Dick Bird's Original
A Southern Californian Cycling Community Tradition!
The ‘standard’ wave bend fits most glasses; The bend goes behind the hinge so the mirror won’t fall off when you fold the temple in.
For left hand traffic and folks with
better vision in the right eye,
the design can be bent for right side use.
If your temple is wide, a longer wave can be made.
If horizontal / ‘aero’ / triangular, a custom wave can be made.
If your temples are really thin or round, or flexible titanium,
the mirror will not stay on, or will flop around the temple…
get some better eye wear to ride with that will support a BEER-VIEW mirror!
ADJUSTING your BEER-VIEW MIRROR
1: Adjust for THICKNESS of your glasses' temple;
If thick, bend the 'wave' acutely – if thin, flatten the 'wave' to grip the thin temple:
2: POSITION your BEER-VIEW Mirror to left in your sight – bend the wire near the 'wave'
to put the mirror in your line of sight sight but out of the way:
DON’T CREATE A BLIND SPOT,
or block your view behind the frames of your glasses:
3: BEND the wire near the bottle cap / mirror to aim your rear view:
Stick your finger in your ear: Adjust the angle up & down & in & out
until you see the 2nd knuckle of your finger in the center of the mirror:
4: BEND the wire near the bottle cap up & down to align the horizon:
If you look at the horizon from your normal head position, hold that position,
and gaze gently into your new BEER-VIEW Mirror;
Is the reflected horizon higher or lower than your forward horizon?
Adjusting the mirror up or down to make the reflected rear horizon match
your front view will help integrate your brain faster into using the Beer-View mirror as a third eye.
ADJUST TO USING your BEER-VIEW MIRROR:
Initially your attention will be distracted or fixated on the mirror. Eventually you will forget it is even there until you realize you can’t see behind you.
When set, the stainless steel rod will hold it’s position & you will see behind & to the left. A slight turn of your head is all that is necessary to see what is directly behind you.
After a few rides you will feel like you do have a 3rd eye on the back of your head & will have a new sense of situational awareness when riding in traffic.
No more surprises when that "triathelete' or ‘roadie’ close-passes you from behind with no "on your left" greeting...
or when a truck comes up behind you in your lane & you know when to control, or move over to share your lane…
Amaze your friends by calling out a greeting BEFORE they catch up with you...
Tease your foes by making maximum effort when they do to stay away & slow down again when they sit up...
Use your mirror to say "NO" – use your eyes to say "GO"
A mirror will have blind spots so use it to see traffic & know when NOT to move or merge
but if it looks clear, turn & use you eyes to confirm before you GO
Always signal well BEFORE merging across traffic to communicate your intent
to any other road user that may be affected by your move.
Also call it out to alert fellow cyclists near you.
Even if no one is there to see it, it’s a good habit to do it every time.
( Signal early, check mirror, look back over shoulder, merge when safe & without impeding others )
It is also required of all road users (cyclists and motorists) under California Law:
Required Signals CVC 22107
No person shall turn… from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such a movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal… in the event any other ... may be affected by the movement.
Leaving a Bicycle Lane CVC 21208
(b) No person operating a bicycle shall leave a bicycle lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after giving an appropriate signal …in the event that any vehicle (or passing cyclist!) may be affected by the movement.
If you want a BEER-VIEW MIRROR, or need a loose mirror re-seated, or the old shrink-wrap 'wave' dipped, or 'wave' re-dipped, Contact Bill at Bill@BikeIrvine.org or look for him on a BCI ride - he usually has a few BEER-VIEW Mirrors in his handle bar bag. See what he has pre-made 'in stock' or provide your own bottle cap... he charges $10 ($5 for BCI or OCBC members) and can add postage if necessary.