In Search of the Best Bike Bell: The Bikeway Shootout.

Whether used to warn ‘slow-walkers’ or just say hello in a universal language, bike bells rule. In our search for the best bike bell for the job, we narrowed our choices down to five contenders. Here’s our take on each. And read on to see which one really rang our bell. Ding ding.

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To set the record straight, if someone told me a couple years back I’d be writing about bike bells, I’d have shuddered in disbelief. However, these days I love a good bike bell, so why not? For bikepacking — especially that of the dirt-touring variety — a bell is a key piece of equipment in my book. Ringing a bell is a polite way of letting people know that you are approaching. A little advanced warning goes a long way towards avoiding collisions. It also spares the unaware pedestrian the potential heart-pounding terror experienced by some humans when they are surprised. So in a sense, bells help keep peace between trail user groups. What’s more, a pleasant ring is just a nice way of acknowledging someone. Kids seem to get an especially big kick out of such melodic salutations.

Recently, the bike bell has also become a necessity for my everyday afternoon mountain bike rides. I live right on a bike path that gains access to singletrack after just a mile and a half. Even though it’s technically a ‘bikeway’, I usually have to negotiate a few human obstacles en route to forest trail ksolace. I’ll encounter a couple of joggers, ‘slow-walkers’, or spandex-clad headphone addicts who seem to opt for the absolute center of the narrow gravel path. On many occasions I’ve been stuck behind an older couple for what seemed like an eternity. In an effort to avoid actually speaking to someone, I’ve tried to get their attention via a solid shift ‘clunk’ or by backspinning my I9 freehub. That rarely works, so I’m forced to politely say “excuse me” a few times before they take notice. What I needed was a bell. So I decided that the bikeway would be the perfect bike bell proving ground.

After doing a little preliminary homework, we selected five different bells to test — all of which had ringing reviews. After trying each, both on the bikeway and bikepacking, I realized my criteria for finding the best bike bell is threefold: 1. Its tone must be perfect (in many cases bells are either unpleasant, too quiet, too high pitched, or too deep) 2. It needs to work with various bag configurations and cables, and 3. It has to be easily operable in terms of both its interface and positioning. Here are the five bells we tried, listed in alphabetical order, each with a short review followed by my findings at the end.

Knog Oi

Best known for its eclectic range of blinky lights, locks, and accessories, Knog envisioned a bike bell that broke the mold – the Australian company didn’t get why bike bells had to ‘look and sound a bit ugly’. So with a lot of research, Knog designed its own from scratch. In lieu of a traditional dome, the Oi is designed around a hollow alloy cylinder and a plastic clamp that hugs the handlebar. The result is a subtle, unobtrusive component that works with the bars, has less cable interference, and is nice to look at.

Best Bike Bell, Knog Oi

The Oi is available in two sizes — the 31.8mm for the handlebar area close to the stem on most modern mountain and drop-bar bikes, and 22.2mm, which perfectly fits next to the shifter and/or brake levers on a flat bar. By using the included shims, the larger bell can also be reduced to fit 25.4 or 26mm bars. With its single allen bolt design, the Oi is easy to install without removing controls or grips. We tried both the large and the small sizes but preferred the small to enable access at the grip position for mountain bike handlebars. On flat bars the large requires a hand to leave the grip and reach towards the stem to ring, whereas the small version can be mounted alongside the shifter and operated with your thumb. The spring-operated lever is easy to use, and although it is plastic and looks relatively flimsy, we’ve put about 600 miles on it without issue. It’s also worth noting that the Oi was designed with an integrated channel so the large works well on drop bars allowing the bell to be mounted over the cables.

  • Best Bike Bell, Knog Oi small
  • Best Bike Bell, Knog Oi
  • Best Bike Bell, Knog Oi
  • Best Bike Bell, Knog Oi
  • Best Bike Bell, Knog Oi

In terms of its sound, the small Knog OI’s cylindrical ring produces a very pleasant tone that’s kind of middle pitched. It’s also not too loud, and while it’s the quietest in this grouping, I didn’t find it too quiet. While using this bell, I rarely had problems warning pedestrians of my approach from 10, or even 20, feet back. The Oi metal ring comes in four anodized color options, brass, silver, black, copper, or silver.

