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Do you have a bell on your road bike?

Old 09-09-09, 08:59 PM
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I want this:
https://www.shiphorns.com/gallery/dis...=56&fullsize=1

In action:
https://www.shiphorns.com/media/caw6bwaltham.mov

But that's a lot to carry on a bike. In the meantime, I've got one of those STI-mounted bells. I still feel rude when I use it, though.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
I want this:

.... I've got one of those STI-mounted bells. I still feel rude when I use it, though.
I feel the same way, even though I have one of those 1 inch incredibells that just make a small ding. If I can avoid using it, by passing politely and stating my intentions clearly, I avoid it.

Sometimes though, especially on an MUP where there are children ahead, or numbnutz oblivious rollerbladers with ipods, I ding the crap out of it until they see me.
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Old 09-10-09, 07:36 AM
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This is what I have on my mountain bike and I am thinking about putting it on my road bike for my commute on the local MUP. After I put the horn on, I will use on everybody that I pass on the path. Everybody. Hard core roadies, Freds, wanna-be-Lances, wanna-be-Cavendishes, etc.

BTW, my road bike is not a Royce Union, Huffy, Varsity or a gas pipe frame.

https://www.virtualvillage.com/chrome...Bicycle%20Horn

Ha... ha... ha... I don't mind gaining an additional 20 - 35 seconds on my ride because of wind drag...

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Old 09-10-09, 08:20 AM
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Bells on bikes are like horns on cars. If you have time to ring it, you would be better served to simply slow down and avoid the problem.

As for using it to pass on the MUP, as a runner that sees this all the time, it is very annoying. Most runners see the person on a bike ringing a bell behind them as a clueless demand for us to get out of their way. A simple "passing left" is much more polite and will normally get a better response from anyone but the space case walkers. Those people are unpredictable regardless, which goes back to just slow down and pass them carefully.
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Old 09-10-09, 08:31 AM
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exRunner - I am also a runner on the MUP but I never thought of hearing a bell/warning/etc as a demand to move to the right. I primarily see it as a warning that somebody is about to pass me and not to do anything unexpected, like turn around, until I am passed.

Also, as a bike rider I also do NOT expect people to move to the right. As a matter of fact, I do feel guilty when they scurry to the right. However, with crowds walking on the trail and a la Disney World style, I expect or I hope that they will at least move to the right a little bit.
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Old 09-10-09, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by exRunner View Post
Bells on bikes are like horns on cars. If you have time to ring it, you would be better served to simply slow down and avoid the problem.

As for using it to pass on the MUP, as a runner that sees this all the time, it is very annoying. Most runners see the person on a bike ringing a bell behind them as a clueless demand for us to get out of their way. A simple "passing left" is much more polite and will normally get a better response from anyone but the space case walkers. Those people are unpredictable regardless, which goes back to just slow down and pass them carefully.
incorrect.
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Old 09-10-09, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by exRunner View Post
Bells on bikes are like horns on cars. If you have time to ring it, you would be better served to simply slow down and avoid the problem.

As for using it to pass on the MUP, as a runner that sees this all the time, it is very annoying. Most runners see the person on a bike ringing a bell behind them as a clueless demand for us to get out of their way. A simple "passing left" is much more polite and will normally get a better response from anyone but the space case walkers. Those people are unpredictable regardless, which goes back to just slow down and pass them carefully.
I think I'd lose my voice if I had to yell 'on your left' to everyone on the path when I was commuting. So I have a bell on my commuter. Especially with all the runners wearing headphones, the higher pitched ding of the bell seems to cut through better than my voice.

I don't have one on my roadbike because I don't hit the MUP at any hour where the trail is congested.
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Old 09-10-09, 08:43 AM
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Also, on the W&OD trail, I think the cyclists are the last ones in the right of way hierarchy. Maybe somebody else can confirm or correct me.

Let me see if I get this correctly, from lowest to the highest 'right of way': Bikes -> Horses -> Pedestrians
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Old 09-10-09, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man View Post
Yup! Check out this video from Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_MphtzCOEc

The people are so accustomed to moving aside when they hear a bell, they will even start moving to the side if they hear the bell when riding the escalator (at 1:30).
That's funny.

