The “Safe Zone” bicycle helmet mirror was invented by Brett Flemming, toolmaker, master bicycle mechanic and owner of Efficient Velo Tools LLC (EVT). Brett founded EVT in 1999 with the mission of building better bike tools. One day, running a lathe in his machine shop, he came to a realization about the “Loc-Line ®” hose directing coolant on his lathe. The hose exhibited characteristics ideally suited as a design element in the perfect bicycle helmet mirror… it bent easily and stayed put! The fact that it is manufactured within an hour’s ride of his home is a very happy coincidence.
As a lifelong disciple of helmet mounted mirrors, Brett was frustrated with the small fields of view, failing adhesives, flimsy plastic, and bouncy wires of existing mirror designs. He incorporated the “Loc-Line ®” hose elements, a very large mirror, and a mounting system superior to competing products to create the first mirror to meet his personal standards.
Brett used the mirror on his commute to his “day job” as General Service Manager of the Bike Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Eventually Bike Gallery’s head buyer noticed the mirror and said “Why don’t you make some of those for us, and we will sell them?” The rest is history!
In the toolmaker’s own words: “Originally, I machined the base plate in my shop and assembled the mirror with nuts and bolts. That resulted in a mirror that was as rugged and sturdy as I demanded, but it was too much work, and, frankly just homemade in appearance.” Keeping true to his domestic manufacturing values, he sought out Piller Plastics, a local family-owned plastic manufacturer. “To improve mount-ability, ease of assembly, and appearance, I had an injection mold built just up the road. You are buying the highest quality helmet mirror made, with the best after the sale support available. Buy with confidence, and most importantly, ride safely.”
Weight including 3 straps is 1.5 ounces.
Installation instructions found here: http://www.efficientvelo.com/home/safezone/installation/
CALL TO ORDER OVER THE PHONE! 971-258-0925
You’ll talk to a helpful EVT staffer who will explain the payment options and answer any questions.