Bruce left a comment on my review of bicycle mirrors: A shameless plug – I couldn’t find a mirror I liked or could afford, so I made my own. Please take a look… messengermirror.com
He and I exchanged some email, I went to his website and he sent me a mirror to review.
First reaction to the MessengerMirror
Holy cow, this came in a regular business envelope with part of a Wild Bunch fruit punch box as a stiffener. No wonder he can sell it for $4.99 plus .88 postage.
Second reaction to the MessengerMirror
This ain’t gonna work. This thing looks really Mickey Mouse. (OK, Mickey has been around a long time, so maybe that’s not necessarily a bad thing.)
I wear wire rim glasses. I’ve never been able to get a Chuck Harris eyeglass mirror to work with them.
I wasn’t happy when I installed the mirror the way Bruce’s instructions show it on the bottom right. It didn’t give me a tight fit.
Bruce sent me a picture that another user had taken where he ran the glasses frame through in the opposite order. I tried that and it held the mirror much better.
Not too badly. With a little adjustment, I could see behind me. I was a little more aware of the mirror frame in my peripheral vision than I liked, but that might go away with practice.
The mirror vibrated more than my Chuck Harris mirror, which is made from a bike spoke and is rigid. The mirror itself tended to “drift” from the initial left-right adustment. I could actually see it moving until it got to a place where it was happy. After a few adjustments, it must have figured out who was boss and decided to stay put.
It would work better on wider framed glasses
There was more movement than I liked. There was sort of a bounce to the mirror, which tugged on my glasses. I kept wanting to push up my glasses to compensate for it. In fairness, there’s not a whole lot for the mirror to grab on to with my skinny wire glasses.
Would I use or recommend the MessengerMirror
I’m going to give it a qualified endorsement. If you’ve always wanted to try a head-mounted mirror, but didn’t want to spend in excess of 20 bucks, this is a good introduction. If you like the MessengerMirror, then you’ve saved some money. If you like the concept, but don’t like the hardware, then go with a Harris or equivalent.
I don’t think I like the concept of an eyeglass mirror since I wear the same glasses on and off the bike. I’d rather have a helmet mirror that stays in the same place instead of having to be put on and taken off.
And, I’ve got to be brutally honest here, the thing looks dorky even by MY standards. The piece that holds it to your glasses looks like something I’d rig up, and that’s not a compliment. Still, you have to keep saying to yourself, I can’t see it, it works and it cost $4.99 plus .88 postage.
Will it fit on a helmet?
I eyeballed it to see if I could make if fit on my helmet, which might erase some of my objections to the mirror. I’m going to let some glasses-wearing friends try it out first, then I might experiment with helmet mounting.
Bruce’s MessengerMirror video
Here’s a video that appears on the MessengerMirror website. It does a good job of telling you how to adjust it.