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Bike mirrors have the potential to prevent accidents. But what they don’t do is replace normal bike awareness and observational skills. However, what they can do is act as a secondary pair of eyes during your rides.
There are plenty of different options available, and the good news is that even the very best bike mirrors won’t cost a fortune. Hopefully, whether you’re an urban warrior, you’re doing some endurance riding, or you’re just tootling around town, we’ll have something to suit your bike and your style.
So, let’s dive in and take a look at ten of those options…
- Top 10 Best Bike Mirrors For Your Budget 2021 Reviews
- 1 Hafny Bar End Bike Mirror, Stainless Steel Lens
- 2 EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror
- 3 Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mountain Bicycle Mirror
- 4 Hafny New Handlebar Bike Mirror
- 5 Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror
- 6 Cycleaware Reflex Bicycle Helmet Mirror
- 7 Mirror,Big View Bike Rear View Mirror Blindsight Multi Angle
- 8 Venzo Bicycle Bike Accessories Handlebar Mount Mirrors Set Silver
- 9 Sprintech Road Drop Bar Rearview Bike Mirror
- 10 LX LERMX Bike Mirrors [Upgraded Version] Two PCS HD
- Best Bike Mirrors Buying Guide
- More Superb Cycling Accessories
- So, What Are The Best Bike Mirrors?
Top 10 Best Bike Mirrors For Your Budget 2021 Reviews
1 Hafny Bar End Bike Mirror, Stainless Steel Lens
The Hafny bike mirror is fitted into your bar ends. It will work with straight bars or drops bars. So, whatever kind of bike you have, the Hafny bar-end bike mirror will work just fine.
To fix the mirror, simply remove your bar-end cap and insert the expandable tube into your handlebars. The Hafny bike mirror will fit easily into any handlebars with an internal diameter of between 14.8mm to 23mm. Once the tube has been inserted, you simply tighten up the expander with the provided hex key.
Instructions are provided, but quite frankly, it’s unlikely you’ll need them.
Once you have the mirror installed on your bike, it’s easy to adjust, on the fly, to just about any angle. It has a ball and socket joint and can be adjusted with minimal force. On the other hand, once in position, it won’t move again unless you want it too.
The mirror is 62mm wide, so it gives you a good view of what is going on behind. This is a good size, but you can order a 68mm version if you want something even bigger. It’s made from stainless steel rather than glass. This means there’s no chance of it ever breaking.
On the negative side, the stainless-steel finish can distort your rearview and doesn’t give as good an image as with a conventional mirror. Also, it does need keeping clean, more so than a glass mirror, to ensure you can properly see behind.
- Easy to install.
- Big diameter.
- Unbreakable stainless-steel lens.
- Good value.
- The stainless-steel lens can distort your view.
2 EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror
This is one of the best helmet mounted mirrors on the market.
It will fit on any bike helmet. We’d like to say that it’s easy to install, but the fact is it can take a little trial and error to get it properly mounted. Once it is mounted, it also takes a little time to fix into the sweet spot. This is partly because it’s so close to your face. In fact, it sits just 5” from your eyes.
The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror doesn’t slip around or vibrate when you’re riding. If you need to make micro-adjustments whilst you’re riding, you can do so with one hand. However, we’d advise that you stop first before trying to adjust it.
Always safety first when on your bike guys and girls!
The mirror has a 2.25 diameter, which is fine, but it gives you a much wider and better view than its size. It gives an impressive and clear view of everything behind.
Importantly, it only weighs 1.6 ounces. The extra weight on your helmet is barely noticeable — an important consideration, particularly on longer rides.
The EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror is made from quality materials. The company seems to think so too as they offer a full five years no quibble guarantee. It’s always nice to see a company stand firmly behind their product.
If you like using a mirror and you have multiple bikes, like a lot of us have, this could be a good option.
- Provides an excellent rearview.
- Doesn’t move around or wobble.
- 5-year manufactures guarantee.
- Time-consuming to fit.
3 Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mountain Bicycle Mirror
This is a solid, affordable mountain bike mirror.
