What's ahead of you? Mirrors and bicycles. Some folks can't ride without a rear view mirror. I can't drive a car without a rear view mirror. Probably spend as much time looking back as looking forward. Not because I'm worried about being caught speeding, because I keep my speed within that range that doesn't get you ticketed. I spend a lot of time looking back while driving because there is a lot going on on multi-lane roads and I want to make sure if I need to move/turn left or right, I want to do it so I don't upset the balance of traffic.
I don't utilize a mirror on a bike. Why? Don't know. Just don't. I've never felt the need. I sell mirrors and there are a few I like to sell because they seem to work well for folks who like them. But when they ask me what I use or recommend, I simply say I don't use one.
What I do use on the bike are my ears. I ride in a consistent manner, never swerving around or riding all squirrely. I also usually ride solo so I'm not worrying about moving over because I'm riding two abreast.
The main reason I don't use a mirror is my wonder at "what does it really do?" Sure, you can see what's behind you. But what do you do with that information? Move over? I'm already over. Bail off the road because something's coming up? Bail off where? There's no shoulders out here. Some sections, if you bailed off, you'd sail off a cliff or down a ravine or into a thicket of poison oak.
I hear some folks say they move off the road and stop when they see a vehicle coming up behind them. Somehow, I doubt that vehicle would have hit the rider and that could be moving off the road every 30 seconds. Although, I'm sure some folks would swear they would have been hit if they hadn't moved off the road. And for that, I don't doubt their feeling because they say the vehicle went by without moving over after they bailed. And why should it move over after you bailed? It had no reason to move over any more. My hope is that the driver doesn't expect that action of every cyclist they come across because I'm not bailing.
But if you want a mirror, I'm happy to sell you one of the few I stock.
(What's playing: Boston Don't Look Back)