Take-A-Look Mirror Video Review

We reviewed the Take-A-Look rearview mirror a few weeks ago and since then we’ve had all kinds of questions about it, particularly how the mirror attaches to a helmet.

Here’s a video that we hope will help explain even more about one of our favourite bike touring accessories. If you want to buy one, we ordered our Take-A-Look mirror on REI ($16.95). You can also get it from Cyclocamping and the price is quite competitive at just $13.90.


  1. peter
    1st January 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    just a shame it cannot be adapted for countries that drive on the left. It can only be used on the left side of a pair of spectacles.The cycle aware heads up mirror is more adaptable.

  2. louise somerville
    12th July 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    I have tried take a look mirror in scotland and cannot fit it to glasses or to a helmet. I would ask that the makers and sellers should state GIRO FIT ONLY AND FOR USA ONLY USE before they try and sell this product. This needs to be explained as the youtube vid is far too simple. cycling in scotland we use the left side on the road so the device should fit on the right side of the helmet. I require the website address of the maker bike peddler greely usa any ideas?

    • friedel
      12th July 2011 at 2:21 pm #

      The mirror can be adapted. We cycled around the world and used it both in countries that drive on the left and the right sides of the road.

  3. louise somerville
    12th July 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    thanks thats good for you again my questions still stand

    • friedel
      12th July 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      Sorry, Louise, we don’t have their address to hand.

      Why can’t you fit it to your helmet? Maybe if you describe the problem, we can offer some advice. It is possible to fit it to either side of a helmet, as we show in the video. There are some contact details mentioned on this website for the company: http://www.icebike.org/Equipment/cyclingmirrors.htm

      Hope that helps!

  4. peter
    12th July 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I agree that this mirror does not adapt to left hand side of the road and does not fit to a helmet.

    you need a “cycleaware heads up” mirror. They fit to helmets and to spectacles. A much better product.

    • friedel
      12th July 2011 at 3:21 pm #

      I wonder if there’s been a design change, because we were able to make it work in many countries, and on our helmets. In any case, no one product will ever suit everyone. This mirror worked for us and many other cyclists we know, but we encourage you to try out other brands till you find one that suits. Bike saddles probably fit into this category as well; lots of people may rave about a particular one, but you never know until you try it for yourself!

  5. friedel
    12th July 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Also, there are some helpful comments about fitting here:


  6. friedel
    12th July 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    I just started a discussion about cycling mirrors on our Facebook group.

    You might find some suggestions for alternatives there, or perhaps that would be a good place to describe any mounting problems you’re having and get advice.

  7. louise somerville
    12th July 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    In the vid the helmet shows the mirror on both side right and left side downwards glass/mirror facing the viser. With my one the only position the glass/mirror can go in the right side of helmet is up away from viser so i have one that is for USA use only I think. It is a good idea and i will keep trying but it means i may have to buy a Giro helmet and have the glass away from the viser. the seller is on ebay and she has not yet been in touch yet -maybe she bought a USA only batch?

    • friedel
      12th July 2011 at 9:32 pm #

      That sounds odd. We actually bought ours in the U.S., and another American friend recently swapped his over for a UK tour, so unless they’ve changed the design or you have one with a flaw, I don’t think it’s a U.S. versus international issue.

      I know this will seem a silly question (and I’m really not trying to be patronizing, just trying to help), but are you sure you can’t turn the mirror the right way? It swings in a surprising number of directions and I know that when I got it I didn’t realize just how many ways it could pivot.

      If it really can’t be turned, then I would try to return it. It should turn and be usable on both sides.

  8. friedel
    13th July 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Just one more thought; if you send a picture of how the mirror looks, it might help us understand better. I’d really like to try and help you figure this out 🙂 Once we see a picture, if we can figure out a way to turn it back round I’ll take a video to show you.

  9. louise somerville
    13th July 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Hi contacted by seller who states that the mirror ‘has been adapted to u.k use and are for sunglasses’ I have sent email back stating that they have to be clear in their instructions to buyers, I still cant fit it to sun glasses I would hope that the seller learns from this I may return product as I am totlly fed up and have had enough. Thanks for your help.

  10. louise somerville
    13th July 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Final update have managed to fit mirror to sunglasses and used them for one hour on cycling path ways in edinburgh. They are on the right side of head and the short brass wire is downwards with the mirror used vertically NOT horizontally if that makes sense. They will take getting use to but they do work and i will be able to stop when i see tailgaters. Finally thank you for bearing with me

  11. hotshot bald cop
    25th April 2022 at 6:43 pm #

    Why is it I always really feel like you do?

  12. hot shot bald cop
    7th May 2022 at 9:25 pm #

    I didn’t know that.

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