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Old 04-06-15, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by OTS View Post
Video with the bell so you can hear how it sounds.

Spurcycle Raw Bell. More potent and more streamlined. Way better.
I love those. Nice design and sounds great.
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Old 04-06-15, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by OTS View Post
Video with the bell so you can hear how it sounds.

Spurcycle Raw Bell. More potent and more streamlined. Way better.

I watched that video and at no time did they play the sound of the bell. Seems like a pretty basic requirement for a video about a bell.
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Like my Crane, for the big sound. About the only thing I don't like about it is that after sweating on it, it requires a whole lot of effort to make it shiny again. Is there a magic way to make it shiny again without all the elbow grease?

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Originally Posted by davester View Post
http://www.spurcycle.com/collections/all/products/better-bicycle-bell-raw

I watched that video and at no time did they play the sound of the bell. Seems like a pretty basic requirement for a video about a bell.
Are you sure you had the sound turned up? I counted 12 separate rings when I watched the video.
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Old 04-06-15, 05:23 PM
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Old 04-06-15, 05:49 PM
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Quote Originally Posted by davester View Post
Spurcycle Raw Bell. More potent and more streamlined. Way better.

I watched that video and at no time did they play the sound of the bell. Seems like a pretty basic requirement for a video about a bell.
Are you sure you had the sound turned up? I counted 12 separate rings when I watched the video.
Try again.
I am getting old and may be deaf but i did hear a bell
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Old 04-06-15, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by OTS View Post
Try again.
I am getting old and may be deaf but i did hear a bell
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Old 04-06-15, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly View Post
Like my Crane, for the big sound. About the only thing I don't like about it is that after sweating on it, it requires a whole lot of effort to make it shiny again. Is there a magic way to make it shiny again without all the elbow grease?

I happen to like the patina of my weathered Crane bell.
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Old 04-06-15, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Are you sure you had the sound turned up? I counted 12 separate rings when I watched the video.
Ah, there's the problem...my right hand speaker was unplugged and the left hand speaker only had the narrative with no bell sounds.
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Old 04-06-15, 07:35 PM
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Spurcycle's brass bell.....just beautiful.
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Old 04-06-15, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by OTS View Post
Check out Spurcycle and their bells

This started out as a Kickstarter project

I like mine and it commands attention:

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X2. This bell is understated and elegant on the bars but loud and crystal clear when struck. It'll hold the ring for 4-5 seconds. Only rings when you want it to. It's unaffected by bumps. If Campy made bells this would be it!
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Old 04-07-15, 04:45 AM
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Old 04-07-15, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
I forgot to mention that pedestrians ALWAYS say "I like your bell!" after I ride past, having dinged ahead of time.
I never get that response. I find that most pedestrians get startled and/or annoyed when I ding my bell. I now only use my bell when a driver tries something stupid. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong? Maybe I need to take a course on bell ringing.
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
I never get that response. I find that most pedestrians get startled and/or annoyed when I ding my bell. I now only use my bell when a driver tries something stupid. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong? Maybe I need to take a course on bell ringing.
You should ring the bell when you're quite far from the pedestrian. Don't wait until you're so close that you startle them.
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Old 04-07-15, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
You should ring the bell when you're quite far from the pedestrian. Don't wait until you're so close that you startle them.
Right, 20 feet minimum, preferably much farther. It is not to prevent impending disaster. That's what shouting is for. "Cuidado!"
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Old 04-07-15, 09:43 AM
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As much as I like my Crane bell, I decided to go with the Hornit for my commuter. Not so much for the ped's but for the damn cars. It is loud enough to get everyone's attention when used, so that now I have witnesses to the near misses. The cars around here run red lights consistently.

I ride through old town Alexandria every day I ride and in the summer there are people with signs to "suggest" to bicyclists to stop at stop signs. I never see signs for the cars that rarely stop. Usually the ones that do stop are tourists who are lost and don't know which way to go! Ped's in this area also just cross the street at the risk of being hit by a vehicle because they didn't look or stop from the sidewalk to the street! Yes they have the right of way but when did that replace common sense of self preservation? Rant over.
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Smaller cheaper option, not as classy as the Crane Bell, but it's still solid brass with a good sound - Incredibell Duet
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
I never get that response. I find that most pedestrians get startled and/or annoyed when I ding my bell. I now only use my bell when a driver tries something stupid. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong? Maybe I need to take a course on bell ringing.
As other's have already chimed in, I ring it well in advance. First I start with a single "ding" & mostly they either turn & look or automatically move over a little. If, not, then I ding a couple more times, but well in advance. As I pass I always politely say, "Thank you". I want pedestrians to have had a pleasant experience with a cyclist (me). That way, hopefully, in the future their experiences with bikes will be good ones.
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X2. This bell is understated and elegant on the bars but loud and crystal clear when struck. It'll hold the ring for 4-5 seconds. Only rings when you want it to. It's unaffected by bumps. If Campy made bells this would be it!
Only 4-5 seconds? I can flick my Crane, go out for an espresso, come home and it's still ringing.
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly View Post
Like my Crane, for the big sound. About the only thing I don't like about it is that after sweating on it, it requires a whole lot of effort to make it shiny again. Is there a magic way to make it shiny again without all the elbow grease?
This stuff is fantastic for all metals. Makes things crazy shiny with little effort. Leaves an invisible silicone film that slows the dulling process.

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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
As other's have already chimed in,
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You should ring the bell when you're quite far from the pedestrian. Don't wait until you're so close that you startle them.
I rang my bell twice on a ride the other day while on a multi-use path. I think I gave the pedestrians enough warning time, but both times they stepped into my path rather than away. It seems to have something with going towards the sound of the alert, rather than fleeing from it. Maybe the gentle brrring of the brass bell just 'ain't cutting it.
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In the event that the pedestrian does not move, I slow down (multi user path) and say, "I'm behind you", then they'll turn, see me and move aside. I don't say "On your left" because sometime they will move left. Yesterday I rang my bell a few times, came behind person and said, " I'm behind you". She looked and said "Oh", then I said, "I wasn't sure if you heard my bell". She said "I heard it but didn't know where it was coming from". That seemed odd to me, because if I heard a noise I'd look around to see what it was. Oh well.


Some pedestrians on multiuser path seem upset by having to slightly move over for a second. I always say "Thank you" regardless of how they respond. I figure if being asked to share a travel way gets someone upset, they must have a pretty cr*ppy life to begin with.
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@velocivizen - you are nicer than I am. I need to be calibrated. It is so frustrating when people move in the direction to tell them you are. Then there are those who appear to be too stupefied to know what to do so stay in the path of collision. The thing is they drive that way on the road and push their shopping carts the same way in the stores and parking lots! If there isn't a line they think the options are open. end rant II
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My Crane Brass Bell arrived yesterday. It is mounted and sounds GREAT!
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