- where do you put yours? (warning: Bell content)
£1.50 tiny compact bell mounted facing downwards next to the shifter bracket, rung at 50 yards behind walker. They know instantly what is aproaching when they hear this. Invariably they stand to one side. You slow right down and thank them. No sudden panics from them thinking they are going to get hit by crazy out of control cyclist when they hear squaeling brakes. No abusive comments from them, or subsequent spreading of negative gossip about selfish wreckless yobs on bikes!
We cyclists need to make it patently clear that we are respectful of all other interest groups. So set an example every time so you don’t give the narrow minded few the ammunition to shoot us down!Posted 8 years agomatthewlhomeMember
i have both a hope SS hub and a pingy bell. Strangely some people seem to hear the hub, and others hear the bell but no-one seems to hear both!
A combination of judicious freewheeling and bell pinging generally gets a smile and a step aside. Shouting works OK but never seems to raise a smile like a pingy bell does!
I think that it is because when they hear a ping, most people expect to turn round and see a small child, not a fat bloke on a bright red bike 😆Posted 8 years agoalexpalacefanSubscriber
Absolutely agree, there’s no better way to let walkers know you’re there, and give ’em the chance to get out of the way without you having to slow to much!
I’ve had bells on xc machines, a 6″ full susser, and the long travel hard-tail I’m currently building? A bell was one of the first things I got (swiped it from ex gf’s bike!).
And yeah, a ring-ring is way better than a pingy bell, people recognise the sound as “bicycle”.
Glad to have got that off my chest,
AlexPosted 8 years agoKojaklollipopMember
Third the rind-a-ding-ling-a-ring bell, no one ever hears my flick type bell it’s rubbish and I end up shouting at them anyway, also lets face it, most walkers are old deaf and partially sighted anyway! (even when approaching them from the front I’m nearly putting my front wheel in their face before they notice me, why do they just look at the ground 2 feet in front of them!?)
😉Posted 8 years agobikerbaboonMember
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How do horses react to bells? I find that talking to the rider when passing seems to help the horse, as it makes you recognizable as a human, and not something scary to horses like a paper bag.
Horses react well to bells…….
but once the bell is mounted to a bike the horses will again go crazy go nuts. the rider will try to pass you at the most narrow section of the trail, then complain about bloody cyclists going to fast when you are stood still to let the poor horse passed. I dont think anything will make passing a horse on a bike a stress free action………Posted 8 years agorogerthecatMember
Think I may be about to get flamed for this, but I have my nice pingy bell mounted on the end of my bar ends.
Have also found that round here the sound of a cycle bell spooks walkers. Usually the walk in tight little bands, heads down and grumbling to one another. The ringing of a bell then startles them into their meercat like defensive position of an impenetrable wall of goretex across the bridleway.Posted 8 years agojoemarshallMember
Where do people mount ring ring bells on their road bikes?
I have a ting bell, which is o-ring fitted, and goes at the top of the drops, but the ring ring bells I’ve found won’t clamp over anything other than a 25.4mm bar, so not in the middle of the oversize bars, or on the stem.
JoePosted 8 years ago
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