Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-20-17, 10:30 AM   #26
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 24,154
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1777 Post(s)
Air Zounds?https://www.amazon.com/Delta-Cycle-A.../dp/B000ACAMJC
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-17, 12:36 PM   #27
bikiola
royal dutch of dukes
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: brooklyn, nyc
Bikes:
Posts: 365
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Doesn't matter. Cars can't hear any bicycle bell. Nor can most pedestrians, joggers or cyclists wearing earbuds. For those you need an AirZound or similarly obnoxious blaster.

For MUP users who haven't blocked out ambient sounds try a Timber mountain bike trail bell. It can be set to ring continuously or not at all.

I was curious about the Timber and similar mini-cowbells sold on Amazon and elsewhere. So I rigged up my own from some winter holiday jingle bells, ranging in size from golf balls to slightly larger. I used those on one bike for a couple of months until the thin strap wore out and broke a couple of weeks ago. The jingle bells clinked and clanked continuously while riding, varying depending on how smooth or rough the terrain was. If the bells didn't jingle enough while approaching someone from behind on smooth pavement I'd smack the bells with one hand.

The continuous jingling was remarkably effective yet friendly sounding on the MUP. People who hadn't plugged up their ears would notice and turn to look as I was approaching, and usually smiled. I always slow down and pass as courteously as possible anyway. On the gravel trail it jingled continuously and most joggers/walkers would moved rightward without being prompted. There were still a few who'd remain in the center of the path or go the "wrong" way, but they usually remained consistent in direction rather than wandering around aimlessly.

On one occasion a couple of joggers were two abreast on the narrow paved MUP. The jogger to farthest right heard me and tugged the sleeve of her friend who was blocking the path. As I passed the path-hogging jogger muttered "I heard something jingling but didn't know what the heck it was." So it's not foolproof, even when they can hear it.

But my jingle bell experiment worked so well I'm going to buy a Timber bell.

If I rode more often in heavy traffic I'd get an AirZound. But I wouldn't waste money on another flipper bell, no matter how well designed.

And don't count on any noisemaker short of a Doppler effect horn/siren being effective anyway. Tests have shown people can't even tell the direction or approach speed of a train from sound or vibration. Modern trains and tracks are remarkably quiet and vibration free now anyway, but even with noisy freight trains on older tracks people continue to be struck and killed or injured because they misjudge the distance and approach. Only the Doppler pitch shift has been shown to be reliable for indicating distance, orientation and whether the vehicle is approaching or receding.

In some anti-cyclist places, like NYC, you get summonsed by our local pig department for not having bells. They're useless (and worse, make the peds that do hear them even angried) but thats the law unfortunately.
bikiola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-17, 01:07 PM   #28
bikesd
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Bikes:
Posts: 61
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
I use a hamburger bell - sounds nice and works well!
https://smile.amazon.com/Lexco-Bicyc...hamburger+bell
bikesd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-17, 02:18 PM   #29
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility/commuter E-bike), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,673
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 281 Post(s)
I have 3 bikes and don't even own a bicycle bell.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-17, 02:37 AM   #30
DTG
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Portland, Or
Bikes:
Posts: 143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Just put down the cash for a Spurcycle. It's worth it.
DTG is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:04 AM.