Spurbury police VS. Rockbros AKA the Bell Thread

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johnasavoia
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(Reply to #301)

Wintage Townie wrote:
Both of mine still work great.

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 09:15
akasnowmaaan
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Spurcycle all the way.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 14:10
bluelogic
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I had no idea my bell was a knockoff... the boutique knockoffs are as coy with their marketing teams as the bearded varieties. Anywho, it's loud as farck.

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 19:38
LADY GAGA
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Wed, 08/17/2016 - 19:42
Tail Hook Lengthener
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One year and tens of thousands of dings later, and my Rockbros still works great.

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.

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 20:08
Rentable Faxmachine
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Anyone tried the Knog bell?

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 22:57
Blakey
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Thu, 08/18/2016 - 02:04
Tail Hook Lengthener
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I've been waiting to post that article since Friday, only to discover...

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.

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 14:25
fixed
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i'm really happy that the first post since tarck came back was about the bell standoff

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 14:42
liquify
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(Reply to #310)

Wintage Townie wrote:
I've been waiting to post that article since Friday, only to discover...

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 15:28
Falkor
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"To make matters worse, Spurcycle is powerless to do anything about it. The Slones never filed patent paperwork to protect their intellectual property."

Welp.

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 17:09
dorth
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(Reply to #312)

literally lol'd

cycling tips used to be so rad. but now its like. a bicycle tabloid

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:43
Shortpants
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(Reply to #313)

Falkor wrote:
"To make matters worse, Spurcycle is powerless to do anything about it. The Slones never filed patent paperwork to protect their intellectual property."

Welp.

1) that's dumb as hell of them

2) wouldnt matter, china

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 03:44
Tail Hook Lengthener
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But patent protection would help them keep it off of Amazon and eBay (to a lesser extent).

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, 08/25/2016 - 17:08
NOVELTYNAME
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"Folks want options!"

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 17:17
mander
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Buyed

Thanks

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 14:57
ShartAttack
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Still a lot for a bell but I was just shopping for a new bell and decided I'd treatyoself

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 18:52
akasnowmaaan
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It's a lot cheaper to copy than it is to innovate.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 07:13
Face
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A friend says his spur cycle bell sounds like angels singing. I'm still happy with my $5 summit bell that same friend gave me. Before that, I was happy with the free take-offs from cheap hybrids.

I'll hold off on an artisanal bell until Paul Components makes a purple splash ano one.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 14:54
Face
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Double

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 14:54
Tail Hook Lengthener
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This thread reminds me, I've been meaning to take apart one of my Rockbros bells, remove the lacquer, and hand-hammer it with my ball peen hammer.

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.

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 15:22
johnasavoia
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(Reply to #322)

Wintage Townie wrote:
This thread reminds me, I've been meaning to take apart one of my Rockbros bells, remove the lacquer, and hand-hammer it with my ball peen hammer.

whoa I may have to give that a try, eager to hear how yours comes out

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 16:22
Tail Hook Lengthener
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I will do some A/B recording for it.

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.

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 16:48
akasnowmaaan
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(Reply to #324)

Face wrote:
A friend says his spur cycle bell sounds like angels singing. I'm still happy with my $5 summit bell that same friend gave me. Before that, I was happy with the free take-offs from cheap hybrids.

I'll hold off on an artisanal bell until Paul Components makes a purple splash ano one.

I like it because it's artisanal + so fucking clear and piercing it makes people just jump out of the way when they hear it.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 17:27
Face
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... If they don't have ear buds in.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 01:42
b-roll
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My Spurcycle bell does appear to cut through earbuds most of the time. I like to think that's what my extra 50 bucks bought me.

"Long story short: I'm stupid, but stupid like a fox."

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 22:16
Face
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Sounds magical.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 17:43
buffoon
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(Reply to #328)

Wintage Townie wrote:
This thread reminds me, I've been meaning to take apart one of my Rockbros bells, remove the lacquer, and hand-hammer it with my ball peen hammer.

I stripped the paint off mine and it sounds much better. But that doesn't help that the spring got impotent quick.

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

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 19:51
Tail Hook Lengthener
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I have no impotent springs.

I ordered a tiny ball-peen hammer from China for $3 yesterday. I wanted it for some cymbal projects I have in mind, but it should also be useful hammering my bell.

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.

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 22:38
ergott
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(Reply to #330)

Wintage Townie wrote:
I have no impotent springs.

I ordered a tiny ball-peen hammer from China for $3 yesterday. I wanted it for some cymbal projects I have in mind, but it should also be useful hammering my bell.

What will this result in?

Is there a method you could link to (or explain)? Sounds like interesting stuff.

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.

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:40
euclid
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I'm curious as well

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:59
ShartAttack
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Tomii has been doing hammered VO bells (why he doesn't do the real Crane bells I have no idea)

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 12:41
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Oh shit, that's rad! Of course Tomii is doing that. Of course.

