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Old 02-06-17, 05:17 PM   #1
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Lifehacker does an article on why you need a bicycle bell.

I'll just post one paragraph via the rules here and common sense on fair use. But it's funny as all get out and takes a lot of pokes at bike snobs and overpriced LBS. And justifies why you should have a bike bell and not say "on your left"

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Cyclists argue about bells all the time. They’ll spend countless hours on message boards and making comments about how bells are lame. People have opinions on bells. A bell is ugly, they’ll say. A bell adds weight to the $5,000 carbon fiber road bike frame you think makes you faster as you canoodle around the local park.
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Old 02-06-17, 05:29 PM   #2
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Well, if you want to cede some kind of authority to Lifehacker go ahead. Me, looks like just one more opinion that I differ with. And I have more cred with me than does lifehacker.
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Old 02-06-17, 05:37 PM   #3
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Just how often are those folks w "$5000 CF frames" riding on MUPs and sidewalks anyway?

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Old 02-06-17, 05:40 PM   #4
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I'll just post one paragraph via the rules here and common sense on fair use. But it's funny as all get out and takes a lot of pokes at bike snobs and overpriced LBS. And justifies why you should have a bike bell and not say "on your left"



Put a Bell on Your Bicycle
Isn't that nice.

I've managed perfectly well without a bell, or any other signaling device other than my voice if necessary, for 15+ years. See no reason to change now.
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Old 02-06-17, 05:49 PM   #5
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I'd read LifeHacker if they didn't cripple their page with bloat and scripts and spyware that do gawd knows what.

20+ trackers. If you block them-cripples the webpage from loading. Jerks.
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It should be sufficient just to back-pedal on your Chris King hub.
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Old 02-06-17, 06:05 PM   #7
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It should be sufficient just to back-pedal on your Chris King hub.
Hehe, only the old hubs...King R45 hubs are quieter than Campy /Fulcrum hubs.
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Old 02-06-17, 06:21 PM   #8
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No reason to listen to LifeHacker if the only words he knows are "on your left" and has never tried the simple word "passing" to see how that works. The volume of the word "passing" can be adjusted as well to suit the local environment.
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I coast up and call out in loud strong voice "bike behind you". I continue until it acknowledged. People with earbuds generally don't and often cringe as I pass by.

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Old 02-06-17, 06:56 PM   #10
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I question the credibility, and judgment of those who proclaim their preferred technique is always unquestionably superior. I prefer a bell in some situations I often encounter, but I'm not unwilling, or unable to use verbal communication when called for.
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"The last thing anyone needs is a cyclist screaming into their ear as they buzz past them. A bell is a civilized heads-up. A bell makes your bike ride more whimsical and friendly. Ring your bell and you are instantly joyous."
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"The last thing anyone needs is a cyclist screaming into their ear as they buzz past them. A bell is a civilized heads-up. A bell makes your bike ride more whimsical and friendly. Ring your bell and you are instantly joyous."
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I just so rarely pass anybody that I don't need a bell.
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I think I'd avoid any advice coming from a source with a name like that. And a subject as trivial as that makes one envision a writer thinking "I have to post something ....." But maybe I just lack the requisite sense of whimsy.
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I have a bell. I ring the bell. Sometimes it works. Sometimes, the headphones are too well made, and as I pass by the walker/jogger/cyclist, I never fail to be amused by the startled blurt of expletive that comes out of their mouths.

Full disclosure, sometimes I see the headphones and skip the bell. I would say "Oh s**t!" is the most common utterance I hear as I blast by. I would self-diagnose my passing behavior in such instances as a dick-move, but if you're running/riding with in-ear headphones, you're taking your chances.
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I have a bell. I ring the bell. Sometimes it works. Sometimes, the headphones are too well made, and as I pass by the walker/jogger/cyclist, I never fail to be amused by the startled blurt of expletive that comes out of their mouths.

Full disclosure, sometimes I see the headphones and skip the bell. I would say "Oh s**t!" is the most common utterance I hear as I blast by. I would self-diagnose my passing behavior in such instances as a dick-move, but if you're running/riding with in-ear headphones, you're taking your chances.
If your pass is done safely and respectfully, the consequences of their lack of situational awareness is entirely on them.
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Yeah, it's ordinarily 4-5 foot passing distance. I'm not buzzing anybody.
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Well, if you want to cede some kind of authority to Lifehacker go ahead. Me, looks like just one more opinion that I differ with. And I have more cred with me than does lifehacker.
The internet is full of rubbish isn't it. lifehacker ran out of good material 6 months after they started but they have to keep the clicks up somehow.
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Wouldn't "canoodling around the local park" be easier on a recumbent trike?
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Bells are so Freddy. No thanks.
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I don't care if anyone else has a bell on their bike or not. I have one and use it when I need to. I've been thanked by many of the people out walking in the mornings for the heads up, rather than yelling "on your left!" when they've likely never heard that before in their lives and don't know what it means, while a bell lets them know I'm coming up behind them.
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I'd read LifeHacker if they didn't cripple their page with bloat and scripts and spyware that do gawd knows what.

20+ trackers. If you block them-cripples the webpage from loading. Jerks.
I use a javascript blocker & adblocker, and I still got the page to come up enough to read the article.
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Say on your left and they know you are on their left. Ring a bell and they have no idea. I will continue to use my voice.
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I'd read LifeHacker if they didn't cripple their page with bloat and scripts and spyware that do gawd knows what.

20+ trackers. If you block them-cripples the webpage from loading. Jerks.


LOL. There is nothing unusual there, and nothing adblock doesn't handle.
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