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    The Jogger's Soliloquy (recited to me as I passed her, after ringing my bell, on the Custis near the Bridge to Nowhere):

    "Why do you ring your bell when I am clearly in the right lane...(inaudible due to distance)"

    Well, 3 reasons:

    1. My bell is a friendly and courteous warning that you are about to be passed by a bike (I had just lubed the chain so it was extra quiet today);
    2. Sometimes joggers change lanes or turn around without looking back, so I wanted you to know you shouldn't do that;
    3. Trail rules require a warning be issued before passing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    The Jogger's Soliloquy (recited to me as I passed her, after ringing my bell, on the Custis near the Bridge to Nowhere):

    "Why do you ring your bell when I am clearly in the right lane...(inaudible due to distance)"
    There's no real solution to this. The bells annoy some people, others (like me) nearly jump out out their pants if a bike passes without audible warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    There's no real solution to this. The bells annoy some people, others (like me) nearly jump out out their pants if a bike passes without audible warning.
    I agree. Sometimes I even make the decision to "engage the silent drive" and pedal to prevent the audible clicking of my freewheel. Not only does an audible warning annoy some people, it can also cause them to make an erratic movement right before I pass them, instead of right after.

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    As a compromise, I use the noise from my shifters as a bell. One step down, then one step back, and repeat if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    There's no real solution to this. The bells annoy some people, others (like me) nearly jump out out their pants if a bike passes without audible warning.
    To many pedestrians, especially those not familiar with local trail conventions, a bell, especially a loud one, just means "get out of my way." I use my voice for this reason, but of course, that annoys some people too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    I use my voice for this reason, but of course, that annoys some people too.
    I got my bell precisely to avoid using my voice!

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    I've asked a number of people over the years and here's what I've learned:

    Your lights are blinding me
    I could hardly see you in the dark
    You're too fast
    You're too slow
    Your bell is obnoxious
    I couldn't hear you

    Ain't no pleasing everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    The Jogger's Soliloquy (recited to me as I passed her, after ringing my bell, on the Custis near the Bridge to Nowhere):

    "Why do you ring your bell when I am clearly in the right lane...(inaudible due to distance)"
    To make sure you know I'm passing and you stay to the right.

    Unlike the runner who pulled a 180 right in front of me on the W&OD last summer. I dinged the bell and followed it up with a "passing left"--she cut me off anyway, account earbuds... A minor crash, with some road rash as swerved hard, but I could ride away. No damage whatsoever to the other party.

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    Bells and lights. The two great trail debates that will never be settled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    I got my bell precisely to avoid using my voice!
    Don't get me wrong, I have bells on most of my bikes. I'll use the bell in certain situations and the voice in others. But especially on the Custis and MVT where it can be pretty bumpy, taking the hand off the hoods to reach for the bell, to me, is more dangerous than a simple "passing on your left."

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