Be heard, be safe – use a Bike Bell

Do you have a bike bell on your bike?

Be heard while on your bike with a bike bell. Heard by other cyclists, pedestrians and at times motorists. Be in control of your own safety and the safety of others use a bike bell.

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What can a Bike Bell give you?

Bells are functional  they help keep you and other users safe but they are also lots of fun. If having all things beautiful on your bicycle brings you joy then it is time to let your personality shine or if the kids like to make noise then let them make NOISE! .

Lets have a look at bells in more detail

Mini Hornit- This make riding so much fun – 25 sounds remote trigger for safety

Knog Oi a minimailist bell. Gives you the function of a bell without all the fuss.

Traditional Styled bell and ring. Available in beautiful designs – large and handpainted 

Why use a bell

This is an essential piece of equipment for around town riding and shared pathways to warn others that you are coming. A bell is also important on cycle trails and dual direction mountain bike trails. A need that is growing as the number of cyclists increase. We need to become a little more like Europe here and start communicating with all the different users with our bike bell. Having spent a few days in Copenhagen, in awe of the bikes, the sound of a bike bell ringing has nothing but pleasant memories for me. Maybe you’re unsure if you have a need for a bell but want one for the pure pleasure it may bring you when you look down at it!

Where do you mount

Generally on your left hand side if you are right handed but where there is room on the inside of your handlebar grips

What type of riding do you do?

If you ride your bike for commuting on bikepaths and urban riding then having a beautiful and colourful traditonal bike bell that puts out a good quality ding will work well for you. However if you mountain bike or you use your bike in all these riding environments then a minimalist bell like the Knog Oi is the bell for you. This bell doesn’t look like a bell- it is designed to be sleek with little protrusion from the handle bars but still having a high quality and useful ding.

How to operate a bike bell

Traditional styled bells are operated by your thumb or index finger in a pushing or pulling motion to give a range of dinging sounds. Make sure that it is easy for you to use the lever. There are also horns like the  ( Mini Hornit  – it offers 25 sounds!) requiring you to push a trigger. Make sure you can safely activiate the horn or bell while safely holding onto the handlebars.

Correct use of a Bike Bell

 Like most things a bike bell is something that can be overdone or used with not so nice intentions.  Be polite, be respectful, don’t try and frighten the … out of someone who doesn’t know you’re there yet by sounding your bell then zooming past them as close as possible to show off how fast, and therefore fit, you are on your bike.  Sound a gentle warning 5 or so metres away, while reducing your speed.  Wait for a response – turning of the head, moving over to the side – this applies to both walkers and other cyclists.  At this point if there is no response another ding follow by “Passing on your right” in a clear voice would be appropriate.  Please give people space especially if they have small children or dogs with them.

Bells are worthwhile on cycle trails and in mountain bike parks, in particular on blind tight corners that are two way.  These are corners that you can not see around and where you have the potential to crash into someone coming the other way if you don’t know they are there.  Signage is good on a lot of these corners and the kids love it when they see a bell sign like the one on the tree in this photo.

 

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