Best Bike Bell, Knog Oi small

  • Weight (small): 17g (0.6oz)
  • Tone: Medium to high
  • Price: $19.95
  • Place of Manufacture: China
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The Orp Bike Horn

First let me say that this isn’t your average bike bell, and it’s a huge departure from the rest of the subjects listed here. The ORP isn’t actually a bell. Instead, it’s a battery operated bike horn that produces two digitally-generated sounds — a ‘friendly’ sound that’s reminiscent of a ‘bleep-bloop’ submarine style noise, and an aggressive and slightly annoying buzzer. I have to be honest, the ORP wasn’t for me, so I only used it a couple of times. During my limited testing, I used it on one day when there were plenty of walkers and joggers out on the trail. I literally scared one lady into the bushes… and that was with the claimed 75db ‘friendly’ sound — the 96db sound could have given her a heart attack. Fortunately she was good natured about it, smiled, and said “I didn’t know what that was!”

ORP Bike Horn

I will add that there’s a place for the ORP. It has a lot of features. In addition to the two-way sound lever, it also has two 70 lumen LEDs. Aside from lighting up when the horn switch is pressed, maximizing the impact, the lights have five modes controlled with a top push button. ORP claims the battery life is about three hours with the lights at their full 140 lumen constant. So really it’s a light and a noisemaker. It’s also USB rechargeable.

  • ORP Bike Horn
  • ORP Bike Horn
  • ORP Bike Horn
  • ORP Bike Horn
  • ORP Bike Horn

The ORP shell and strap is constructed out of a jelly rubber and comes in several colors including the one shown… Snot Green. Each ORP also comes with a RemOrp… a minimal wired remote that you can strap next to your shift lever to allow thumb access. This is an especially nice option for drop bars as it can be strapped next to the hoods for easy access. If you are a commuter or planning on cycling somewhere that might require aggressive ‘defensive’ biking, this might be your tool of choice. However, if you are looking for a bell for a friendly ‘hello’ or ‘please slide over’, this isn’t the one.

  • Weight: 89g (3.17oz)
  • Tone: Loud!
  • Price: $65
  • Place of Manufacture: China
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Spurcycle Bell

Back in 2014, Spurcycle set out to renovate the bicycle bell and eliminate several issues that plagued the clunker bells of the past. No more bump induced unwarranted dings, or improperly fitting giant bells. In their words they “tasked [themselves] with distilling your average clunker bell into a smaller, more potent, and more streamlined form.” When you hear, “I want one of those,” synonymously with bike bell it’s likely in reference to the Spurcycle bell. Proving they did something right — and timely — Spurcycle collected an astounding $331,938 through Kickstarter between August and September of 2014.

Best Bicycle Bell, Spurcycle Bell

Indeed they met their mark. The result is an elegantly crafted all metal bell constructed from stainless steel, aluminum, and brass — aside from the rubber sound dampener that fits against the handlebars. This is refreshing considering most of the other options here are made up of plastic bits. The dome shaped bell has a top allen bolt that tightens the assembly against the bars via one of two included metal straps (large for dropbars and 31.8mm, and one for smaller bars or next to the grip on a mountain bike bar). The Spurcycle Bell is perfectly streamlined to fit almost any handlebar and be relatively unobtrusive. We tried it alongside a gas tank, feedbag, and a handlebar bag without any issues.

  • Best Bicycle Bell, Spurcycle Bell
  • Best Bicycle Bell, Spurcycle Bell
  • Best Bicycle Bell, Spurcycle Bell
  • Best Bicycle Bell, Spurcycle Bell
  • Best Bicycle Bell, Spurcycle Bell

The Spurcycle Bell is made in the USA and comes in silver for $49 or black for $59. Arguably the most classically attractive bell of the bunch, the Spurcycle bell also possesses the most pure sound and resonates for quite some time. My one small complaint is that it’s a little high pitched for my taste. It has the highest pitch of the group and is also the loudest — other than the ORP. As with other bells here, you can visit their site to hear a sample of the bell (although they never quite do them justice).

