Last year, I came up behind an elderly womanThe older you get the more you lose your ability to hear high frequency sounds (like some bells). I bet a lot of us on this forum can’t hear sounds that teenagers can. Therefore, sometimes a bell is ineffective. Considering that a lot of hikers are older, perhaps a bell isn’t the best way to catch their attention?
I rolled up on an old lady recently while dinging my bell. She didn’t even notice. I dinged it firmly and repeatedly just to see if she’d hear it. She didn’t react. I finally just said “hello” and she bolted upright.
Everyone knows 72% of statistics are made up.You people and your silly bells...
I have never needed one.
between the beats dropping from my Bluetooth speaker, holding obnoxiously loud phone conversations with my broker, shouting the occasional “Strava” for the bike path segment, and freespinning My 720 POE hub... the hikers scatter like the roaches they are. For the die hard ones who don’t move out of principle, a quick hit of the air horn does the trick. Pro tip, alway say “on your left” and take them on the right, works 93% of the time.
I agree-if that condition of hearing loss is one which a person has no other choice and uses other means to be situationally aware. Not one as in my father-in-law refusing to acknowledge his hearing decline.Deaf people are statistically safer drivers than those who can hear.
For climbing I use a cheap little "gling gling" bell on the handlebar. Some prefer the constant "bear" bell but I find them annoying. For downhills, my SRAM PG-1230 cassette makes enough noise to warn anyone. <ggg>Just like most places, my local trails are commonly populated with hikers. Even when I announce myself "COMING UP BEHIND YOU!!" it seems that they are not aware of me. The other day on a very wide open section of trail there was a group of 8 people hiking and walking a couple of dogs off leash, I announced myself and nobody could hear me over their banter. I basically had to come to a crawl and get right up behind them and yell. They were all so surprised.
I was going to order the timber bell, but they seem to be out of stock everywhere. I found the Spur cycle Bell. Spurcycle Original Bell
This looks like a quality product, and it seems (hopefully) rather noticeable on an otherwise quiet trail. I should have it in a few days and look forward to trying it out.
Who else here uses a bell when they ride? What has your experience been?