Japan Cycling II – and the best bike bell in the world.

More lovely looking cycling in Japan courtesy of Laura (Coop). Look at those lovely roads! I am so jealous, not least because I can’t ride at the moment.

Japanese bike ride

Japan of course is a mecca for bike part manufacture, Nitto, Shimano, various small frame shops and bicycle works from around Osaka which produce beautiful pieces like this bell.


This bell sounds like a Tibetan singing bowl or something, the resonance on it is astonishing. One ting and it rings for a good fifteen to twenty seconds before the sound dies away. It brings smiles rather than scowls on the towpath. So serene and peace inducing is its sound that inner calm explodes from within with every ‘ting’. A masterpiece of Japanese craftsmanship.

Available from Rivendell Bicycle Works in America for 8 USD. I recommend it most highly.

Published in: on October 4, 2007 at 10:02 am  Comments (15)  

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  1. Cool, thanks. Just bought one, but price has gone up to $11, plus shipping. Still worth it.

  2. Picked up three in Osaka for 800 yen each , while on holidays.Great sound and as said , people smile when you warn them you are behind them.

    • Nice one Paul, they are beautiful aren’t they. Soon I’ll upload a video of the resonating bells.
      Thanks very much for reading and commenting.

  3. I’m confused. Does the hammer strike bell that they sell sound better? Do they go ding-dong or something else?

    • Hi Lys
      They sound better because the sound is a really clean tone and it takes ages for the sound to decay – it’s the quality of the metal that makes it so good.

  4. Thank you for your reply. I’m not sure which one to buy. Which one do you think is better? Because the person above said that the Bell 26 (also pictured above) is special but on the website it says that the Hammer Strike Bell is better. I’m guessing the Bell 26 goes ting and the Hammer Strike goes ring ring. Is that right?

  5. Hi Lys

    No they both go tinggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!

    The one I have, illustrated above is the original Bell 26 – the striker is on a spring and you ping it with your finger, it makes a very clean tone.

    According to Rivendell the hammerstrike one has a lower tone and is louder. The striker is held against the bell and when you hit the lever it pulls away and pings back harder than the one on bell 26 – as the hammerstrike bell is larger and the striker hits it harder, the tone is lower and louder.

    I think it’s a matter of personal choice, but they both go tinggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!

  6. isn’t safety supposed to be the point of a bike bell? why would you want something that brings serenity and happiness, two calming and relaxed states, when you’re trying to bring quick attention to fast reflexes in order to avoid a possible dangerous situation? this can;t be the best bike bell in the world. ding! try again.

  7. Thanks for the info! Lovely website. I’m about to order one off ebay, because I can’t seem to find it anywhere in Australia.
    Can’t wait to have it on my bike!

  8. Not wishing to gain-say you fellows, but if we are judging function as well as aesthetic concerns then surely the accolade of “the best bicycle bell in the entire world” should rightly go to the one fitted to my 1954 Robin Hood. It is of an ingenious dynamo design. As the lever is pulled the jockey wheel makes contact with the tyre and rings not unlike a 1950’s telephone. One is not restricted to a short ring-ring as one has a constant ring for as long as the trigger is pulled and the wheel turns.

    It is not possible to view it on the Robin Hood photograph as it is on the wrong side. I will photograph it and add it to my site in due course. Happy velocipede-ing

  9. Link to the other bell “in operation”

    [video src="http://s32.photobucket.com/albums/d49/ys99x/Best%20Bicycle%20Bell%20in%20the%20world%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20probably/?action=view&current=MVI_3420.mp4" /]

    happy cycling.

    • Thanks Rachid – that’s incredible! Where did you get such a bell? Did it come with your bike?

  10. Goog morning,

    Theses rings seems to be really great.

    Could you give some precision about the place to find it in Japan, please. Only in Osake?

    Best regards,

    Eric Decreux

  11. I bought the hammer strike back in 2008. it is currently on my bike. it resonates deeper and louder than the bell 26. I first heard the bell 26 in a bike store – that sound is unforgettable. sadly i couldn’t remember what model it was when i was shopping on the website, so i bought the hammer strike. The Hammer Strike is a great bell, i get a lot of compliments on the sound but it doesn’t evoke what the blogger discribes so beautifully about the Bell 26 above…”So serene and peace inducing is its sound that inner calm explodes from within with every ‘ting’. – that is the feeling i got in the bike shop first time i heard it. the tone is higher which creates that ahhhh feeling. I’ve finally decided to make right and get the original Bell 26. Ordered it today two day shipping. Can’t wait. now don’t get me wrong, The hammer strike has a long lasting tinging sound too, just deeper and stronger, just depends on what effect you want, strong ting or delicate ting.

    • I bought a hammer strike one for a friend for Christmas, have to say I really thought it was splendid. I don’t know which is my favourite.

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