Here's a good primer on hammering, but that article is talking about cymbals with a malleable B20 bronze/tin alloy, not whatever brass/tin collabo ended up in my Rockbros. I don't exactly know what it will do to this bell, but hammering is done to basically all traditional cymbals, and the effect is to create a louder and more complicated sound. If you want to dig really deep (and why would you?), Lance Campeau has made a YouTube channel all about hammering and reworking brass and bronze cymbals.

Here's an interesting video showing what can happen when you hammer out a steel-shelled snare drum (it goes from a boring, ringy B, to a complex and nuanced Ab).

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.

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 12:58
jimmythefly
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(Reply to #334)

Wintage Townie wrote:
If you want to dig really deep (and why would you?), Lance Campeau has made a YouTube channel all about hammering and reworking brass and bronze cymbals.

Ummm, you do know you're on Tarck, right? Have you seen the axe thread? :)

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 15:56
Patch
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Buddy just got the new knog bell. He’s a weight weenie, so those 15g of difference were important to him.

I’ma big fan of the aesthetics of the knog thing.

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 17:52
Rentable Faxmachine
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(Reply to #336)

Patch wrote:

Buddy just got the new knog bell. He’s a weight weenie, so those 15g of difference were important to him.

The Knog bell looks good and has nice ergonomics, but damn, it's downright quiet compared to Spurcycle.

I’ma big fan of the aesthetics of the knog thing.

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 17:58
b-roll
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(Reply to #337)

Wintage Townie wrote:

Here's a good primer on hammering, but that article is talking about cymbals with a malleable B20 bronze/tin alloy, not whatever brass/tin collabo ended up in my Rockbros. I don't exactly know what it will do to this bell, but hammering is done to basically all traditional cymbals, and the effect is to create a louder and more complicated sound. If you want to dig really deep (and why would you?), Lance Campeau has made a YouTube channel all about hammering and reworking brass and bronze cymbals.

Following that rabbit hole, add to extensive list of places I will spend money because tarck:

http://www.hammersource.com/

"Long story short: I'm stupid, but stupid like a fox."

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 20:09
fixed
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none of those hammers are any good. heath says you have to get the japanese hammers in 10g, 25g, 72g, 191g, and 430g before you can even consider properly hammering your knockoff bicycle bell. you COULD get the german ones but those are quite pedestrian.

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:32
Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #339)

fix wrote:
none of those hammers are any good. heath says you have to get the japanese hammers in 10g, 25g, 72g, 191g, and 430g before you can even consider properly hammering your knockoff bicycle bell. you COULD get the german ones but those are quite pedestrian.

And he totally knew this and didn't Google it first at all.

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.

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:49
b-roll
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(Reply to #340)

fix wrote:
none of those hammers are any good. heath says you have to get the japanese hammers in 10g, 25g, 72g, 191g, and 430g before you can even consider properly hammering your knockoff bicycle bell. you COULD get the german ones but those are quite pedestrian.

TAF in every way. God, I love this place.

"Long story short: I'm stupid, but stupid like a fox."

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 23:12
kmcdon
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(Reply to #341)

ShartAttack wrote:
Crane bells

Ladybiek's crane bell's threads stripped out last night. Will not be buying anymore crane bells.

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 10:22
Tail Hook Lengthener
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On a whim, I sanded the lacquer off of my bell and it rings noticeably longer and has a generally "clearer" sound.

Will report again once it has been hand-hammed in the classic zil tradition.

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.

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 23:53
mander
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So into my spurcycle!

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 02:54
lofarkas
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(Reply to #344)

Wintage Townie wrote:
On a whim, I sanded the lacquer off of my bell and it rings noticeably longer and has a generally "clearer" sound.

Will report again once it has been hand-hammed in the classic zil tradition.

Does the silver rockbros have lacquer on it? It feels like it does. I'll sand & polish it if it will ding better after.

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 04:14
liquify
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Hmm, I guess I could try sanding my black one. Admittedly I rarely ring it, but longer and clearer is more betterer.

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:19
Andrew_Squirrel
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I took the Rockbros off my commuter to replace with Spurcycle Frakenbell and fully disassembled the black rockbros.
Looks like they spray painted it or something since they didn't do a very good job coating the inside, especially at the furthest point from the wide opening you can see the raw metal.
Josh, do you want to take it to experiment with?

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 14:07
mander
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Ball-peen

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:00
heavymetal
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Cyclingtips at the cutting edge of bell reviewing: https://cyclingtips.com/2016/12/spurcycle-vs-knog-oi-review/

SPOILER ALERT: the knog is pretty shit.

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 15:51
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #349)

heavymetal wrote:
Cyclingtips at the cutting edge of bell reviewing: https://cyclingtips.com/2016/12/spurcycle-vs-knog-oi-review/

SPOILER ALERT: the knog is pretty shit.

Small world, the reviewer used to ride with Point 83 bike club

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 15:54
ergott
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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, 12/01/2016 - 16:01

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