Huzzah! Another question in the inbox! This one comes from Marla, who blogs at Muppets & Me. Here’s her question:
what do you recommend for newbie bikers?
do you have a bell?
what are some good things to get for a 100 mile bike trip?
you are the expert.
Thank you for recognizing my expertise. I recommend the following:
- beef jerky
- two packs of playing cards
- a needleand thread
- shovel (wood handle)
- a good lubricant.
Do I have a bell? YES, on one of my bikes. Not on the others, which is unfortunate. I think nearly every bike should have a bell. I strongly encourage you to buy a bell.
However, now we have a little problem. There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to lay it out: I read on your blog in a post called Ding Ding! that you’ve been thinking about bike bells, which is fantastic. However, let’s just get this out on the table: Bicycle bells should not go “Ding Ding!”, “Ding!”, or “Ding a ling a ling!” as you stated in your post. A proper bike bell is more of a “Brrrrrring!” or maybe “Brrrrrring Bing!” In some cases, more of a “Csha Cshing!” sound is acceptable. But never “Ding Ding!”
The only exception to “Ding!” is if you’re talking about one of these brass bells:
Brass bells can often make a sound similar to a “Ding!”, but depending on size, it’s often more of a “Ping!”
Good luck bell shopping!
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