Anyone else received their Spurcycle bell?
Mine arrived this morning, slightly miffed at the £4.22 Vat and £8.00 handling charge that was applied to it but i guess that’s what i deserve for buying a bell that costs $50, so in total the bell has cost me £42.22 as opposed to being available in the states for $35/£21 – so the UK mug tax is strong on this one
Sucker?….yeah…..perhaps….. 😐 but i like it, it makes a very loud and piercing ding (90db at 1m) and it is well designed and tactile in use, i admit i initially bought it on the design and form but after fitting it to the bike along with a few ding-ding’s when out earlier i can confirm that pedestrians can hear it from a decent distance so it also has function.
Saying that a biscuit tin full of marbles also has function and would prob be just as effective when shaken but i like my bell, it’s one of those tactile gizmos that are a pleasure to use.
I’ll accept all flames of How much?…for a bell?…are you stupid? but i’ll shrug them off
My only regret is i should have bought another one for my mtb (ducks and runs for cover) 😀
Posted 4 years ago
Now they’ve done the first batch is there a possibility of getting a UK distributor? Tho I guess with their cut it will probably end up costing just as much.
Hows the clamp, website doesn’t show much about it, can only see an itty bitty piece of plastic in the pics, does it look like it’ll last?
PS you fit it wrongPosted 4 years ago
The steel band slots into a machined metal locating thingy, there is no plastic in the construction only a rubber gasket that sits against your handlebar to stop it sliding around, i like the fact it was manufactured by proper engineering workshops.
PS you fit it wrong
nope 😉 it was in that position merely for the purpose of taking a photo, the band wasn’t tightened up.Posted 4 years ago
I’m not stoopid….just easily led and open to co-ercian by promise of malt whisky, and i’ll have to turn down your kind monetary offer to ding my bell, i’m not that way inclined….. however if there are any ladeeyz who wish a ding entirely foc then please form an orderly queue. 😀
I’m up at Aviemore from 12th to 19th April, yep….same chalet…..taking my Hummer and Tripster up as i won’t have the Soulcraft built up till later on in the year……hopefully i’ll come back down the road with my teeth and face intact….can’t promise anything though.
See you april,Posted 4 years ago
TiRed the sprung clappers on those things are a bit limp, I’ve got a couple similar, you have to weight it just right to get a decent Ding! not something you want to have to concentrate on while riding along, I prefer something with a proper action, got an old style cherching cherching one, much better.
Tbh I’m quite liking the look of the spurcycles one, if it was the original $35/£21 quoted all in.Posted 4 years ago
As donk says, the BBB bell above is what we get as freebies from bike manufacturers to fit to bikes in the shop, very poor quality as they are merely fitted to comply with new bike sale regulations, not because they are fit for purpose which they are not.
Cheep n’ cheerful though and any bike shop will have boxes of them under the counter so if you know the folk in your local LBS then ask for one or two, no reason for them not to give them to you as we used to throw them out more often than not.
DONK : By the time you pay $15 shipping on top of the original $35 cost then add in the £4.22 VAT and handling charge of £8.00 (how?…..just what am i paying £8.00 for?) then the total cost comes to £42.22 at the current exchange rate, i enquired at the PO to see if i could pay the VAT upfront but apparently not so i may get a mate in the states to buy a black one for my other bike and send it to me as a gift.
I believe the phrase is robbing bar stewards, surely a bell should be free of VAT as it is a legal requirement on a bike according to UK law?.Posted 4 years ago
After watching the video I was thinking that is a very nice bell indeed and I would shell out a bit for it but £42 is too steep for me. Like I said I’ll wait and see if they get a UK distributor (or a mate goes to the states)
surely a bell should be free of VAT as it is a legal requirement on a bike
I think this bell could quite understandably be described as a luxury item rather than a necessity. Eating is probably a legal requirement but they still charge you vat on choccy* bars 😉
*I was going to say foie gras but google suggests pate may actually be tax exempt….bizarre.Posted 4 years ago
Go on Donk…it’s worth it for the fun you can have, I’m so impressed with mine that i’ve taken to hooning along the pavements whilst frantically ding a ding..…ding’ing, it’s my new sport and rather fun as i scatter pedestrians and leave a trail of carnage in my wake.
slowoldman : That should’ve been my way of thinking but my caution and fiscal wariness got the better of me – Damn my Scottish upbringing.Posted 4 years ago
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