Bike Eye Mirror  £15.95

7/10

Clever design but not quite universal appeal

Weight 60g   Contact  www.bike-eye.com

by Shaun Audane   April 4, 2009  

Bike Eye mirror

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.

The mirror itself is glass, which is mounted with double-sided foam tape. it gives an accurate view of conditions and tape means it's unlikely to splinter and injure you in a spill. Fitting is very simple but the Bike Eye is reliant upon an uninterrupted view from the inside leg and along the line of the frame. Therefore, variables such frame (and pannier) size and head tube length will determine its effectiveness. Compatibility is a bit hit and miss on bikes using down-tube shifters and you're probably better off with more traditional designs for touring or heavily laden commuting.

The mirror is designed to work by the rider swinging their thigh outward whilst simultaneously looking into the mirror- this quickly becomes second nature and offers a very clear view of conditions behind. Frame mounting means vibration’s kept to a minimum, even through rutted bridle paths, so long as the nylon bolt is kept tight.

I found it a boon with both tag-along and trailer meaning I could alter course or time manoeuvres more effectively. It's no substitute for periodic glances over the shoulder but it could definitely prove useful to riders with more limited neck or shoulder movement and those regularly time trailing on busy A roads.

The bike-eye certainly changed my perception of mirrors and is more versatile than most. A sibling better suited to the demands of laden touring is also in the pipeline.

Verdict

Mirrors have an image problem but the inobtrusive design and build quality mean it's better than most on bikes that aren't heavily laden.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Bike Eye Mirror

Price: 15.95

Weight: 60g

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?

The Bike Eye is an awareness aid aimed at(but not exclusively) more performance orientated cyclists.

Tell us some more about the techincal aspects of the product?

Designed along the same lines as a car's interior mirror it is made from a mixture of toughened glass and ABS plastics to keep the weight low whilst employing the frame as a mounting point largely eliminates annoying vibration.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Works very effectively and quickly becomes second nature. Large saddle-bags and panniers will obscure the mirror.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Very lightweight, yet a lot of thought has clearly gone into construction and build quality.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Can improve rider comfort and safety if used properly but I would be wary of becoming too reliant upon it-especially in heavy traffic.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Competitively priced given the design and technologies employed.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Works very effectively in most contexts.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Low weight, solid build quality and inobtrusive design.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

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,

4 user comments

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I have been using one of these for time trials, triathlons, sportives and group rides. They let you see what's behind you, often with a flick out of the right knee needed, but in an unobtrusive way.

Especially in a low TT/tribar tuck this is the only way to see behind you without messing your aero helmet position or trying to do a near impossible look behind you in a very low and narrow aerobar position.

It's not perfect but stays in a fixed place unlike helmet or bar mounted versions.

The mirror on an earlier brought model did eventually get that dark mottled effect after a few too many bangs and bashes going to races etc but it had already done a stirling job for at least three years.

Worth a try, I had always thought mirrors were uncool, but lets face it, like a helmet they could save your bacon one day, or perhaps almost everyday.... ever drive with no rear view mirrors, no exactly.

posted by joeatjbstdotcom [5 posts]
4th April 2009 - 6:43

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Hi, for fear of being controversial don't they look a bit silly?

Flo

posted by Flo K [178 posts]
6th April 2009 - 19:27

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That's what I thought when I saw the review, but actually I can see the point if you are riding on busy roads, particularly A roads where the traffic is moving fast and especially if you are in a time trialling tuck

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posted by Denzil Dexter [140 posts]
6th April 2009 - 21:30

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… not that I get in one of those very often Big Grin

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posted by Denzil Dexter [140 posts]
6th April 2009 - 21:31

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