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It’s sometimes difficult to turn your head for a better look at your surroundings while you’re riding a bike. That’s why using a rearview mirror is so important. A good one will help you stay aware of what’s beside or overtaking you and avoid an, “I never saw it coming,” situation. Here are three things to think about before you buy a rearview mirror for your ride.

This popular helmet-mounted lens features a vibration-resistant pliable arm. DRCKHROS

The most effective bike mirrors mount to either the handlebar or a bike helmet, although there are also cycling eyeglasses equipped with mirrors. Handlebar mirrors are large and offer the greatest field of view (FOV), but are easy to damage, or lose to thieves. Helmet mirrors are easy to attach, and because it’s always on your helmet, it’s always with you no matter what cycle you’re riding.

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You can attach this aerodynamic reflector near the brake levers to make adjustments easy while you’re riding. MEACHOW

Make sure your mirror is built from tough materials. The most durable mirrors are vibration-resistant, with a hardened, scratch-resistant lens.

Also Consider

The convex lens on this model reflects a wider angle of view than a flat lens. EVT

Round mirrors are often small and lightweight and don’t distort reflections. Oval or rectangular mirrors offer a wider field of view for better visibility where you need it. Flat-lens mirrors produce an undistorted and clear picture, while convex lenses create a wide-angle view of what’s behind you.