Viewing 40 posts - 1 through 40 (of 45 total)
  • Recommend me a….. BELL
  • Premier Icon M1llh0use
    Free Member

    After having the bejesus scared out of me yesterday by a roadie shouting his approach on a small country road whil walking my hound, I’ve realised this is not the ideal way of doing things.

    So I need a bell.

    Cheap and cheerful halfrauds special or something else?

    Premier Icon Daffy
    Full Member

    There can be only one…

    Spur Cycle – Better Bell

    Premier Icon thejesmonddingo
    Free Member

    I’ve got one of these

    I bought it here
    Decathlon

    It’s lovely 😀

    Premier Icon nickjb
    Free Member

    I don’t like those single ‘ding’ ones. Much prefer I nice jangling ring-ring. Picked up a cheapy from a pound shop which is fine and a posher electra one for the other bike which is slightly better but either do the job.

    Premier Icon khani
    Free Member

    Snap!

    Charity shop bell FTW..

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    Go to LBS and test every one they have till you get the appropriate sound you want.

    It will also give us a great thread when the LBS staff complain about you on here.

    I find basic “ping” bells are fine if flicked twice – people react better to two pings than one.

    Premier Icon fooman
    Free Member

    BBB EasyFit is small & unobtrusive.

    I like the look of the Spur Bell though.

    I agree two solid pings gets best results, a few seconds before you actually arrive at a walker, just to say ‘I’m here’.

    Premier Icon lunge
    Full Member

    I can’t help but think this is a classic case of STW over complicating things. Go to a bike shop/Halfords/a pound shop and buy one that they have. I have one on my gnarmac and mountain bikes, they’re great but I have no idea where any of them came from, it’s just a bell FFS.

    Premier Icon M1llh0use
    Free Member

    Lunge, I’m on holiday, it’s raining and the only thing to do here is internets as I seem to have borked my hand so can’t ride either.

    Now, about those spur bells!!

    Premier Icon g5604
    Free Member

    Crane top cap bell – loud and harder to steal:

    Premier Icon Northwind
    Full Member

    I’ve got one like the “i love my bike” too, used to have a “ding” type but it’s not as effective and also seems to set off the nutters, it’s quite insistant sounding. Whereas grdirdidirinngid- drininringiring goes on for ages, easier to hear and locate… And also it’s so cheerful, much more headcase friendly. Genuinely think you get a better response.

    Premier Icon Daffy
    Full Member

    Stem or steerer mounted bells are a stupid idea, you have to take your hands off the bars to use it.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
    Free Member

    Stock cheap bells I find stop working and have to keep dinging the thing to make a sound beyond a dull muffled ding no one will hear.

    When they do work they make people jump out of their skin and possibly leap into the bushes thinking you’re about to mow them down, and then you get “the stare”.

    They are a demanding sound. A bit “get out of my way”.

    Old school ding-a-ling type bells are more polite, but then the things are massive and people are more likely to think you’re a little old lady pootling along.

    I only use bells on tow paths though. No where else do I find I either need them or anyone insists I should have one. “get a bell!”.

    Premier Icon nwmlarge
    Full Member

    I always fit the NC17 ones they are cheap and they don’t rattle.

    Premier Icon ericemel
    Free Member

    Portland Design Works King Of Ding II Brass Bell

    Premier Icon aracer
    Free Member

    g5604 wrote:

    Crane top cap bell – loud and harder to steal:

    <psst, want to buy a bell?>

    Is there a particular problem with bell theft?

    Premier Icon DaveRambo
    Full Member

    I recently rode the Grand Union canal to London from home (Warwick) and bought an BBB EasyFit bell to help alert people to our presence.

    It was rubbish.

    We came across loads of people as you’d expect and I reckon it really worked about twice to the point that I gave up. The Hope hubs I have worked far more reliably.

    On a related note I have a BBB EasyFit bell for sale. Only used on one ride and not for that long.

    Premier Icon PJM1974
    Free Member

    Here’s an epic one

    Premier Icon dirtyrider
    Free Member

    King Cage BarBell – doubles up as a shot glass

    Premier Icon benp1
    Full Member

    I have an old skool honker. Terrible mount but the noise is brilliant

    Premier Icon Basil
    Full Member

    For a number of years I have successfully used the method of saying “ding ding” when an appropriate distance from obstruction.

