Three Things to Know about Bike Bells to Keep You Safe on the Road
On your mark, get set, bling.
As more people take to the road on two wheels instead of four, we should start listening up for the warning sound of bike bells. The good thing for bike riders is that they get to choose their own bell for a fairly low price, making it less personal than a ringtone but more so than a car horn. When you’re ready to buy, here are three things to consider.
Metal is typically the best way to go. Some have parts made of plastic, which might not be quite as durable. Of all the different types of metal, titanium is the most popular for bike bells.
Do you want a single ding? A ding and a dong? A ring or a ting? The sound of an ice-cream truck? Some bells even play music. Whatever your preference may be, be sure to choose one that’s loud and clear, but won’t add unnecessary noise pollution to the road. You want to alert pedestrians, drivers and other riders to your presence, but you don’t want to scare them and cause an accident.
Some bells are one size fits all, while others are made to fit specific handlebar and stem diameters. Make sure to check the specifications or owner’s manual for your bike. Whether you mount the ringer near the drop or near the stem will determine what size you get.