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Found 8th FebEdited by:"SOUTHWALES"
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Does this go on the end of the handlebar
gets a ringing endorsement from me
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lollypoplee1 h, 11 m ago

Does this go on the end of the handlebar



It does indeed go on the end of the handlebars - hence the term "bell end".

Unfortunately most cyclists I see riding dangerously close to me on the pavements when I am walking my dog, do not seem to realise that it is a legal requirement to have an audible warning device on their bike, otherwise these would sell like hot cakes.
sandra5111 h, 19 m ago

Unfortunately most cyclists I see riding dangerously close to me on the …Unfortunately most cyclists I see riding dangerously close to me on the pavements when I am walking my dog, do not seem to realise that it is a legal requirement to have an audible warning device on their bike, otherwise these would sell like hot cakes.



Probably because it isn't a legal requirement.
sandra5112 h, 39 m ago

Unfortunately most cyclists I see riding dangerously close to me on the …Unfortunately most cyclists I see riding dangerously close to me on the pavements when I am walking my dog, do not seem to realise that it is a legal requirement to have an audible warning device on their bike, otherwise these would sell like hot cakes.


It's not a legal requirement, not sure why you think it is (though if the bike has a rider with a voice then they have an audible warning device anyway).
Most dog walkers that I see whilst riding my bike however do not seem to realise that it is stated in the Highway Code that dogs should be kept on a short lead when walking on the pavement, road or path shared with cyclists
HUKDManc12 h, 16 m ago

when walking on the pavement, road or path shared with cyclists


When I did my cycling proficiency test at school, admittedly many years ago, we were told that it was a legal requirement to have an audible warning device such as a bell or a horn, not your voice, and working brakes. The law may have changed since then but it makes sense to have one to warn people you are speeding up behind them unseen, especially if you are cycling on the pavements, which again I was always told was also illegal but as so many cyclist ride on those now I suspect that law may have also changed since my school days in the same way that cyclists appear to be allowed to ride through red traffic lights and the wrong way on one way streets with impunity.
Edited by: "sandra51" 10th Feb
Bikes have to be fitted with bells in the shop but it’s not against the law to ride without one is where the confusion is here!

but all the Bradley wiggins‘ in the country must remove this to save on weight
I always take the bell off any new bike I buy. I've found it more effective to shout at someone about to walk in front of you. I tend to keep my hands close to the brake levers not the bell.
sandra5110th Feb

When I did my cycling proficiency test at school, admittedly many years …When I did my cycling proficiency test at school, admittedly many years ago, we were told that it was a legal requirement to have an audible warning device such as a bell or a horn, not your voice, and working brakes. The law may have changed since then but it makes sense to have one to warn people you are speeding up behind them unseen, especially if you are cycling on the pavements, which again I was always told was also illegal but as so many cyclist ride on those now I suspect that law may have also changed since my school days in the same way that cyclists appear to be allowed to ride through red traffic lights and the wrong way on one way streets with impunity.


It is unlikely to have ever been the law as the law is changed too infrequently. It is more likely that you are referencing the Highway code which changes on a very regular basis. Unfortunately drivers tend to only learn the Highway code for their test and then never look at it again.

I read a study a year or so ago that monitored some traffic lights at peak times. During these times just as many cars ignored the traffic signals (amber gamblers and red light jumpers) as bikes. By far the worse for ignoring the lights were pedestrians though.

This does not make it right by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems that ignoring road signals is spread across all types of traffic. Unfortunately there are idiots all around us. Given that over 80% of cyclists are also drivers it is possible that the drivers who ignore traffic lights and the cyclists that ignore them too are one and the same.

Going back to the original issue, I find that the bell on my bike is invaluable when I commute along the canal and through the parks. In the Winter when I commute on the roads however it seems almost pointless. So if I ever started to commute only by road I would possibly consider removing the bell.
Edited by: "HUKDManc" 22nd Feb
HUKDManc14th Feb

So if I ever started to commute only by road I would possibly consider …So if I ever started to commute only by road I would possibly consider removing the bell.


I guess that seeing that a bell is such a heavy and not a very aerodynamic device, that just because it may actually save someone from being harmed at some point, it would be incredibly stupid to keep it on your bike in case it slowed you down by one or two Nano seconds an hour.
sandra5122nd Feb

I guess that seeing that a bell is such a heavy and not a very aerodynamic …I guess that seeing that a bell is such a heavy and not a very aerodynamic device, that just because it may actually save someone from being harmed at some point, it would be incredibly stupid to keep it on your bike in case it slowed you down by one or two Nano seconds an hour.


I never said it had anything to do with weight! For me it is actually more an issue of limited space on the handlebars (that aren't covered by grip) which could be better utilised with other equipment like more lights. On the roads bells can't often be heard due to the louder traffic noises drowning them out. Multiple lights on your bike do a better job of alerting people to your presence as well as allow drivers to better judge your speed (drivers find it hard to judge bikes speed with single lights).
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