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    really a bell

    do you guys use a bell to past someone. really a bell wtf. whats nexts a bike 29" tires. with a mile I past them back no bell old school on your left.

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    I don't use a bell and I don't particularly like them but I think you'll find that quite a few people here use them.
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    We have a ride in Claremont California, that's starts at Emerald road, lots of oak tree covered single track. Happens to be a horse stable close by, needless to say a horse is faster and heavier then us. A bell
    is the best thing, when ever you see one ring the bell and slow up. Makes for a great and uneventful ride.

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    some areas there is a bylaw that requires you to have a bell.
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    My home trail has a great out and back but it has blind corners so a bell is a life saver.

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    really a bell

    Quote Originally Posted by dbikeco23 View Post
    do you guys use a bell to past someone. really a bell wtf. whats nexts a bike 29" tires. with a mile I past them back no bell old school on your left.
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    really a bell

    If you share trails with other users bells are nice, we need to get along with the other trail users. Yelling on your left can be rude and startling.

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    I hear a dumbbell ring every time you try and spell 'passed'.
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    I use a bell, so what. I don't like to spend all day yelling
    on your left to people.

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    "On your left" doesn't mean a thing to a lot of hikers, equestrians and newb bikers. To some it's misinterpreted to mean you want them to move left. You can hear a bell from a long way away, it's a very recognizable sound in city traffic or in the ambient sounds out of town (wind in trees, rivers, birds chirping, hikers and bikers talking to each other, etc.) and everyone knows what it means.
    Bells also work great to keep from startling bears, a very big plus around here.
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    I do have to yell sometimes at people with earphones in ahead of me. It's strange, they act like it's surprising or something when you shout from behind them.
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    Re: really a bell

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    I do have to yell sometimes at people with earphones in ahead of me. It's strange, they act like it's surprising or something when you shout from behind them.
    Oh man i hate headphones.. They walk around oblivious to the world. I go up behind them and tap them on the shoulder with my shock pump now since it extends out and it's easy to grab. They are usually very scared.. Oh well.

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    A bell works great on most of the trails I ride, especially fast downhill sections where there may be blind spots. It's nice when they've already moved to the outside edge of the trail waiting for you to ride through. Makes everybody happy!

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    +1 Bell. I hate calling out.
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    really a bell

    In NYC you have to have it or you can get a ticket. It's pretty amusing having a hardcore bike with an f-ing bell lol.


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    really a bell

    Oh and "on your left" doesn't work well in NYC cause a lot of people don't speak English as first language and can't understand you


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    Re: really a bell

    Yell STRAVA!

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    Power of the Bike Bell - YouTube
    Only an ego could get in the way of a good and simple invention like a bell. Bear bells are smart too, not only for bears.
    Round and round we go

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    been tempted to get a childs horn to honk people for comedy effect. people hear a horn "honk" and usually smile .

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    I usually hear more "thank you's" from other bikers / walkers when I ring my bell versus the "on your left" warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ou2mame View Post
    Oh man i hate headphones.. They walk around oblivious to the world. I go up behind them and tap them on the shoulder with my shock pump now since it extends out and it's easy to grab. They are usually very scared.. Oh well.

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    It seems you need a bigger bell, maybe a "Bermuda Bell" / "Foot-gong" rigged to an extra hand lever.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    "On your left" doesn't mean a thing to a lot of hikers, equestrians and newb bikers. To some it's misinterpreted to mean you want them to move left. You can hear a bell from a long way away, it's a very recognizable sound in city traffic or in the ambient sounds out of town (wind in trees, rivers, birds chirping, hikers and bikers talking to each other, etc.) and everyone knows what it means.
    Bells also work great to keep from startling bears, a very big plus around here.
    This ^

    Quote Originally Posted by western_rider's_dad View Post
    I usually hear more "thank you's" from other bikers / walkers when I ring my bell versus the "on your left" warning.
    This also is true

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    I have a bell on all of my bikes and I think it works better than the " on your left". People always have that deer in the headlight look and then stop and stand in the middle of the trail.

