This mirror was designed to address most common issues with mirrors:
- Based on much user feedback, the number one issue for not using a helmet mirror was the size and look of the generic helmet mirror. The list of descriptions are usually not complimentary, but users value their function greatly. In my opinion, these reasons should not discourage a potential user as these devices provide excellent environmental awareness. Many have purchased a Micro Mirror because of its compact size.
- Mounting the contraption on the helmet seems to be a manufacturer afterthought. Others use Velcro, snap-fit devices, twisting of metal, and/or zip ties, etc. This may seriously limit the choice of mirror or choice of helmet. The Micro Mirrors use a 15mm diameter magnet attachment not only to reduce the needed surface area to mount, but allows for infinite removal and reattachment.
- Forward field of view is obscured. Cyclists must constantly be paying attention to the environment around them. It is extra important to be able to see obstacles in the direction in which the cyclist is travelling. Micro Mirrors block less forward field of view.
- Clarity of the image is very important. While using a mirror, the user’s attention will be diverted for only the amount of time needed to process the image. The clearer the image, the lesser amount of time is needed to look at the mirror. Micro Mirror surfaces are exceptionally clear.
- Helmet mirrors move and vibrate. The mass of the Micro Mirrors are reduced as well as the rod that holds it away from the eye. This eliminates movement due to vibration and wind. The ball and socket joints are enhanced as well to hold its position.
- Regarding eyewear mounted mirrors. They add mass to one side of the eyewear causing one side of the eyewear to be weighted causing eyewear lean. Also, to maintain a consistent position on the eyewear, they might distort the arm resulting in discomfort or compromising function.
- Handlebar mounted mirrors. The user must use head and eyes to look at the mirror. Then, the perception is formulated depending on the image presented. Disadvantages are: 1) more overall head and eye movement, 2) taking more attention away from the direction traveled, 3) re-adjusting the focus to see the image, and 4) if travelling on rough terrain, requiring more time to process the image from the mirror due to vibration.