So I walk into the shop with my Bride on a nice weekday morning.
We had pulled right up to the front door in our Tacoma (I would
have rather taken one of the bikes but alas...her riding days are
behind us...stinkin' M.S.). We were shopping for a decent light
for night commutes to assist my waning eyesight, and for a couple
of bells to help accomodate pedestrian warning on MUP's. I've been
trying to find a way to warn pedestrians of my approach from behind
without startling them. Denver Fox I believe, advised that just
calling out "Passing" seems to work quite well. He's right, it works
better than anything else I tried, but still often sent some pedestrians
into a low orbit. As a runner, the gentleman I work with mentioned that
the distinctive ca-ching ca-ching of the bicycle bell worked best for
him. He says it leaves no doubt as to what is about to take place
and the sound is pleasant enough so as not to be startling. Since
I ride a variety of different bikes I wanted to pick up a couple to
try out. The first thing the bike guy says is "What are ya riding, a
recumbent?" with an attitude that made me feel recumbent riders
are in a sub-class of bicyclists. O.K., that's one insult. But maybe
I'm just being oversensitive. My wife giggled and mentioned that I've
only got one recumbent and I had bought it the day before, but I
also ride several regular bikes. By now the wrench in the
background is laughing out loud at the salesman cajohling him for
stereotyping the old grey haired guy with the big gut and full beard.
Insult #2. Now the first guy says "Real cyclists don't need bells
'cause they ride on the roads". Insult #3 and you're out. We
just turned around and left. I bought two real nice bells at Wally World
for less than $4.00 apiece and they work just great. Next time I'm at
Wally World I'll pick up enough to mount on on each of my bikes.
And, I hope sometime when I'm out shopping with the 20+ year old
Trek Mtn. Bike with the Burley Bugger trailing behind, that I see that
bike guy out on his bike so I can smoke his **s! You can bet I'll be
dinging my bell the whole time!!!!!!!