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Do you have a bell on your road bike?

Old 09-09-09, 11:59 AM
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Do you have a bell on your road bike?

I think I need a bell. Much of my riding is urban and I am getting tired of the "on your left" routine. It's hard to shout it out without sounding rude. Is a bell the answer? Anyone here willing to admit they have a bell?
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Old 09-09-09, 12:07 PM
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not on my main bike but on my town bike. it's a ss and also has a mirror but i'll be taking that off soon because it is just too dangerous for me.

as for the bell, i put it on because i thought it would be handy with more people around but i have never used it as intended as a warning. i find when i need to warn it is when someone does something unexpectedly out of theblue and a shout is a lot quicker and instinctive.
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YES !! for the SAME reasons you've stated. Rather than getting a bell that's "cool", I took the other approach by getting one that was SO silly that it's appearance invokes laughter rather than .... Besidess, people intuatively turn to a bell's ringing moreso than a hollar.
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YES !! for the SAME reasons you've stated. Rather than getting a bell that's "cool", I took the other approach by getting one that was SO silly that it's appearance invokes laughter rather than .... Besidess, people intuatively turn to a bell's ringing moreso than a hollar.

I've been thinking about a cool bell but maybe a Hello Kitty bell might be better! I like your thinking on this matter.
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I have a bell on my road bike... I ride on MUPs a lot, and several of them have somewhat blind corners, so I use it when entering those corners to avoid potential head-on collisions with a-holes that like to cross over into the other lane while flying around the corner. I have the WonderBell that's specific for STI brake levers, so it's not as obvious as some other bells.
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All my bikes have bells.
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And one has spokey dokes.
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Spokey dokes?
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I am thinking about transferring my squeeze air horn from my mountain bike to my road bike as I have been riding mostly as a commuter in the local MUP. Same trail as Jersh (two posts above)

It has a very nice "Ahh Haaaa' sound. I am sure it will drive the local wanna-be-Lances on the trail crazy... Ha... ha...ha
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Originally Posted by old and new View Post
YES !! for the SAME reasons you've stated. Rather than getting a bell that's "cool", I took the other approach by getting one that was SO silly that it's appearance invokes laughter rather than .... Besidess, people intuatively turn to a bell's ringing moreso than a hollar.
Not when I am the one doing the hollaring .. I have a seriously loud shouting voice.
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I think I need a bell. Much of my riding is urban and I am getting tired of the "on your left" routine. It's hard to shout it out without sounding rude. Is a bell the answer? Anyone here willing to admit they have a bell?
One Ding Dong Bell and two air horns.
$9.00 at the bike shop.
https://cgi.ebay.com/BICYCLE-BELL-CLA...4.c0.m14.l1262
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
One Ding Dong Bell and two air horns.

A veritable carillion.
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I just bought a $3.98 Bell bell... (Hey, I just realized, that's the brand, and the item) From Target for my son's bike for fun. But am realizing it's a pretty handy little device. He rings his bell when he wants me to stop for a drink.
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I've a loud voice too but who wants to be yellin' all the time sounding like a peckerhead while making one's way through crowed spots, it gets tiresome.
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Yes, bell.

I got tired of saying on your left to people, many of whom apparently think "on your left" means jump to the left immediately.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
One Ding Dong Bell and two air horns.
$9.00 at the bike shop.

https://cgi.ebay.com/BICYCLE-BELL-CLA...4.c0.m14.l1262
$19.99 + $9.99 shipping = $30.00!!


For a bell????
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Old 09-09-09, 12:54 PM
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Go with a cow bell.

I've got a fever, and the only cure is more cow bell.
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
Go with a cow bell.

I've got a fever, and the only cure is more cow bell.
Perhaps I can get one at my LBS (Local Bovine Shop).
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Not on the single road bike but I do have one on the Tandem for the Stoker to ring so people get out of the way. I find it easier than using voice... they instantly know to move and usually do so quickly.
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Apparantly some states require you to have a bell & lights on ALL bikes, regardless of time of day.
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No and I never will
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No and I never will
You must not have to pass slowpokes as much as I do.
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I have a bell on my road bike and wouldn't be without it.
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You must not have to pass slowpokes as much as I do.

Possibly due to the fact that I rarely encounter other riders on the streets I ride.
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