10 Best Bike Bells [Review] in 2020
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Looking for the best bike bells may not be as cool as looking for other bike accessories such as your reflective gear or your last generation GPS watch, but they’re still an important part of your cycling toolbox: they’re the most effective way to communicate your presence to other road users or pedestrians.
Not only bike bells are suitable for adults but they are highly advised for teenagers and small kids.
Most bikes don’t come with a bike bell as standard, so you should be considering buying one to ensure your safety. But what to choose among so many types and brands? Here’s our list of the 10 best bike bells on the market in 2020.
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Best Bike Bells
BONMIXC Bike Bell Brass Mini
Top Choice Item
This BONMIXC Bike Bell is rated as #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com and makes the cut in our best bike bell list. It’s very cheap and it does its job well: it uses a double-ding when it rings (let the flipper come back on its own to have two distinctive dings) and the sound is well defined. The bell itself is made of brass and it isn’t that kind of bell that rings each time you go over a bump.
You’ll find this bike bell super easy to install: you’ll just need to unscrew the only screw, place the bell on your handlebar, and tighten the screw again. This bell can be placed on the right or left of the bar indistinctly. It can fit on handlebars with an outer diameter of 21mm to 23mm, so it’s too small for bikes with thicker handlebars.
It has a modern look, available in a silver or golden shade, but its design and mechanism are simple and traditional.
Loud and clear ring
Can be placed on both right and left of the handlebar
Small mount (not suitable for any bar)
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Kickstand Cycleworks Classic Ding Dong Bicycle Bell
Another bell with a traditional mechanism, but a more versatile design. Although it has a simple look, this bell comes with 19 different color options, giving you a wide range to choose from and customize your handlebar as you most like. This wide range of options makes this bell suitable for man’s, woman’s, girl’s and boy’s bikes and any handlebar with a diameter of about 22 mm.
This Kickstand bell is easy to install: you’ll just need a standard screwdriver to tighten a couple of screws once you’ve placed it on your bike’s handlebar.
It won’t fit on bar thicker than 23-24mm; apart from that, it will work properly whether you mount it on the left or right of your bar and make a fun and unique sound.
One more reason to purchase this bell: it comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee: if for any reason you’re not satisfied with this product, the company is ready to issue a refund.
Wide range of color options
Easy to install
90 days money-back warranty
Can be placed on both right and left of the handlebar
Not suitable for thicker bikes
Latest deal: Kickstand Cycleworks
Vintage Bike Bell Cycling Horn
If you’re searching for a bell for your old or vintage bicycle, you want to choose something that doesn’t completely jar with it. This bike bell’s vintage design may suit you: it’s perfect for old city bikes, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t mount it on your road or mountain bicycle. It’s provided with a long steel lock plate that consents to install the bell on any size handlebars.
This vintage bell is easy to install: you are basically going to bend a metal strap (two sizes of straps are provided) around your bicycle’s bar and tighten down the screw on top of the bell.
Careful, though: the screw bottom can have direct contact with the bar, so you don’t want to tighten too much or you’ll risk to scratch it. The bell has a loud and crisp ring, and it sustains the sound for a good while. Its design reminds that of bells that cost five times as much, but, despite its low price, you’ll find this bell solid and well-built.
Fits most bikes
The screw makes direct contact with the bar
Latest deal: Vintage Bike Bell
CRANE Bell E-Ne
Another bell with a simple design that can look great on both old and modern bikes, but at a different price. This isn’t the cheapest bike bell on the market, and someone could argue that almost 30$ for a bell are too much, but this Crane E-ne bell is totally worth its price. It’s available in 4 color options, and its discreet design and dimension make it suitable for city, road, and mountain bikes as well.
This bell can fit bars of 22,2 mm to 31,8 mm in diameter. The installation is easy and fast (no screwdriver needed) thanks to a vinyl dipped band that you tighten and secure to the bar without worrying of scratching or ruining it in any way. It can be positioned on top or in front of the handlebar, the striker is easy to manipulate and the ring is loud. It’s strong enough with a ¼ inch pull of the lever, and it’s louder when you pull it all the way down.
The bell’s body feels very sturdy, built to have a long life.
Vinyl dipped band that won’t scratch or stain the handlebar
Latest deal: CRANE Bell E-Ne
Trigger Bell - Unique Safer Bike Bell (4th gen)
Best Value Item
The Trigger bell is designed to allow you to work the bell without moving your hand from the brakes or gears, so it can be used safely while turning, braking or changing gear. Notwithstanding its particular design and feature, it’s still very cheap. Mountain bikers, BMX cyclists, or commuters will find this bike bell really helpful.
This Trigger bell is a small but well-designed bell that works on a broad range of handlebars: the adjustable straps fit bars from 22 mm to 45 mm in diameter, so anything from the thinnest grip to the thicker bike bar will suit. You’ll just need to adjust one screw to fit your bell on your bar; a video on Trigger Bell website is available to help you with its installation. Although there’s a way to place it on the right of the bar, this bell is designed for the left hand: it’s meant to leave your right hand free since a lot of bikes have their front brake on the right hand. The trigger bell also comes with a 2-year warranty.
Can be used without loosening your grip on the handlebar
Fits any handlebar
Designed for the left hand side
Latest deal: Trigger Bell (4th gen)
Knog Oi Bike Bell
Prime Picked Item
For anyone who thinks that bike bells aren’t cool but don’t want to renounce to safety (their own and that of people around them) here is a bell that doesn’t look like a bike bell. Its unique wraparound design makes it stylish and discreet on the handlebar. Its aluminum surface comes in 4 different color variations and a luxury (“luxe”) version is also available.
