29 May 2013

Side Mirror

Over the past years I reluctantly change styles and equipment on advice of others.   For example fenders, wider tyres, friction shifting, gearing, etc.  I will make another post explaining these changes but today I want to talk about my mirror.

My first reaction was " no way".  They look stupid and I can just turn my head, and they will get in the way, and the dork factor is high.

My friend Sekiji ordered one and gave it to me as a gift.  Despite the high dork factor I felt obligated to try it.  The first few days I could hardly see anything in it, and the few moments I did see something in the mirror  it didn't seem to help.

Sekiji advised me to keep trying .  After about a week I got the hang of it and started to use it.  After a month I started to depend upon it to know what is going on behind me, and turn around much less.

People notice it like crazy and comment.  Like today,  I was sitting at a traffic light to turn right.  The cars going straight got the green light and a matatu mini bus starts beeping behind me and not going straight.  I look over and the whole bus is looking at me and laughing and I hear "side mirror".

If you read some of the old posts I want to blend into the scenery and not be visible and noticed.  the mirror is small so it surprises me how many people notice it, and thus how many people are checking me out.  It is enough I consider ditching the mirror.

So what do I do?


  1. Anonymous11:42 pm

    Go with whatever is safer. If it's such a distraction to the drivers that's it's more dangerous for you, then ditch the mirror. But, if overall, it's still more safe, then deal with the high "dork" factor. On the other hand, it's possible that your daughter won't want to be seen with you..... :) Sarah

    1. Sarah- I doesn't seem to distract drivers but it is the pedestrians and people hanging around roads. But then I wouldn't usually know if the drivers are distracted by them.

  2. Anonymous4:20 pm

    Remember when bicycle helmets were the new thing? I think the dork factor will pass. You are just on the cutting edge...still a radical.