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    recommended bell so I don't flatten hikers

    Problem is when i search for anything related to biking and bell, it comes up with those stupid helmets from bell

    lately ive almost flattened a few hikers so i need something to make noise to warn them, whats the best lightweight noise making device to stick onto my backpack or bike

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    I bought one of these. Sure it looks retarded but yelling & whistling is stupid too.
    The beep isn't as obnoxious as a bell but louder. You may have to modify it to
    fit on a 31.8 handlebar but if you know how to cut, fix, install a chain its nothing. Good luck


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    **** me id rather flatten a hiker than have that on my bike

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    We have alot of conflict around my local trail with horse riders and bikers... I used an REI $4 bear bell, comes with a bag to slip over the bell to silence it (has a magnet in the bag). But the bag was not useable while riding so I cut it off and replaced it with a neo magnet (cheap at Michael's), which I can easily slide up for "on" and down for "off". I got a small cowbell for a while but I think it's kind of obnoxious in the rough, so I'm switching back to the bear bell. With the bear bell I've come up on horse riders and hikers who were already off the trail to let me go by, and actually thanked me for using the bell!
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    Just yell "F*CK!NG STRAVA!!!" the whole way down. Serious shredders gotta be smashing KOM's 24/7
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnyg801 View Post
    Just yell "F*CK!NG STRAVA!!!" the whole way down. Serious shredders gotta be smashing KOM's 24/7
    I withdraw my recommendation... This is perfect, lol
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    bear bell sounds like good idea, thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonjm View Post
    bear bell sounds like good idea, thx

    Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer at REI.com
    And as a bonus, it sounds like christmas everytime you come down the hill!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickbm3 View Post
    And as a bonus, it sounds like christmas everytime you come down the hill!
    Good, I'm going to build a jump run that if run at correct speed and with right amount of pump, rings out jingle bells tune from the bell on bike

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    Yelling works. Bells are for little girls with training wheels
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    Pedestrians have the right of way, you stop for them.

    These are small and loud though:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnyg801 View Post
    Just yell "F*CK!NG STRAVA!!!" the whole way down. Serious shredders gotta be smashing KOM's 24/7

    I'm trying to get a KOM!!!
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    more cowbell!

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    I think bells work

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    or just yell
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    I got one of these from the guys at Decline and it's perfect for alerting people in an unobtrusive way. I attach it to my pack with a carabiner and the bumps from riding just let it clang along without me doing anything. I've had well over 50 hikers thank me for using this thing. btw Mine is the small version....
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    Bear bell works great, I just scream like an idiot, then if thier is a confrontation thy already know I am missing a few screws. I really do need to improve my notification system, thanks for the ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    Pedestrians have the right of way, you stop for them.

    These are small and loud though:
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    nah

    I jam this max volume in my ears when I'm coming down the trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnyg801 View Post
    Just yell "F*CK!NG STRAVA!!!" the whole way down. Serious shredders gotta be smashing KOM's 24/7
    this might be the best thing anyone has ever typed on mtbr



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    I was just wondering about this this weekend for the local bike park, not for animals but for people who WILL NOT get out of your way. Anyone have any experience with this? It seems like ringing an old school thumb actuated bike bell while your a foot from their rear tire for a few hundred yards might get the point across.

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    you could try getting an airzound, its super loud....

    google airzound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonjm View Post
    nah

    I jam this max volume in my ears when I'm coming down the trails

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    You're doing it wrong, you need to get a boombox and rock it for the trail users.

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    I use a small incredibell. Funny thing is, more often then not, the stupid hikers hear the bell and look down at their shoes????? Really????

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    they ashamed they hiking instead of riding

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    I've found that descending the local 14er, lots of hikers, a small bell velcroed to the handlebars works awesome. It's constantly ringing and a little annoying at first. Well worth it when you come around a corner and the hikers are already standing to the side. Doesn't have to be big or very loud. It does however, need to be on the front of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnyg801 View Post
    Just yell "F*CK!NG STRAVA!!!" the whole way down. Serious shredders gotta be smashing KOM's 24/7
    this is epic

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    I feel stupid. It never struck me why some people had bells on their bike. I figured it was for luck, like some motorcycle riders do. Warning hikers/horses makes more sense!

