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Osaka Roadie Bell

Generally speaking, the faster the bike the less fashionable the bike bell. That’s not to say they’re not useful on road bikes too, just that you don’t see too many of them out there. The Osaka Roadie Bell is a mini bell that can fit on the inside of the brake hood or on the cable housing, providing a temporary unobtrusive bell that doesn’t take up handlebar space. The bell attaches with an aluminum clip, and is easy to remove or switch bike to bike. Available at your local shop or via the Soma Fab webstore for $18.

4 Comments

  1. James MooreJuly 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    i use a bell on my own road bike, but it is in fact top handlebar mounted. this is a really neat little bell and a great idea in a general sense, but as someone who rides a road bike for all occasions, including city riding, commuting, etc. my only real question is, will a bell that is clearly designed for being used while in a more aggressive riding position actual ever be useful? a bell is generally used to alert pedestrians you are approaching behind them, and makes for a great way to get peoples attention in the city environment, especially a city with heavy pedestrian traffic. but in an environment like that, how often are you going to be hunched over with your hands on the drops, where this bell is designed to be mounted? you are more likely to have your hands on the top of the bars, and thats where a bell should be. personally I use the ‘ringer’ bell from spurcycle (i was a backer on the kickstarter) and i think its an elegant and far more practical design. it currently sells for just under 2x the price, but its better constructed form what i can see. the ringer bell can also be mounted on the drops if the rider would like. this bell, wile nice, to me seems to be a solution to something that isn’t really a problem, and in the process creates its own problem (riding with your hands where they really shouldn’t be to reach the bell, in an environment where they would be more comfortable in a different position) kind of like only having drop levers on a road bike that does city commuting instead of having secondary top mounted ‘pass through’ levers, so you can ride more upright at the slower pace youll be riding. a pace where a bell will actually be useful.

  2. ZachJuly 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I love this bell! I picked up from a local shop last year and had a hard time finding it online so thanks for that.

    My only complaint is you have to wail on it sometimes to make it loud enough to sound like a bike bell. It’s a bit higher pitched so people often don’t automatically associate it with a bike bell unless it’s pretty loud.

  3. BradyJuly 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    @James Moore — Did you see the entire video? You can use it with your hands on the hoods (the most popular area for most road bar riders IMO), in the drops or even on the horizontal section. UrbanVelo rocks!

  4. ThomasJuly 21, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Anyone know where to get the Roadie Bell on-line?

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