The bicycle bell is a much under-valued accessory. It’s a legal requirement that bicycles start their lives with a bicycle bell fitted, but these are invariably cheap and nasty so the fashion is for them to be quickly removed. However, if you cycle on busy urban streets or tracks and paths shared with others, they are a polite way of announcing your approach, especially if followed with a verbal greeting.
The Suzu bell is made by the Crane Bell Company in Osaka, Japan. It produces a crisp note that lingers so pleasingly it could double as a meditation bell.
We have three gold-coloured Suzo bells to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, simple leave a comment at the bottom of this page and we’ll pick a winner next week.
When it comes to sound, it’s all in the choice of metal. While the alloy used in the most basic models might be cheap to produce, it’s sound is tinny and inferior. By comparison, traditional bell metal comprises mainly copper and has been used to produce the best bells (and on occasion cannon) for over 3,000 years.
The ethical choice
The ETA was established in 1990 as an ethical provider of green, reliable travel services. 30 years on, we continue to offer cycle insurance, travel insurance, breakdown cover and home insurance while putting concern for the environment at the heart of all we do.