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Old 06-29-17, 11:52 PM
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My ding-a-ling

I am looking for some thoughts on where those who have bells on their bike mount them. When got mine several years back I kinda thought that mounting it on my stem, as I have seen others do, looked pretty cool. But yesterday I found myself in a position where I needed to use the bell, but also felt as though having both hands on my handlebars and being ready to brake was in my best interest. I went old school and yelled "on your left" and all turned out OK. But it left me thinking that where my bell positioned on my stem may look pretty savvy, but in a pinch was rather useless.

I would be interested in hearing other cyclists thought on the subject.
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Old 06-30-17, 12:00 AM
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I keep mine just inboard of the shifters. This is on a more or less upright hybrid.


I know what you mean about needing the good hand position. I once tried someone else's bar ends and decided to go with Cane Creek's bar stabilizers for just that reason.
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Old 06-30-17, 01:15 AM
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On my main commuter I keep it on the bar, within thumb's reach.
On the drop bar bike it's on the quill stem. Not enough room at the bar, with interrupter levers, light and computer.
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Old 06-30-17, 06:17 AM
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Anita Ward rings my bell.
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I use the old-fashioned rrrrring-rrrrring bike bell on my three bikes. On my old road bike it is on the right side of the stem where my right thumb can reach it when I'm on the uppers (I have secondary brake levers up there). On my new drop bar commuter I have it mounted on the right side just inboard from the brifter to that when I'm on the hoods it is just below my thumb. And on my old straight-bar MTB commuter it is on the right next to the rapid fire shifter where my thumb can reach it. For that I mounted it upside down so it could sit closer to the shifter.

For each bike, in similar positions to the bells, but on the left side, is the trigger for my AirZound air horns.

You would think that having the bells and horn triggers in different positions on each bike would be confusing, but it's not.
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When I use a bell it's one that rings continuously. It's homebrewed from holiday jingle bells. I let it ring continuously while I'm on the MUP or anywhere there's lots of pedestrians. Otherwise I mute it.

Works well. Far more joggers, walkers and slower cyclists hear it without that nagging "On your left!" stuff. And my hands are always on the grips near the brakes.

I got the idea from a couple of mountain bike trail bells that work the same way. They cost from $20 for a mass production version up to $50 for a custom made one by an individual. Much more elegant and functional than my homebrewed version.

Doesn't work on vehicles, but no bell does. For that you need an AirZound or something similar.
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First priority for a safety mechanism is to have it where it looks good? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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First priority for a safety mechanism is to have it where it looks good? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Point well taken!
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Incredibells on two straight-bar bikes, one inboard of the left controls and one inboard of the right controls. Each of those operated by thumb. Ding-dong bell on the 3-speed operated by right index finger. One road bike has an Incredibell clone on the stem since the handlebar bag and other things reduce the available real estate.
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Old 06-30-17, 08:19 PM
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On the 3 bikes that I ride: Incredibell Duet immediately inboard of the right side shifter or brake.
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