The mirror fits into the end of your handlebars. It has an expander that can be fitted inside bars between 13.75mm to 22.5mm. This makes it suitable for just about every mountain bike you can think of.
The lovely people at Mirrcycle have included a hex key and some instructions. The hex key will prove useful, but it’s unlikely you’ll need the instructions.
We’re sure you’ll agree that it’s nice to have a good-sized mirror. In this regard, the Mirrycle MTB Bar End mirror doesn’t disappoint. This thing is big. It’s 3” to be precise. It’s also convex, so you’ be able to see what’s going on behind you with no problems at all.
If you want to use a 2-mirror set-up, you can get a bit of a discount for ordering two. The only thing to be aware of is that with two mirrors attached, it will add a little extra width to your ride — more of a concern for the urban warriors amongst you.
Once in place, the mirror will stay where it was originally positioned until you move it. You don’t need to worry about road bumps or vibrations. The mirror can be easily moved up or down for micro-adjustments but not from side to side.
The mirror does not have a ball and socket joint. This means there’s no side to side adjustability. Since you already get a great view, it’s not a deal-breaker. However, it’s something we’d still prefer to have.
- Solid build quality.
- Big mirror.
- It’s convex.
- No side to side adjustability.
4 Hafny New Handlebar Bike Mirror
This will add a bit of swish to your ride.
The Hafny New Handlebar Bike Mirror clamps directly onto your handlebars. It sits just inside the end of your bar grips. This will only work with a straight handlebar set-up. The bars must fall between 21mm – 26mm.
The cool thing about this system is that the mirrors don’t stick out more than an inch or so from the end of the bars. This makes them look more stylish and unobtrusive. Additionally, if you decided to put on a pair, it doesn’t make it any more difficult to maneuver in heavy traffic.
Another benefit of the clamping system is that if your grips have solid ends, there’s no need to cut them off, as you have to do if you choose to use a mirror with an expander system.
The mirrors measure 5.5” by 2.45”. You can order them in pairs or individually as either a right or left mirror. Because of their shape, you need to order a specific side. You can also order them in either plain or blue anti-glare finish. Both of the finishes use high-grade car mirror lenses for improved strength and clarity.
Once clamped onto your bars, you can adjust the mirror through a full 360 degrees. It’s easy to do. We, of course, always caution you to do this whilst your stationary.
These are good looking and well-made bike mirrors. Additionally, since they create such a low profile, they’re one of the few mirrors we’d consider adding to our bike as a pair.
- Easy clamping attachment.
- 360 degree adjustable.
- Available as a blue anti-glare option.
- Car grade mirror lens.
- Well made.
5 Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror
This is an inexpensive version of the EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror that also can be attached to your eyeglasses.
The Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror is small and lightweight. The compact size version measure just 20mm x 37mm and can extend 50mm. The normal size version measures 28mm x 37mm and can extend 80mm.
Whichever you choose, you can be sure that they’re both lightweight. We’re talking about the weight of a supermodel’s typical meal. That’s about half an ounce to you and me.
We recommend you go for the compact version if you intend to attach it to your glasses. We recommend the normal size if you intend to attach it to your helmet. Whichever version you choose, attachment is easy and can be done in seconds rather than minutes.
Once attached to your glasses or helmet, you can make fine adjustments by rotating the mirror at a 90-degree angle to the wire. The mirror has a good field of vision, and although it does suffer a little bit from vibration, it’s nothing too bad.
The main criticism we have of the Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror is that it’s a bit flimsy. Once you take off your eyeglasses or helmet, you have to be careful how you position them, so you don’t damage the mirror or frame.
The EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror is a much sturdier alternative, though a much more expensive one. However, if you’re looking for an inexpensive mirror, you can use on your helmet as well as on your glasses the Bike Peddler mirror is a good choice.
- Easy to attach.
- Superlight weight.
- Easy to adjust.
- It’s flimsy.
6 Cycleaware Reflex Bicycle Helmet Mirror
This is a very neat solution for attaching a mirror to your bike helmet.
