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ding ding ding

Got a bell! Took it for a ride today. "On your left" was working *OK* but I saw a $4 Bell bell at x-mart and couldn't resist, plus it horrified my kids who already thought I was totally uncool with the fenders. I think it confused the heck out of the people on the MUP. I would go ding and they seemed to leap in completely random directions, then turn around and get out of the way. I think I saw one guy reach for his wallet, some sort of Pavlov's dog thing thinking I was a ice cream truck? I think it attracts dogs too, one started pulling on its leash in my direction. Maybe I am better off with "on your left", it is clear folks here in Colorado aren't used to hearing bells.
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Here in Calgary I am told I must to have a bell on my bike for it to be legal. I do have one and I do use it, have learned to love it. It warns pedestrians on the bike paths and motorists on the road that I am there.
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I use the bell and the "on your left" but recently we have had an influx of tuned out people stretched not only across the MUP but also in the roadways...me thinks an AirZounds may be my next purchase

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Last spring during "ride to work week" they set up commuter stations. Stoping at a commuter station and answering a survey i won an incredibell, which isnt out of the ordinary, except this one is wooden.
It doesn't 'ding' but makes a hollow 'thunk'. Talk about a piece of crap, I sound like some love sick frog in heat coming down a mup.
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Originally Posted by bfromcolo View Post
it is clear folks here in Colorado aren't used to hearing bells.
I ride a bike and was completely confused by the sound of a bike bell while walking on the neighborhood greenway a couple months back. I heard it at least three times over about a 20-30 second span before I stopped walking and turned around to look. The bike still wasn't upon us yet, but he was pretty close at that point. I don't know that I've heard a bike bell before, but this might have been the first "in the wild" spotting.

If people aren't used to hearing it, you shouldn't be counting on it to elicit a positive reaction.
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I ride an old cruiser with friends from time to time, it has a bell on it, not only do people react to the bell, but they almost always get a blast out of it, we always here," Wow! I had a bike like that when I was growing up! I even had the bell!" I think bells are way cool! and people do react to them when they hear them, just some more than others soon I think they will have to, like Pavlovs dogs, learn to react, I think cars will soon be the minority hope so anyways
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I want a freaking fog horn! Now that would be fun. The heck with a wimpy airzounds. I want people dying from my horn!
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I really like the pretty Brass Japanese ones. I have one on most of my bikes.

Edit: This one
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Any speculation on if people would be more likely to recognize a "ka-ching" bell (as opposed to a "ding") as a bicycle bell? I know I would... the "ding" could also be an elevator arriving...
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Originally Posted by barba View Post
I really like the pretty Brass Japanese ones. I have one on most of my bikes.

Edit: This one
Hmm so if I want to be elegant I have to put the bell on my handlebar stem? Who knew? That would stop those inadvertent shifts from hitting my trigger shifter when I am trying to ring my bell.
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Originally Posted by bfromcolo View Post
Hmm so if I want to be elegant I have to put the bell on my handlebar stem? Who knew? That would stop those inadvertent shifts from hitting my trigger shifter when I am trying to ring my bell.
It actually is a nice place to mount the bell, and it frees up some real estate on your bars. Give it a try.
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What does your bell sound like???

Don't ring it too hard--or people will jump. Bell's work. I use mine all the time--people recognize it and it's much better than, "on your left."
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Sometimes I like to ping my bell once, just to see the reactions of the pedestrians. I can see them turn around trying to find out what the sounds is. Yes, they heard something. But what was it? And where to it come from? Sometimes they look up into the sky. Did another angel just get their wings? Maybe... if they don't get the f**k out of my way quick! Then I bring them back to reality with a second ping. They live for another day. Life goes on.

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Nothing says BICYCLE like a bell.

What instrument plays the last notes on "Bicycle Race" by Queen?

