Has anyone heard of the RBbell? An interesting idea - a fairly compact, battery-assisted push-button bell.
Unfortunately, their 2 minute video and website combined are as useful as an Ikea manual for a chest of drawers. The video seems the perfect place to, I don't know, let us know what the dang thing sounds like!! Has anyone seen it, let alone heard it?
Just sent them a request for info ( how loud , how much , were to bye one.) will let you know what happens.
A few years ago, we had an old Pedal Prix car at home being refurbished for a practice vehicle. To make it "street legal" (so it could be driven from home to Vic Park), we had to refit a warning device. What was available was a 4" electric trembler gong. We fitted that, along with a 12v battery. This was a bell to waken the dead, and no other PP car had one like it.
Wow! A horn that sounded just as loud and just like a car horn would be great to have on a bicycle. When I recall the number of times I have been cut off or ignored by ignorant, thoughtless drivers, it makes me think this would make them take a bit of notice and maybe improve their driving . It could save some cyclists' lives too.
Until they develop a compact model, I will pass - those on the videos are a little cumbersome and heavy looking.
From what i hear about RBbell it's great. Completely water resistant, small, classy and easy to use!
from what it looks like its just starting up. maybe give them a chance to get up and running before you go and criticise everything about it. And i do know they are in stores now all over the country and soon to be the world.
I think its fantastic and when i heard of it i bought one myself!
Who did you get it from as my request for info went un-answered.
I enquired and they say Bernie Jones has them.
Just orderd one $14.95 Thanks Clive.
Going onto forums and pretending to be a third party is called astroturfing
Posting prickly responses maybe isn't the most effective marketing strategy. Personally I have no need for an electronic bicycle bell - its just something else to break and waste money on consumables. If it was as loud as an AirZound and didn't chew through batteries or had a usb rechargeable Li-Ion then I'd be interested. In fact if you applied your remote switch to an air valve to drive an air horn that might sell - the worst thing about the AirZound is how it mounts, where the button is positioned and needing to move your hand to operate it.
Tim, I read Madeline's post and immediately thought "spammer". There's a classic example over on BNA where people have only every posted once, and its always a glowing reference to a cheap brand of road bike. Its actually quite a fun discussion to read every now and then...http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=14609
I wouldn't say spammer but Madeline should declare her interest in the product. In fairness she should be allowed a right of reply or invite enquiries.
As many of you know I do make it part of signing up that they not sign-up as a business interest or try and promote a product or service. In the end social media and social networks can be the undoing of some businesses.
all bike stores have them i think. Im guessing the website should give you more information if you need it.
If you were keen enough you could make something similar with a switch and buzzer, so often though the ones on the market have ironed out all the bugs. Someone should come up with one you can upload your own sound to, a cow moo would be fun.
I prefer the old type with the spring and hammer that makes a ping sound.. not the wussier type now that you flick and you cant load up the spring all the way.