Why do bike bells stop working when they get wet?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Pat "5mph", 7 Jan 2019.

  1. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Well, why do they? :scratch:
     
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  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    What type?
    There's many types, all with their own weak points.
     
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  3. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Guru

    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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  4. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    How wet Pat, if your bike is completely submerged I think I have an answer for you.:laugh:
     
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  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    'Oi' - nope still works, unless I'm drinking a drink :laugh:
     
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  6. OP
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    Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    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.

    Thank you, great answer!
    Will look into Knog Oi bells!

    I do live in Scotland: very, very wet!
     
  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

  8. OP
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    Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    @classic33 my CatEye is not the same, but you gave me an idea ^_^
     
  9. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    Because pedestrians dont go out jn the rain, thus there is no need for a bell that works in such conditions.
     
  10. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    I was out in the rain, as a pedestrian, today!
     
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  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

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  12. OP
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    Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    One sensible answer so far: I'm doing not bad here with this thread :laugh:
     
  13. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    It's not the bell failing, its your lugs - the rains blowing in, you will need a hat with flaps.

    this is what I did - keeps them dry and working properly
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  14. OP
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    Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    A broken helmet won't make my broken bell work @Reiver :wacko:
     
  15. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    I'm surprised manufacturers dont combine a bell into a helmet.
     
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