Cycling safety is close to the forefront of every commuter cyclist's mind. It's important to know you can be seen and heard and adding a bell to your bike is a good place to start, especially if you plan to ride on shared use paths with pedestrians.
The first bicycle bell came out of Birmingham in the late 1800's and was created by inventor John Richard Dedicoat. However these bells would often be quite clunky, heavy and difficult to operate with a thumb lever.
Fortunately modern bells comes in all shapes, sizes, colours and decibels. We've rounded up some of our favourites that will keep you safe and heard, even on those traffic heavy days in the city.
The Trigger Bell is an innovative design that allows cyclists to easily sound the bell without having to adjust hand position. This means you can change gear, turn and brake whilst ringing the bell.
The sleek and discrete design is constructed from a clear polished brass for a clearer ring, and a longer life than that of aluminium bells. The Trigger Bell fits a variety of bars from 22mm - 40mm.
This lovely bell is the product of US company, Spurcycle and would look perfectly at home upon your handle bars.
Constructed from both brass and stainless steel, this bicycle bell weigh 45g and boasts to have a ring lasting 3x longer than conventional bells. Spurcycle's bell is available in a raw finish, or black.
Lion Bell Classic
We do love retro accessories, and Lion Bell's classic is no exception. With a large polished brass dome and stainless steel fittings, you can expect a long life of ringing from this gem.
Mounts are available for 22mm - 26mm and 26mm - 32mm. If brass isn't your cuppa tea, then they also over a nickel silver finish and even custom engraving for that personal touch.
Definitely the most interesting looking bell of the round-up, the Orp bicycle bell also doubles up as an effective light so you can be seen and heard by drivers and pedestrians.
Its weatherproof body has a USB rechargeable design which makes it great for powering up whilst in the office, or at home. There are two sound settings to choose from: 76dB for regular use, and 96dB when you really need to make yourself heard.
The Hornit bell claims to be the loudest bicycle bell on the market with a whopping 140dB ringer. Perfect for those bustling city rides.
Fully weather proof, the Hornit requires 2 x AAA batteries and weighs a somewhat hefty 94g.
British company, Bobbin Bicycles, caters for the commuter and urban rider with a range of stylish and retro looking bikes.
Their simple and compact handlebar bell measures just 5cm in diameter, and it's available in red, black and silver. We love it for its elegant simplicity.
Crane Japan Bell
Crane bells are available in a variety of styles and designs, from bare metal to hand-painted pieces of art. Made in Osaka, Japan, these little ringers claim to be have a higher dB count than regular brass bells.
It's small and convenient for the handlebars, and available in a variety of finishes to match your bike.
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