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    Anyone ride with a bike bell?

    Had another almost head on collision today. I was totally fine but the other rider grabbed too much brake and went OTB, clipped in, bike went with him and everything. He was totally fine but it could have been much worse.

    I really wish some trails were one way only.

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    No, bells are kinda metro, to put it lightly.

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    I ride with a bike YELL!

    I ride a two way trail system with a lot of rider traffic often. There's some blind turn areas and when heading into them I yell "RIDER UP!". Also, as soon as I see an oncoming rider I start yelling "RIDER!". It's effective and a LOT of riders yell like I do...it's a means of trail survival 'round these parts.

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    Yes. Calling out is really great, too. It is really effective but so few people do it. Same with calling out when you pass riders. It is so simple and effective.
    I don't rattle.

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    Not this discussion again.

    I have a bell on every one of my bikes. It is much better than a voice for warnings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Not this discussion again.

    I have a bell on every one of my bikes. It is much better than a voice for warnings.
    Me too, and a bear bell on all my bikes that go into the woods.
    Round and round we go

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    Me too, and a bear bell on all my bikes that go into the woods.
    Your bikes and the bear both have something in common...
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    "MOMMY, I WANT TO RIDE LIKE THAT FAT KID!" true story.

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    No bell... I do sometimes put an air-horn in my bottle cage for when I'm cruising down at the water front. Some people like to walk in the bikers lane so I try my best to freak the **** out of them while I'm closing in. I find it really frustrating when I'm enjoying my ride and all of a sudden have to brake because some idiot decided to walk in the bike lane.

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    Yes, I need to have one because there is a lot blind turns here and there is a lot of hikers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeAK View Post
    No bell... I do sometimes put an air-horn in my bottle cage for when I'm cruising down at the water front. Some people like to walk in the bikers lane so I try my best to freak the **** out of them while I'm closing in. I find it really frustrating when I'm enjoying my ride and all of a sudden have to brake because some idiot decided to walk in the bike lane.
    It's amazing how many people immediately know the sound of a bike bell without looking and move out of the way. Much more effective not to mention welcomed more than yelling or freaking them out. If it's crowded with no room to swerve i'd just slow down and assume that person could have earbuds or something if the bell no worky, maybe yell. At least the bigger people, the infants you can bunny hop right. Going down a trail at a clip around a blind turn, I'm yelling, supposed one way or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    It's amazing how many people immediately know the sound of a bike bell without looking and move out of the way. Much more effective not to mention welcomed more than yelling or freaking them out. If it's crowded with no room to swerve i'd just slow down and assume that person could have earbuds or something if the bell no worky, maybe yell. At least the bigger people, the infants you can bunny hop right. Going down a trail at a clip around a blind turn, I'm yelling, supposed one way or not.
    meh, it amuses me so I don't really care what others think. Where I live, we cyclists have so many ridiculous laws to follow so I have no sympathy for those who choose to walk in the bike lane. They all know they're in the bike lane and don't give a crap about it yet when a cyclists is in the walking lane they are arms in the air. I ride my water front daily and see the same people doing it...except for when they hear my air-horn. Those people usually aren't seen in the bike lane again. LOL.

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    Anyone ride with a bike bell?

    I use my hope freewheel...

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    Anyone ride with a bike bell?

    I like to call mine a hiker mover.
    I like to ride bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kipvr View Post
    I use my hope freewheel...
    Is that the one that sounds like an angry swarm of bees?

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    Years ago I always had a bell as I rode two way un-marked trails. These days most the trails around me are one way so I found I didnt really use it much, and stopped having one. If I were riding two way, it sure would be nice to have that warning sounds when I approached blind turns.

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    I have a bell that warns people when they are about to post a thread on a topic that has been discussed to death so they don't make another redundant thread on the topic. I guess you didn't hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikecito View Post
    My Avids work great for announcing my presence.
    I demoed a RIP 9 RDO with Avid brakes on a day with light showers. I was able to make almost as much noise with them as I do with my bell.

    My 26" and 29" hardtails both have small incredibells on the handlebars. I didn't even consider not putting a bell on, probably a carryover from my years of riding a bike in Japan. I'm about to build a FS trail bike that I will use for more technical trails where I'm less likely to have significant speed for long portions, and I don't plan to put a bell on it initially, but if I have one incident that suggests a bell is a good idea, I'll definitely slap a small bell on there.

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    I have one of these wired up on my bike:

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/K4v0l7mUb9Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    People clear off pretty quick!

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    Issues like this get posted again because they are not settled.
    I don't rattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    Issues like this get posted again because they are not settled.
    Yes... I agree. Others come to or return to biking and probably expect a community of others that are not stale curmudgeons or elitist naysayers
    ie;

    I can imagine many people getting more serious or interested in bicycling at some point later in life but I don't feel it's right to send the message "we've" talked about bike bells for decades and the subject will forever remain closed to new questions or thoughts.

