Bells On the Trail

Bells On the Trail

Post by myocardia » Wed, 08 Oct 2003 14:00:42


The trails here in Santa Barbara are in danger of being closed to
mountain bikes (which would essentially mean unicycles too).  A local
group called the 'Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers'
(http://www.sbmtv.org)  have been asking that anyone riding on local
trails to wear a bell (looks like a miniature cow bell).  Since we've
started riding the trails in danger, we too have participated and now
refer to the bells as biff bells since they really go off when you eat
it.   We wear them attached to the bottom of our backpacks.

So far we've had very good interactions with hikers and we're always
quick to yield the right away on the single-track and stop completely on
all trails for equestrians.  Of course it's probably safe to assume that
most are too in shock from the sight of us to be confrontational.

Just wondering if anyone else wears a bell when they ride off-road and
if you've had any confrontations with hikers?

matt

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Post by GILD » Wed, 08 Oct 2003 23:36:27

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> *Just wondering if anyone else wears a bell when they ride off-road  *

i can't believe i'm the first one to point out that 'it's all making
sense now' (http://tinyurl.com/q0xx)
just scroll down to the tony melton post

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Post by greyhairedgu » Thu, 09 Oct 2003 01:06:38

i've been wearing bear bells on my mtn bike for the past 8 years.  the
hikers really appreciate it going up and down the hills.  it also helps
me out as i don't have to yell out.  i can also go down faster as people
hear me coming.  the best thing about the bell is that it adds pressure
to the guy in front of you as you close in for the "kill."  i also know
that one guy was irritated by it.  i think he was just feeling the heat
as i caught him.

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Post by thinunikin » Thu, 09 Oct 2003 03:56:24

i want one they look cool any where in the uk got them?

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Post by Sarah Mille » Fri, 10 Oct 2003 05:37:33

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> i want one they look cool any where in the uk got them?

You can sometimes find them in out door shops in the  wilder areas. OR
try the early leaning centre, a little kids toy shop or your local
habadashery for sleigh bells on velco straps, its the same thing pretty
much.

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Post by phil » Sat, 11 Oct 2003 04:49:36

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> *OR try the early leaning centre, a little kids toy shop or your local
> habadashery for sleigh bells on velco straps, its the same thing
> pretty much.*

But they won't have the Kona logo on... it makes all the difference...
:)

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Post by Cumbria_Muni&amp;amp;Trials_Clu » Sat, 11 Oct 2003 19:14:47

So Matt, where did the bell in the picture come from, is it yours?

Sarah, are the bells you are thinking of a sleigh bell design.  Aaron
has always wanted to put a big bike bell on his uni for road use.  It
strikes me for muni it is an excellent idea and might be good to give
walkers that little more warning before we reach them and politely say
"excuse me please" or whatever.

Where can we get them with Kona on them?  Aaron would not be so
impressed if it came from the Early Learning Centre!!

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Post by australi » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 07:49:55

Bells can be found in a variety of places.

The following are a few of my bells and where I got them...

The cow bell came from a farm in central Queensland, Australia.

Morris dancer bells of varying sizes can be purchased from music stores
across the UK (Hobgoblin, I think). I bought mine in Manchester.

I found the antique hunting dog bells in a second hand shop in
Hay-on-Wye, Wales. They have a great tone and are surprising loud.

You can also get sheep / goat bells. I bought the pictured on from a
bell maker in Nay (near Pau in the Pyranese region, southern France).

Most of my costume bells come from habberdashery shops. You can
sometimes find them in music shops.

Try putting two bells of complementing tone on together. It gives you a
nicer sound that should carry further.

Wayne van Wijk
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Post by myocardia » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 10:01:51

The one in the picture is mine that I bought at a LBS here in  Santa
Barbara.  Looks like they are also available 'HERE'
(http://tinyurl.com/qit0)

I've seen people wear all sorts of different bells.  Sleigh bells, bells
off of cat collers, and even broken xmas ornaments.  Anything to help
let people know that a bike is on the way down.  I'd still like to
stress that it doesn't give you the right to bomb the hill.  Just gives
people a heads up not to freak out when they see a piece of machinery
coming around the corner.  I always give right away to hikers and
equestrians.

matt

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Post by daino14 » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 13:14:16

Obviously you don't live in Hawaii.  That bell with the clip on it is
used by fishermen to tell them when they have a fish on the line.  At
which time, they put down their beer and pickup the rod.  That what they
use them around here for anyway.

I have been meaning to put a bell on my street cycle.  I was planning to
put a bike bell (or horn) on my cycle, but one like the one Matt has
might be better.  Thanks for the good idea.

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Post by myocardia » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 13:18:11

DUH!!! I completely forgot about the fishing bells.  The alligator clip
on those would make it easy to attach.  The Kona bell is quite a bit
more resonant (sp?) than the fishing bells that I've seen.

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Post by UniBrie » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 13:46:27

I've heard bells are good for alerting wild life too.

Those of you going to the California Muni Weekend should read this
notice I found on another web site:

Beware of Bears

The California State Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers,
hunters, fishermen, and golfers to take extra precautions and be on the
alert for bears while in the Yosemite, Tahoe, and Northern Sierra
areas.

They advise people to wear noise-producing devices, such as little
bells, on their clothing to alert but not startle the bears
unexpectedly.

They also advise you to carry pepper spray, in case of an encounter with
a bear. It is also a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity.

People should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and
grizzly bear droppings:

Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly
squirrel fur.
Grizzly bear droppings have bells in them and smell like pepper spray.

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Post by tomblackwoo » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 14:22:33

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> *They advise people to wear noise-producing devices to alert but not
> startle the bears unexpectedly.*

Done. Those would be my creaky Profile cranks and my Magura brake on Sun
doublewide rim.... :D

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Post by john_child » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 14:44:43

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> *
> People should be able to recognize the difference between black bear
> and grizzly bear droppings:

> Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly
> squirrel fur.
> Grizzly bear droppings have bells in them and smell like pepper spray.
> *

Fortunately there are no Grizzly bears in California, except for that
one on the 'state flag' (http://www.50states.com/flag/caflag.htm).

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Post by Sarah Mille » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 05:39:44

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> Sarah, are the bells you are thinking of a sleigh bell design.  Aaron
> has always wanted to put a big bike bell on his uni for road use.  It
> strikes me for muni it is an excellent idea and might be good to give
> walkers that little more warning before we reach them and politely say
> "excuse me please" or whatever.

Yes, Sleigh bells are about the nearest thing I've seen to a bear bell in
the UK. The bells from the haberdasher are  cheap but not very sturdy.
There are also those little ding bells for bikes where you ping a ***
thing against the bell, might mount ok on a bar end. A few spokey dokeys
could work for alerting peds but might drive you nuts when your alone. I
did once try a noise maker ( a zip tie on the frame with the tag  hitting
the spokes), but the noise annoyed me more than it was noticed by the
drunks who tried to walk in front of me so i took it off the coker.

As for the branding issue, I have some stickers from a mountain bike
mag ...  

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