Stylish Safety Additions
Working in a bike shop for a few years has introduced me to a lot of bicyclists, talking about a whole lot of bikes. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to people from around the world, people at different skill levels, and people that ride with different goals in mind.
One encounter that has held my attentions was a couple from Germany who were buying two hybrid style e-bikes. They told me about the equipment that was required on all bikes in Germany: reflectors, fenders, lights, bells, etc. The required additions made sense and it made me question why we don’t do the same thing here in the USA. Inspired by the German couple, I decided to buy a bell; one that would be clear, discrete, and well constructed.
Inspired by the extra safety precautions of the German bicyclists, I purchased a Spurcycle bell that I had seen at NAHBS (North American Hand-Built Bike Show). In the box came a small brass/stainless steel bell (Raw or Black DLC) with two different diameter clamps for 22.2-31.8mm bars. It installed easily with a small hex wrench and has a small rubber footprint so that it won’t move over time.
The bell creates a powerful, but pleasing sound, that holds a ring much longer than other bells. I like the bell so much that within the first few weeks of having it on my road bike, I ordered another one just like it for my mountain bike. The bell is $49/$59 (Raw/Black DLC) and can be found at spurcycle.com.
Material: premium brass and stainless steel
Finish: Raw or Black DLC
Dome size: 30mm x 20.5mm
Origin: Made in USA Guaranteed for Life
Install: 2.5mm hex tool required