The Timber bells is designed to alert other nearby trail users of your presence. Using a on/off switch, the bell can be turned on, ringning activated by the bikes motion, or it can be silenced when not needed. The Timber bell offers a friendly way to warn other trail users of your approach.
- Bicycle bell designed specifically for mountain biking for the purpose of alerting other trail users of your presence
- On/off switch for awareness when you need it and silence when you don't
- Bolt-on model fits 22.2-31.8mm handlebars with clamp and shim
- Slide the lever down for on, up for off or set it in between for a quieter sound
Now the test ride. I completed a short 14 mile MTB ride that involved climbs and descents on dirt single track trails, dirt/gravel fire roads, and even a brief closed asphalt access road. In that time I passed many trail users. It should be noted that my usual bike rides have been on multi-user trails, and with the pandemic these trails have become very popular with all types of users. I found that like the bell packaging materials state, the trails should be shared. As a cyclist, I usually close on other trail users quickly and must use caution and slow until I can safely get their attention and pass. This bell was operating during my test ride. I found that about 40% of other trail users were alerted to my presence, whether by the bell or just that some other item caught their attention. Those trail users using electronic devices (earbuds, headphones, backpack audio devices, etc.) and those engaged in phone conversations or group conversations did not hear me, with the bell ringing, approach. Whether I was going up or down a hill the results were the same. I even tried to use a 2 mile rolling downhill fire road, where speeds can get rather fast when the trail is wide open, and the results were the same. Even on a flat ride, distracted trail users did not hear the bell, and I had to call out to get their attention.
In short, I suppose that this bell can be useful under the right circumstances and may make for a safe ride. For cyclists, I would recommend that you ride as if you do not have a bell and use caution. The use of this bell is not an opportunity to ignore the potential risks of a collision.