The bike bell is a very simple device. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind before purchasing your first bell. Most bells are returned for two reasons: they don’t fit the handlebar they are supposed to be mounted on or they aren’t loud enough
Here are two things to think about before making a selection:
- Where do you ride?
- What kind of bike do you ride?
Answering these questions will help you to zero in on the right bicycle bell for your needs.
Where Do You Ride?
Do you ride on city streets with cars and other cyclists? Do you ride on mulit-use paths, having to share the path with pedestrians? Each of these settings need a loud bell that can effectively announce your presence to other people. All bells are not the same. Some make the smallest of sounds when rang, making them useless in loud places where you must be heard. Others produce loud, resounding rings that carry and linger. Look for bells that have spring loaded external lever arms as these produce the loudest sounds. These bells can be larger than others and take up more handlebar “real estate” when mounted. Make sure your handlebars can accommodate these larger bells before making this selection.
What Kind of Bike Do You Ride?
Do you ride a mountain bike? Or a road bike? The handlebars on road bikes usually have larger diameter handlebars. You must pay attention to the mount provided with the bell you are interested in purchasing. Many times they are too small to fit around the larger diameter handlebars on road bikes. Another factor that should be kept in mind: what are the roads like where you ride? SOme bells make noise even when you don’t want them to. If the roads are rough, or you are an off road rider, make sure you give your potential purchase a good, hard shaking to make sure it doesn’t ring when you don’t want it to.
There are many choices when it comes to bike bells these days. It’s easy to get carried away with all the eye catching designs and bright colors. It’s perfectly acceptable to buy a bell based only on it’s look. However, taking into consideration the conditions you ride in, and the type bike you ride would be the the first priorities. Knowing how loud you need your bell to be and the size of your handlebars first – you will ensure you don’t have to return it when it doesn’t suit your needs.
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