Spurbury police VS. Rockbros AKA the Bell Thread

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Rusty Piton
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Spurbury police VS. Rockbros AKA the Bell Thread

I just got my Rockbros bell delivered from china.
The ripoff is utterly shameless save for a little bit of engrish:



Noticeable roughness on the striker:

As far as I can tell, the construction is 100% identical to the Spurcycle bell the only difference being the lower quality finishes and probably cheaper material. The skeleton of the bell looks more galvanized that stainless to my eye, but maybe it's just less shiny.
I'll report on the ding once I get it mounted up.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 16:39
b-roll
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Please do--I love my Spurcycle, even despite the overpricing and the overly precious ad video.

"You know it's dumb. I know it's dumb. But fuck it, I still love it."

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:32
Blakey
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Your china post beat my china post.

Is the bell dome steel or aluminium? That's gotta be the main factor I reckon.

I have a "bronze" one coming, will report if steel/ano alu/Cu-based

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 19:29
ShartAttack
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Watching this intently. I can't decide whether the finishing is worth the premium for the Spurcycle. I think it might be but I guess I'd like to know exactly how cheap the knockoff is.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 23:10
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Please report on the ding.. I must know about the ding!

Also, I played with the Crane knock-offs at Recycled the other day, and they sound good. I don't know what a SpurCycle sounds like. Perhaps a comparison video is in order?

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when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 23:15
Rusty Piton
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I haven't mounted the rockbro yet but the ding is pretty similar in my hand. My spur is silver and my rockbro is black but it looks like paint. It's the best 12 dollar bell ever made. There is no doubt about that.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 23:55
Rusty Piton
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I'll put a magnet to the dome...

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 23:58
Rusty Piton
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Ok. It's non ferrous. I removed the dome from the rest of the bell and the bag net did nothing.
It may be brass or some other yellow metal, the paint is very thin.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:03
Shortpants
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I love tarck

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:07
spaghetti
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wintage townie.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:22
Blakey
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Take a file to the edge to see if it's copper based?

If it's silver, non magnetic could also be stainless (but that's $, even in basic 304, no reason you wouldn't just use carbon steel), aluminium is likely as easy to paint/ano in the colours they offer and simple to form and cheap.

Determine the density (weight from scale, volume by displacement in water) for an easy ballpark material determination if you can't figger alu/steel/zinc etc from appearance.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:28
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Mods please change my name to Wintage Townie.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:33
Shortpants
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tarck. Where an honest and considered suggestion to determine metal type of a $12 knock off bell is to measure it's water displacement versus known weight.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:38
thurston
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Now that we know all bikes suck we need something else for our team of experts to work on.

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Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:50
buffoon
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(Reply to #14)

bonechilling wrote:
Mods please change my name to Wintage Townie.

so much winning in this thread right now

Lippy wrote:
a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:53
Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #15)

Straws wrote:
I love tarck

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 01:06
Whippin Skidz
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(Reply to #16)

bonechilling wrote:
Mods please change my name to Wintage Townie.

Ready and willing.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 01:36
Blakey
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(Reply to #17)

Straws wrote:
tarck. Where an honest and considered suggestion to determine metal type of a $12 knock off bell is to measure it's water displacement versus known weight.

mostly because I don't have easy access to a handheld XRF anymore so I can't just zap it and tell you straight up what it is.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 01:40
biek
(Reply to #18)

Blakey wrote:
Take a file to the edge to see if it's copper based?

If it's silver, non magnetic could also be stainless (but that's $, even in basic 304, no reason you wouldn't just use carbon steel), aluminium is likely as easy to paint/ano in the colours they offer and simple to form and cheap.

Determine the density (weight from scale, volume by displacement in water) for an easy ballpark material determination if you can't figger alu/steel/zinc etc from appearance.

get the fuck out. It's a bicycle bell, not a piece of aerospace shit.

pappaheugwang wrote:
u mad bro?

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 01:51
Blakey
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Well, most people can tell the difference between steel, brass and aluminium from a quick visual, but tarck is about overdoing things.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 02:04
johnasavoia
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I love this thread, and eagerly await my knockoff bell.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:08
ergott
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If this thread get's past the first page without a ding...

