Why do bike bells stop working when they get wet?

classic33

Legendary Member
What type?
There's many types, all with their own weak points.
 
The weight of the raindrops clinging to the bell dampens the ringing (literally!). The Knog Oi bell seems a bit more immune to this than the usual "ping" bells.
 
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Pat "5mph"

Pat "5mph"

A kilogrammicaly challenged woman
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Glasgow
What type?
All of the ones I tried, sorry I can't be more specific.
The latest one is my extravagant purchase (£10 for a bike bell???) a CatEye brass (don't know if real or fake brass) that is already fit for the recycling heap.

The weight of the raindrops clinging to the bell dampens the ringing (literally!). The Knog Oi bell seems a bit more immune to this than the usual "ping" bells.
Thank you, great answer!
Will look into Knog Oi bells!

How wet Pat, if your bike is completely submerged I think I have an answer for you.:laugh:
I do live in Scotland: very, very wet!
 

Drago

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Valhalla
Because pedestrians dont go out jn the rain, thus there is no need for a bell that works in such conditions.
 
Well, why do they? :scratch:
I'm glad it isn't just me: I thought it was just that I had a cheapo bell.

My best guess was that the raindrops kill the vibration of the bell, but bear in mind I'm a social worker not a physicist, so I can't really help in this sort of thing. (unless the Bell really wants to ping...)

I was out in the rain, as a pedestrian, today!
You don't count: the rain goes clean through the bones.
 
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