I think I'll stop at the bike shop tonight and get an Incredibell for my commuting bike. I've been thinking about it for awhile and this thread pushed me over the top.
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Old 09-10-09, 08:52 AM
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I never imagined needing a bell on a road bike before moving here. But it's necessary on the narrower roads and paths.
This BBB is the by far the best and lightest I've found.
Bell points forward off the bar next to the stem. Forefinger trigger.
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Old 09-10-09, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by yuyax View Post
Also, on the W&OD trail, I think the cyclists are the last ones in the right of way hierarchy. Maybe somebody else can confirm or correct me.

Let me see if I get this correctly, from lowest to the highest 'right of way': Bikes -> Horses -> Pedestrians
Cyclists are last, but I believe horses have the the right of way over peds.
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Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
I never imagined needing a bell on a road bike before moving here. But it's necessary on the narrower roads and paths.
This BBB is the by far the best and lightest I've found.
Bell points forward off the bar next to the stem. Forefinger trigger.
I have my black incredibell pointing right, mounted to my black stem.

It is so inconspicuous, i sometimes forget it is there.

Flick, ding!
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Old 09-10-09, 09:09 AM
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No bell on the road bike. Have one on the hybrid but rarely use it.
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Old 09-10-09, 09:31 AM
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Bells are internationally understood. If you live somewhere where E.S.L. pedestrians are in abundance or if you ride in a crowded park such as NYC Central park, my bell can save walkers joggers and other roadies who are too cool/stupid to have a bell from a lot of pain. They work. Probably don't need one in the countryside or suburb but it couldn't hurt.

mine is a 'ding' bell mounted upside down under the stem out of sight but easily accessible from the top of the bar.

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Old 09-10-09, 09:47 AM
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Cyclists are last, but I believe horses have the the right of way over peds.
True. The general rule is to pass on the downhill side if the path/trail is inclined left to right, not forward to back or vice versa. This makes you smaller than the horse in all cases. Indeed, anyone is smaller than a mounted horse, although the horse doesn't know that. I learned this when I quit riding road. I asked someone on a horse while I was riding the Centennial Trail in Everett, WA.
 
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Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
I have my black incredibell pointing right, mounted to my black stem.

It is so inconspicuous, i sometimes forget it is there.
picture?
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
incorrect.
Just put your finger and thumb on your forehead and walk away.
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Old 09-10-09, 10:01 AM
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Yup, I've got a bell on my road bike, mounted right where my thumb lands when I'm riding on the hoods. The ding-er can be swiveled down so that I can use it in my drops, too. If I'm riding on top (in my most upright position), then I'm generally going slow enough that I can verbally warn when I'm passing. It's very discreet--most of the people I ride with don't know that I have it until I ring it. I use it for the reasons stated in this thread: a "ding" is universally understood, I might be too winded/hoarse to warn other pedestrians, and the "ding" can be heard from further off and over music.
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What sort of bell can be operated ön the hoods and in the drops? picture...
I mean does it close with straps over your bartape - or do you remove the bartape at that position?

I just removed my bell to make it possible to mount a powerLED and a battery - I also have a bike computer mounted. Now there is simple no available position left on the bar.
I know there are also some "bar extenders" that click onto your bar that offer an extra bar to use as a mounting platform... Might try that for the LED and remount the bell on it's original spot - did miss it immediately as I don't wanna yell - - the bell usually does get immediate attention/reactions.
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Ding!
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Old 09-10-09, 11:29 AM
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That's great, Spike! I am inspired.
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Old 09-10-09, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by vsopking View Post
What sort of bell can be operated ön the hoods and in the drops? picture...
I mean does it close with straps over your bartape - or do you remove the bartape at that position
Whenever I get my bike back from the shop I'll take a picture of it (I can't believe that I don't have a good picture of it already...). It's a Mirrycle Incredibell. Basically, the strap closes around the bartape...squishes it, really. PITA to get on there, for sure.

You can kinda see it in these pictures (red Trek 1500):




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I tried to put one on my commuter, but they all have connectors that are made for childrens bikes or something. They don't fit my handlebars.
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On my road bike, I have nothing. On my touring bike, I have an Airzound, but am thinking about adding a bell to it because the Airzound scares the crap out of people on the MUP. Sometimes that is warranted, most times not.
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Forget the bell!! Go with the Laser Guided Missile attachment.
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People don't take a bell seriously.
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