Best Bicycle Bell, Spurcycle Bell

  • Weight: 42g (1.48oz)
  • Tone: Sustained high pitch (loudest of group)
  • Price: $59
  • Place of Manufacture: USA
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I’ll start this off with a story about an incident that occurred two weeks ago. My wife Virginia was riding a two-way twisty and semi-technical trail in Pisgah (Brevard, NC) when she came around a tight corner and met another rider head on. Without time to brake, they plowed into one another, and she landed with her chin impaled by a rhododendron branch. After several stitches, the one inch deep stab wound is pretty well healed. Had the laceration been a few inches lower, the outcome could have been far worse. Had she been using a Timberbell at the time, the whole accident may have been avoided.

Timber Mountain Bike Bell

When I first heard of the Timberbell, I thought it was kind of an odd solution to a problem that didn’t really exist. Obviously I was wrong. This quirky looking contraption works by way of a small metal ball suspended inside a steel bell on a semi-stiff cable. When the bell is “unlocked,” the ball moves freely with the bumps and dips that naturally occur on a mountain bike trail, creating a pleasantly pitched cowbell-like ding. When you want to enjoy quiet, the Timberbell can be switched off with a lever that pulls the ball against the top of the bell, so that it can’t move. In addition, the Timberbell lever can also be fine tuned in the middle somewhere to ring less or more, depending on your desired outcome. On winding singletrack, or more fitting with the name, falling descents, let her loose to continuously warn folks that you’re coming their way. T-I-M-B-E-R! Get it? Better yet, on multi-use tracks, the Timberbell can be used to keep other trail users abreast of your location. A pretty good step towards responsible trail-use.

  • Timber Mountain Bike Bell
  • Timber Mountain Bike Bell
  • Timber Mountain Bike Bell
  • Timber Mountain Bike Bell
  • Timber Mountain Bike Bell
  • Timber Mountain Bike Bell
  • Timber Mountain Bike Bell

Honestly, the Timberbell has what I would consider one of the most pleasing sounds of the bells listed here. It’s comes in either a bolt-on model or quick release for $20. Neither require grip removal for installation. Last but not least, even on non-bumpy terrain, the Timberbell can be rung in the ‘open’ setting by simply jiggling the handlebars.

Timber Mountain Bike Bell

  • Weight (O-ring version): 70g (2.47oz)
  • Tone: cowbellish/pleasant/full
  • Price: $20
  • Place of Manufacture: China
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Van Nicholas Titanium Bike Bell

Dutch titanium specialists, Van Nicholas, are known for their brushed Ti finished high-end road bikes and components. To complement their lineup Van Nicholas created a very unique bell that’s made of 100% titanium. While it’s not the most user-friendly of the group, it is definitely wins the design award. It has a four piece construction, all titanium, consisting of the bell welded to a threaded rod, the top half of the mount which also consists of the swirling spring lever, the bottom mount half that connects via a nice horseshoe miter, and a single T20 bolt. The design is stunningly simple and beautiful.

Van Nicholas Titanium Bike Bell

  • Van Nicholas Titanium Bike Bell
  • Van Nicholas Titanium Bike Bell
  • Van Nicholas Titanium Bike Bell
  • Van Nicholas Titanium Bike Bell
  • Van Nicholas Titanium Bike Bell

Van Nicholas makes two versions of the bell and we tested the larger version, which only works on the interior 31.8 position of a mountain bike handlebar or that of a drop bar. Van Nicholas doesn’t include any kind of spacer or shim, although the other version (which I’d have preferred) is a 22.2mm diameter which should work next to the grips on a flat bar.

The Van Nicholas bell has a pleasant sound, overall. My one complaint is that it has a slight buzz that comes from the spring lever. Not a big deal though. It also is quite expensive at 89 Euros. But, it is all titanium!

Van Nicholas Titanium Bike Bell

  • Weight: 34g (1.2oz)
  • Tone: Medium-high/not too loud
  • Price: 89€
  • Place of Manufacture: The Netherlands
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Wrap up: which is the best bike bell of the group?

At this point, most folks will probably want to know our favorite of the group. In terms of pitch, the Spurcycle Bell has the highest ring, followed by the Van Nicholas, the Timberbell, and the small Knog OI, which has the deepest pitch. I’ll also add that the Spurcycle and Timberbell have the most ‘pure’ tones. Of the two metal only bells, the Spurcycle’s lasts forever, while the funky metal lever on the Van Nicholas creates a little vibration interference. The Oi’s sound is slightly deadened by the plastic clamp, although it’s still very pleasant and effective.