It’s the best looking and neatest of all the bike mirror helmets we’ve reviewed. What’s more, you’ll look like a Cyborg when you’re pedaling along. OK, so it’s great that you can also see behind. But it does look kind of cool.
Another thing we like is that it isn’t very expensive for a helmet-mounted bike mirror. In fact, it’s close in price to the Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror we’ve just reviewed. Frankly, that’s rather surprising.
The Cycleaware Reflex Bicycle Helmet Mirror is well made considering its very low price point. It’s relatively sturdy and will take a few bumps and knocks in its stride.
It comes with its own adhesive fixing. It attaches easily onto any helmet and doesn’t require any tools. Unfortunately, though the fixing works reasonably enough, we’d still recommend adding a stronger adhesive for a bit of extra security.
Once attached to your helmet, it’s easy to adjust. The mirror comes out on a bendable stalk that can be angled with just one hand. It’s a good-sized oval mirror that gives you an excellent rearview. It feels as solid as the EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror and doesn’t excessively vibrate and giggle around whilst you’re riding.
For such a sturdy mirror, we’re genuinely surprised that it only weighs just shy of 22gms. This kind of weight means you can ride all day without even noticing you’re wearing it.
- Excellent value for money.
- Looks cool.
- Adhesive could be stronger.
7 Mirror,Big View Bike Rear View Mirror Blindsight Multi Angle
These look very much like something you’d see on a motorcycle.
They come as a pair of mirrors, and the styling is something you’re either going to love or hate. The rear of the mirrors has a bright orange finish with skeleton hands superimposed. They’re certainly going to get a few looks and raise a few eyebrows.
The mirrors are made of durable materials. The arms are stainless steel. They also have a high-quality ABS optical frame to protect the mirrors against breaking when you ride over bumpy roads. There’s no doubt at all that these are a set of sturdy mirrors.
They fit onto the bike by clamping onto the handlebars on the inside of the grips. The arms then screw into the clamps in the same way you find on a lot of motorcycle mirrors. It a rock-solid secure method. It also makes this one of the best bike mirrors to reduce visual distortion through vibration.
The mirrors sit quite high due to the long arms. This gives a great view behind but doesn’t impinge on your maneuverability since the mirrors don’t overlap the end of the bars. These are, therefore, good mirrors to use as a pair.
You can adjust the mirrors through a full 360 degrees so you’ll have no difficulty in setting them up for your personal preference. Once you’ve set them up, they will stay in place.
- Sturdy quality materials.
- ABS optical frame.
- 360 degrees adjustable.
- Styling is not for everyone.
8 Venzo Bicycle Bike Accessories Handlebar Mount Mirrors Set Silver
Next in our Best Bike Mirrors review are these very stylish set of mirrors. The styling cues look like they belong to some kind of lightweight sportscar. We like them a lot. Unlike the skull claw mirrors we’ve just reviewed, we can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t like them. They look so cool.
The mirrors will only fit onto a size 22.2mm handlebar, so you need to make sure this is what you have.
The arms and the case for the mirror are made from high impact nylon mixed with fiber. The material is hard-wearing, won’t rust, and should stand the test of time well. The mirror is held securely in the case and won’t shake around when you’re riding.
The angular design of the mirrors looks fantastic. But just as good in our opinion is that you can choose between having either a clear or blue coating. Whichever you pick, you also get a 75% anti-glare application.
The mirrors attach to the arms with a strong ball and socket design. Adjusting the mirrors can be done easily with one hand. They can be adjusted through a full 360 degrees to any angle you like.
The only real moan we have is that they are a little heavy for the pair. However, if you’re on a cruiser, a city bike, or a hybrid, it’s unlikely to make too much of a difference. If you’re looking for a great looking and dependable set of mirrors, we think it’s a price worth paying.
- Easy to adjust.
- Look super cool.
- Have a 75% anti-reflective coating.
9 Sprintech Road Drop Bar Rearview Bike Mirror
These are undoubtedly the best bicycle mirrors for drop handlebars. Unlike the Hafny Bar End Bike Mirror we reviewed earlier, these are dedicated drop handlebar mirrors. You cant use them on any other kind of bars. Consequently, the design feels and looks much more cohesive and streamlined.