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:43
fixed
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i have never wanted to buy a bell more in my entire life, even though i really have no need for one.
TEST THE DING

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:36
fixed
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you have to get one of those microphones all the ASMR weirdos on youtube use and test the ding in a sound booth.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:36
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fix wrote:
i have never cared about a bell more before in my entire life, even though i really have no need for one.

FTFM

Saw 22 posts and expected at least one comparison audio/video, but was not disappointed with what I found. This is easily the most tarck thread of the moment, A+

next step: audio comparison in flac, figure out a way to do volume displacement testing on digital file to determine true density/resonance of ding.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:40
imoscardotcom
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which one's clamping mech works better on 31.8 bars?

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:42
Rentable Faxmachine
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Use one of these for side-by-side comparison:

http://www.shockmount.com.au/

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:55
bward1028
(Reply to #27)

imoscardotcom wrote:
which one's clamping mech works better on 31.8 bars?

Relevant to my interests.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:31
turpencat
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why is there a shock accessory mount?
for all your spinning platter based hard drive gps computers?

johnnyraja wrote:
If you've never done it then yes, it's very surprising.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:41
Rentable Faxmachine
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(Reply to #29)

turpencat wrote:
why is there a shock accessory mount?
for all your spinning platter based hard drive gps computers?

Or maybe coffee cup holders?

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:44
ergott
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(Reply to #30)

Actually wondering what that would do to help with GoPro mounting like a steady cam.

Reasonable Facsimile wrote:
Use one of these for side-by-side comparison:

http://www.shockmount.com.au/

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:51
ergott
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Quote:
This model is not recommended for off road use.

Ugh, nevermind.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:52
buffoon
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That mount sucks. You can't adjust the damping and sag

Lippy wrote:
a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:54
Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #33)

buffoon wrote:
That mount sucks. You can't adjust the damping and sag

2016 model comes with remote lockout.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:55
Rentable Faxmachine
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We need to add this bell to the mix:

http://road.cc/content/review/30901-mks-aero-bell

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:09
NOVELTYNAME
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There are 2 types of that mks bell available: stainless and ti

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:14
NOVELTYNAME
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Ring the bells

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:15
buffoon
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Lolz. Aero bell and enduro accessory mount.

Lippy wrote:
a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:20
biek

really i'm just mad tho cos my bell hasn't shown up yet

pappaheugwang wrote:
u mad bro?

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 12:23
ergott
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(Reply to #39)

biekridder wrote:
really i'm just mad tho cos my bell hasn't shown up yet

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 12:27
NOVELTYNAME
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(Reply to #40)

ergott wrote:
biekridder wrote:
really i'm just mad tho cos my bell hasn't shown up yet

she's right though
seriously, it's been a week

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 12:47
dorth
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(Reply to #41)

bonechilling wrote:
Straws wrote:
I love tarck

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:24
cheese
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(Reply to #42)

ergott wrote:
If this thread get's past the first page without a ding...

This thread needs 100% more Hector Salamanca.

Also facepalm at the shockmount marketing: HAVE THE NEXT NEW COOLEST BIKE ACCESSORY!

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:45
randsome beast
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emor wrote:
RANDO LIFE IS LIFE ON THE EDGE

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:56
turpencat
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can we take a second to talk about how great that plot arc was?
super great.

johnnyraja wrote:
If you've never done it then yes, it's very surprising.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:05
ergott
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(Reply to #45)

turpencat wrote:
can we take a second to talk about how great that plot arc was?
super great.

If the show ended at that scene I would still have been happy.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:29
NOVELTYNAME
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post the damn ding comparison thing

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:35
NOVELTYNAME
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video/vine/whatever

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:36
Rusty Piton
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I'll do it when I get home from work! I was busy last night! Shit!

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 15:29
cheese
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(Reply to #49)

ergott wrote:
turpencat wrote:
can we take a second to talk about how great that plot arc was?
super great.

If the show ended at that scene I would still have been happy.

Happier, even.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 15:48
Rusty Piton
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Here's a goddamn video ya fuggin ingrates!

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 18:16

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