The bicycle bell is a very important bicycle accessory. The function of the bell is to warn other road users for example if you want to overtake a slower cyclist or if a pedestrian is walking on the cycle path. A bicycle does not make a sound and can therefore easily be overlooked. A bell must be audible at least 25 meters away, modern bicycle bells easily reach this distance.
The bicycle bell was invented by the British bicycle manufacturer John Richard Dedicoat (1840-1903), who also invented the pencil sharpener, and was fitted as standard on the Pegasus bicycle he manufactured.
You’ll find the sounds of the most used bicycle bells HERE.
There are many many bicycle bells: different shapes and sounds. Here’s a good impression of which bells can be found in Amsterdam: https://youtu.be/1PP86mFgfhw
Never thought a bicycle bell could inspire people for competitions, but YES it happens:
The official Guinness book of records mentions: the largest bicycle bell ensemble involved 639 participants and took place at the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle in London, UK, on 9 August 2014.
The unofficial world record ringing bicycle bells was established February 12, 2018 in Etten-Leur (Netherlands): 3148 people ringed simultaniously their bell.
On May 13, 2021 in Sint Niklaas (Belgium) cyclists tried to beat the Dutch world record. It was a good attempt and all together they made quite a lot of noise. However no more than appr. 1500 cyclists joined this happening.
Sometimes the bell even leads to romance! A Dutch song from the fifties by Max van Praag says:
🎶 “If I ring my bicycle bell twice, well then you know (it’s me)” 🎶
If you are longing to ring a bicycle bell, check our pages on Bike and Boat.