From humble origins to an unloved accessory, the bicycle bell has been enjoying a surge of interest in recent years with a spate of new designs hitting Kickstarter that all look to launch the bicycle bell back into the spotlight. The latest to seek your funding support is the Bellio, but this one is a bit different.
It’s not actually a bell. What you get is a wireless Bluetooth button mounted to the handlebars that is linked to the Bellio smartphone app. Hit the bluetooth button and the app rings like a traditional bicycle bell.
“We have taken the traditional bike bell and raced it into this century, and we think you are going to love it! You can shout! You can sing! But we all know that a bell on your bike is the best way to let people know you are coming up behind them fast. Damn fast!,” shouts the company on its Kickstarter page.
The Bluetooth button fits any size handlebar using a silicone band. The battery is claimed to last a year. The smartphone can be stored in a jersey pocket or fitted on the handlebars, we’d imagine you’d get a better response with the phone mounted to the bars.
The company is seeking AU$85,000 funding and at the time of writing has hit AU$650 from 12 backers. Check it out here www.kickstarter.com/projects/340874591/bellio-the-bike-bell?ref=recs
So what do you think? Yay or nay?
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.