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when i moved to my summer bike i couldn't get the bell off my winter one (at least without breaking the mounting bracket). so i've ridden bell-less for the last five or so months. instead i've taken to 'clicking' the brake levers. gets the same effect.
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judicious use of a bell on a bike path or even in traffic can be useful but don't expect pedestrians or other cyclists to respond as you might expect. It's a warning that you are approaching and intend to pass them. I use it in combination with slowing down and being ready to stop if need be dependent on circumstances.

and if they are wearing earphones watch out they might be listening to the Best of Queen and think you're just part of the band.
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ding ding ding

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Got a bell! Took it for a ride today. "On your left" was working *OK* but I saw a $4 Bell bell at x-mart and couldn't resist, plus it horrified my kids who already thought I was totally uncool with the fenders. I think it confused the heck out of the people on the MUP. I would go ding and they seemed to leap in completely random directions, then turn around and get out of the way. I think I saw one guy reach for his wallet, some sort of Pavlov's dog thing thinking I was a ice cream truck? I think it attracts dogs too, one started pulling on its leash in my direction. Maybe I am better off with "on your left", it is clear folks here in Colorado aren't used to hearing bells.
The bell works well, as long as we ring it far enough in advance.

I've noticed that when someone rings a bell *close* behind someone on a MUP, the peds tend to turn toward the sound, veering into the way of the rider ("huh? what was that?"). If the bell doesn't work, use your voice (amazing how many people on bikes forget that option--probably comes from being in a car a lot and thinking the horn's the only option).

One caveat. Seniors often have a diminished ability to hear sounds at certain frequencies, so not all bells will alert them as well as others.

Stop peds on the paths you travel and ask their opinion. You'll learn some useful things, and have some great conversations.

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I tend to get decent responses to my bell rings. If I'm further away with plenty of approach time, I'll give two or three dings about a second apart each. If I'm closer and want to get their attention, I'll usually give two rapid dings. I rarely ever just ring it once. I want them to make sure they heard something.
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Originally Posted by mikepoole View Post
Any speculation on if people would be more likely to recognize a "ka-ching" bell (as opposed to a "ding") as a bicycle bell? I know I would... the "ding" could also be an elevator arriving...
That would be a real problem, watching for cyclist while waiting for an elevator
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
I want a freaking fog horn! Now that would be fun. The heck with a wimpy airzounds. I want people dying from my horn!
Where's 300dB guy? I want a 2000 megaton thermonuclear bomb in my horn. That'll show the *******s to cut ME off!
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there is a great video out there of a fella in Japan, walking around on the streets ringing a bell... he is not on a bike, just walking. The people instinctively move to the right or aside for him. Even on escalators and stairs... everywhere.

Bells just sound friendlier as an alert,

I love my bell.
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Just bought another bell yesterday, this one for the tandem. The other bikes in the family are already so equipped -- I get the ones that have the floating compass from my local bike shop. . .it looks like:
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ety%20Products

(there's one with a floating eyeball but it is too creepy for me. . .).

I noticed in northern Europe (Denmark and Germany in particular) that bells are used all the time and everywhere by bicyclists -- lots of mixed use plazas. People here are getting used to what a bell means, and I think more people are installing them. Excepting the folks on their road bikes wearing their lycra logo wear who I am quite sure are headed to the Olympics if not the Tour. . .
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Originally Posted by barba View Post
I really like the pretty Brass Japanese ones. I have one on most of my bikes.

Edit: This one
I've got one of those and an aluminum (silver) one. The brass one is tarnishing. They both have a melodious ding that resonates a long time.
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Originally Posted by Sigurdd50 View Post
there is a great video out there of a fella in Japan, walking around on the streets ringing a bell... he is not on a bike, just walking. The people instinctively move to the right or aside for him. Even on escalators and stairs... everywhere.
This is priceless. Even better when you don't understand Japanese.
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I like the Storm Whistle.

http://www.storm-whistles.com/?gclid...FRUHWAodFjpNxA

I keep mine on a retractable key card holder.
Inexpensive, lightweight, and very loud.
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