The mirrors are a kind of oval shape that doesn’t appear overly obtrusive when in situ. They come in a choice of six colors to help match the paintwork of your bike.
The mirrors don’t use an expander tube. Instead, they have a plug end like you have on your bar end caps.
To install them, simply remove your existing bar end caps and replace them with the mirrors. No tools are required, and it can be done in seconds. What’s more, once installed they’re guaranteed to stay in place, and they won’t wobble or vibrate.
The mirrors do have some adjustability though you won’t get the same 360 degrees of movement you enjoy with some of the other bike mirrors. However, they have enough adjustability to be able to get a decent view behind you.
Another great feature of the mirrors is that they’re very lightweight. They weigh just 20gms each. This makes them the lightest handlebar mirrors in our review. In fact, they are probably the Best Lightweight Bike Mirrors you can buy.
If you’re doing an endurance ride or maybe some back-packing, we can’t think of a better set of bike mirrors. They’re lightweight and robust enough to be the perfect choice on your long rides.
- Easy to fit.
- They are small.
- Not suitable for bikes with straight bars.
10 LX LERMX Bike Mirrors [Upgraded Version] Two PCS HD
This is quite similar to the Venzo mirror we reviewed earlier.
The styling is very similar though there are differences in the way the arm is fixed on to the clamp. Additionally, the mirror is also fixed differently to the arm. Regardless, they’re both neat systems, and both offer the same kind of functionality.
The rear of the mirror has a carbon fiber and flame style finish, which looks pretty good. They have an angular shape, and together with the carbon fiber details, they look sporty and almost futuristic.
The mirrors come as a pair and weigh a little bit less than the Venzo mirrors. This is probably due to their aluminum-alloy arm construction. They weigh 13.6 ounces, which isn’t too bad at all for a pair of 4.7” wide sturdy mirrors.
The mirrors clamp on to the handlebars, and again like the Venzo mirrors, are only suitable for handlebars with a diameter of 22.2mm. Check the diameter of your bars before ordering, so you don’t get caught out.
They are easy to install. You just need a single hex key, and the job can be done in just a few minutes. Once they’re installed, you can adjust the arm to move higher, so it falls within the end of your bars, or lower where it will protrude from your bar ends.
The cool thing about these mirrors is that since the mirror can be moved through 360 degrees, you can rotate the mirror back on itself, have the arm fixed low, and the mirrors will still stay within the length of your bars. We think this is a great option to have.
- 360 degrees adjustability.
- No anti-reflective coating.
Best Bike Mirrors Buying Guide
Riding a bike is safer than not riding one.
Cyclists are 17% less likely to die of any cause, including accidents, than non-cyclists. This is because exercise is good for you, and the risk of common preventable illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer is therefore significantly lower for cyclists. Therefore, although there is a slightly increased risk of death or injury by accident, it’s easily offset by these health benefits.
We point this out first because although safety is paramount, we don’t want to get things out of perspective and put-off any new would-be cyclists from joining our amazing gang of two-wheeled warriors.
The answer to this is yes, possibly…
Mirrors are useful to see what’s coming up behind you and help you to take evasive action if you feel you’ve been unseen. If you use your mirror as a second eye, it could very well help you from a preventable accident. What you shouldn’t use a bike mirror for is as your only means of observation before a maneuver.
This is, for example, when you’re pulling out around stationary traffic or making a left turn. (That would be a left turn in the US or any country that drives on the right. It would be a right turn for the UK or any country that drives on the left).
In these circumstances, you absolutely must look back and make a secondary check. No question. 100%. Every time. Failing to do so could be very costly, indeed.
So, now we’ve established that mirrors can be a useful addition to good old-fashioned bike skills, let’s take a closer look at some of the specifics.
Helmet mirrors have the huge advantage of being light. They have a secondary advantage of you being able to use them easily when you switch bikes. But it’s not all sweetness and light, or there would be no such thing as handlebar-mounted mirrors.