    It reminds me of this;

    I'm not too well versed on forum etiquette so I catch it once in a while for bringing up a 2 month old topic. I'm pretty good about searching first in case there is a better or more recent post but it baffles me to get grief from someone when the exact issue I'm looking into comes up on the search as the title of the thread. Do these somebodies think it coincidence the system is designed to accomplish this via the search feature?
    If it is better to start and new thread that duplicates the one I was directed to that matched the topic perfectly, nobody is promoting that idea or another alternative. They just seem elated to convey the terrible wrong leaving me baffled as to why anyone hangs out at a forum topic that drives them nuts with a revived post.

    Even a short bike ride ought to relieve the excitable conundrum of their moment.... no ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    the other rider grabbed too much brake and went OTB, clipped in, bike went with him and everything. He was totally fine but it could have been much worse.
    Being startled is no excuse for bad braking technique.
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    Re: Anyone ride with a bike bell?

    8 bikes and 8 bells

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    Re: Anyone ride with a bike bell?

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    I use my hope freewheel...
    Looks like I'm in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    Others come to or return to biking and probably expect a community of others that are not stale curmudgeons or elitist naysayers
    also known as, "unrealistic expectations".

    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961
    I'm not too well versed on forum etiquette so I catch it once in a while for bringing up a 2 month old topic... If it is better to start and new thread that duplicates the one I was directed to that matched the topic perfectly, nobody is promoting that idea or another alternative. They just seem elated to convey the terrible wrong leaving me baffled as to why anyone hangs out at a forum topic that drives them nuts with a revived post.
    when starting a new thread about a topic that's been driven into the ground more times than lindsay lohan's done blow the OP will likely get grief. use the search feature to revive a long dead thread and the same's likely to happen. these include, but aren't limited to.... flats vs. clips. which clipless is best. tubes vs. tubeless. leg shaving. road riding. carbon-vs-steel-vs-al. wheels size debates.

    however, the good news is there's a simple solution: either htfu, grow a sense of humor and play along - or take up knitting, find an appropriate forum full of blue-hairs, and be mollycoddled and e-nursed ad infinitum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    Issues like this get posted again because they are not settled.
    if you want a bell get one, otherwise don't.

    settled.*







    *<font size="1">until the next time it's brought up</font>
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    This thread is absolute gold...

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod View Post



    when starting a new thread about a topic that's been driven into the ground more times than lindsay lohan's done blow the OP will likely get grief. use the search feature to revive a long dead thread and the same's likely to happen. these include, but aren't limited to.... flats vs. clips. which clipless is best. tubes vs. tubeless. leg shaving. road riding. carbon-vs-steel-vs-al. wheels size debates.

    however, the good news is there's a simple solution: either htfu, grow a sense of humor and play along - or take up knitting, find an appropriate forum full of blue-hairs, and be mollycoddled and e-nursed ad infinitum.

    welcome to the madhouse!
    Amen !
    It appears you've got a handle on that.
    As to htfu, I think if the curmudgeons / elitists did such a thing, the entertainment value (humor) weaving through these would diminish.

    Case in point;

    Quote Originally Posted by TwoNin9r View Post
    This thread is absolute gold...


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    Ding Ding, order Up! Whoa man this trail is Increadabell!! Can't wait to get served again!! Ding Ding!!
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    Burt is pushing someone's buttons.....

    I thought I'd have to pay money to have this kind of fun.
    Is he always this obvious or desperate for the rep vote ?

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    Re: Anyone ride with a bike bell?

    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    Amen !
    It appears you've got a handle on that.
    As to htfu, I think if the curmudgeons / elitists did such a thing, the entertainment value (humor) weaving through these would diminish.

    Case in point;
    Lol. Participating in these forums and most forums in general is like watching reality TV. You want to see someone excel tremendously, or fail miserably. Personally I find value in rehashing old topics even if they've been "beaten to death" (to an extent, of course), because new information arises and new opinions form... New people join the forums with different perspectives and it all makes for good conversation. My piece of advice to the OP, weave through the bs and read only the posts that address your question. Pretty much everyone hating on you had posted something that got them flamed. Personally, I'm interested to see how this thread develops because I often think of picking up some sort of noise maker myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    As to htfu, I think if the curmudgeons / elitists did such a thing...
    well, for one thing you left out "grow a sense of humor and play along". for another, the curmudgeons/elitists doing all of the above is what you were crying about.

    now then... follow suit, put on your big boy pants, and strap a bell to your bike if'n ya wanna!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    Burt is pushing someone's buttons.....

