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when Jasmine's bike arrived it had one of these bells on it (I did sneakily
consider taking it off and putting it on mine before she knew anything about
it BUT I DIDN'T) and I've been searching for them ever since. Lo and behold
here they are on the Sustrans website - nice and cheap too!
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26th May 2007, 00:56  

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Euphro says:

I really like those bells too :)

26th May 2007, 01:02

they're small, cheap, light, and sound nice, what more could one ask for?

26th May 2007, 01:03

Euphro says:

My thoughts exactly :D

26th May 2007, 01:03

sslovetub says:

They have to fit a bell of some sort to all new bikes as part of law I believe.
I had the gayest bell in the world fitted to my lovely manly mountain bike when I took receipt of it. I will endeavour to find it and snap a pic.. suffice to say it was swiftly removed.

26th May 2007, 01:04

540air says:

I've always shyed away fom bells myself. I guess it's just a BMX thing, as I'm not overly keen on riding wearing a helmet even though I can see the point of doing it.

26th May 2007, 01:04

don't quote me on this, but i THINK a bell is still actually a legal requirement.

26th May 2007, 01:06

Euphro says:

I usen't to wear a helmet, until a racing cyclist friend had quite a minor run-in with a bus (while not wearing a helmet) but managed to land head-first on the kerb and suffered brain damage. I always wear one now.

26th May 2007, 01:06

the landlord of my local pub gave me a bell for my MTB - big old chrome thing that weighed almost as much as the whole bike! It went on out of politeness for one journey...

26th May 2007, 01:07

I'm firmly on the fence when it comes to the helmet issue - how many accidents have been caused by a cyclist with, literally, a bee (or wasp) in their bonnet? Sorry to hear about your friend Euphro, but who's to say he wouldn't have received the same damage had he been wearing a thin layer of polystyrene on his head, which is all a helmet is? (I usually wear one myself, but only for added visibilty)

26th May 2007, 01:11

540air says:

I can see the logic of wearing one, and if I rode to work I probably would. And many times years back when I was practising, a helmet has saved me from messing my face up even more, but for the riding around town that I do, it doesn't really seem necessary.

26th May 2007, 01:11

sslovetub says:

From 2004 it has been law to fit them to new bikes but this doesn't mean you're not entitled to whip it off as soon as you get said bike out of shop

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3667513.stm

26th May 2007, 01:13

Euphro says:

Yes, how many are caused by insects? I haven't had that experience yet :)

Stats show that helmets only make a difference in a small number of accident types, i.e. involving head impact, but in those cases they make the difference between major and minor injury. I know I'm only a scientist, but it convinces me to wear one :)

26th May 2007, 01:16

loving this article "In 2002, 170 pedestrians collided with a cyclist - three of those died, and 40 sustained serious injuries, according to the Royal Society." it's the poor cyclist I feel sorry for! Were the pedestrians throwing themselves off buildings at him? And that picture of Prescott - he doesn't have to try to look a twat does he?

26th May 2007, 01:19

sslovetub says:

I avoid a large amount of the peril (i liike to think) by not riding a bike on roads (although I realise some are not afforded that opportunity). Granted I attract another peril in the form of risk of a fine but better a £30 on the spot fine than being squashed by an inconsiderate tail in a car/bus/coach/lorry (helmet/head damage I suppose is inconsequential in relation to wallet damage in this example, though this is not to say I don't fully advocate use of helmet when riding bikes, because I do!)
TIme for bed..

26th May 2007, 01:22

Euphro says:

I think your link may be broken, P.

Apparently, it's 10 pedestrian fatalities per year resulting from cyclist collisions in NYC. On that basis, overall, it's probably pedestrians who are in more need of helmets :D

26th May 2007, 01:22

sslovetub says:

I think your internets may be b0rken Euphro. Works fine cutting and pasting for me..

26th May 2007, 01:24

Euphro says:

I can't see any html to cut and paste, though :(

[edit] ah, I've been looking in the wrong comment. Why don't I make that live for you :)

26th May 2007, 01:25

sslovetub says:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3667513.stm


:D

from further up in my post

26th May 2007, 01:26

it's amazing - I could post on here saying I'd cycled from lands end to john o'groats and probably get nothing more then a comment from 540air asking why, but a mention of a helmet or a bell and everyone has an opinion! (well ok not everyone, but it makes for lively debate!)

Euphro: may you never have the experience. Fortunately I was on a pretty deserted stretch of road when I got a wasp in my helmet - I'm terrified of them at the best of times and the noise panicked me all over the road, then the pain when I got stung on the cranium was unbelievable. I completely wrecked the helmet trying to get it off my head, almost choked myself to death in the process...

26th May 2007, 01:27

Euphro says:

And that one :)

26th May 2007, 01:27

Euphro says:

What a horrible experience! I can't really be stung by one again. I've had about five stings and each one triggered a more severe reaction. Not much you can do to prevent it though, I suppose.

26th May 2007, 01:29

sslovetub says:

lol thx ^_^

26th May 2007, 01:29

Euphro says:

Yes, P, your post is now the top commented one on the homepage :D

All the comments also ensure that Google will keep picking it up for months :)

26th May 2007, 01:33

silar31 says:

Just as an incidental comment to the insect discussion, I read in a Readers Digest a few years ago that many law enforcement people think a high percentage of single vehicle/victim (driver only - no passengers) fatal auto accidents may be insect related - either a bee/wasp got in and stung an allergic driver, or startled the driver at high speed. Makes good sense to me that the same sort of thing might happen to a cyclist, especially if the evil bug got into the helmet - or behind the glasses!

26th May 2007, 02:16

silar31 says:

Euphro, you DO carry an epi-pen, RIGHT? If not you need to get one and be shown how to use it! Else I'll just have to sic Mrs. E and Geo on you!

26th May 2007, 02:20

JokerXL says:

Hehe, that's Moblog for ya, bike-bell gets so much reaction.
;-)
They have buckets of these in Dutch bike shops Hobo, shall I grab you a hand full?

26th May 2007, 07:25

Euphro (NLI) says:

Thanks, S, I hadn't thought of getting one. I'll look into it ASAP :)

26th May 2007, 09:30

dookerdoo says:

i got one of them

"ting ting"

23rd Oct 2007, 19:24