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    Why are bike bells becoming so expensive??

    I mean, really. I remember when a good, loud bike bell could be had for around $5-$5.49 and it got the job done. Now, they range from $7-$20 and have disco lights, compass balls, really cool designs like the Nutcase bells, and some don't actually ring all that well, at least not enough to make the unsuspecting hiker in front jump out of their shoes.

    I think I represent most sensible riders who want a basic bell that sounds an effective alert and can be had for a reasonable price.

    Are you listening bike accessories manufacturers?! Step away from the business model of fleecing all of us bell buyers, giving us really cool extra features we don't need, and get back to the basics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glide the Clyde View Post
    I mean, really. I remember when a good, loud bike bell could be had for around $5-$5.49 and it got the job done. Now, they range from $7-$20 and have disco lights, compass balls, really cool designs like the Nutcase bells, and some don't actually ring all that well, at least not enough to make the unsuspecting hiker in front jump out of their shoes.

    I think I represent most sensible riders who want a basic bell that sounds an effective alert and can be had for a reasonable price.

    Are you listening bike accessories manufacturers?! Step away from the business model of fleecing all of us bell buyers, giving us really cool extra features we don't need, and get back to the basics.
    I remember when ice cream was $.25 a cone..

    1) inflation
    2) you are getting old

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    Why are bike bells becoming so expensive??

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    I remember when ice cream was $.25 a cone..

    1) inflation
    2) you are getting old
    Let me guess - you used to walk 10 miles to school, uphill both ways, in the snow. Thanks Grandpa!!



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    Yeah it's getting crazy. I saw a prototype carbon fiber one (29'er version) and though I admit it was scary light it had terrible resonation and I'm not sure I trust it to hold up under rough riding conditions and worry about potential catastrophic failure.

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    Titanium. All others are moot.

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    Re: Why are bike bells becoming so expensive??

    I just use the cow bells at the trail head.

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    The 650b bells are even more expensive than the 29er bells!

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    RE: Why are bike bells becoming so expensive??

    I am a Clyde, will these bells withstand my massive ringing power or should I go custom?
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    Go to a pet store and get one of the large bells they sell as bird toys.

    And what's with this "walking 10 miles each way to school when I was younger" stuff? When I was younger, it was 12 miles each way and NOBODY walked, we ran, otherwise the wolves would have caught us.

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    Why are bike bells becoming so expensive??

    I'm small and don't need all the material that big boy bells need. I demand to pay less!
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    Well... I for one would like a good cheap bell.... I do a lot of riding on shared trails, and get tired of "on your left".

    The foot traffic tend to respond better to a bell! But the quality vs cost is pretty bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Titanium. All others are moot.
    No way. Ti is too flexy, Steel is the only way to go,
    The ridiculousness of cycling clothes increase exponentially in relation to the distance from your bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Titanium. All others are moot.
    All others might be moot but if it is titanium then it would be a Moots

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    Hipsters, enough said.

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    I just spent $30 on a brass one made in England.
    It better sound like angels singing or I will be quite cross.

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    Re: Why are bike bells becoming so expensive??

    Quote Originally Posted by junior1210 View Post
    No way. Ti is too flexy, Steel is the only way to go,
    I much prefer the feel of steel. Very forgiving under-thumb

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodmojo View Post
    I remember when ice cream was $.25 a cone..

    1) inflation
    2) you are getting old
    I remember a time when a nickel would buy you a steak and kidney pie, a cup of coffee, a slice of cheesecake and a newsreel, with enough change left over to ride the trolley from Battery Park to the polo grounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjaguar View Post
    I remember a time when a nickel would buy you a steak and kidney pie, a cup of coffee, a slice of cheesecake and a newsreel, with enough change left over to ride the trolley from Battery Park to the polo grounds.
    They didn't have trolleys that long ago, you had to walk or ride a horse.

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    Just yell, its free.

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    Why spend all that money on an expensive new bell when you can bedazzle an old bell?

    All you need is a few rhinestones and a glue gun

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR1 View Post
    Go to a pet store and get one of the large bells they sell as bird toys.

    And what's with this "walking 10 miles each way to school when I was younger" stuff? When I was younger, it was 12 miles each way and NOBODY walked, we ran, otherwise the wolves would have caught us.
    WOLVES!!!??!!! LUXURY!!! We used to wish we just had wolves to worry about!!! Anyway, a good wolf bell could be had for peanuts, so they never bothered us... It was these things that we had to deal with:


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    Re: Why are bike bells becoming so expensive??

    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    WOLVES!!!??!!! LUXURY!!! We used to wish we just had wolves to worry about!!! Anyway, a good wolf bell could be had for peanuts, so they never bothered us... It was these things that we had to deal with:


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    CREATURES FROM THE DEEP!!!!?? when I were a lad we used to have them in our puddle, right in the middle o' t' road. Had to fight Em off just to have the privilege of a mere GLIMPSE of a wolf bell! Almost nobody will believe me though

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    I avoided the high price of bike bells altogether...I just yell at people!

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    Prices went up when adults started buying bells for adults.

    The cheap ones are still out there ... Look for the handlebar tassles ... Bells are usually above those, so the kids don't make a racket

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    Why are bike bells becoming so expensive??

    Yep. Bells are free. Just go down to the local pre-school and grab one off some little kids bike.


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