Tested: The Trigger Bell

A bike bell is just a bike bell, isn’t it? Not necessarily, as Carlton Boyce discovers.

We’ve covered cycling before, largely because we think it is one of the very best ways of keeping fit while having fun. Easy on the joints, it’s a great alternative to jogging as the years take their toll and your knees start to ache.

Good for the environment too, but if you’re going to use your bike to commute or for shopping, then you’re going to come across pedestrians – and people being people, they’re probably going to be paying more attention to their phones than where they are going or what’s coming up behind them.

You need to be able to warn them of your approach and, while you could yell at them, the tinkle of a bike bell is a less aggressive, less hostile way of letting people know that you’re coming up behind them; after all, no-one reacts badly to a gentle ping, do they?

So, you’ll need a decent bell and, as I’m always keen to explore new ideas, I’ve been trying out a fresh design recently.

The Trigger Bell features a genuine brass bell and fastens to your handlebars using a lightweight plastic worm-drive strap. The manufacturer claims it will fit all cycles, no matter what type, as long as the handlebar circumference falls between 22mm and 45mm.

Its low-profile design makes it very discreet, and its position on your bike’s ‘bars means you can steer, brake and sound a warning concurrently, so you can try and prevent an accident by warning of your imminent approach while simultaneously steering and braking.

I’ve been using the Trigger Bell for the past two weeks and am very impressed. It does what it says on the tin and at £9.99 I think they’re cheap enough to warrant fitting a pair; my reasoning is that having one on either side of my handlebars will allow me to sound a warning no matter what my hands are up to. Overkill possibly but they’re so unobtrusive that they’re almost invisible and, at 27gms, so light as to make the weight penalty negligible.

I fitted both within five minutes using only a knife and a flat-head screwdriver – and that included the time taken to trim the excess worm-drive off to keep ‘em as light as possible. Every little helps, eh?

All-in-all, it’s a very clever piece of design and one I highly recommend. You can buy them from Amazon for £9.99 each, which includes free postage with Amazon Prime.

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Happiest in the snow, Carlton is an ex-police officer and prison governor who has migrated to the world of adventure travel via motoring journalism. Carlton drives boats and pickups with more enthusiasm than skill, and is currently working on his first novel in addition to his prison memoirs.

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