|Rotary tool used to put zip-tie sized holes into the back of a small adjustable mirror|
|Zip ties through back of mirror. They will flatten out when I tighten them.|
|Mirror in place at corner of trekking bars.|
|View in mirror, showing hand clearance|
As soon as I saw this $1.99 adjustable wide-angle mirror, I imagined this hack. It is mounted on a pivot, so is adjustable somewhat, within the limits of the case. So I mounted it loosely and went for a road test, then tightened it once I found the central location. With a wide angle, it is only informative, not definitive, since Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear, as we have all learned, which means I'll probably still glance over my left shoulder to confirm, but I feel this may be able to augment visibility in a blind spot. This hack is possible on the trekking bars because this section curves just the way I needed it to mount a mirror, and I don't typically use this area for a handhold, either. From a visibility perspective, a helmet mirror is probably superior, but in my commute routine, my helmet gets banged around some after I take it off, and I don't want to mess with that very much. I'll see if this placement actually works in practice at all. Only one way to do that, though. Get up. Go ride.