Ding-dong bell, meet brake lever

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Cycloslalomeur, 28 Feb 2018.

  1. Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    So I´m building cheap bike for a friend around one of those Planet X pig-iron frames (La Quelda) and an Automatix back-pedal brake hub, with one Tektro RL 340 brake lever thusly facing unemployment. I do have one of those massive ding-dong bells knocking about, so came up with the plan of mounting it on the headtube and simply threading a cable through the bell´s trigger. The bell has a fairly robust return spring. I was thinking of doing away with the faff of mounting a cable stop by simply gaffertaping the outer tightly around the handlebar. Has anybody else done something like this? I found a couple of old threads but they were mostly about taking the weewee out of the idea. Someone had posted photos but they´ve been removed by the photo-hosting site.

    The way I see it, this unholy alliance between lever and bell has the twin advantages of leaving the bar uncluttered and of having a finger on the bell´s trigger most of the time. Until you crash with a cheery ding-dong soundtrack...
     
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  2. alicat

    alicat Guru

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    No, sounds ugly and aesthetics matter to me.

    Couldn't you do something more elegant with longer screws or slim cable ties?
     
  3. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    gaffertape the outer cable.....for that reason , I'm out
     
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    Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    :smile: Why though? Handlebar tape would cover the gaffertape and the amount of force required to ring a bell is a fraction of that required to stop a bike with a caliper, so shirley the cable outer would stay in place if taped from the brake all the way to the stem. Or maybe not. If it slips, plan B is a band-on cable stop around the handlebar at the stem and a V-brake noodle from the small parts bin.

    I was thinking of using a jubilee clip, fastened to the bell´s M3-threaded holes, to fit the bell itself on to the headtube.

    Obviously there´s a vacant cable stop under the top tube and one could easily fasten the bell upside down and front to back under the top tube, but I like the idea of having that huge bell facing in the direction of travel like car horns do.
     
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  5. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

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    I think it would be help those of a positive disposition if you published an image of this bell
     
  6. davidphilips

    davidphilips Senior Member

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    The mtb that i use for around town has brakes that really squeal, i could adjust then to remove the loud noise but i like it that way as it acts in some what a similar idea to a bell when braking.
     
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  7. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Über Member

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    Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

  9. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Über Member

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    Then put your bell adjacent to the cable stop where the back brake was, and use a gear cable inner to ensure it's slippery. Drill the fietsbel thumb doodah, thread and knot with figure of eight. Bingo, ringo. Ehm...dingo?
     
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  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    All this talk of connecting a lever to your ding-dong is making me wince.
     
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    Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrXswIbWA7Y


    As I said above, the proper place for one´s ding-dong is fore not aft. Yes, I had planned on using a gear cable. Does a figure-of-eight knot hold? I just built up a recumbent and just couldn´t thread the front mech cable the right way around so just used a clamp at the lever end. Good job, I´ll try the knot next time round.

    But wait, he (the chap I´m building this bike for) now says he wants a Cube Attain Disc frame so no lever-ding-dong bondage action for him then. Now I want to rebuild one of my own roadbikes as a fixeeh just to have a lever-actuated bell...
     
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  12. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Über Member

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    I'm not sure if I'll sleep at all well until you post a picture of the finished result....
     
  13. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

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    I think it sounds like a fun idea! Let me know how it turns out, it seems very practical and unexpected!
     
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    Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    Will do but it´s going to take a while.
     
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