View Full Version : Dead Bell in the rain

12-16-2009, 10:37 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.

12-16-2009, 10:40 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!

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

Bent Bloke
12-16-2009, 01:07 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 ...

12-16-2009, 02:20 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.

12-16-2009, 02:52 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.


12-16-2009, 02:58 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."


12-18-2009, 09:27 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.

12-18-2009, 02:12 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!

12-22-2009, 09:21 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!

12-22-2009, 03:18 PM
Needs more cow bell! :D

Clang! Clong!