How to Attach a Traditional Bike Bell

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Welcome.  This page will help you to understand if a Hand Painted or Large Traditional bike bell will fit on your bike.  It also shows you how to attach your bell.

Bicycle Bells are designed to be fitted to standard round handlebars on a bike, scooter or some balance bikes that range in width from 15 to 25mm in diameter.  The most common handlebar diameter is 22.2mm. This will be the skinner part of your handlebar next to where you grip.

Where does it attach? 

The choice is yours for the Hand Painted Bells.  The trigger for the Hand Painted bells (both black & blue base) can be index finger (right hand) or thumb (left hand) operated.

The Large Traditional bell is a left hand thumb trigger.

Ideally you shouldn’t have to let go to use your bell.  In order to get it to work properly the trigger will need space to be pushed forward or pulled.  So exactly where you place the bell will depend on what else is close to your handlebar grips or the shape of your grips.  You want to be able to operate the bell with a relaxed wrist so don’t put the bell lever where you have to twist – it should also be a natural movement.  This may take a bit of trial and error until you discover the perfect position for your bell.

Finger trigger position

Index finger trigger, right hand – Hand Painted Bell. Often easier for young kids to use

Hand Painted Bell - thumb trigger set up. goRide

Thumb trigger, left hand – Hand Painted Bell 

Thumb trigger, left hand – Large Traditional Bell

What will you receive and what tools will you need?

You bell will come in a box or bag and all the components you need will be attached to the bell.

What tools will you need?  You will need a Phillips Head screwdriver for the Hand Painted blue base bells and the Large Traditional Bell.  You will need a 4mm Allen Key for the Hand Painted black base bells.  

Phillips Screwdriver available as part of a multitool

4mm Allen Key for Black Bells. Available as a multitool or in an Allen key set

How does it attach?  

The bells use a simple screw bracket system that clamps onto your bikes handlebars.  For the Hand Painted Bells there is a slight difference between the blue base & black base bells.

Unscrew the bottom bracket:   

Blue Hand Painted/Large Traditional Bell; The bell will come out of the packaging with the bottom bracket upside down so this will need to unscrew both sides with the screwdriver and turn it out before you can attach it to your handlebars.

Black Hand Painted; You will need to use your Allen Key to open your bracket which is hinged.

Prepare bell for attachment

Two screws need to be taken out to turn bottom of clamp system – Blue Base/Large Traditional Bell

how to attach a traditional bike bell

Allen key undoing single screw to open clamp – Black Base Hand Painted Bell

Attaching to Handlebars:

Blue Hand Painted Bell/LargeTraditional; The easiest way to manage is to hold the bell upside down underneath your handlebar while you put the bottom bracket over the top of the handlebar and fit in the two screws. Once you have them screwed down but not tightened turn your bell until you have it in the final position.  Now tighten the screws.

Black Hand Painted Bell; Open the hinge and position the bell so you can easily use the Allen Key to tighten the screw.  Once it is close to being fully tightened, rotate the bell around the handlebar until it is up the right way.  Now completely tighten the screw.


Hand painted bike bell

Attaching Blue Base or Large Traditional Bell

how to attach a hand painted bike bell

Attaching Black Base Bell

Check that it works: 

As discussed above, you will need to try it out to see if it’s in the perfect, easy to use, natural position for your hand. Make sure it is firm and doesn’t move around. Simply push the trigger and enjoy the magical sound of your ringing bike bell.  Learn a bit more about appropriate use in our story Bike Bells & Bike Lights

Test position of bike bell

Things to watch out for  

Watch out for cables – do not catch cables within the clamping system of your Bicycle Bell.

We’re here to help.  If installing your bike bell has raised some questions for you.  Please call us on 021 025 15576 or 0800 44 33 77 or CONTACT us via email

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