I have repeatedly been asked why I don't have a bell on my mtb.
Sometimes by ramblers and other times by non-cycling friends who just don't get why I wouldn't.
I usually make up some excuse about it jingling away when going down a rocky descent. In all honesty I just don't want one on my bike because it'll look sh!t. But it might make some ramblers happy and that has to be a good thing.
So a) Do you have a bell? b) if not, what's your spurious excuse for not having one