As far as how well the bells work with different bikepacking bags, both the Oi, Spurcycle, and Timberbell all have multiple mounting possibilities and are fairly bag friendly. The issue I had with ORP is that it could only be positioned at the 31.8mm wide area of a MTB handlebar (or dropbar) whereas the Timberbell (clamp version) and Spurcycle each had options to fit them adjacent to the grips as well. The Oi and Van Nicholas each come in two sizes… a large for 31.8mm or dropbars, and the small, designed specifically for the grip position on a mountain bike.

At the initial time of publication my favorite was the small Knog Oi bell. For $20, it’s incredibly lightweight, has a very pleasant yet effective tone, looks really sharp, and is highly unobtrusive so that it works well with an assortment of straps, cables and bikepacking bag attachments. However, several months later, the most used of the group, and most loved, is the Timberbell. It’s a unique solution to for trail riding, stewardship, and warding off bears, and it’s a great bike bell. The Spurcycle is also an excellent choice if you are into classic looks and prefer a high pitched tone. One more thing I’ll add post, after a bit of discussion, is that the Oi might be a bit too quiet when used in a loud city or urban setting. On the bikeway it’s perfect. But if you are looking for a loud bell to be heard in a multitude of situations, the Spurcycle might be a better bet.

I guess we can’t really claim to have found our version of the ‘world’s best bike bell’ since we haven’t tried them all. If you have a favorite, leave a comment below…

  • Jamie Lent

    Maybe I have a dud, but my Knog Oi is not making a pleasant sound. If I *very* lightly pull back the trigger, it sings like an angel, but if I pull it back for a harder hit, the hammer rebounds off the bell and strikes it a second time, deadening the ring, and making a muffled rattling sound instead of a beautiful TING!

    But it does disappear into the bike like a chameleon…

  • Awe, bummer. I have the large and the small; neither have had that issue. Maybe Knog would replace it if you email them?

  • Smithhammer

    I picked up a Spurcycle bell this past winter and it’s awesome. They’re not cheap, but you’re getting what you pay for – a really well designed bell that’s plenty loud enough, with no flimsy plastic parts, and MUSA. It’s the last bell I’ll need to buy for a long time.

  • It’s definitely a well-built life-long product that could probably be handed down for generations… I should probably add that to the review!

  • Peter Pankonin

    Another test is how well they work below about -20 C. I have a cheap bell with a plastic trigger that is too stiff when it’s cold and so the bell barely sounds at all. Or maybe I can’t manipulate the trigger very well with thick mitts on. My guess is the all-metal Spurcycle or the Van Nicholas would not be adversely affected by cold.

  • Nathan Curry

    I have the knog and although it sounds and looks great it is quiet and the lever has a tendency to twist whilst endeavouring to get some more volume from it. I like it and I’m keeping it, buts it’s not ideal for places with a lot of background noise

  • Jonathan McCurdy

    I have to disagree with this verdict. I have both a Knog Oi and a spurcycle. The spurcycle is almost faultless, save for the spendiness of the pride (the only thing keeping me from outfitting all my bikes with one tbh). The Oi, however, has been somewhat unimpressive ATMO. Mounted on my road bike next to the stem, it easily gets silenced by any use of a handlebar bag. Typical road vibrations and bumps in the pavement will cause it to buzz idly and ring when uncalled for. Additionally, like another commenter mentioned, you have to flick the hammer just right to get a good sound. There is too much flex in the spring, so it’s imperative upon the user to make sure it hits just right, whereas the spurcycle is designed to ring perfectly every time, as long as the crown is unobstructed.

  • Yeah, no super cold weather testing on my part! Good point though.

  • Interesting. I haven’t had that issue to speak of. Thanks for the feedback.

  • I definitely like the small version better. I lost the large one in a move, so I didn’t get to test it as much, but I could see where it might have bag interference being in the middle of the bar though. The small has had no such issues. Works flawlessly. The Spurcycle bell is super nice though… don’t get me wrong!

