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The Take-A-Look Mirror: Don’t Cycle Without One

Posted February 9th, 2010

Take A Look MirrorThe Take-A-Look mirror is often called the best rear view mirror for cyclists and after using it for 3 years, we’d have to agree.

We call this mirror our lifesaver because it provided a constant view of what was happening behind us. When a car was approaching too quickly or about to pass too closely, the Take-A-Look mirror ($11.90 from CycloCamping or $16.95 from REI.) gave us the vital extra few seconds we needed to react and either get out of the way or signal our presence to the car driver.

For such a valuable tool, the Take-A-Look mirror is very simple. An acrylic, square mirror sits on the end of a wire. That’s it. There are no fancy mounting systems to deal with. You just slip it over the arms of your sunglasses or onto your helmet.

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Is New Zealand Still Safe For Bike Touring?

Posted February 6th, 2010

Share the road“Is it safe to bike tour in New Zealand?”

That question has come our way a lot lately, following a few high-profile deaths of cycle tourists in a country that was once promoted as a bike touring paradise.

We decided it was time to investigate so we talked to cycling advocates and bike tourists with recent, first-hand experience of touring in New Zealand. The answer appears to be that yes, New Zealand still is a very worthy destination, but one where you might want to put extra focus on arriving with all the equipment you need to ride on the back roads.

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