Nice little 11.5 mile ride through the country.
I’m still putting miles on my road bike, up to nearly 200 now and I’m rather due for that first service. The bike is holding up wonderfully and I’m showing some signs of progress. I’m not huffing and puffing after a good hour ride now and I’m definitely getting faster.
One thing that was driving me crazy was looking over my shoulder to check for cars. I don’t ride on especially busy roads, but when I have to turn left or cross an intersection, it can get a little dicey. I’m getting better at turning and looking back over my shoulder without swerving into traffic, but after a close call with a speeding car passing me on a turn, I decided it might be time to look at getting a mirror.
First, I picked up a little helmet-mounted mirror from my local bike shop. It seems like it would have worked well, except for one little problem. It doesn’t mount to my helmet. It needs a thin lip to mount to, like a visor or the rim of an older helmet and my helmet has neither. After doing a bit more research, I decided to try a glasses-mount mirror instead and settled on the Take-A-Look from Bike Peddler.
I’ve ridden with it a few times now and I love it. I reversed the mounting a bit so I could mount it on the left side of my glasses and so only one little prong is on the inside part of the stem. It’s a bit more comfortable that way and seems plenty stable. The mirror doesn’t shake much, it’s reasonably clear and I can see what’s coming up behind me. It probably looks a little dorky, but hey, I’m already wearing spandex and day-glo yellow.
Just a personal reminder, here’s a bunch of rides around Saratoga.
11.6 miles in 51 minutes. Not a bad start.