Blackburn’s helmet mirror is a great idea but its susceptibility to vibration and misalignment can be extremely frustrating – especially at night.
The component parts are to Blackburn’s usual high standards. Flat glass is used to provide the most accurate reflection and it won’t fade or tarnish with age. This is set into an articulated body that's made from durable, high-quality plastics. This attaches to your helmet via a double-sided adhesive pad, and Blackburn have thoughtfully included a spare should you get the positioning wrong or need to swap between lids.
Initial alignment takes patience but turning your head about 20° and glancing in the mirror gives an uninterrupted view of conditions behind. Claimed to be a universal fit, in practice compatibility isn’t an exact science and is best with MTB-inspired commuter helmets.
There’s a definite knack to getting the best from this mirror, and I had a few outings along quiet rural lanes before I was confident about hitting the town with a laden trailer in tow. However, it wasn’t long before a quick glance was enough to see what was going on behind.
However, poorly surfaced roads caused it to blur uselessly, especially at night, reducing a procession of cars to a glimmering jumble of headlamps. Particular care was needed when removing the helmet at rest stops to prevent misalignment, although this in endemic to the breed in my experience.
Good concept but easily misaligned and too sensitive to vibration
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Make and model: Blackburn Helmet 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?
"Lightweight helmet mirror for use in traffic or whilst training in a pack on the road
Fully adjustable mirror for a custom fit
Easy to install and adjust"
Broadly true, although it depends on the type of helmet you're using.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
No-quibble lifetime warranty
High grade plastic/toughened glass construction.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Blackburn's helmet mirror is convenient for those seeking an unclutterd look to their bieg. However, vibration and easy misalignment were my major gripes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good quality materials and low weight.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Badly affected by vibation and too easily misaligned
Did you enjoy using the product? I had mixed feelings.
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Not really.
Age: 37 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,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)