Having a mirror on your bike can help make your rides safer and smoother. Saddle height, bar positioning, the types of roads and trails you ride on — there’s a slew of things to consider when setting up a new bike. One of those is whether or not you want a bike mirror.
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Configuring a mirror onto your ride might not be at the top of your to-do list, but it’s a smart thing to consider if you’re looking for ways to stay safe.
"Not having to look backward to check for traffic, especially when riding on a road shoulder, can help you avoid taking your eyes off the road," Paul Johnson, founder of Complete Tri , tells LIVESTRONG.com.
It makes sense: A car has rearview mirrors, so why shouldn’t a bike, which often traverses the same types of roads? But Johnson notes mirrors are just as valuable on a trail, too. And they can be especially useful for more novice riders.
"Slower riders [can] use mirrors to see faster cyclists coming up behind them," Johnson says. "They can then move over to the side of the trail proactively."
The bottom line: Having a mirror fixed to your bike, whether a road or mountain bike , can ensure a safer, smoother ride.We spoke with three cycling experts to learn what exactly to look for when purchasing a bike mirror, in addition to their favorite product picks. A few of the major features we considered while putting together our list:Below, you’ll find […]