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Everyone has probably seen those rear view mirrors in the bicycle shops that attach either to a helmet, or to your glasses.  Well, they looked pretty cheap and flimsy to me, plus I'm a constant tinkerer.  So, I made a set and they worked excellent.  Recently I moved though and lost my old one.  So I decided to do an instructable while I made my new one one.  Now mine attaches to a baseball cap instead of a helmet or glasses.  So, you'll have to wear a cap under your helmet for this to work, unless you're like me and don't wear a helmet (yes, I know.  But I'm clinically depressed with suicidal tendancies anyway, so please don't berate me with emails about my brains splattered all over the pavement). 
 
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Step 1: What you need

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The first thing you'll need is one of those telescopic mirrors that mechanics use.  You can get one at most hardware stores or any auto supply store.  I started out with the small sized mirror which worked just fine, but this time I got the jumbo size to "upgrade".

You'll also need 2 or 3 alligaror clips.  The reason I say 2 or 3 is this: you'll need 2 alligator clips and one "just clip".  I used a small portable reading light that I got at the $1 store.  This way I always have a handy light.  If you don't want to bother you can use another alligator clip (for that matter, for this part you can use a clothes pin.)

Now for attaching everything, you can use either solder, or like I did, Epoxy weld, or JB Weld. (I stink at soldering).  Some zip ties might also prove handy.

For tools, all you really need are a pair of pliers.  I made the one pictured with nothing but a multi-tool.

Step 2: Getting started

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First thing you do is prepare the clips.  Just slip the red or black plastic covers off.  Throw these away (please, no littering).  Then take your pliers and flatten out the "tube" at the end.  Giving it a slight curve to match the size of your telescopic mirror helps later.

Also, remove the "handle" covering from the mirror.  Mine just slipped off, but you may have to cut yours off.

Now there's no rule saying you need all of the tubes in the telescopic part of your mirror.  In fact, if you have a broken one lieing around, you can save yourself a few dollars.  I would recomend you keep at least 2 though so you can adjust it easily.  Mine only had 2, so I didn't have too many choices. 

By holding the mirror against your hat (on your head, of course).  You'll get an idea of where you'll need the clips.  Mark those sopts on the tubes with a sharpie. 

The Epoxy weld says that it hold better if you rough up the area.  I used the file on my multi-tool to make some scratches.

Step 3: Attaching the clips

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Next, following the directions for your weld, mix it up and slather it on the flattened ends of your alligator clips.  Then lay them flat onto the area you marked earlier.  Remember, there's no reason you can't remove the mirror temporarily to make everything lie flatter.  Also, keep a piece of plastic under your work space.  I used a piece of zip lock bag, so when it glued to the bad, I just cut the bag up.

Step 4: Finishing up

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Once it dries, all you have to do is clip it to the side of your hat.  The third clip attaches to the bill.  It's probably not needed, but I like the extra stability.  With that in mind, you should zip tie the third clip to the mirror.  Then just adjust it so you can see out of it with your periphreal vision.  And if anyone asks you what that is when you forget to take it off in the store, just tell them "I do a lot of shoplifting, and this way I can tell if anyone is sneaking up on me" 
Phil B4 years ago
I did an Instructable for a mechanic's mirror with a more permanent mount to a helmet visor.  See it here.  It did not show in the "Related" Instructables.
aeray4 years ago
I particularly like the quick comeback. I often forget to remove my hearing-protection earmuffs from the top of my head (where I put them when they're not actually covering my ears) and I get some strange looks. I'll have to come up with something witty to say now...