Are you after a bike bell but cant' decide which one to get?
Well that's normal because today there are hundreds of bike bells available in the market. You'll also see a lot of imitation bells.
But let me warn you first, not all are of good quality, especially those and other bike accessories you buy off AliExpress.
So it's best to stick with brands who are well-known for their quality.
Before we proceed, here's what you should pay attention to when buying a bike bell.
5 Best Bike Bells in 2018
1. Knog Oi
From the rest of this list, the Knog Oi is definitely the most unique in terms of appearance.
Another distinct thing about this bell is the sound. It has one core pitch tone along with several pitch tones to ensure that you’re heard while riding your bicycle.
It comes 4 color options - brass, copper, black and aluminum. And they're super lightweight at only 18g!
In addition to that, Knog Oi is available in two sizes; the small size can fit on 22.2 mm handlebars only, while the large size fits from 26mm to 31.8 mm handlebars.
Furthermore, it's one of the best cycling gifts you can buy for a friend!
You can read my full review of the Knog Oi here.
2. Crane E-ne
This Japanese based company that’s been in the industry of bicycle bells for more than 20 years.
With their most popular bell, the Crane E-ne, it offers a resonating sound and has two colors available; polished copper and matte black alloy.
It comes with a single size and can be mounted on handlebars from 22.2mm up to 31.8 mm using an adjustable mounting band.
3. Crane Suzu
The Suzu is yet another fantastic bicycle bell by Crane.
It's larger than the E-ne and more importantly, it oozes the unchanged timeless retro bicycle bell design. You have an option of either a Brass or Aluminium material. They're available in 6 colors - chrome, copper, gold, black, matte and polished silver.
The Crane Suzu produces a clear and bright tone that clearly alerts pedestrians that you’re right behind them.
4. Rock Bros Retro
The RockBros Retro bell made it to the list for it's value for money.
So if you’re looking for a cheap yet good quality one, it’s this one. It's made of stainless steel and currently available in 4 colors - black, silver, gold and copper. Likewise, this one is in mini size, weighing only 44 grams.
It's one size fits all, so you don't have to worry about your handlebar diameter.
5. Bonmixc Brass Mini
You might want to consider the Bonmixc Brass Mini bell if you’re on a tight budget.
The lower price doesn't mean it's not quality stuff. I would say this is the most value for money bicycle bell if you're not after anything with a fancy design.
Amazingly, the Bonmixc Brass Mini bell is full of with excellent reviews at Amazon.
It has a dome made of brass can fit only up 23.0 mm handlebars.
Important Things to Consider Before Buying A Bike Bell
Bicycle bells today come in different size, weight and most importantly, the sound range.
The first and most important thing to consider is the sound.
Designing a bicycle bell that have the perfect sound requires a lot of trial and error and user feedback.
Each bicycle bells have their own unique sound. Others have a single ding! that seems as if it came from an orchestra, while there are others that sound like an ice cream bell when flicked.
Remember, the main purpose of a bicycle bell is to alert people; therefore you should choose one that is loud and clear.
Another important to consider is your handlebar diameter.
Some bicycle bells has a one size fits all mounting, while some others have different sizes, depending on the diameter of your handlebars.
Here are the commonly used handlebar diameters:
Road Bicycles - Drop Bars (31.8mm)
Road bicycles of the last 10 years uses a 31.8mm diameter drop bar. Some drop bars' diameter might taper down to 23.8mm towards the drop. Since you'll be mounting the bell near the stem, go for the 31.8mm diameter.
Mountain Bicycles - Flat or Riser Bars (22.2mm)
With flat bars or riser bars, you're looking at a 22.2mm diameter handlebars. This is the diameter just beside your hand grip and not near the stem, which can be 25.4mm or 31.8mm.
Commuter Bicycles - Flat, Drop, Moustache, High-Rise, Randonneur, Multi-position (Diameter varies)
There are a variety of handlebars for commuter bicycles depending on the cyclist's needs. So, there is no one size fits all diameter. You'll have to check the handlebar specifications for this.
Kids and BMX Bicycles (22.2mm)
These bicycles uses a 22.2mm handlebar, so it's a straightforward decision.