Totally agree. I use my bell and the people just move to the side and look back with a smile. I wave and say "Thanks". How easy is that?Repack Rider said:Bumping an old thread to relay the response I had recently when I used my bell to warn a couple that I was approaching.
She: "Thank you!"
He (to her as I passed): "I gotta get a bell for MY bike!"
I do a fair amount of passing, but I have never used the bell for that. I am generally very passive about passing other cyclists on the trails. I guess it is because I almost always know if someone is behind me, and I always offer them the right of way if they have caught up to me. I might try it.theMeat said:I do ride with a bell on almost all my rides. Just think it's a kinder way of clearing a path than screaming. Have found that some up-tight people that wont get out of the way are just that way, wether you have a bell or not. So when I do come across a person like that, after I pass them, I certainly have time to stop for a drink across the whole trail, and act like I don't see or hear them when they want to pass. What goes around comes around aye.
Also think that anyone who says bells are for kids bikes or for pink girly cruisers are pozers and controlled by what they think looks cool and nothing else. When I see a bell on a nice bike it tells me a few things about that rider, like, they do alot of passing so they're faster than most, they're curtiuos, and they are smart enough to use what works and they could care less about what pozers think. Just have to laugh when people feel the need to make fun of my bell. Guess it's just thier way of making themselves feel better because I passed them and they couldn't keep up but whatever. Most people respond well to a bell and just smile and wave.