Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Bicycle Bell Mayhem

The bicycle bell.  I have a bicycle bell on my mountain bike.  I found it very useful.  When trail riding, I often see hikers, and runners.  Sometimes they are alone, other times they are in groups.

When approaching them from behind, I found yelling ether, "On your left or o your right," to be ineffective and often confusing to to hikers and runners.  You see, when trying to pass on the left one would appropriately yell , "On your left."

More often than not, the hiker or runner would move to the direction I called out.  If I said on your left, then they move left, then suddenly realize they made a mistake and jump back to the right to move out of my way.  This is bad and can lead to collision.  On a few occasions there was contact between me and the hiker/runner.

The solution is the bicycle bell. Now when I come upon hikers/runner, I simply ring my bell and let them decide if they want to move either right or left.  Once they made that all so important decision, I pass on the opposite side.  Problem solved.

Bicycle Bell Mayhem is a collection of bicycle bells and the sounds they make.

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