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Old 11-20-16, 03:22 PM   #26
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I have one. Don't waste your money. It looks nice, but the sound is really wimpy compared to a basic Crane bell. The Spurcycle bell is a lot louder. The Oi also feels kind of flimsy.
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Old 11-21-16, 11:47 AM   #27
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Looks nice but sounds kinda wimpy. For show rather than function, I suppose.
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Oh, you already got yours? How did you get one so far in advance of everyone else?

...or are you basing your assumption on audio clips from the internet?
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I have one. Don't waste your money. It looks nice, but the sound is really wimpy compared to a basic Crane bell. The Spurcycle bell is a lot louder. The Oi also feels kind of flimsy.
Assumption validated.
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Old 11-21-16, 02:05 PM   #28
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Assumption validated.
I too base my purchasing decisions off of one isolated opinion posted on the internet.

But seeing as we appear to be waxing illogical, I like my Knog Oi, so would that not counter the other guy's negative opinion, returning us all to square one?
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Well, you could always look more widely on the internut.

So, the Knog Oi is a fantastic bell for people who believe bike bells are useless but are legally required to have one.

If you find bells useful, the Knog Oi is not too. Great looks, nice tone, but disappointing dB.

Particularly if you like a Crane Suza - wonderful tone, great sustain, good volume - but BIG.

Or Spurcycle - even better volume, great sustain, a few unpleasant harmonics, can be stealth.

Anyhow, I haven't figured out what I'm going to do with my Knog Oi, it currently lives in its box.

I now have a Spurcycle Frankenbell on my Nobel Steel. Or is it Noble Steal?


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But seeing as we appear to be waxing illogical, I like my Knog Oi, so would that not counter the other guy's negative opinion, returning us all to square one?
Illogical is this: As I was trying, this past weekend, to find that one more item on the Ribble site to reach a tally for free shipping, I happened on the Oi for a good price. No arguments that it was pretty and so I was enticed to almost add it to my basket even while thinking that it would probably only be for personal entertainment. Instead I opted for some more bar tape, but it was touch and go for a while.

Glad you are enjoying yours.
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Old 12-12-16, 06:20 PM   #31
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Mine FINALLY arrived in the mail! I might get to try it out on the MUP as early as March...

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Old 12-13-16, 10:37 AM   #32
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Well, that didn't take long at all.

Bargain Tiger gives you the Knog Oi knockoff
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Old 12-18-16, 07:37 PM   #33
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Yeah, mine arrived as well. I installed it on my road bike the other day, but one of the cables interferes with it. I had to tilt it to a funny angle to get it to work. Overall, I'm not impressed. It wasn't worth waiting that long for in comparison to other bells on the market.
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Old 12-28-16, 02:21 AM   #34
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I still find my Catseye Bell to be amazing both in value and alerting others to my presence. Not sure what the fuss is all about.

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Old 12-28-16, 10:47 AM   #35
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Review of the Oi alongside the Spurcycle

https://cyclingtips.com/2016/12/spur...nog-oi-review/
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Old 12-28-16, 10:56 AM   #36
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Review of the Oi alongside the Spurcycle

https://cyclingtips.com/2016/12/spur...nog-oi-review/
And their conclusion was the same one I reached.

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"Both the Spurcycle and Knog Oi deserve praise for their innovative designs, but bells are still utilitarian items and function trumps style. While the Spurcycle bell sparks a kid-like joy about ringing a bell and is highly effective at alerting those around you, the Oi bell looks sleek, but falls disappointingly flat."
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So, the Knog Oi is a fantastic bell for people who believe bike bells are useless but are legally required to have one.

If you find bells useful, the Knog Oi is not too. Great looks, nice tone, but disappointing dB.

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he Oi isn't a bell for ringing and warning people anyway. It's a bell for satisfying Australian police who can randomly pull you over and fine you when they're on a "road safety" blitz. At the very least, they then can't fine you for not having a bell.
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I think the form and beauty of it trumps the absolute functional aspect of a regular bell. If I wanted one of those, I'd get one off a kids bike, or a honker, or something else that makes an obscenely loud noise to warn everyone. In this way, I at least satisfy some arcane law, and get a little bit of joy every time I ding it.
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I want it because it satisfies a legal requirement and you can't see it. I find that I don't use a bell
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Old 12-29-16, 06:16 PM   #39
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I want an Oi bell, simply because my Crane bell catches and snags my reflective vest, ... , ... I don't care if it's not loud, I've got an air horn for those situations.

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My cheap ($1.50) and small bike bell from China was loud enough this past weekend to alert a jogger to my presence on a MUP, and he was even wearing headphones. After I gave him a couple dings he waved acknowledging that I was there. So I'll probably stick with it, though I like the looks of the Oi.
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I used to have a sounder out of an old smoke alarm. Was fun hooking that thing up to a battery, was loud too. Would make an excellent electric bike horn if you could find an elegant way to mount it. I imagine the newer ear-piercing piezo elements might work, too.
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I used to have a sounder out of an old smoke alarm. Was fun hooking that thing up to a battery, was loud too. Would make an excellent electric bike horn if you could find an elegant way to mount it. I imagine the newer ear-piercing piezo elements might work, too.
Someone could 3d print a mount for you.
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I don't have that element any more, but I do have a piezo from a newer smoke alarm. I likely won't try hooking it up as a bike horn though. But think about that loud, high pitched beep. Might get you noticed.
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A Truck Backup Beeper is a bit pricey, but it will get attention:
Brigade BBS-97 White Sound Reversing Alarm - Industrial Safety Products
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A Truck Backup Beeper is a bit pricey, but it will get attention:
Brigade BBS-97 White Sound Reversing Alarm - Industrial Safety Products
I don't think a white sound alarm is a very good option for us-- the sound is very directional, and dissipates very quickly in air. Also, there's the whole brutally expensive thing.

I also don't think most piezo emitters will be very effective, because people won't recognize that chirp as an indicator that a bicycle is approaching. What we need are just plain automotive horns, whose sole drawback is their physical properties-- they're big and heavy. But people know what they mean. Airzound is close to fulfilling my needs, but has too many caveats for how often I actually need to use it.
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Shop around, there are cheaper models:
Vehicle Truck Backup Alarm Beeper 12-80 VDC 102 dB
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I've put a Knog Oi on both of my bikes, and it's the perfect solution for my rides, which is mostly on a car-free bike path. Most importantly, it's small and nearly invisible (not ugly) on the handlebars. When I do need to use it to alert pedestrians on the bike path (not MUP, bike-only), it's loud enough to be effective, and pleasant enough not to scare them. I've found it works much better than yelling "on your left".
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