Just heard that Chuck Harris passed away on August 18. He made the best helmet mirror available. I have depended on them for as long as I can remember. There is a facebook memorial page here. Speaking of facebook, here is my avatar:
When Chuck made that particular mirror, he embedded the TCBA logo in it.
You can also see the mirror in pretty much every picture of me where I am wearing a helmet. Here are two examples:
I had the pleasure of meeting him once at the Chicago Bike Show, and it was great to see his many other bike related inventions, including derailleurs of his own design.
I won’t bother to recount all the reasons that the Chuck Harris helmet mirror is so awesome, but here are three:
- it is made out of recycled materials, including a bicycle spoke. When you ordered them in the mail, they would come packed in a tennis ball tube
- it is so strong that you can pick up the helmet using the mirror
- they don’t go out of adjustment
There is now a mirror that looks somewhat comparable, and I’ll have to check it out at some point, but you’ll have to pry the two Chuck Harris mirrors that I have out of my cold, dead hands.
Newspaper coverage here.