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Crane Bike Bell, life’s simple pleasures

Submitted by on December 30, 2011 – 9:45 am6 Comments

The Dallas Chic Boutique ride began at Transit Bikes the other day and it was awfully nice of them to serve us all Mimosas while we waited in their shop for everyone to arrive.   I wasn’t really in the market for new bike bits until I saw the modest collection of bike bells.  I recalled I’ve meant to add bells to all of my bikes so I took this opportunity to pick out a nice, shiny, brass bike bell made by Crane.  In fact it’s so shiny I could not take a close photo without getting myself in it.  Oh well.

It’s those times when your cycling in a crowd and/or near pedestrians that having a good bike bell pays dividends in the safety department.

I believe this is the “Karen” model which means it’s brass and sports a coiled spring striker that has a bright ring to it. It’s easy to mount and like most bells there are two slots in the bracket to accommodate variances in handlebar widths.   Installation might have taken 2 minutes.
And as you can see in this video from Japan, bike bells aren’t just for bikes anymore.  Pedestrians using bike bells might be the next big thing in commuting on foot. Kanpai!

Anyhow, I’m a sucker for Mimosas on a Sunday morning, pour a couple for me in your shop and I’m going to spend some dough. I’m now one bike bell richer for it.

– Chris

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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