Six of the best: bicycle bells
Looking for a stylish and effective way to communicate your presence on a bicycle to other road users and pedestrians? We’ve put six to the test with varying looks, price points and ‘dings’.
The best bike bells for 2019
Lion’s Urban bell is made in the UK Cycling Plus
This is a cycling artefact of almost unbelievable visual and aural loveliness.
The chunky nickel sliver (copper/zinc/nickel alloy) bell is assembled in Manchester from parts made in Birmingham and Barnsley and the sound is loud, sweet and pure with a sustain of over 20 seconds.
There are stainless-steel fittings for stem or bar.
Electra’s Ringer Cycling Plus
The Electra is available in numerous designs including plain colours, a flying saucer and an ice-cream cone. We went for the RAF roundel/mod design to bring out our inner Bradley Wiggins.
It’s an old-school double-ringer, but the large 5cm diameter metal dome makes it louder than the smaller ones of our childhood bikes.
Knog Oi Classic
Knog’s Oi Classic Cycling Plus
Australia’s Knog has taken a novel approach in creating a bell that is loud enough on the street while taking up very little room on your handlebar.
It’s not as loud as the Lion, but the elegant design delivers a pleasingly pure tone, a long sustain and the Large Oi Classic fits to bars from 23.8–31.6mm in diameter.
Spurcyle’s classy looking bell Cycling Plus
How expensive for such a teeny-tiny 45g of bellmanship? That said, the all-metal design is straightforward to fit to narrow or wider bars, and though minuscule, the pure note lasts for a while.
Its 14 seconds or so sustain makes it one of the longer bongs here. It is for the deep-pocketed style-conscious rider, but it is lovely.
Read our standalone review of the Spurcycle, where it sat away from the pricing comparisons of this test and received a 4-star verdict.
Basil Portland aluminium
Basil’s Portland aluminium Cycling Plus
Also available in brass, rose gold or black versions, the 5.5cm diameter Basil creates a sonorous, suitably loud strike from its lengthy sprung lever, and a slightly harsh note that with a decent sustain, though you’ll still need a couple of strikes to wake dog walkers from their canine-accompanied concentration-free capers.
Hide My Bell
Combine bell and GPS with the Hide My Bell Cycling Plus
Got a Garmin (or Bryton, Wahoo or Polar) GPS computer and want to fit a bell without losing precious bar space? Then this is for you.
The Hide My Bell combines an out-front GPS mount with a standard bell. You do have to pull the bell’s lever upwards to strike it, which takes a little getting used to, but it is an easy-to-fit and effective design.