The magnetic Nello bell creates 80 decibels and can be detached when you're not on your bike

It is a legal requirement for a new bike to be fitted with a bell when it’s sold in the UK, but often the bells used aren’t the most stylish devices to have on your shiny new machine.

The first thing many riders do when they get their new bike home is remove the bell and resort to simply shouting at people when you need to alert them to your presence.

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But design company Odo Fioravanti have created the Nello magnetic bike bell for Palomar, that can be detached from your bike whenever you’ve finished with it and is small enough to carry round in your pocket.

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(Photo: Odo Fioravanti)

The bell is attached to the handlebars by a stretchy, thick rubber band, which is secured by  screwing a magnet on the top. The ball-shaped bell is then magnetically stuck to the top and is activated by simply pressing the top.

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At 80 decibels, the bell will certainly be heard by those around you, although it’s probably best suited for those riders who pootle through the town or along canal towpaths, rather than those charging through cities avoiding buses and taxis.

(Photo: Odo Fioravanti)

(Photo: Odo Fioravanti)

  • BlackBiker

    But I WANT to frighten the “b’jeezus” out of all those people who walk in the middle of the bike path, or those teens on bikes that only seem to migrate in groups! A normal bell just doesn’t cut it in those situations.

    I even considered adding a car horn to my bike, or taking an air horn with me, but with this little gem, I don’t need to!

  • Alan Sanders

    alternatively just keep the one that comes on the bike or go and buy one for two quid that makes a nice polite ‘ping’ sound and works admirably to warn pedestrians of your presence and generally tends to not frighten the b’jeezus out of them as an 80 dB blast would do