As a kid growing up in the 70s, I remember having my handlebar mounted bike mirrors. They were big and bold. And, frankly, I never thought they worked that well. But we didn’t wear helmets back then so we didn’t have the choice of using a helmet mounted bike mirror like today.

Helmet mounted bicycle mirrors are easy to position and give a great field of view since you can easily turn your head a few degrees without affecting the direction your bike is traveling. Because the mirror is close to the rider’s eye it does not need to be very large to be functional. This means that there is not much weight involved with a helmet mirror.

Helmet Mirror by Third EyeAdvantages:

  • Small and light
  • Always available if wearing your helmet, even if you ride multiple bikes
  • No blind spots
  • Not easily stolen

Disadvantages:

  • Must wear your helmet to have a mirror
  • Distracting
  • Helmet must be well-fitting or the mirror will be out of position
  • Makes tossing your helmet into a sports bag a bit more tricky
  • Can be easily broken off the helmet

If you always ride with your helmet, then you will always have your mirror. This makes it easy to jump on anyone’s bike and still have the comfort of knowing what is behind you. There are no blind spots because it is a simple matter to make a full sweep of what is behind and beside you by slightly turning your head.

There are some who say that wearing a helmet or glasses mounted mirror creates an unnecessary distraction. I can attest this was true the first few times I used a mirror like this, but you quickly get used to it and it becomes a trusted tool instead of a distraction.

The thing I dislike the most about a helmet mounted bicycle mirror is that tossing your helmet into a gym bag, or packing it in anything, becomes awkward. There is the fear of breaking the stem of the mirror (which are designed to break in a crash). Some can be attached with a Velcro© tab making it easy to remove and replace. I have not tried doing that, but my fear with it is that vibrations would be more pronounced. It would certainly be worth trying before permanently attaching your mirror to your helmet.

If you always wear the same helmet when you need a mirror, this is a great option. However, if you switch helmets regularly, then getting a glasses mounted mirror or handlebar mounted mirrors might be a better option.

Filed under: GearSafety

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