  • matt wiggins

    I really dig my Timber cowbell with the quick release- it’s is easy to take on and off so I can root on friends cyclocross-style as they suffer up climbs!

  • yikesbikes

    The small Oi is really underpowered. Low-pro fit and look are great, but it doesn’t quite measure up.

  • Hmm, I think it’s just enough. The Spurcycle is definitely far louder and more powerful…

  • yikesbikes

    I’d love to hear someone else’s, because it often seems like the bell component is muffled by making contact with the plastic body. The springs that connect them seem to be compacted.

  • John May

    I own many bells. The Timberbell is one of the least annoying passively rung bells for singletrack riding — easy to lock out and a pretty pleasant sound. From 100 yards out, it sounds like wind chimes: this is a plus and a minus: it is less likely to get the attention of other trail users, but you are more likely to be willing to let it keep ringing most of the time.

    The Spurcycle bell is amazing — so easy to fit into a crowded cockpit and it makes a great sound — if it came in bronze / copper it would be perfect. Also if a plastic made in China gizmo like the Orp is worth $60 then a MUSA hunka metal like the Spurcycle is too.

    Crane makes a knockoff (?) of the Spurcycle bell called the E-ne that is less well built and not quite a nice sounding but is half the price (and does come in copper and bronze).

  • Liam Kirkpatrick

    I’ve ridden with a bell since almost hitting a bear two years ago. I got a timber cowbell this year, and have found it to be awesome. Doesn’t move around, works with bags on my bike, and is easy to turn on/off. The sound is pleasant, and loud enough to get the job done. I strongly recommend it for singletrack riding.

  • Awfully expensive bells here. I’ve been using a Reich Bell from Germany. Big, traditional, with a dome that unscrews and lever that pings two metal hammers around the inside. The sound is gloriously traditional and loud and people know exactly what is behind them – a bike. IME, lots of these newer bells don’t sound like bike bells.

    I’ve used it on tour and commuting for the last 4 years and it’s faultless. Best of all, it costs under three euros.

  • bill

    For the next ding-off, consider:
    1: Playing the bells for us.
    2: Playing the bells when wet. Few bells seem to work well when rained on, they are muted. Seattle Problems.

    Thanks for the post.

  • Chris King

    Next time, please add lunar weight and drag coefficient (at sea-level, of course)


  • Smithhammer

    You know, I hadn’t thought of that, but the idea of handing it down someday to a young cyclist is cool to think about. And given the quality, totally foreseeable.

  • Smithhammer

    The Spurcycle isn’t affected by cold at all, in my experience. Loud as the day is long at 20º above and 20º below…

  • Mark Troup

    I love my Spurcycle bell. I’ll ring it in the middle of nowhere for no reason at all but to make me smile. *diiiiiiiiiinnngggggggggggggggg*

  • Funny and wonderful to see this spirited discussion about bells. I love my Spurcycle, and it’s a popular choice among the roadie set in NYC for its clean mount and good looks. I can’t claim much experience using alternatives, but I’ve certainly heard some of them and I like the Spurcycle’s tone and volume. On the other hand, I can attest that I have enjoyed knowing when Logan is approaching from the pleasant sound of the Timberbell.

  • Although very similar to the Timberbell, the Awareness Bell is well worth checking out. It’s cowbell nature kept all the walking pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago aware of my proximity and happy to not be startled by a silent ‘bicigrino’ blasting by. The stainless steel construction is almost of an heirloom quality. I’m happy with the bell and now use it on my trail bike for tight sections that may have riders coming the other way or trails where I come across hikers.

  • Wow, sounds like a close call. The Timberbell should definitely be a must in places where bears are a serious threat. I definitely agree on the sound… it has a very pleasant ring to it.

  • Yeah, no kidding on the Spurcycle price. It should be the second highest price bell here. I am surprised the Timberbell is only $20 in comparison to others too… seems well made and also MUSA.

  • I’m still pretty stoked with my high performance cheeseburger bell.

  • That actually sounds like a good idea, and I’m glad your bear encounter didn’t get ugly.

