If you'd like to fit a bell to your posh road bike for the purposes of announcing your presence on the local shared used path, but can't stomach the look of one on your bars, the HideMyBell out-front mount might be the thing for you. Simply put, it's a mount for Garmin, Mio, Bryton, Polar, Sigma and Wahoo computers that incorporates a bell hidden under the computer mount. You can also fit an optional GoPro or light mount underneath to make it even more useful.
The mount itself is a fairly standard plastic moulding, and the different plates for the various computers fit into a circular mount at the front. The Garmin model I tested is asymmetric so you can move the computer in or out a little bit depending on which model you have. The mount screws up from below which is a bit of a faff but does make the whole thing look neater. The build quality of the unit is okay, but it's not up to the high standards of some other aftermarket options such as K-Edge.
The bell is mounted to the underside, and it's a bog-standard metal dome with a plastic ringer. Because it's mounted upside down you need to pull the ringer up to ding it, which isn't as intuitive as pushing it down, and because it's out front it means taking a hand off the bar to ring it, or at least moving your hand to near the stem and flicking it with your finger. You get used to it after a bit but it's not the easiest thing to use.
Underneath there's another mounting hole to which you can attach a GoPro mount (€8), which is a handy addition as it keeps your camera out of the way and central. Some lights also use the same fitting as a GoPro, so they can be added underneath as well.
So, should you buy it? Well, if you want a bell, and you're worried about your look, then it's certainly an option. I personally think the Knog Oi bell does a better job of being a useful bell without affecting the look of your road bike too much, but this is worth looking at too. It's a bit expensive given the build quality, but it does what it says it will.
Neat solution for fitting a bell to your road bike, but not the easiest to use
road.cc test report
Make and model: Hidemybell computer mount
Size tested: 31.8mm
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
HideMyBell says: "Every proper city bike has a bell, but for a lot of sportive cyclists that thing is a no-go: it looks stupid, it ruins the aerodynamics and hey, the pros don't ring either! Sounds familiar? Then the HideMyBell is made for you. It integrates the bell discretely in an out-front handlebar mount for your bike computer. You don't see it, but your fellow road users will definitely hear you coming!"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The HideMyBell models for Garmin, Mio and Bryton have an adjustable distance between the bike computer and stem. This way the bike computer integrates beautifully with the rest of the cockpit.
The HideMyBell models for Polar and Wahoo are adjustable sideward. This makes it possible to centre your bike computer perfectly, even if you have a wide stem.
To keep the looks of the HideMyBell nice and clean, the bolts of the handlebar clamp are placed at the bottom side of the mount.
The optional adapter for your action camera and lamp is firmly attached to the mount with an allen bolt. All bolts are made of stainless steel.
With its 48 grams the HideMyBell is an absolute lightweight.
Decently made, if not up to the standards of some aftermarket options.
Holds computer, is a bell. So does all the things it claims to do. Additional GoPro mount is handy.
A bit plasticky but should last okay.
47g isn't going to slow you down much.
€35 seems a bit on the high side for the build quality.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It does the things. The bell isn't particularly easy to use but it works okay.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Neat solution to putting a bell on your posh bike.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Build quality isn't the best, bell can be tricky to use.
Did you enjoy using the product? It's okay.
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe
Use this box to explain your score
It does a job, this, and it's one of the neater solutions for putting a bell on your bike. It's not the easest to use, though, and it's quite expensive.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.