I (Stella) have wanted a bicycle mirror for years, and I had reviewed dozens of different ones but I just couldn’t make up my mind. I finally decided upon the Meachow 2022 New Bar End Bike Mirror and I am very pleased with it. I placed it on my Trek Dual Sport 3.
SET UP: All bike handlebars are different, but this was very easy to install on mine; took less than 5 minutes. I chose to place it on the left handlebar (it is available for both left and right). It is important to note that this device is compatible with Mountain, Folding and Hybrid bike types. It is NOT compatible with Road and Beach Cruiser bikes. Be sure to review the size chart to ensure it will fit your handlebars.
SIZE: 1) Stem: The stem screws into the handlebar, and unlike a lot of other devices, this stem does NOT extend like a long tree branch off from the handlebar. This is an important feature to me because if I am biking on a narrow path with close bushes/tree branches, a long stem could get caught and break off. This device is compact and minimalist. 2) Mirror: The size and shape of the mirror provides the ideal size of viewing space, and I really like the oblong shape of the mirror versus a round shape. The dimensions of the mirror: 5.3″w x 2.5″h.
MANEUVERABILITY: This is the key feature of this device! 1) When installing the stem on the handlebar, the stem can be adjusted backward and forward to your desired location. 2) Once the stem is installed on the handlebar, the mirror can then be adjusted to a vertical or horizontal position. And, there is a ball mechanism behind the mirror attached to the stem, which allows for the mirror to be rotated to different angles (up, down, left, right). 3) After finishing biking, the mirror easily folds inward, toward the inside of the handlebar so that it doesn’t stick out while traveling on the bike rack.
It is important to note that the tightness or looseness of the screw that attaches the stem to the mirror is what allows the mirror to be rotated to different angles. This means that if it is too loose, the mirror may not stay in place if you go over a bump. Conversely, if it is too tight, then you may not be able to adjust it to your preferred placement. It might take a bit of experimentation to find the ideal screw tightness for your needs.
BOTTOM LINE: If you want a minimalist mirror that provides full maneuverability combined with the capability of folding inward for travel on a bike rack, then the Meachow 2022 New Bar End Bike Mirror is a winner!
Price Paid: $15.28 + tax
Place Purchased: Amazon
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