Bicycle bells

There is nothing like the lovely sustained ring of a brass bike bell, and my copper one, shown above, is no exception to this. I also love its coppery colour, which has weathered very well and requires no polishing to hold its shine.

The shape of the bell also makes a difference to the quality of the bell ring. Mine, shown above, is a hemisphere, but to attain a truly sustained ring, a spherical bell is the one to get …

This one on my daughter’s bike has a truly beautiful ring to it, which resonates for ages.

I also like the old fashioned “brrring brrring” sound of the bell on the Bennett bike I have, as it reminds me of the bell I had on my bike as a child ….

This bell also has a quite regal look to it and I will be showcasing it soon when I do a final write up of the Bennett restoration.

The modern bell which I have on my Giant has a retro look in its shape but a lovely “ding dong” doorbell sound to it …I have noticed that these bells are also available in an oversized version, which I find quite appealing for a retro bike that does not have a lot of gear (lights, cables etc) on or around the handlebars. In fact I am quite tempted to go to my local bike shop and get the one I know he has in stock for a very reasonable price for my next restoration project.

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12 Responses to Bicycle bells

  1. anniebikes says:

    I’m looking for new bell for my Ross bike. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Vicki says:

    I think one of the oversized ones would look great on the Ross, Annie.

  3. petermc says:

    ooh ! I’d like one of those spherical ones !

    • Vicki says:

      It has a great tone to it Peter.

      • Jess says:

        Yeah if you out your ear close to it you can hear the note swirling around inside like a singing bowl. It’s from BSC bikes in Melbourne – not branded, so maybe they designed it themselves? Not sure.

  4. Aster says:

    Hi, where did you buy your coppery coloured bell? Do you also know which brand your daughter’s bell is? Thanks. :)

    • Vicki says:

      I’ll see if I can find out for you, the spherical one does not appear to have a brand name on it from the other pictures I have of it.

    • Jess says:

      Hi, the copper bell is a Japanese crane bell, they make them in
      Brass, copper and silver(alloy)… I havnt seem them for sale in Newcastle but they are fairly common in Sydney and Melbourne shops. It was from glo bikes in marrickville.
      The spherical one was from BSC bike in Melbourne. It had no packaging, they had it on a display model bike and when I required about whether they sold them seperately the sales boy showed me a great big box of them..,, whichskes me think they design and get them manufactured in house…. I’m kicking myself for not asking more questions about it. Hope this is helpful.

  5. john beirne says:

    Check out the bells at http://www.lionbellworks.co.uk
    These are retro brass bells with stainless steel mounts, made in England.

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