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Be heard to be seen

Like the sound of a playing card in the spokes, some sounds simply sing the songs of cycling nostalgia. Remember, long before we were so serious as to call riding a bike 'cycling,' our bells were the language in which the roaming 'peloton' of banana-seats and streamer'ed-stallions communicated. In those princely days on your block, the bell chimed just to chime, but now as an adult, the Portland Design Works King of Ding Brass Bell is a safety necessity for your urban empire.

Whether you're keeping a car in check, or trying to surpass a jogger, the King of Ding will herald the message loud and clear. It features a solid brass construction, a brass striker, and an alloy mounting bracket. The striking note is sonorous and distinct, and the bracket fits both 22.2 and 25.4mm handlebars.

The Portland Design Works King of Ding Brass Bell comes with a shim for 22.2mm handlebars and is available in the color of natural brass.

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1 5

Poorly designed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was excited to purchase what appeared to be a simply made brass bell. What could go wrong? I was disappointed to find that the spring that releases the "striker" does not have enough oompf to provide a clean toll becuase the striker is between the bell and handlebars. It's just a poor design. And, when you are lucky enough to get a crisp ring it sounds nice but, in spite of the write up here, not loud enough to keep a car at bay. If I had saved my receipt and packaging I would have returned it for a refund. Don't waste your money.

5 5

this bells suit would be made of tweed.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

so this bell isnt the loudest ive heard, but thats fine. it has a crisp, clear and classic "ting!" with a good sustain. when other bells are perhaps along the tones of - "Get out of the way!" or "Hey! Look Here!", this bell is more of a civilized "Ahem, excuse me please." it probably is a little hard to hear above traffic noise, but if you are fitting it on a leisure bike meant for rides on the parkway with the lady, or taking the dog on a neighborhood run, it works great.

this bells suit would be made of tweed.
2 5

Looks nice, but that is about it.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the way this looks on my bike, but for being a brass bell that is call the "King of Ding" I'd say it fails miserably. It's really not that loud at all. I love how it looks, so I wonder if a stronger spring would help. This spring seems pretty flimsy, enough so that sometimes if I hit a bump in the road, it will end up slapping the bell. The spontaneous ding as I hit a bump makes me feel like I am in a live-action video game.

1 5

Not a fan

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bell looks cool. Or, as cool as a bike bell can possibly look. It's rather small and unobtrusive. The design is clean and simple. But it doesn't work all that well. Sure, if I want to ride home at night, dinging a bell over and over just to hear it, it's fine. But if you live in a city where cars like to use bike lanes for auxiliary parking, and they often begin merging into you without looking, this bell will not get their attention. It dings once each time you ping it, and it's not that loud. Also, the simple nature of its design doesn't leave much clearance for the piece that strikes the bell, so it doesn't work very well if you have brakes or grips on your handlebars.

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You nailed it. This is exactly the problem: "Also, the simple nature of its design doesn't leave much clearance for the piece that strikes the bell, so it doesn't work very well if you have brakes or grips on your handlebars."

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Portland Design King of Ding Brass Bell

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Classic brass bell - added it to my vintage cruiser so I can annoy whoever I'm cruising downtown with!