Biker or goat? My new MTB bell
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Biker or goat? My new MTB bell

Patrick Bardelli
Zurich, on 29.04.2021
Translation: Eva Francis
A bell has made my life easier. And has turned quite a few heads. Why? My bike bell sounds more like a goat's bell.

How do I let those around me know I'm approaching? On my bike, from behind. Calling? Installing the loudest possible freewheel? Mounting one of those bike bells with the unmistakable «ding» sound? Or just cycling by without prior warning? None of the above. The solution was given to me by a Community member who commented on one of my articles: the MTB bell Bolt-On by Timber.

Ding-a-ling

Bikers, horses, dogs, hikers and many other people are using our local recreation areas. I recently started cycling my gravel bike there too, which is why I’ve mounted the Timber MTB bell Bolt-On.

A lot going on – on my handlebar as well as in the recreational areas.
A lot going on – on my handlebar as well as in the recreational areas.

Timber’s Bolt-On si the first bike bell designed exclusively for mountain biking. But it also fits the racing handlebars of my gravel bike or other handlebars from 22 to 35 millimetres. The design is based on that of a cowbell. A simple on/off lever controls the internal clapper. If the lever’s up, the bell is off, if you push it down, it’s on. The movement of the wheel activates the sound.

As simple as it’s effective.
As simple as it’s effective.

The passive sound is a charming way to make yourself heard. It works pretty well. When I approach, people turn their heads to look at me, expecting to see a cow or maybe a goat and are surprised or amused to see a biker instead. I've had many good experiences and friendly encounters so far.

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Patrick Bardelli
Patrick Bardelli
Senior Editor, Zurich
What matters isn’t how well you play when you’re playing well. What matters is how well you play when you’re playing badly.

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