Handlebars wear a bell as your wrist sports a watch – non essential perhaps, but certainly useful and it can look good, too. The bells fitted by law to all new bicycles are cheap and nasty looking – and almost always quickly removed once the bike leaves the shop. This is unfortunate because if you cycle on tracks and paths shared with others, they are a polite way of announcing your approach, especially if followed with a verbal greeting and request to pass.
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, the flimsy plastic used to strike the dome produces a tinny sound. The Oi bicycle bell uses a spring-loaded actuator to strike firm and fast, resulting in a good balance of volume and longevity of sound. The bell actually has several pitch tones – one core and several supportive higher tones.
Unlike the traditional bicycle bell, the Oi is not a dome. The design wraps discreetly around the handlebar is a way that looks as good on a vintage ride as it does on a road bike.
There are five styles. The standard aluminium model comes in four finishes: brushed aluminium; brass-plated; copper-plated; and black.
Win the Oi bicycle bell
We have five Oi bicycle bells to give away. Leave us a message at the bottom of this page letting us know what bike you’d be fitting it to and we’ll pick winners next week.
Protection for you and your bike
A true test of a cycle insurance company is what happens when you make a claim – it’s why we don’t farm out the process to a third party like other providers. Your claim is dealt with by one of us here and you’re always welcome to call us directly. It’s also the reason we will never devalue your bicycle, no matter how old it is.
We don’t claim to be the cheapest cover on the market, but should you ever need to make a claim, you’ll understand why we consider ourselves to be the best. After all, we are judged by The Good Shopping Guide to be Britain’s most ethical provider.