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BBB loud and clear bell
Loud and clear is the name of the bicycle bell - but does it really do this?
Not for me it doesn't.
In this day and age of fast cars and heavy traffic even an adult cyclist needs a bell. No longer is a bell just for children to play with whilst they cycle in the relative safety of a park. It is not safe to be unheard. Every cyclist must be properly equipped for dark, noisy, and crowded conditions to warn others of their location.
I picked up this bell because it is sold as being loud and clear. I really want to be noticed.
I'll describe the bell noise as a thin, low, sound that can't warn a pedestrian a few meters ahead of me that I'm careering toward them, never mind alerting a car driver to the fact that I'm in the vicinity. This doesn't make sense when it has been designed with a special spring mechanical part to deliberately make the bell sound loud and clear. Am I just unlucky?
For example, I was following the cycle path in North Wales and discovered that people ahead didn't seem to respond the bell. I ended up using my voice to politely call to them but that felt awkward so after a few more attempts with the bell, and then calling out, I just got off my bike in the tight areas and walked around people.
The stainless steel bell looks like it might be good quality but it was a struggle to get the clasp onto the handlebar. I got a friend to force it on and I think he might have made some adjustment to the clip. If you want to buy this, for usually about five pounds or less, make sure your handlebars are thin. It had to be screwed in by my friend. It should have just clasped onto the bar with ease. We found the tighter it goes, it seems the thinner the sound. The bell goes from a ding to a poor sounding ping but at least it doesn't physically move around on the handlebars or ring whilst riding over bumps. However, that's no compensation when trying to avoid accidents whilst cycling. I'm swapping it for a different bell.
If you still want to buy this bell don't pay a lot for it. It is currently online for £2.99 at Chain Reaction Cycles. I think it's best suited to small children bikes because I'm certain that the bell is hindered from the forced fitting to my average sized adult bike handlebar.
The bell must be loud and clear, for safety, but this bell is below par.
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