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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.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
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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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    My Avids work great for announcing my presence.

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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.
    ...and proud member of the anti-sock puppet desolation

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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.
    Round and round we go

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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?
    ...and proud member of the anti-sock puppet desolation

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    It may be worth looking into if you ride in bear country.
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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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    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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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:



    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
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    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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