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Made in: Deutschland

product code: M5

The best bar mirror ever was made by Rhode gear, but they don't make it anymore. Not this particular one. Nobody who has one, even a 20-year old one, will sell it for $50, because it's just one of those SO GOOD things.

Until we came upon this German mirror, nothing even came close to that Rhode Gear mirror, and this one seems to be, actually seems to actually be 90 percent as good as that one, and 500 percent better than any other currently available mirror.

It mounts onto any handlebar, easily. It even mounts to forks. It keeps its place, it offers a clear view of what's bearing down on you from behind. It takes NO getting used to. It doesn't interfere with your riding, your hand position--at least not more than 1 percent, and for the benefit it provides, that may as well be not at all. It weighs less than 2 ounces, it's affordable, and it isn't even made in China.

If you like helmet or glasses mirrors, fine, maybe this won't be for you. But if you're OK with bar-mount mirrors (and heavens, it's easy to be OK with them once you get over the nerdy looks, and that's something you should do asap)--then you will really, really like this German mirror.

Mirrors are funny, in that some people have such bad associations with them that they just refuse to use one. Or they figure, if they want to see behind, just turn and look.

That's all fine, but many riders find it more convenient to glance down into a mirror than to turn and look. It's not that "turning and looking" is hard; it's more that glancing down into a mirror is just easier, and you're less likely to mis-steer that-a-way.

For such a light, secure, easy to mount, easy to use mirror to be so affordable AND not even made in China....is pretty weird, these days. Germany makes this, and thoroughly de-bugged and fully figured out it is.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 10   Write a review.

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one drawback October 8, 2014
Reviewer: Stuare Knoles from Durham, NC United States  
Durable, stable, convient mount, good size. The convex of the mirror is however, way excessive; less convex shape in the mirror would be most useful. The shape and large size of the mirror gives a good visual field, so, the amount of convex - wide view - the mirror has is not needed. The drawback to having such a wide angle mirror is that something approaching in the distance is hard to see until it is rather close - an auto without headlights on is hardly noticeable, and distance is more difficult to judge.  You get instead this nice landscape view that includes much the sky - to check for approaching weather fronts - and even see your feet, if you want. Less of convex would be much better. The bike has by the way, tipped over on the mirror once without any problem.

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Yes, will mount after gluing on grips October 23, 2013
Reviewer: Shay Hill from Houston, TX United States  
Great mirror, as the others have said. Posting this review to let potential buyers know that, yes, the worm gear can be backed out all the way, the strap opened completely, and the mirror mounted on bars with glued-on grips.

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Great Mirror August 5, 2013
Reviewer: Jack Stewart from Bella Vista, AR United States  
This mirror works great - best I've ever used.   Also worth noting that a while back I lost the screw that holds it together.   I emailed Ortlieb customer service, and they sent me a new one at no charge.    It's nice to know that Riv works with suppliers that take customer service to the next level the same was Riv does.

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great field of view July 14, 2013
Reviewer: PS from San Francisco, CA United States  
This gives you a view way back down the road and is especially helpful on fast descents when you can't hear the cars very well and cranking your neck around to check is unsafe.  Also great when shoulder is small or nonexistent and you need to concentrate hard on what's ahead of you. Five star item for bike touring. Well worth the money.

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Best mirror; not quite perfect October 27, 2012
Reviewer: Steven Thornton from Seattle, WA United States  
I've tried a lot of mirrors, and didn't much like any of them. I even resorted to a motorcycle mirror, which was fine, except it stuck out a foot to the side and kept hitting on things. This mirror is BY FAR the best I've tried, and is the only one I would ever use.

The only caveat is that the stem is just a leetle too short for me. I have it on a North Road bar, and it gives me a view of my hand, not quite the road behind me. I ended up mounting it on a Topeak bar extender thingie, which looks stupid but works like a charm. I wouldn't leave home without it.

"Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" but that's not hard to get used to.

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