Sunglass-mounted Bicycle Mirror

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More than a year ago, I made a bicycle mirror by attaching a mechanic's inspection mirror to a pair of safety glasses. I posted this instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Eyeglass-mounted-bicycle-mirror/ They have worked great, but they do get heavy on the nose after a full day of riding.

A reviewer, The Mad Scientist, suggested they would be lighter if only a few sections of the inspection mirror were used. That good idea, combined with finding a nice pair of sunglasses on the side of the road resulted in my making another pair.

Behold, version 2...

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Step 1: Parts and Tools

Parts:
- sunglasses
- a mechanic's inspection mirror
- small copper wire
- shrink wrap tubing
Optional:
- reflective tape

Tools:
- safety glasses (to wear)
- dremel tool with cutoff wheel
- wire cutters, pliers
- heat gun or cigarette lighter

Time:
- 30 mins max

Get started:
- First, get an inspection mirror. Harbor Freight Tools sells these for $2 at their sidewalk sales.

Step 2: Start Cutting

Put on your safety glasses.

Very carefully and lightly, cut off the larger sections of the telescoping arm. Practice getting clean cuts on the larger sections.

Step 3: Finish Cutting

Practice cutting each section until you can make nice clean cuts.

Stop cutting when you have two telescoping sections intact next to the mirror.

Step 4: Attach

Attach the mirror to the sunglasses with some copper wire.

Step 5: Shrink Wrap

Cover the joint with shrink wrap tubing. Apply heat carefully so you don't melt the arm of the sunglasses.

If the tubing has words printed on it, be sure to hide it. We are closet-fashionistas, of course.

Step 6: Reflector

Optional: Attach a piece of reflective tape to the back of the mirror. Every little bit helps.

I get mine from http://www.identi-tape.com/

Step 7: Done

Et voila. It is light, stylish, and folds up nicely. Enjoy.

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    wdon

    9 years ago on Introduction

    That's a neat idea. I made a mirror like this many years ago, except I mounted it on an aluminum crochet hook. Later I found a great bicycle eyeglass mirror in a Bicycling Magazine classified ad. It was invented by a man who had been hit by a car while riding his bicycle. I now sell this bicycle mirror for our local handicapped workshop at this web site: http://home.mchsi.com/~Donohues/SafetySportMirror.html

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    tThink I might swap the copper wire out for some small rubber bands and have a removable version. Thanks for the idea!