oooh - I love the look of those. I found a review on a blog earlier today that said the sound from them is like a "Tibetan Singing Bowl" lolJohn the Monkey said:I have a Lever Strike brass bell, the Crane Bell "Suzu".
It's loud, and has a wonderful, penetrating sonorous tone (even, it seems, through iPod headphones). One of those, mounted on one of Velo Orange's elegant spacer mounts is ideal, ime.
I think bells are pretty much useless in traffic, but where theres people around, theyre probably worthwhilepotsy said:Took both of mine off as I rarely use the shared paths anymore.
That was the only reason I kept them on for so long
Are bells a legal requirement for old bikes? I know that they have to be fitted to new bikes when soldBrowser said:I'm fitting one to my new bike, only because I don't want some batsrad of a solicitor getting his/her client off paying me for a replacement bike, should I ever get fetched off, simply because I didn't have all of the legally required 'safety' equipment fitted. I'm not bothering with my Airzound simply because I don't use it enough to warrant having it on there.
I understand what you mean about feeling self-conscious about using a bell here. I think some pedestrians would take exception to them here :/rich p said:I have one on the tourer for cycle paths as they seem to be normal sur le continent but I'd be a bit self-conscious using one over here.
As far as I know, only at the point of sale, they are not a legal requirment when the bike is in use.AndyCarolan said:Are bells a legal requirement for old bikes? I know that they have to be fitted to new bikes when sold
http://treadly.net/2006/02/16/ring-my-own-bell/I prefer to think that it’s either misplaced politeness and/or embarrassment at doing something so “childish” that makes many cyclists forget the humble ol’ bike bell. Personally I tinkle the bell at everyone – sure some people might get irritated by it but not half as irritated as they’d be if they accidentally stepped into my path because they didn’t know I was there.