tugging. The original will suit those with the carefully laden low-slung slung BOB Yak genre whereas the bigger surface area wins hands down when habitually hauling box types.

A quick glance from my right eye was sufficient for most conditions so it's a boon for those with compromised mobility in the neck or shoulders. Twenty litre panniers on the rear rack had negligible interference with the line of sight so the Bike Eye shouldn't be rejected out of hand for commuting or weekend touring, but 40 litre models did obscure the view. However, whatever the context, Bike Eye should never substitute for regular over-the shoulder/ lifesaver checks, especially in congested traffic.

Verdict

Design tweaks make the new version a great improvement over the original; a very clever concept.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Bike Eye bike mirror

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"Bike-Eye® gives a rear view through the correctly angled mirror under the riders leg, along the line of the frame, therefore it's important a clear unrestricted viewing pathway must be maintained".

Works very well in most contexts aside from heavily laden touring and/or commuting with expedition type panniers.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, as a visibility aid for trailer tugging

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Generally, yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.81m  Weight: 70kg

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

6 user comments

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brilliant idea for getting an sneaky view of anyone getting a jump on sprinting for road signs racing

posted by miffed [163 posts]
26th December 2010 - 2:29

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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........

like over their right shoulder.... the importance of eye contact with motorists behind us should not be underestimated.

For me - this is a waste of money.

for me - The ride is about adventure, camaraderie and the sense of accomplishment that comes after a long day in the saddle.

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posted by Mountain-Nic [119 posts]
30th December 2010 - 9:49

2 Likes

i have been using one for a while now - combined with a shoulder check it is a very useful bit of kit

posted by rootes [42 posts]
25th February 2011 - 11:00

6 Likes

I love/hate this mirror after almost 2 years of use. It does work well in practice, but it doesn't have enough waterproofing. The first (narrow version) one I had started to deteriorate in a matter of a couple months. What happens is that moisture gets in between the black plastic housing and behind the reflective surface. When that happens, the silver reflective surface is comprised and is slowly eaten away. So in a matter of a few months it lost about a third of its total area, rendering it useless. The second one, wide version, is doing the same thing although at a slower rate since I put some petroleum jelly in the crevice on the mirror perimeter.

Shut up legs, you don't get a vote.

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posted by ridein [50 posts]
12th December 2013 - 17:38

5 Likes

I have much better results mounting it lower by the fork crown/headset area. I think the day I converted over to mirror use was when somebody was leaning out of a car window just to slap my ass.

Shut up legs, you don't get a vote.

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posted by ridein [50 posts]
12th December 2013 - 17:47

4 Likes

I bought one at the bike show a couple of years ago. I fitted it and it did work quite well. You still have to look over your shoulder to be completely safe but you can see if something is definitely there or not before double checking/ It's not on my bike anymore. Everytime I got out of the saddle I hit it with my knee. It didn't break mind I just got fed up with it.

Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand.

posted by oozaveared [658 posts]
12th December 2013 - 17:55

5 Likes

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