Watch your back with the giant Safe Zone mirror by Efficient Velo Tools

Do you ever have that creeping suspicion that somebody is standing right behind you? Did you just check? Probably not, but the sound of an engine creeping up behind you while on your favorite segment will more than likely merit a quick glance. Even if you don’t hear a car (we’re looking at you electric cars) it’s always a good idea to stay aware of your surroundings and maybe even check occasionally for any stealthy road-hogs. There is of course the option of using a mirror which can help, but they’re sometimes small and hard to adjust, and well there’s always the stigma of a helmet mirror. The Safe Zone mirror is making some BIG changes to the old mirror game though, by providing a robust design, massive mirror, easy adjustments, and a solid warranty. So why not embrace the view and take a look behind the break…

photo c. Efficient Velo Tools

The glue-less design using zip ties claims to fit most helmets without the need of double-sided tape. The provided ties loop through the mirror’s arm bracket and around a vent to secure it on most helmets. The main feature is in fact the large 2.5″ acrylic mirror, and its use of a robust ball joint design making it easy to adjust and quickly remove (when your riding buddies roll past and see you?) Replacement parts are available should anything break. Otherwise, it’s covered under a 5 year no-fault/no-hassle warranty. Pricing is just $40 with free US shipping.

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BMX
BMX
5 years ago

Great,one of these and a sink plunger and I can spend the weekend dressed up as a Dalek

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  BMX

Yes, but a LIVE dalek, not Dalek road kill.

Craig
Craig
5 years ago

Go go gadget…. dork

mudrock
mudrock
5 years ago

Looking over that guy’s website, it’s obvious he has a practical engineer’s view towards helmet mirrors. Why wouldn’t a rider who shares the road with cars want to use a mirror, he might ask? I have to agree, even though I can’t bring myself to wear one. But his other tools are beautiful.

Ryan S.
Ryan S.
5 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

You’re right, his other stuff is way more interesting and useful.

Doug
Doug
5 years ago

My much smaller and less goofy looking sunglass mounted mirror works just fine for me. On the road a mirror is a must have.

Oscar
Oscar
5 years ago

Agree with Doug. Think about driving your car without a rear view mirror. Scary. However helmet mounted mirrors are a”pain”. The helmet moves and then, the mirror is useless till you re-adjust, sunglass mounted is the way to go …

openmold
openmold
5 years ago

Ummm, I have a neck…

Joenomad
Joenomad
5 years ago

Goes well with my khaki riding shorts and my SPD sandals.

Joenomad
Joenomad
5 years ago

I forgot to mention how well it attaches to my 1980s Bell helmet that I am still sporting.

Michael Plakus
5 years ago

That mirror is way to effin big. It sets up a cyclist for a left cross because they don’t see it coming.

JBikes
JBikes
5 years ago

I am addicted to my cycleaware “roadie”. Why everyone doesn’t run them is beyond me. The design is relatively innocuous and works incredibly well for a more aggressive road position.

That said I run nothing on my mtb. Road sections now cause more anxiety after being used to seeing behind me on my road bike

wheelz
wheelz
5 years ago

Nice / effective looking product. Yes, it’s a massive velominati rule violation to use a mirror, but personally I’d rather be alive and uncool rather than trust that every passing car sees my on my daily commute to work. And to those who say “use your neck” I seriously doubt you crane your neck around to see every car that passes (and could potential run you down).

Ted
Ted
5 years ago

A mirror is really nice in heavy traffic. I’ve had the exact same mirror by a different brand for years. It’s nice because it doesn’t vibrate or loosen. I like it better than the little mirror on a long thin stick which I have too. To non-cyclists; all road cyclists are goofy looking so I might as well be a functional goofball.

Matt
Matt
5 years ago

I have this mirror. Have been using it on my daily commute for several months. Yes, it looks dorky as hell, but it gives a great rear view once you get it adjusted correctly. I value my life over my fashion choices.

cole
cole
5 years ago

Natural selection: for example, passing on having eyes in the back of one’s head over unwarranted self consciousness or the potential for hurt feelings.
FWIW in more than a decade of riding with a helmet mirror I’ve only ever received curiosity and compliments. But even if the opposite were true, I’d deal with it, because practically speaking I go partially blind when I take off my helmet. And haters gonna hate.

Greg
Greg
5 years ago

Recumbent bike not included

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fjchrl9@gmail.com
5 years ago

I have actually been using one of these for several years when commuting. At first, I wasn’t so sure based on the size. But let me tell you, once you are used to this mirror, you won’t want to use anything else. You get a great view of what is going on behind you. While I do agree it is not for everyone, it certainly has its uses.

whatever
5 years ago

greg: yes!, ted, you seem full of it, whats the other brand?

Loki
Loki
5 years ago

Wait, so that I understand, the benefit of a mirror is that it lets me see the pickup truck before it hits me?

CL
CL
5 years ago
Reply to  Loki

spot on Loki, spot on.

Dennis
Dennis
4 years ago

Whatever: you seem suspicious.