Bells for bikes

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Bells for bikes

Postby greyingbeard » 15 Sep 2020, 8:14pm

Lion make a very good pinger bell here in UK.

Does anyone make a traditional rrrring-rrring bell ? Rotating clockwork innards, double clapper by washers I believe.

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby mjr » 15 Sep 2020, 8:20pm

Adie, among many others: Bibia, Widek...
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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby mercalia » 15 Sep 2020, 8:47pm

Yes I got a couple from china for peanuts

eg https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bike-Bycicle-Bell-Vintage-Metal-Body-Ring-Sound-Loud-Handlebar-Iron-Silver-UK/392859071990?

The metal is mild steel I suppose so I was able to bend some of the bits to get better action. They are also small ( about 6cm) but sound fine. The only people who dont hear it are those with ear phones in

or

https://bobbinbikes.com/collections/bells


https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/bells-horns/widek-bibia-chrome-plated-steel-crown-bell/
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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby Brucey » 15 Sep 2020, 9:17pm

yep, widek, oxford, D2O branded ones are available, amongst others. Most of the cheap ones have a plastic thumb button so cannot be expected to last forever (the plastic tends to go brittle even if it doesn't start out that way). Some models have an aluminium bell, some are chromed steel (which usually sounds better but eventually rusts of course).

Worthy of mention is the spanninga 'turning bell'. With others here

https://www.dutchbikebits.com/bells

This is cheaply made (and not everyone likes the way it works) but it sits alongside the handlebar not on top of it, so it is much less likely to get damaged. If you want to turn the bike upside down safely without having to move anything on the handlebar this is a good choice.

In terms of penetrating the consciousness of the average erratic/dozy pedestrian without alarming them, I still think a 'drringg-drringg' bell is probably best, closely followed by a 'ping-ping' from a pinger. The 'ding-dong' bells are good but I suspect they may not so quickly mean 'bike' to most people.

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby mattsccm » 15 Sep 2020, 9:19pm

Halfords, Poundland, Home bargains et all. Pink with unicorns good. Or Super Mario.
All better than the most expensive single pinger which no non cyclist recognises as a bell.
Bells work well under the saddle as every old time trialist knew.

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby Brucey » 15 Sep 2020, 9:27pm

BTW some bells just sound terrible to me; impure main tones, with odd overtones. It shouldn't really matter of course but I much prefer a bell which has a nice musical-sounding tone.

I think things such as the shape and mounting of the bell are important. I also think that it is virtually impossible not to colour the sound of a 'drring-dringg' bell; the reason is that there has to be a projection on the inside which is struck; this is either a pin that is welded inside or a formed projection. These alter the weight of the bell and/or the stiffness respectively, and can colour the tone accordingly.

Ping and 'Ding dong' bells have no such projections so in theory can make a purer tone. If there were such a thing as a much smaller 'ding dong' bell, I'd probably favour it.

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby whoof » 15 Sep 2020, 9:30pm

Brucey wrote:
The 'ding-dong' bells are good but I suspect they may not so quickly mean 'bike' to most people.

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Indeed some may think that the witch is dead.

To the OP be carefully regarding the bar clamp width with some cheap bells. I got one from the Poundshop and the clamp was tiny. Probably only suited to a child's bike. Another from the Euro shop in the Netherlands was fine.

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby Brucey » 15 Sep 2020, 11:28pm

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that'll scatter folk ahead of you...?

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby GeekDadZoid » 16 Sep 2020, 9:30am

I much prefer the brrrrring over the ping on a bell and picked on up from Halfords, it needs a little modding to fit on my bike but all sorted now.

I like how you can alter the tone depending on how you ring it so it can be gentle or more urgent.

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby Audax67 » 16 Sep 2020, 9:43am

I don't care who makes it or how it works, it just has to be small, loud and rattle-free. I have a boxful of bells that meet two of those criteria, but only one that meets all three.

Undeaf peds who don't use earphones, that's another story. (You'll be lucky - Ed).
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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby greyingbeard » 16 Sep 2020, 10:58am

try to communicazte with them and what you get is an offended shrug, Im on the phone. No manners. The countryside is for enjoying, not extending the banal suburban trivia of most peoples existences.

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby Grldtnr » 16 Sep 2020, 11:41am

I used to have a Chater-lea copy bell, it wasn't small,had a double lever action ,press down for one bong,return lever bonged a semi tone higher.
When I say Bong, think Big Ben 'Bong', certainly was loud.
Mounted on the quill stem, so used to whack with the palm of the hand, unfortunately it went missing in action, pilfered!

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby mercalia » 16 Sep 2020, 12:22pm

where my chinese bell is

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my fingers on the drop bars on the tops can activate the bell on the bracket below. good little bell

The "T" bracket came from china I think cost me just £1.50.I bought 3, incl free postage

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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby mjr » 16 Sep 2020, 1:46pm

greyingbeard wrote:The countryside is for enjoying, not extending the banal suburban trivia of most peoples existences.

Who appointed you Kaiser of the countryside? At least they're not blocking the back roads with their DIY waste. Those are the ones to get really upset about!
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Re: Bells for bikes

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 16 Sep 2020, 1:52pm

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The ‘Hornit’ up to 140 dBs of ‘I’m behind you’.

https://hornit.com/

I won’t leave home without one.