  • John May

    I also have an Awareness bell and it is beautiful. But I actually like my Timberbell better for three reasons:
    1. the Timberbell stays fixed in one place and doesn’t spin/bounce like an awareness bell attached with velcro.
    2. the Timberbell makes a softer, more pleasant sound – the Awareness bell is LOUD and I keep it locked out more as a result
    3. the Timberbell takes no thought or attention to turn on/off – the Awareness bell is tricky to turn off while riding.

  • John May

    Timberbell is actually fabricated in China. I can’t post an image, but you can see the packaging here:

  • Tim Johns

    I bought a Kickstarter bundle of five Ois; I would say the first batch are of varying quality, some are good, some a bit ‘flat/quiet’, very pretty, but ultimately I end up using my voice more often. The only other bell I can comment on in the list is the Spurcycle, which, for me, is the best I’ve ever used. I’ve also had those brass ones that screw-mount into a headset spacer, they have a pleasing tone, but tend to rattle the ringer loose. The Spurcycle and a cheery salutation seem to be a good combo for getting a good reaction from other trail users.

    p.s. We all need to get a life, discussing bike bells in depth… [shakes head and chuckles].

  • Jon .love my bell. Bit hotel reception but looks classy

  • Joe

    I tend to whistle. It is always there when you want it, you can adjust the volume, and arguable it is very pleasant when done properly. I do normally appreciate the value of ‘gear’ and like the intent of the Timberbell but on these I think less is more.

  • It is quite hilarious how much discussion this one got (both here and on Facebook and Instagram)… bells seem to be a pretty touchy subject!! Love it.

  • Dave

    In my town, bells are counter-intuitively sort of a mark of a “serious” mountain biker because they’re so useful on our in-town singletrack system. But mounting the bell upside-down is key–it looks way better, it stays completely out of the way, and it is easier to use because you can set it up as basically a third shift lever. We mostly use Incredibells because they’re cheap, durable, sound good, don’t ding unless you want it to, and the side lever works best for upside-down mounting.

  • Dave

    Around here, bells are counter-intuitively sort of a mark of a “serious” mountain biker because they’re so useful on our in-town singletrack system. But mounting the bell upside-down is key–it looks way better, it stays completely out of the way, and it is easier to use because you can set it up as basically a third shift lever. We mostly use Incredibells because they’re cheap, durable, sound good, don’t ding unless you want it to, and the side lever works best for upside-down mounting.

  • Oh, damn, I missed that. I searched for a reference and saw USA-made somewhere; perhaps that was an older model. Thanks for pointing it out….

  • adamgnewman

    I use this exact setup!

  • Sean Parchem

    Love my Spurcycle bell but I am noticing more and more people using headphones (runners or other cyclist) in both ears with what appears to be blaring music. I feel as if 25% of those people might hear the bell while the other 75% have no clue I’m approaching, at all. So, who here is going to invent the first electronic bell that sends a digital “ring” to the exercisers and their phone/ mp3 while I’m appraoaching. Via Bluetooth? Or NFC? This bell probably won’t work on bears;-)

  • My experience is the same as yours of runners with headphones. Great idea for the electronic bell, but if I had that technology I’d just want to beam over an Ulver track. You know, for their edification.

  • Jill Terece

    Hey, just a follow up on Orp as I have one and really like it..
    Orp does have two sounds, a Friendly sound when the tail is pushed up or the Remorp is pressed lightly. I’ve learned to use the friendly sound from a distance back from the people I’m trying to pass.
    I give them a couple of Dings and they hold their line or move,

    The Loud sound is activated by pushing the tail down or pressing the Remorp with a little more force.
    I use the Loud sound on cars. What’s cool about Orp is I can stand, (Ok, press) on the loud sound for a continuous blast. Also the LED’s blare every time the horn is fired. Both sounds are louder than a bell.

    Orp can go around thinner diameters as it comes with a rubber shim that you can stretch on and it sticks to itself. Because Orp has two LEDs it needs to face forward. I like that Orp is two things in one at for my in-city riding..
    I use my Orp on my mountain bike with its almost straight bar and I can flick the tail with my thumb and still keep both hands on the grips. As Logan writes, the Remorp does put horn actuation under thumb.

    Last thing, someone commented about the frozen bell problem, I can tell you Orp works in sub freezing temperatures without incident.