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    I dont like bells. Nobody ever hears them until it is far too late, and they quickly jump to whatever random side their brain tells them to do. It is always the side i am approaching them on. In light of that fact, I very loudly sing romantic hit songs from Roy Orbison, the Righteous Brothers, or that If You Like Pina Colada song. Seems to get a less panicky reaponse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonjm View Post
    **** me id rather flatten a hiker than have that on my bike
    really? is it even stupider looking than a guy wearing armor, full finger gloves, a full face helmet, goggles and NOT riding a motocross bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    really? is it even stupider looking than a guy wearing armor, full finger gloves, a full face helmet, goggles and NOT riding a motocross bike?
    Thanks, I just spit milk out of my nose all over my keyboard!

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    "Incredibell" about $9. Handlebar mounted, easy reach. One ding per hit. Nice ring.

    It's saved a few hikers around blind corners when I'm riding fast downhill. And saved me from downhill riders while I'm climbing on local two way blind corner singletrack. It's spooky riding that popular singletrack without it. Yelling is lame and not so easy to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    really? is it even stupider looking than a guy wearing armor, full finger gloves, a full face helmet, goggles and NOT riding a motocross bike?
    well, when you read and see all the wipeouts here that include concussions, cracked ribs, punctured lungs, broken arms and collarbones, and these are all people IN full armor, then what? (myself included for some broken stuff)

    how do you justify that?

    you think they stripped naked before the fall and then put the **** back on? because apparently the gear is just overkill.

    oh wait, i got the solution, we need to all be as tough as you

    show us a video of you riding down your favorite downhill trail barefoot in a friggn speedo tough guy....... because you don't need any gear. I'm waiting.

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    I'm actually curious as to how far the good old Baseball card strapped so it hits the spokes would be heard from.

    In all honesty, maybe the bell strapped to the bike so it's automatically ringing wouldn't be too bad of an idea. That way you don't have to consciously keep ringing it.

    That, and have a sign put on some of the trails, way markers, and such that says something like :'Hey, if it sounds like Christmas is coming, a biker is approaching."
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    I mounted an incredibell to my brake lever. Easy to flick with my index finger when coming into corners, etc. I didnt like having it on the bars and taking my thumb out from under the bars to ding it.

    Works pretty good. Added bonus is that if I come around a corner and see a hiker, I grab a handful of brakes and usually clip the bell as well -- makes it seem like I am giving a hiker an angry "DING!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    really? is it even stupider looking than a guy wearing armor, full finger gloves, a full face helmet, goggles and NOT riding a motocross bike?
    btw I read your post about food at mammoth being disgusting a few weeks ago somewhere on here, that is absolutely true. It's really really gross food. I just buy stuff at vons and cook it myself as I have given up on food at mammoth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonjm View Post

    show us a video of you riding down your favorite downhill trail barefoot in a friggn speedo tough guy....... because you don't need any gear. I'm waiting.
    are you really waiting ????

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    if i put a bell on my bike and it is jingling all the way, will i be able to hear an oncoming rider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    jingling all the way,
    oh what fun it is to ride on a one horse open sleigh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonjm View Post
    well, when you read and see all the wipeouts here that include concussions, cracked ribs, punctured lungs, broken arms and collarbones, and these are all people IN full armor, then what? (myself included for some broken stuff)

    how do you justify that?

    you think they stripped naked before the fall and then put the **** back on? because apparently the gear is just overkill.

    oh wait, i got the solution, we need to all be as tough as you

    show us a video of you riding down your favorite downhill trail barefoot in a friggn speedo tough guy....... because you don't need any gear. I'm waiting.
    +1
    Who went to a mtb race, looked at the pro's and said they look stupid, nevermind them being role models for young riders to stay on top of safety.

