Now that the weather is warm the number of people out and about is quite a bit higher.
From riding the JRPS single track to just crossing the T-Pot bridge, if you’re on a bike, there is a pretty good chance you will be encountering hikers, walkers, flocks of beagles, and other riders. Being a good cycling citizen is important regardless of season, but especially key this time of year.
If there is one accessory for your bike that makes navigating around other people easier, it’s a bell. There is no better way to politely alert someone that you are about to overtake them than a bell. Despite the best intentions calling out things like “rider up” or “passing” is never as effective as the cheerful “ding” of a proper brass bell.
To put it bluntly, every bike should have a bell.
While there are literally hundreds of different bells out there to choose from, there is one, in particular, that is my all time favorite. The Crane E-Ne may one of those truly perfect designs. No matter what kind of handlebars you have, it’s simple clamping mechanism adjusts to the proper size. It’s clean and classic design looks just as much at home on a classic townie cruising to the farmers market as it does on a fancy carbon bike on the Capital Trail.
If you already have a bell, you know I’m right about how important they are. If you don’t have one, you need one. And if you’re going to get one, you may as well get a decent one.