    I thought I'd have to pay money to have this kind of fun.
    Is he always this obvious or desperate for the rep vote ?
    No, flicking not pushing! LOL
    Here, this is what I have..super light and CRASH tested..one tuff bell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoNin9r View Post
    Personally, I'm interested to see how this thread develops because I often think of picking up some sort of noise maker myself.
    don't wait for the thread to play out to decide. want a bell on your bike? put one on and ding it like a boss!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burt4x4 View Post
    No, flicking not pushing! LOL
    Here, this is what I have..super light and CRASH tested..one tuff bell!
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    my personal bell of choice as well.

    best. bell. EVAR!
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    TwoNin9r-

    All good points.
    I experience the same in being able to pick up a few new things along the way.
    I suppose if I read the same paragraph over and over, or cemented a subject in my head to a fossilized state.... I'd be a little spun up myself.
    Choosing what I read or follow in terms of value is a glass half-full sorta thing.

    Ridiculous for a Monday to say the least !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod View Post
    well, for one thing you left out "grow a sense of humor and play along". for another, the curmudgeons/elitists doing all of the above is what you were crying about.

    now then... follow suit, put on your big boy pants, and strap a bell to your bike if'n ya wanna!
    Think he's got a sense of humor and is playing along just fine.
    For someone who's so smart shouldn't you know that a thread like this doesn't need any help to turn into a pile of sh!t? Or does that not matter in your quest to find humor and more rep.

    Bachman, I find in the real world mtbers are pretty cool and not that ^ judgmental, compared to the road riders elitist crap you'll find more often, or typewritter toughguys that need an ego boost.
    I see in you something about being an open minded adult with a sense of humor and confidence keeps you humble and civil. Cool beans for not letting bs rattle you
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod View Post
    well, for one thing you left out "grow a sense of humor and play along". for another, the curmudgeons/elitists doing all of the above is what you were crying about.
    The humor and entertainment value is what makes it gold and although I stated that, stating the obvious will just get me in trouble again. I'm not falling for these tricks. lol

    The part I was crying about (still am) you summed up very well.

    when starting a new thread about a topic that's been driven into the ground more times than lindsay lohan's done blow the OP will likely get grief. use the search feature to revive a long dead thread and the same's likely to happen.

    It's the curmudgeons setting us up for failure !! Nobody can win.

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    anyone find a decent,small, bell that won't self ring when going over chop. That is my one complaint about the incredibell

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombinate View Post
    anyone find a decent,small, bell that won't self ring when going over chop. That is my one complaint about the incredibell
    True, and sometimes wish it was louder. Anyone?
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    I click my brakes levers really quickly and make some noise. BB7's

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    True, and sometimes wish it was louder. Anyone?
    You can add me to the list of people with multiple bikes that have incredibells and isn't aware of a better bell option. I'd be interested in hearing what other people might consider a better bell for trail riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    Think he's got a sense of humor and is playing along just fine.
    For someone who's so smart shouldn't you know that a thread like this doesn't need any help to turn into a pile of sh!t? Or does that not matter in your quest to find humor and more rep.

    Bachman, I find in the real world mtbers are pretty cool and not that ^ judgmental, compared to the road riders elitist crap you'll find more often, or typewritter toughguys that need an ego boost.
    I see in you something about being an open minded adult with a sense of humor and confidence keeps you humble and civil. Cool beans for not letting bs rattle you
    stfu, crybaby. don't derail YET ANOTHER thread with your personal vendetta and pathological obsession with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    The humor and entertainment value is what makes it gold and although I stated that, stating the obvious will just get me in trouble again. I'm not falling for these tricks. lol

    The part I was crying about (still am) you summed up very well.

    when starting a new thread about a topic that's been driven into the ground more times than lindsay lohan's done blow the OP will likely get grief. use the search feature to revive a long dead thread and the same's likely to happen.

    It's the curmudgeons setting us up for failure !! Nobody can win.
    hahahahaha..... well played, my friend. well played. head over to the OC, you'll fit in just fine.

    though i'd suggest the entertainment value means everyone wins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zombinate View Post
    anyone find a decent,small, bell that won't self ring when going over chop. That is my one complaint about the incredibell
    have run them for years, but never had that problem. how do you position it? i run mine rotated 90 degrees so the dinger is pointing straight down and i can easily hit it with my thumb while holding the grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod View Post
    stfu, crybaby. don't derail YET ANOTHER thread with your personal vendetta and pathological obsession with me.
    Wow, thankfully i know when to stfu and when no comment is needed.Feel I must say i have wasted enough time with you in your world of hate, but looks like you're wasting no time in finding some new blood.
    See ya around
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    Dude's with bells?...Seriously?

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