    As for bells, If you really want the characteristics of a bell but want to keep your self respect, integrity and not look like a noob, get a hope or hadley hub.

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    I saw this guy who had a small cow bell hanging from the back of his saddle. I bought one of those little pink bike horns but ended up not using it.

    Or you could always do what my friend does and let out a long constant scream every time you approach corners. He does it because he's freaking out about going into a blind turn but there were a couple of times where hikers heard him and ducked in some bushes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    if i put a bell on my bike and it is jingling all the way, will i be able to hear an oncoming rider?
    Good point Bill. Kind of like when you're talking and everybody else is, who's listening?
    I once was in a garage band and this bastard who played rhythm guitar used to drown
    everyone out so all you heard was him, so when I did my lead section, it was like I wasn't
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    The horn really does look stupid, but I'm not honking it throughout my whole ride unless
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    If a bell rings in a forest and no ones around to hear it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by john94123 View Post
    If a bell rings in a forest and no ones around to hear it...
    then it is just an annoyance to the rider, which is why i don't have a cowbell on my bike.

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    On local trails you shouldn't need a bell or anything. You should get off your bike an let hikers pass. Etiquette!

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    just buy old Xmas stuff with bells everywhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by cycle69 View Post
    On local trails you shouldn't need a bell or anything. You should get off your bike an let hikers pass. Etiquette!
    Yes, I tend to agree with this, if it's not signed as MTB only and 1 way I always ride so I can stop if come around a blind corner if need be.

    When I see walkers I'll slow down to their pace (even if they have already gotten well off the trail) and say hello, nice day... whatever... etiquette is only going to help other trail users respect MTB riders more and less opposed to sharing.

    I tend to only ever need a bell on shared inner city/suburban trails, with kids, dogs idiots on phones going every which way.

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    If you are almost flattening hikers you need to make an adjustment to how you are riding. A bell is not going to fix the problem.

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    If it's signed for bikes only - flatten'em.
    If it's open to all trail users - show respect & give right of way.

    Don't be a twit & ruin it for the rest of us.

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    I find most of them skidder off the trail, stricken with panic and injustice as I approach anyway presuming I am completely out of control and about to cause a catastrophic accident as I brake gradually, smile and wave as I pass them and extend the appropriate pleasantries (good morning.evening/afternoon)

    ...No amount of advanced braking and smiling can avoid this behaviour....none.
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    Avid brakes or Hope rear hub work great....

    In all honesty: for me it doest really work to use a bell. When the other party finally notice it you are already on their tail. First they wander, than look around, walk the wrong way and then finally get out of the way, all pissed off because you "jumped" at them and used your "aggressive" bell. By that time you have already came to a halt and get frustrated because nobody reacts to your little bell. I just stop and ask politely if I can pass. Less hassle and you get the option to explain to the walkers that they are on a bike trail. Make it more personnel, create some mutual respect and you might not have to stop next time.

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    There is just no blance between train horn and little girl bell....

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    On my local exercise loop I find that a quick whistle lets hikers know that you are going to pass them, quick easy, don't have to carry s**t. Most hikers have music going and are oblivious to trail etiquette and very selfish (walking dogs leash blocking whole trail, blank stare, no lights at night, wrong side/direction) they are on their once a week walk, so if they don't know I'm coming they will not panic and walk into my line around them, if they stay walking in the same direction they are going, everyone has a good day, I will gladly put the extra effort into getting around them. Passing other bikes is different, I hate yelling, but sometimes you gotta do it on fun downs when someone is riding brakes like a semi truck down what you worked your butt off for. Group riders are the worst, stop in random places and clog up the trail like last nights burrito. Keep the trail clear, it's not a difficult concept.

    If you have a problem with hikers and riding DH, you are the problem. Proper DH trails hikers shouldn't want to hike, or are lift access. You are poaching hiking trails if you think hikers are a problem.

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