    Premier Icon votchy
    Free Member

    I have an old dring dring type bell, works much better than the ding ding on my other bike, people move quickly expecting a child as the dring dring is more normally associated with a child’s bike I think and I get more thank yous with the dring dring than the ding ding lol

    Premier Icon tomaso
    Full Member

    I’ve got a big Dutch ding dong. A ping is not sufficient and the jangley ring too coarse. Everyone love a ding dong.

    Big dong dong

    Premier Icon aracer
    Free Member

    basil wrote:

    For a number of years I have successfully used the method of saying “ding ding” when an appropriate distance from obstruction.

    Yeah me too – it usually gets a smile.

    Premier Icon sbob
    Free Member

    Daffy – Member

    Stem or steerer mounted bells are a stupid idea, you have to take your hands off the bars to use it.

    Funny, I was just thinking “great idea! frees up space for my lights and reflectors. 😆
    (road bike)

    Premier Icon NormalMan
    Full Member

    Daffy – Member
    There can be only one…
    Spur Cycle – Better Bell

    I have a basic black bell (mounted upside down as it was easier to flick with my thumb plus looked neater)

    But have been encountering so many people with headphones in, it was virtually a waste of bar space.

    That Spur Cycle bell however is a work of art. Can’t find anywhere with one in stock though. (Yes I would spend that on a bell 😳 )

    Premier Icon Daffy
    Full Member

    Spur Cycle Better Bell @ Brick Lane Bikes.

    Premier Icon dirtyrider
    Free Member

    Unfortunately this item is currently out of stock.

    Premier Icon NormalMan
    Full Member

    Thanks. Emailed them to see if they know when they’ll get more in but they don’t have an ETA right now.

    Premier Icon jwr
    Full Member

    These are rather fetching and happen to work well in all conditions including torrential rain…

    Premier Icon riddoch
    Full Member

    Velo vitality in Brighton had a load of spur cycles in a few weeks ago, their website is showing out of stock but may be worth pinging them an email.
    Bells

    Premier Icon mocha
    Free Member

    We have silver or black Spur bells if anyone needs one.

    Rich @ Keep Pedalling

    Premier Icon riddoch
    Full Member

    Do you post and do you charge the standard premium for black?

    Premier Icon Northwind
    Full Member

    The Spur seems like the ultimate STW product tbh- very pretty, very expensive, and worse at the job than something you can buy for £3 in Halfords. Do they do cufflinks? 😆

    Premier Icon NormalMan
    Full Member

    mocha – Member
    We have silver or black Spur bells if anyone needs one.
    Rich @ Keep Pedalling

    How much Rich? (including postage)

    TIA

    Premier Icon Daffy
    Full Member

    This from Brick Lane looks a LOT like a Spur Cycles bell (its available in black and silver) but is only £20.

    Crane-e-ne Bell – Clicky Link

    Premier Icon riddoch
    Full Member

    In defense of the spurcyle it had a very loud, clear, long ring. It is rock solid on the bar as well, I also have a pdw king of ding and the clapper moves on it.
    Yes, I’d agree with northwind it is a STW product, in the same way that we are all Audi driving, gaggia classic owning, cotic riding, hope fanboys or girls 🙂

    Premier Icon NormalMan
    Full Member

    Hey that’s unfair I just want a nice bell!(for my Hope equipped Cotic 😳 )

    Premier Icon mocha
    Free Member

    Riddoch and Normal Man, they’re £35 plus £3 (edit oops…) post. Didn’t know there was a black tax, we sell them both at the same price.

    Give us a bell if you still need one…

    (edit 2 apparently the black’s have recently gone up, we had stock before that happened).

    Premier Icon allfankledup
    Full Member

    It never fails to amaze me quite how far a pedestrian will jump in the air when you roll up behind them and say good morning…..
    Feckers didn’t hear the bell…
    Tapping them on the shoulder is a no, but the reaction is priceless

    The worst/funniest situation was saying good morning to a runner wearing a day glo vest and dark glasses. He almost crapped himself on the path as we came the opposite way….turned out the font on his day glo vest saying “blind runner” could have been a lot bigger

Viewing 40 posts - 1 through 40 (of 45 total)

The topic ‘Recommend me a….. BELL’ is closed to new replies.