They falter firstly on toughness. They are prone to breaking if you’re not careful about how you handle your helmet. If you’re a little rough with your helmet, we’d recommend the EVT Safe Zone Bicycle Helmet Mirror. This has the most robust attachment system of all the bike helmet mirrors.
One more disadvantage of bike helmet mirrors is that some people can’t adapt to having a mirror so close to their face. We’re used to driving cars and motorcycles and having a mirror a certain distance from our eyes. It’s a personal thing, but be aware that it’s not the best option of mirror for everyone.
Handlebar mirrors are more robust than helmet mirrors. They are more adjustable and usually give a better and wider field of view. This is more so if you opt to use a pair rather than a single mirror. They are also less prone to vibration and offer a rearview perspective that we are more familiar with.
There are plenty of advantages, so why aren’t we all using them?
Firstly, not everyone uses a bike helmet. We don’t want to go into the why and where for here, but there are plenty of reasons why you may choose not to wear a helmet. Additionally, handlebar mirrors are generally heavier. Plus, they are sometimes a little cumbersome.
Single or Dual Mirrors
If you decide to use a single mirror, it should always be on the left if you live in the US, or a country that drives on the right. The opposite applies if you live in a country that drives on the left.
There’s no doubt, having two mirrors will give you a better view from behind. However, one mirror should be perfectly adequate. Whilst having two mirrors is the ideal, it does add extra weight to your bike. Additionally, there’s the extra expense.
Plus, if the mirrors protrude past the bar ends, you can lose some maneuverability in an urban environment.
- Bar End
Bar-end mirrors can either use a tubular expander, like on the Hafny Bar End Bike Mirror or push in plug ends, like the Sprintech Road Drop Bar Rearview Bike Mirror. Both are perfectly good options; however, the Sprintech push-in plug end system does have the advantage of being appreciably lighter.
One of the disadvantages of this system is that on a bike with straight handlebars, the mirror can sometimes hang annoyingly past the bar ends. This is again not the case with the Sprintech mirror, but it’s something to be aware of.
- Mid Bar
Mid bar mirrors attach to the handlebars utilizing a clamp. They fit on the inside of your grips. Since some grips have solid ends, the mid bar mirror has the advantage of not having to cut off a piece of your grip to push the expander tube down the bar end.
Another advantage of the mid bar mirrors is they have a better range of adjustability. You can usually alter the arms for heights. You can also swivel the mirrors through a full 360 degrees and usually position the mirrors to fall within the length of the handlebars.
The main disadvantage of these mirrors is that they are the heaviest of all the systems.
It’s nice to have a decent size lens, but it’s not critical. The largest lenses are usually found on mid bar mirrors. They get progressively smaller as you move to the bar end and then helmet mirrors.
However, although large lenses can give you a better rearview, the best mirrors for your bike needn’t necessarily be large.
Even the smallest of mirrors still give a good enough view to act as a secondary pair of eyes. Plus, a smaller sized lens has the advantage of being lighter too. If you’re cycling large distances and weight is important, a smaller sized lens will do a perfectly good job.
More Superb Cycling Accessories
To enjoy your bike, even more, you’ll need more than just some superb bike mirrors. So, check out our in-depth reviews of the Best Flat Pedals, the Best Bicycle Tool Kit, the Best Bicycle Seats, the Best Bike Brake Pads, the Best Bike Tubes, the Best Bicycle Tire Pressure Gauges, and the Best Bike Locks on the market.
So, What Are The Best Bike Mirrors?
So, there you have it. An interesting selection of ten of the best quality bike mirrors currently available. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, but there was one bike mirror that caught our eye and is our top pick. And that’s the… Sprintech Road Drop Bar Rearview Bike Mirror.
We like this mirror because it takes up such a small profile and looks cool in the process. This is helped by it having a nice range of colors to choose from to perfectly match your bike. It also provides a good rear view with some decent adjustability, and it’s nice and light — a winning combination in our eyes.
Enjoy your bikes, and enjoy your rides.