  • Andreea

    Wait, what?! ;) I’ve had an Orp ever since the Kickstarter campaign a few years and ago and I really love it. I’ve bought a few morel since then as gifts for friends and family! Especially for city riding, as the loud sound definitely gets the attention of cars, even through rolled up windows. It may sound “annoying” but that’s kind of the point. It’s personally saved my life a few times.
    As far as the friendly sound goes, it sounds more like an electronic chirping bird. I can’t really agree with you about the submarine sound, that doesn’t really make sense to me, what does a submarine even sound like? Normally if I’m riding on trails people always respond perhaps curiously at first, but they hear it and get off to the side or stay in place. I use the loud sound on the headphone and ear bud wearers. I’ve gotten lots of questions about it and people seem to like it.
    Also, I have thin handlebars and I use it no problem, every Orp comes with a shim, which is easy to put on the handlebars to make them thicker. Did you not put yours on when you tested it for this article?

  • Yeah, I get it. If I was a commuter, I might have a different opinion. Bit for riding a bike in the woods, or out in the country, it’s just not for me. It fit my bars fine without the shim. And the remote takes the place of the need to mount it beside the shifter, so no harm no foul.

  • Nice designs but I still go with my Saint Christopher bell from Belgium :)

  • Matthew Bird

    Well, just bought a Knog Oi. Lasted 40 minutes before I bent the spring… junk. I’ll go and try the spurcycle.

  • Oh man, that sucks. Sorry. Mine is still working fine; although I’ve been using the Timberbell more…

  • Joel

    I bought a Timberbell recently because of the review here and watching YouTube videos. I have not had a chance to try it on a trail mostly due to the *aggravating* installation of the bell. I bought the clamp-on version because I just do not like rubber straps. I am rough on equipment and I am afraid the rubber straps won’t last with me.

    There is no way I can see (unless I’m just overlooking something) to install the clamp-on version without taking a grip off. I wound up having to take both the grip and the brake/dropper levers off just to get the bell to a spot that would not interfere with them (brake/dropper levers). The Timberbell arrived Friday before me having to ride sweep on a trail run. I didn’t want to have to move my brake/dropper levers around without having a chance to make sure all was right again before that ride. It’s position is now far enough away that I have to move my hand from the grip to the Timberbell to activate it.

    After installation, I rode up and down the street jumping off curbs and just making the bell sound. The sound is pleasant but I can see where it would be annoying in a group ride if you didn’t put it in stealth mode. I didn’t buy it for group rides per se but for blind corners and warning runners/hikers on the trail.

    If I rated it 1 to 5, I’d give it a 3 because of the installation and that I have to move my hand from the grip. I’ll try it for a bit but it may just wind up in the box of cowbells we have for NICA races.

  • Simon

    Really interested to find this write up as I’ve been trying out a variety of bells across 3 bikes. I am a big fan of the Timber Bell. Although my experience has been that the band-on version has a clearer ring and that the bolt-on version sometimes ‘holds on to the ringer’ so is silent even when deployed!

    I have also been impressed with the Trigger Bell. It is nice and sutble and works well.

    Finally, another solution that has worked for me (when running 1x all the more so), is using a basic (read cheap) bike shop bell but running it upside down and using the left thumb to trigger it. That has worked very well but I have killed one bell in a heavy downpour like this. That said, they are cheap to replace.

  • pakamac!/Urban/c/14888272/offset=0&sort=normal
    have a look at this one.

  • Matt C.

    I live in bear country and just use one of the bear bells with the magnetic silencers intended for hikers. You can usually find them for around $5 in any outdoor gear store in bear country (or here: Strap it onto the handle bars, frame, saddle rails, etc., works fairly well, pretty easy to silence, though it can un-silence itself if you hit a big bump.

    There seems to be some controversy about whether bells are actually useful for preventing bear encounters (one study in Katmai found that bears didn’t seem to react at all to the sound of bells), so I try to frequently shout out a loud and friendly “Hey bear!” when in bear country, but figure the bell is cheap and light, and might have some value if I forget to shout out as frequently as a I should. And definitely useful for warning other trail users, even when not worried about bears.

  • Tiger

    Looks so cute!

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