Bike Peddler Take-A-Look Eyeglass Mirror Review

For a little while now I’ve been riding around with a new accessory and I think it’s worth sharing because it makes me feel a lot safter than wearing a helmet.

Rear-view Mirror

Bike Peddler Take-A-Look Eyeglass Mirror

I’m not saying it makes me safer (I’m not wading into the dark world of injury and fatality statistics today) but having a mirror gives me a confidence when I’m riding that I don’t think I could get anywhere else.

I’ve tried a few different mirrors, both mounted on my glasses and my bike, and the Bike Peddler Take-A-Look Eyeglass Mirror has become my far-and-away favorite for a few reasons.

First, I prefer having an eyeglass mirror because I can use it on any bike I own. When I still owned a road bike with drop bars I had a mirror on my bar end which worked pretty well but I was always trying to figure out where to mount a mirror on other bikes, like my Brompton.

Some people have told me they find having a mirror in front of their face distracting but I found it faded from my awareness after using it a couple times. The only time I notice it’s there is when I look directly at it to see what’s behind me.

Rear-view Mirror

I also really enjoy how clear the mirror is on the Take-A-Look. I’ve heard it described as “optically accurate” which is a fancy way of saying “it’s a good mirror.” Other mirrors for bicycling I’ve seen have had small deviations in the surface or use a flimsy plastic mirror which leads to distortions in what you see behind you.

Rear-view MirrorThe Take-A-Look’s mirror is also superior to other eyeglass mirrors I’ve found because it’s oriented to give you the widest field of vision. Other mirrors I’ve found are small and round or mounted as a vertical oval. Having the Take-A-Look oriented as a horizontal rectangle lets you see the entire road behind you without the need to move your head much, if at all.

The mirror is also adjustable in all three axes, giving you freedom to adjust it however you need no matter what glasses you switch the mirror between.

The Bike Peddler Take-A-Look Eyeglass Mirror attaches to almost any pair of glasses with three rubber-covered tongs. You can bend and adjust the tons so they fit snugly on the earpiece of your glasses.

I should point out that this mirror does not work with eyeglasses with the thin, flexible earpieces that can be bent and still retain their shape. The flexible earpiece warp too much for the tongs to have a good grip. More common plastic-frame glasses and stiff, traditional metal framed glasses all work perfectly.

Rear-view Mirror

The mirror makes me feel safer because I can keep a constant eye on traffic coming up behind me. Whether it’s other bicycles, motor vehicles, or people walking I can know where they’re coming from and if I should adjust my position on the road before the pass.

When I’m turning or merging, the mirror gives me a good idea of whether or not I should turn around and have a better look. Most times I’m changing lanes or crossing other traffic I do look back directly with my eyes, but the mirror allows me to do it once when I need to instead of constantly turning my head, taking my eyes off what’s in front of me.

This little accessory, available for under $15 in most shops I’ve seen it for sale, is so helpful it’s a no-brainer for me. I’m so used to using it now that I find myself glancing at the spot in the air where the mirror would be when I’m not on my bike.

9 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    I have mine mounted on the visor of my helmet. It is a fairly durable mirror. My only gripe is that it is easy to knock out of alignment but also easy to realign.

    • Will says:

      Does it mount the same way to your visor as it does to eyeglasses?

      I have the same problem knocking it out of alignment, especially when I’m putting a messenger back over my shoulder, but it’s so easy to pop back into position it’s no real trouble. I’ve figured out exactly where my ear lobe should appear in the mirror, which gives me a good landmark to look for when I’m adjusting it.

  2. Reyn Johnson says:

    Hi, I have several of your Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirrors. I keep loosing the pads. I have 3-4 mirrors without them now. Hate to throw them away. Will you just sell me the pads?

    • Will says:

      Sorry, but I don’t sell the mirrors. I have one myself and reviewed it here, but I don’t sell the pads. If you find out where you can get them, let me know! I lost one myself. I’ve been using a few layers of black electrical tape in the mean time.

    • Darrell says:

      Electrical tape will work, or shrink tubing. They have a lifetime warranty if you send them $3 they will replace the mirror if you send it back. I’ve sent back more than a couple when the mirrors get scratched so badly

  3. Areef says:

    I haven’t tried takealook mirrors but have tried another brand. I am short sighted and in order to get a good view of the rear I found myself looking at the mirror from the edge/outside my lenses and couldn’t see well enough for the mirror to be of any use. Anyone else had that problem or is it just me not setting the mirror correctly. Does takealook make my problem any easier to solve? Any thoughts?

    • Will says:

      That’s an interesting point. When I use my mirror it still provide some benefit even if I can’t see clearly in the whole thing. Just seeing movement can be helpful (e.g. “Is there a car behind me or not?”). This particular mirror is my favorite because it can be adjusted to be in a “landscape” orientation, giving you a wider field of view. That wider perspective might give you more area to glance back, although the length of the boom might be a factor too.

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