Looking for a stylish and effective way to communicate your presence on a bicycle to other road users and pedestrians? We've put six to the test with varying looks, price points and 'dings'.
- £18 (Lion delivers internationally, check the site for pricing and shipping)
This is a cycling artefact of almost unbelievable visual and aural loveliness.
The chunky nickel sliver (copper/zinc/nickel alloy) bell is assembled in Manchester from parts made in Birmingham and Barnsley and the sound is loud, sweet and pure with a sustain of over 20 seconds.
There are stainless-steel fittings for stem or bar.
- £9 / $16
The Electra is available in numerous designs including plain colours, a flying saucer and an ice-cream cone. We went for the RAF roundel/mod design to bring out our inner Bradley Wiggins.
It’s an old-school double-ringer, but the large 5cm diameter metal dome makes it louder than the smaller ones of our childhood bikes.
Knog Oi Classic
- £16 / $20 / AU$30
Australia’s Knog has taken a novel approach in creating a bell that is loud enough on the street while taking up very little room on your handlebar.
It’s not as loud as the Lion, but the elegant design delivers a pleasingly pure tone, a long sustain and the Large Oi Classic fits to bars from 23.8–31.6mm in diameter.
- £50 / $49
How expensive for such a teeny-tiny 45g of bellmanship? That said, the all-metal design is straightforward to fit to narrow or wider bars, and though minuscule, the pure note lasts for a while.
Its 14 seconds or so sustain makes it one of the longer bongs here. It is for the deep-pocketed style-conscious rider, but it is lovely.
Read our standalone review of the Spurcycle, where it sat away from the pricing comparisons of this test and received a 4-star verdict.
Basil Portland aluminium
- £14 / $10
Also available in brass, rose gold or black versions, the 5.5cm diameter Basil creates a sonorous, suitably loud strike from its lengthy sprung lever, and a slightly harsh note that with a decent sustain, though you’ll still need a couple of strikes to wake dog walkers from their canine-accompanied concentration-free capers.
Hide My Bell
- £31 / $N/A / AU$51
Got a Garmin (or Bryton, Wahoo or Polar) GPS computer and want to fit a bell without losing precious bar space? Then this is for you.
The Hide My Bell combines an out-front GPS mount with a standard bell. You do have to pull the bell’s lever upwards to strike it, which takes a little getting used to, but it is an easy-to-fit and effective design.