Brompton Rear View Mirror

zefal doobackI just had an email from Eden Fowler who lives in France and is the proud owner of a 1990 Brompton M3R that he has just done a 3 to 6 speed conversion on. Eden seems to have found a nice solution in his search for a Brompton rear view mirror. Here is the email:

“I’m writing to tell you of a splendid rear-view mirror I recently came accross that fits the left-hand end of a Brompton’s handlebar. It’s called the ZEFAL DOOBACK (really!) and it’s made in France. I bought it on line from Probikeshop (also French) for just under 11 Euros including delivery by Mondial Relay to a collection point in a nearby town for just 1Euro!

The mirror is all plastic and flips out on a clicking pivot, and doesn’t affect the fold adversely. My gyroscope is a bit dicky these days, and trying to pivot my head enough for a good view behind tends to provoke a potentially dangerous swerve. Now a thing of the past I’m very pleased to say.”

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  • Mark Noble September 10, 2013, 9:20 am

    This is an important topic that seems to be ignored by Brompton. The small wheels contribute to instability when you take your eyes of the road so a mirror is the answer. However I ride a P6R where the bar ends face inwards. Does anyone have a suggestion for fitting a mirror to this?

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  • Eden Fowler September 14, 2013, 11:25 pm

    I should have mentioned that the Zefal Dooback mirror is available in both left AND right-hand versions. I guess the answer forMark could be the Zefal Spy or some sutch clip-on.

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    • Rick September 15, 2013, 6:03 am

      Thank Eden, I asked that question over in the Brompton Bicycle Group on Facebook. Indeed the general consensus of opinion was that the Zefal Spyglass was the way to go with the P handlebars.

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  • Jp November 8, 2013, 12:28 pm

    On a Brompton bike, this mirror has to be installed only on the right side of the handlebar. Great in UK, but not so much in the rest of the world where driving is not on the same side of the road.

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    • Rick November 8, 2013, 12:33 pm

      That’s interesting Jp – I was alerted to this mirror by Eden, who lives in France. Hopefully he will enlighten us.

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  • Eden Fowler November 27, 2013, 9:52 pm

    Hi JP . Is it that the only Zefal Doobak mirror you found for sale is a right hand model? If so, I refer you to my original comments. (And Evans cycles ad.) If your problem is with the fold after fitting a left hand Doobak, then all I can recommend is fitting a set of the larger Brompton eazy wheels. It works for me.

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  • Mark Jay June 3, 2016, 8:51 am

    Please checkout my website, I designed this mirror with folding bikes in mind!

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  • Mark Jay June 3, 2016, 8:53 am

    Please checkout my website, I designed this mirror with folding bikes in mind!
    http://www.myklops.com

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  • Brian June 13, 2016, 9:06 am

    Thanks Mark, your Myklops bike mirror is perfect for me and my commute. Not having a mirror on my folding bike keeps my bike as small as possible.

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