Six of the best: bicycle bells

Six bells that demand your attention

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'.

Lion Urban

BikeRadar score5/5

Lion's Urban bell is made in the UK
Lion's Urban bell is made in the UK

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.

Electra Ringer

BikeRadar score4/5

Electra's Ringer
Electra's Ringer

  • £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

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Knog's Oi Classic
Knog's 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.

Neat, petite.

Spurcycle

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Spurcyle's classy looking bell
Spurcyle's classy looking bell

  • £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

BikeRadar score3/5

Basil's Portland aluminium
Basil's 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

BikeRadar score3/5

Combine bell and GPS with the Hide My Bell
Combine bell and GPS with the 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.

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