Cycle Bell

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by AndyCarolan, 18 May 2010.

  1. AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    Location:
    Norwich
    I know its a daft question, but how many people have them on their bikes now? I personally dont see much point in the single "ding" ones as I can sneeze louder than those
     
  2. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    I have one on my Twenty because this is the bike I am most likely to use on shared paths and I feel it can be a useful warning to pedestrians. I also have one on my Rudge but it is a period piece on a vintage bike. In reality, I believe there is very little point as you can always shout at pedestrians or other cyclists if you need their attention for some reason and drivers won't hear the bell anyway.
     
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    AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    Location:
    Norwich
    Thats what I wondered RE shared paths. I normally just say "excuse me"... generally works. I think that sometimes people dont like being "dinged" at lol
     
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    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.
     
  5. 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
     
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    AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    Location:
    Norwich
    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" lol
     
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    AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    Location:
    Norwich
    I think bells are pretty much useless in traffic, but where theres people around, theyre probably worthwhile
     
  8. Then you need an Airzound Andy;)
     
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    AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    Location:
    Norwich
    haha - Would be a good way of clearing people from the cycle path too :smile:
     
  10. 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.
     
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    AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    Location:
    Norwich
    Are bells a legal requirement for old bikes? I know that they have to be fitted to new bikes when sold
     
  12. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    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.
     
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    AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    Location:
    Norwich
    I understand what you mean about feeling self-conscious about using a bell here. I think some pedestrians would take exception to them here :/
     
  14. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    As far as I know, only at the point of sale, they are not a legal requirment when the bike is in use.

    As for using it, depending on volume, ring from a little way away, and thank people (assuming they've moved) once you pass. Waiting 'til you're right behind someone *then* ringing it should make you self conscious, because you're an idiot.

    Treadly and me has a couple of good pieces on bike bells;
    http://treadly.net/2006/02/16/ring-my-own-bell/
    and http://treadly.net/2009/11/03/just-ring-it/
     
  15. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I usually have a bell on my MTB and I find it perfect for warning walkers on towpaths or bridleways. Many of them seem amused by a bike bell and are quite happy to let you past.

    The only problem is that older walkers often can't hear bells!
     
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