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Old 03-15-14, 09:43 AM   #1
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Bell?

Looking for a bell for my commuter - Pana Pro Tour. I'd spend $10, but not $20.

I'm thinking a stem mount, chrome or polished aluminum, and inconspicuous. I'd like it to be loud when needed, but silent even on gravel paths when not.

I'm aware of Incredibell:

Any other/better options?
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I have an old Raleigh bell I'm going to mount on my stem when I decide which bike is going to be my main bike.

Some day, I might do the fancy pants bell thing.
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These Crane clock-bells are $11.58 at Niagara.
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Those Crane bells are the business. LOUD and not at all rattly, with a bit of adjustment possible.

I've found the Incredibells to be rattly and easily damaged.
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Avoid any bell that has the striker mounted on a coil spring. These will invariably shake, rattle and roll all ride long!
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Avoid any bell that has the striker mounted on a coil spring. These will invariably shake, rattle and roll all ride long!
Agreed.

My wife has one and it drives us crazy.

We have a couple Spurcycles on their way as replacements.

More money, but you get what you pay for.

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Agreed.

My wife has one and it drives us crazy.

We have a couple Spurcycles on their way as replacements.

More money, but you get what you pay for.
Looks like a mighty fine bike. My favorite LBS is a distributor for the company, so I'll hop to check it out in person soon. I really don't want to be paying 35$ sight unseen for a bell
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The Crane "Suzu" striker bell as shown in the post above by auchencrow is, by far, my favorite bell. Now I must say that the Spurcycles bell is stunning and I've heard it on their video and it sounds great too. If you go for the Crane Suzu striker bell, try it in several different metals if you're there in person. It comes in brass (best sounding IMO), copper, and aluminum. I have folks say "Thank You. I like your bell" all the time when I'm riding and I ring my bell as a warning. Seriously. It's sort of large though.
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That Crane Suzu looks about right, if a bit large. I may try the alloy, as the price is right. But that copper does look nice . . .

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Here's a link to the Crane "Suzu" bell in a mini size. Universal Cycles. They have a showroom storefront in Portland, and let's just say they know me on a first name basis!

Universal Cycles -- Crane Bell Company Suzu Mini Bell - Brass
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Crane.

Have them on several bikes. Brass and copper, loud and nice patina when they age.
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Avoid any bell that has the striker mounted on a coil spring. These will invariably shake, rattle and roll all ride long!
I also agree, had one 20 years ago. After a week I replaced it.
I bought 2 of the copper Crane bells, they are my favorite bell
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I also agree, had one 20 years ago. After a week I replaced it.
I bought 2 of the copper Crane bells, they are my favorite bell
I've two of those French bells that came on Peugeots that provided, or at least that's what I think, the inspiration for the current generation of bells like this. Far, far better design.
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Crane Riten

I prefer a rotary-style ring to a single dinger.
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Crane Riten

I prefer a rotary-style ring to a single dinger.
Very nice. I like that better now too!

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