Spurcycle’s elegant (and long lasting) bell

Claimed to ring three times longer than other bells. Fits bars up to 31.8mm

The made-in-the-USA brass and stainless steel Spurcycle bell is available in raw metal or black and will set you back $49.

The made-in-the-USA brass and stainless steel Spurcycle bell is available in raw metal or black and will set you back $49 (click to enlarge).

If you ride busy trails, having a bell on your bars is all but a must. Far better to warn unsuspecting hikers or slower riders of your approach with a subtle “ding” than to yell, whistle, or just buzz past.

One of our favorite noise makers is the Spurcycle bell, which was also among the most popular booths at this year’s North American Handmade Bike Show in Sacramento, California. That was no surprise, considering that in a convention center full of hand crafted bike aficionados, Spurcycle was hand assembling these elegant bells right there on the show floor.

The company was started by a pair of San Francisco engineers who wanted to create a better bell. The result is both great looking and easy on the ears. Have a listen for yourself.

The made-in-the-USA brass and stainless steel Spurcycle bell is available in raw metal or black and will set you back $49. It comes with a lifetime warrantee and is claimed to ring three times longer than other bells. It fits bars with diameters from 22.2mm to 31.8mm.

For more information visit www.spurcycle.com

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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  • Tom says:

    Great bells. I’ve got two from their first shipment.

    The black one seems to be lasting forever.

    The shiny one (brushed? anodized?) seems to be corroding a little bit internally, resulting in less volume.

  • rich says:

    Have one from their kickstarter launch…love it and wish I had bought more. Unfortunately, can’t justify the $50 price to buy more now…

  • Bokchoi Cowboy says:

    From the get-go I have thought the Spurcycle bells overpriced for what you get. Even a hand painted Japanese Crane bell is less than this thing. It does not really sound all that different than a lot of other bells that can be purchased for 1/5 the price. Interesting design but it brings nothing new to bicycle bells.

    Not long ago I posted in the NorCal forum that I had stumbled upon a Chinese made copy of the Spurcycle bell. Now normally I do not like to see cheap copies of intellectual property made in China, but this time I actually am pretty enthusiastic that the copy is going to take market share away from Spurcycle. I mean, originally posting in your Kickstarter that the bells were going to go for an overpriced $35 then when you hit production you raise the price to $50? Really, even for a Rapha-afficionado-level-item that is stupid ridiculous, so a very close copy sold from China at $9 plus shipping? I must say I enjoy the fact Spurcycle has a been ripped-off. Even the box the bell comes in is similar to the Spurcycle bell. Hahahahahahahahahaha!

  • WasatchEnduro says:

    I bought one last year and love it. If you just want a bell, then spend $10 and get one. The Spurcycle is small, minimalist, good looking, great sounding and yes, expensive. $50 is a ton for a bell, but I like it and am happy to support a company that produces domestically. Great gift idea for the rider(s) in your life.

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