Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Bicycle Bell
A quality bike bell is the best way to avoid collisions and make sure everyone hears you coming.
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It’s not very likely they’ll mistake you for the ice cream truck when you use your bike bell to alert folks of your presence. While they might prefer to see the Good Humor ice cream driver when they turn around, at least they’re probably not stepping into your way. Otherwise a cream sickle might take on an entirely different meaning. When you’re choosing a bell for your bike, consider quality materials and durability, whether the bell can fit on your handlebars and how loud and clear (and pleasant) is the bell.
Most bike bells are inexpensive, so it’s a bit surprising to find bells made with high quality materials right alongside cheaply made ones for a similar price. Look for simple constructed bells made with durable, rust-proof and UV-resistant materials, with as few moving parts as possible.
Check handlebar style and diameter and consider your cabling configuration to be sure the bell will fit on your handlebars, within reach of your hand for ease and speed of operation.
The purpose is to be heard, so it makes sense to choose a bell that’s loud and with clear tones, preferably one that alerts and warns rather than startles. A klaxon horn tone might serve well for letting folks know you’re coming, but it likely won’t contribute to a pleasant encounter.