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biciclero
12-16-2009, 11:37 AM
Anybody else have this problem? When I am riding in the rain, my bell sounds more like I'm clanking a coffee mug than ringing a bell; it becomes useless as a friendly warning device. Any recommendations for a bell that doesn't suffer like this? I have one of those incredibell jobbers with the plastic flipdinger.

K'Tesh
12-16-2009, 11:40 AM
I've got a bell for each of my bikes, and they all have the same problem. Short of keeping it dry, I haven't found a solution for the crappy perfomance in the rain. Dung... dung... Dung... dung. ;)

On your Left!
K'Tesh

bikerinNE
12-16-2009, 01:54 PM
I have an air horn. It works in the rain.

Bent Bloke
12-16-2009, 02:07 PM
When I wear full-finger gloves, I also have a problem getting much volume out of my bell. At least, that's what I figured caused it. Verbal warnings still work in the rain ...

bobcycle
12-16-2009, 03:20 PM
Funny you mention that... today I had that problem along with the glove issue, but I was passed by a guy that had a bell that worked. I took a look at it and will try to find one at the bike shop and will post if I am successful.

zpl
12-16-2009, 03:52 PM
I remember reading somewhere that brass bike bells retain their sound more than other metals when they are wet. It may have been anecdotal info from another forum, though.

Scott

bubbaPDX
12-16-2009, 03:58 PM
I've got the big ol' doofy Incredibell Big Brass (http://www.mirrycle.com/big_brass.php) on my commuter. In the rain, the double-ring sounds like the cash register noise in Pink Floyd's "Money."

http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/c/0/0/17/5/AAAADBLhdLoAAAAAABdR1Q.jpg

boneshaker
12-18-2009, 10:27 AM
Yea same problem with the little bell on my commuter. I put one of these on the Big Dummy and it's still easy to hear in the rain: http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=23201

Metropolis & the CCC stock them. They're big bells, but they're high quality and sound nice.

bobcycle
12-18-2009, 03:12 PM
Boneshaker, Thanks for the recommendation. That is the one I saw in action working quite nicely in the rain last week. Think I'll get one!

biciclero
12-22-2009, 10:21 AM
I wonder if bigger bells just work better in the rain because they have a "heavier" vibration? It would be interesting to try bells of the same size & material, but different mass; then try bells of the same mass & material, but different size. I don't think I'll do that, but I might look at either an air horn or one of those suzu bells (or both). Interesting Christmas connection there: Zuzu Bailey, from "It's a Wonderful Life", is the one with the well-known line "Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings."

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!

q`Tzal
12-22-2009, 04:18 PM
Needs more cow bell! :D

Clang! Clong!