Knog purpose was to remove everything considered “uncool” of bike bells: where bells usually protrude up or out, this bell doesn’t. Plus, where traditional bells make a loud and ugly sound, Knog provides its bell with a pleasant tune. Its volume, on the other hand, is not so loud. So, instead of warning people of your presence, you’d be very politely informing them that you’re approaching. This is ok for spring family rides, but neither suitable nor safe on busy roads.
The Knog Oi bell is also provided with a cable management system: you can gather your wires into the shape of its mount without hindering the performance of the bell.
It doesn’t look like a bike bell
Cable management system
A classic (cheaper) and a luxury version are available
Not as loud as other bells
Latest deal: Knog Oi Bike Bell
Bike Party Light Up Weather Resistant Bicycle Bell Multi-Color
Whether you are searching for something fun for your kid or just trying to be as visible as possible during your night rides, you may want to consider this bell. It has an old-school thumb lever to produce the classic bell sound (a pleasant ring, but not very loud), and a bright cap that can work in color morphing (fun mode) or red flashing mode (warning mode).
This bell can give you much more visibility than the classic front and tail light. You can use it in addition to them or on its own. Thanks to its adjustable mounting bracket you can fit it to handlebars of any diameter, and the installation is fast and easy and requires no tools. Batteries are included and already installed (you’ll simply need to pull off the plastic tag to start using the light and push on the cap to switch between on and off and through the color modes). Light up Bell is also provided with a weather-resistant design to ensure the durability of the batteries, so your light won’t go off on the first raindrops (just when you may need warning lights most!).
Not as loud as other bells
Latest deal: Bike Party Light Up Bell
LESOVI Bicycle Bell 120db Cycling Electric Bike Bell USB Rechargeable
If you need something really loud for your city rides through busy roads and traffic, you may want to consider an electric bell. This LESOVI Electric bell can reach 120 dB that is loud enough to alert even people in a vehicle. With this bell, you can also select between four different sounds through a control button, while you can use the other button to simply play the bell.
One more interesting feature about this bell is that the control switch and the bell body (the source of the sound) are separated, so you can install your control switch (which is very small) right next to your thumb, in order to keep your grip on the bar while pressing it.
The horn is powered by a USB rechargeable battery, very easy to charge and durable. It can work 2000 times with a full charge, which is enough for about 30 days; after that, you’ll have to remember to charge it or you won’t be able to count on your bell for your next ride.
This bell has a waterproof design available in four color options.
Four sound options
You can’t forget to recharge the battery
Latest deal: LESOVI Bicycle Bell
LETOUR Bike Light with Loud Bike Horn
Another bike bell provided with a light, but this one is specifically designed for night riding: the light is not just supposed to make people aware of your presence, but it also illuminates the road ahead so that possible obstacles can be more visible.
This is perfect for both road and mountain bikes. The bike horn can emit a very loud sound and you can also choose between five sound options by long pressing the button.
This is basically an electric bell, so it’s provided with a built-in 1200mAh rechargeable battery. You can charge it through a USB port (and don’t forget to do that before your night rides!). The horn switch is separated from the horn and light source, so you can comfortably place it close to your hand to use it safely. The design is completely waterproof so both bell and light can be used under the rain without going off. The built-in light has three lighting modes: glare light, low light, and strobe.
This bell comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee plus an efficient customer service to assist you if needed.
Fast USB recharge
90-day satisfaction guarantee
You can’t forget to recharge your horn
Latest deal: LETOUR Horn
Delta Cycle Airzound Very Loud Bike Horn Air Hooter
This bell is as loud as a car horn, and if you use to ride in some traffic-congested city, you may need it. Provided with a volume controller, this bell can make a sound that can reach up to 115 dB, more than enough to be heard in the middle of the traffic city, but not very polite when you need to warn pedestrians that you’re coming behind them. You’d make them jump!
The installation of this horn on your handlebar may require a little patience. It’s not that hard (you’ll just need to tighten a screw, like classic bells) but because of its shape, you’ll need to spend some time figuring out where to place it on your handlebar. The horn works with no batteries or cartridges but through an air hooter. Its air reservoir can be refilled with any bike pump. The air chamber can be placed in the bottle holder, but you could also velcro it to the head tube, so you can carry your water bottle with you anyway.
Volume control switch
Refills with any bike pump
Latest deal: Delta Cycle Airzound
Things to consider when looking for the best bike bells
Bells are an important safety tool. Some consider them ugly, but there are so many types on the market today that anyone can find something suitable to their tastes and needs. You can always opt for a bell that doesn’t look like a bell at all, so you don’t renounce to your safety just because you’re too cool for a bike bell.
Depending on your personal cycling habits, your needs may change: you probably need a loud horn if you ride your bike through the traffic, but if all you meet on your way are pedestrians and other cyclists, you may want to consider a less loud bell that can politely warn them of your presence (there’s no need to scare them).
Design options are also something you have to choose between: depending on the look of your bicycle you’re going to choose between vintage or modern designs. Plus, in this list, you can also find some colorful option suitable for younger riders.
Be always sure that the bell you’re purchasing can fit your bike’s handlebar and, if you like, consult this list to find the one that can fit your needs and habits!
Alex Bristol - Cycle sport content expert
Alex is London Cycle Sports Head of Content and specialises in road bike accessories and general cycling. Alex scours the internet finding the latest product that matches the needs of cyclists across the world. Alex looks at the best bike set ups and sources the newest tech in the cycle industry. Whether its a buyer guide, product review or a general post about bikes, Alex is a trusted source for everything cycle sport.
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