that's how I roll too.I prefer to slowly creep up on people and surprise them with my presence to make a point about how unaware they are of their surroundings. Plus, I paid extra for my hubs so I don't need a bell.
Her and quite a few others like her.we really need more dedicated mtb parks / trails in this country ....**** hikers =p
I should probably get a bell..... generally I let one of my buddies with a bell on their bike lead the way.... my hubs are loud as hell.... people seem to hear my bike coming anyways... I generally just loudly announce my presence as needed... if the hubs don't do the job.
last ride my buddy had his bell going and some girl on a pretty steep single track jogging with ear buds didn't hear the bell, even as his bike was nearly upon her.... we ended up startling the heck out of her.... who f*ck jogs on mix use single track with ear buds... gah....
Another vote for timberbell. Mainly turn it on for descending, hikers basically hear me coming and step off the trail. Have gotten so used to it that it doesn’t feel right when descending and I for got to turn it on...Another vote for the Timber Bell, picked it up after a run in with a mama bear last year.
It can get annoying but I like that it can easily be switched off.
My Coghlans has been relegated to the back of the workbench since I got a Timberbell. The Coghlans moved around too much and it was never 100% "off" due to it just being a magnet. The Timberbell clamps on, doesn't move and when it's silent, it's silent. I used an Incredibell for years but with the Timber, just flip it on and ride.I have both a Coghlans bell and a Timberbell. The Timberbell is definitely louder. I find it too obnoxious to ride with it in open mode for an entire ride actually. The Coghlans is easier to tolerate and is loud enough to alert other riders who I'm approaching but I don't know if it's loud enough for animals to hear. Maybe it is but I don't have any expertise in that subject. People have said that my Coghlans bell made them think that someone's dog was approaching.