I've used Blackburn road mirrors for 10 years or so. Unfortunately I tend to break mine every few years, mostly due to carelessness. I just received my latest replacement from BTD (great fast service!) and boy was I disappointed. Clearly they are no longer the same quality. The distortion is so bad I can't make out traffic behind me clearly at all (and yes, I did remove the clear protective film that ships on the mirror.)
Blackburn's quality has nosedived in the past few years as I've learned from the panniers I bought that suffered from both zipper and mounting hardware failure in less than a year. Ugh.
I purchased this and the mirror glass just fell out and broke after a couple hundred miles on my roadbike , I contacted Bike Tires Direct and they apologized and said they sent me a replacement hope it stays together. I was impressed with their willingness to help.
This is a great mirror for someone who wants to be distracted from the road, traffic and other riders as you'll constantly be reaching down to readjust the mirror.
A bump in the road makes it droop.
Expansion joints in the road makes it droop.
Riding on concrete roads makes it droop.
A smooth road with a minor anything makes it droop.
Did I mention it can't be tightened enough to keep it from (...wait for it) drooping?
I liked the optics, but I'm sending it back.
I use this mirror for touring because it provides a full scale, accurate reflection. All others I have found represent vehicles as farther back, faster moving and more difficult to pick up. If the bike falls the mirror will usually be broken so the trade off is that some others are more durable. I carry a spare and buy a couple when on sale but the crystal clear accuracy is well worth it on the open road. I have ridden across the country 7 times and this product is as important as the right tires.
I've installed it on my surly long haul trucker touring bike. its an awesome product and easly removed .
My club mates insisted that I get this mirror if I were going to cycle in a pace-line. Frankly, I was hesitant. Now that I have it, I've become dependent on it for safety and security. Further, I can call out the Car Back warning when I am riding at the tail of the line and I can see that we are All In. I think it's a necessary.
This product will not fit on a bike with a Dura-Ace 7900 hoods. The end that you are supposed to attach to the brake hood is too curve to wrap properly around it. It's too bad because the rest of the product looks to be well made.