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    For the most part people just get out my way without a bell or saying anything. On your left is an awful phrase to use.
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    I just use one of these and I have no problems. "Totally awesome dude"
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    Knowing your audience is the key here. Coming up on someone that is in the drops and pulling it does not deserve the ding ding imo. We all get it. Now coming up on the hybrid out in the sun for a ride "on your left" means nothing. A little innocent ding ding works so much better. As mentioned above it carries over most natural sounds so hitting it a bit back will allow them to hear it, look and swerve left, then correct by the time you fly by.

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    +1 for the bell.
    I just leave a mini cow bell on my bike.
    I get compliments about it from other trail users all the time.
    Share the trail.....it keeps them open!

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    I carry a mini airhorn with me for emergency uses

    I think a whistle around your neck would be a better option than a bike mounted bell. Unless its flying all over and hitting you in the face..lol
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    I have a bell on every one of my eight bikes. Wouldn't be without one. Got a new bike a week ago, and until I got a bell for it, my thumb kept drifting to where it should be.

    I ding for blind turns on singletrack. I ding while passing on a fire road. I ding for riders going the other way, just to say, "Howdy!" I ding for pedestrians while I'm still pretty far away, so they see me and we can both react accordingly. I use different volumes for different situations.

    I love it when people thank me for it. A bell is so much more polite than a shout.

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    So which bell is your favorite bell to mount on your bikes?
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    I think a bell is great for a city environment in the USA, but for trails in my area it is excessive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trboxman View Post
    So which bell is your favorite bell to mount on your bikes?
    I'd like to get a horn that plays Dixie a la the Dukes of Hazzard. That would leave little doubt as to my presence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trboxman View Post
    So which bell is your favorite bell to mount on your bikes?
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    I have a "La Cucaracha" horn on mine.

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    Speaking of air horns...my friend bought one of these rechargeable things off of Jenson just for a lark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trboxman View Post
    So which bell is your favorite bell to mount on your bikes?
    IncrediBell. Small, light, and a great tone. Only kind I use.

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    +1 IncrediBell. Whats great about the IncrediBell, it even dings when you crash, thanks for the reminder.
    I've had the same bell since 1991 a give away from incredibell at the inter bike show in Anaheim, gold in color.
    Its loud. Its light, and always works !!!! crash or not.
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    Yeah, another vote for the incredibells. They're on all my bikes too. I also have a bear bell and cowbell that I sometimes hang on my bars, but they can get annoying on longer rides where you just want to enjoy the scenery in peace.

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    you dont need a bell. get a rear hope hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trboxman View Post
    So which bell is your favorite bell to mount on your bikes?
    I kinda like tinderbell on my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfruits View Post
    you dont need a bell. get a rear hope hub.
    The bell is slightly cheaper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    I kinda like tinderbell on my bike

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    I'd mount that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    I'd mount that.
    It's not a tire on a wheel, be respectful Jeeze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    It's not a tire on a wheel, be respectful Jeeze.
    I would mount eerr mean ride with her so there
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfruits View Post
    you dont need a bell. get a rear hope hub.
    My Chris Kings keeps the hikers aware. They start flailing their arms like an angry swarm of bees is chasing them. Kidding but it could happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    My Chris Kings keeps the hikers aware. They start flailing their arms like an angry swarm of bees is chasing them. Kidding but it could happen.

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    yup this would work

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsteach View Post
    +1 IncrediBell. Whats great about the IncrediBell, it even dings when you crash, thanks for the reminder.
    I've had the same bell since 1991 a give away from incredibell at the inter bike show in Anaheim, gold in color.
    Its loud. Its light, and always works !!!! crash or not.
    https://www.mirrycle.com/original_bell.php

    Issue inhale found with the Incredibell is that when it gets wet, it doesn't work. Try using it in the rain.....it will only clank and not ring.
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