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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.
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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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