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Bar end Mirrors on the cheap...a how to guide
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Bar end Mirrors on the cheap...a how to guide - August 15, 2007, 10:33 AM

I have recieved a ton of inquiries as to the construction of my bar end mirrors. I could not see the point in spending $60-160 on a set of friggin mirrors that would break in the event of a crash, dump, or getting knocked over by the prick in the parking lot.

I found a quick, cheap, and effective, solution to the issue. I stopped by my local bicycle shop and bought a set of Miracle bar end mirrors. They are approx. $15 each, constructed of a rigid polycarbonate, and have a nice mirror. They are designed for the rigors of mountain biking, can be mounted in a variety of ways, and handle abuse very well. Not to mention that you will not break the bank if you have to replace one.

If you have moto style bars, without an insert, it is a simple plug and play installation. If you have a threaded insert, or you want to keep your bar end weights, a simple modification will allow you to keep the weights and attach the mirrors as shown below:



My modification is simple, cheap, and easy, all you need is a dremel tool, a few attachments, and a longer through bolt for the assembly.

To attach at the end of an existing bar end:
1. Cut the insert off of the mirror using a cut off blade on a dremel.
2. You will have to create a concave surface on the interior of the mirror mount to have a nice, seamless look to the mirrror mount. A cone shaped stone works great for this.
3. Remove the original bolt from the bar weight. You will need to go approx. 10mm longer to compensate for the additional width of the mirror mount.
4. Mount away and decide how you want the mirror to sit, mirror up, down, inboarded or out. It all boils down to preference. I have mine mounted on the single stalk without the extension.

That is pretty much it. I broke one on my bike trying to lift a heavy cooler over it in the garage...so I will create a new one from scratch on Friday and post pics. This is exceptionally easy to do. Once you lay eyes on the assembly it will all make sense.

There is an advanced way to do this, requiring a mill and a drill press, but as most people do not have these items in their garage, I will skip it for now.

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August 15, 2007, 10:45 AM

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August 15, 2007, 10:51 AM

Nice wirte up. this is what rep poiints are for



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August 15, 2007, 11:03 AM

Good Tip! But really need a closeup shot of the finished installation.


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August 15, 2007, 11:25 AM

Can't wait for the pics. I would really like to see your step by step pics.


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3rd Eye Bicycle Mirror are another cheap option. Motorax makes a CRG like mirror as well for around $45 for the pair


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3rd Eye Bicycle Mirror are another cheap option. Motorax makes a CRG like mirror as well for around $45 for the pair
I bought a Third eye set a few years ago, but opted to go back to having some solid bar ends to calm down handlebar vibrations. Currently riding "dirty" with no mirrors.


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