If you ride a bike in Sydney without a bell — or a horn — you can now be fined AUD$106. That’s a good enough reason to back Knog’s Kickstarter campaign for their new ‘Oi’ bell. It looks beautiful and, according to Knog, sounds like an angel playing a glockenspiel.
Many cyclists refuse to install a bell because they think it detracts from the aesthetics of their bike. That has to be the reason, because why wouldn’t you want to be able to gently inform pedestrians, other cyclists or animals of your approach?
The Oi bell is designed not to stick off your handlebars like a blister, and comes in a variety of finishes that range from stealth black, modern titanium and aluminum to classic copper and brass.
Oversized (25.4, 26 and 31.8mm) and traditional (22.2mm) handlebar diameters are catered for, so both your modern road bike and classic townie can be now be street legal, without drawing unnecessary attention from the style police.
The only concern with Knog’s new bell might be that the tone is so angelic that it might not actually be alarming enough in an emergency situation. Head over to their Kickstarter page for a listen.