Spurbury police VS. Rockbros AKA the Bell Thread

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Tail Hook Lengthener
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My dislike for Chris King makes me feel less bad about my (still functioning) Rockbros.

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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.

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:36
Blakey
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Are people casting off their recently delivered kickstarter knog bells like a turd on a shoe over in merica as well?

Seeing a lot of people trying to sell their 'cool new limited edition knog' bell, because it fails at the one thing it's supposed to do.

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:50
Tail Hook Lengthener
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I don't think it ever got the traction here that it did on Prison Island. I've seen lots of internet posts complaining about it, but have yet to see one in action, or for sale on Craigslist/eBay (though I haven't been looking). It's been hilarious reading about Knog's weaseling on it though, like claiming that ~1% were defective or some bullshit, when it's universally acknowledged to suck shit.

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, 12/01/2016 - 16:54
Rentable Faxmachine
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Makes me wonder if the Oi fiasco was what prompted them to kill their latest kickstarter campaign.

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:00
heavymetal
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A mate got an Oi! on the kickstarter thing. Says it dings constantly on anything but the smoothest of roads.

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:04
Blakey
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NBD if you can't hear it anyway amirite?

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:15
heavymetal
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You make a valid point.

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:22
Face
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Any other bells good for mounting right next to the stem on 31.8 bars? Seriously considering Spurcycle despite how much I fundamentally disagree with a bell being sold for that much.

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Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:28
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Dude, are you serious?

Also the Incredibell Omnibell and Adjustabell2.

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, 12/01/2016 - 21:47
emor
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Kickstarter: not even once

And why is an established company like knog even using it? Sad!

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 02:40
Rentable Faxmachine
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If anyone wants a Knog Oi with the small clampway for the cost of shipping, let me know.

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:20
NOVELTYNAME
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How small is small?
Wasup

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:18
Rentable Faxmachine
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(Reply to #363)

NOVELTYNAME wrote:
How small is small?
Wasup

22.2mm small

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 23:39
Shortpants
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(Reply to #364)

emor wrote:
Kickstarter: not even once

And why is an established company like knog even using it? Sad!

despite your Trumpism I totally agree. I think it's fucking ridiculous when an established company uses kickstarter for product launches.

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 00:06
emor
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Sorry, I couldn't resist. I can't help but laugh when I see it used ironically.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 00:44
emor
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I guess Knog dumped the bells they couldn't sell at auction...

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 12:45
NOVELTYNAME
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lol Doug

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Sat, 12/10/2016 - 14:57
Blakey
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Fri, 12/16/2016 - 18:12
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Well now we know where Outdoor Extreme got their bells from.

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.

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 18:51
mander
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Bell update! My spur frankenbell (their name for a cosmetic factory second) is great and pretty much the one you should get.

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 03:59
Face
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Frankenbell isn't up on their website anymore.

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.

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 13:52
Andrew_Squirrel
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https://www.rivbike.com/blogs/peeking-through-the-knothole/daves-riveopardy-and-key-to-rivp-1

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Mark got one of those Spur Cycle bells and thought it was too loud, so he cut it down and made it higher pitched and a bit softer. It still works well. Here it is with the cut-off piece leaning up against it:

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:01
kmcdon
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smiley

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:06
Rusty Piton
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smiley
smileysmileysmileysmiley

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Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:11
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I have often wondered if there was a more reliable way to modulate the volume on the Spur Cycles. Without gloves I can generally get it right.
A second, smaller striker? Let's do this...

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

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 18:31
Andrew_Squirrel
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I hear voice is pretty easy to modulate if the ring doesn't seem appropriate for the situation.

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 18:43
NOVELTYNAME
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"DING DING MFRS MOVE TO THE RIGHT"

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 18:55
JUGE FREDD
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drill out or shave the striker?

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 19:46
Tail Hook Lengthener
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I doubt the problem is that it's too loud, it's probably more that the tone is too high and feels uncontrollable.. In that case, you could try tempering it with a ball peen hammer, as one does with cymbals. I posted about this before, and I had intended to try this on my RockBros, but never bought a hammer small enough for a rinkydink little bell. However, I've done it to a few cymbals over the years (and most good cymbals have some amount of hand hammering), and it helps control the tone.

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.

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 08:33
NOVELTYNAME
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I suppose you could do it with a point-removed nail

"Folks want options!"

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:58
Goddamnit Gunther
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Sups got some tiny jewlers ball peen hammers. Will report back

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:51
jawn doe
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rounded off punch?

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:55
nevernotnuts
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(Reply to #383)

Wintage Townie wrote:
I doubt the problem is that it's too loud, it's probably more that the tone is too high and feels uncontrollable.. In that case, you could try tempering it with a ball peen hammer, as one does with cymbals. I posted about this before, and I had intended to try this on my RockBros, but never bought a hammer small enough for a rinkydink little bell. However, I've done it to a few cymbals over the years (and most good cymbals have some amount of hand hammering), and it helps control the tone.

I think these things are loud AF and I love it. I ding from much further away than with other bells and pedestrians have time to jump, look around, gather their dog/babby, dash to the left, then finally veer back to the right and out of the way as I pass.

Hammering to adjust the tone sounds awesome.

Mark from riv is doing it wrong.

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 20:30
emor
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Rivendell is all about doing hard, stupid things for no good reason, and feeling damn good about it.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 21:16
lofarkas
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I think this deserves to be thoroughly ridiculed:


From what I can see the clueless klutz who did this was grant petersen.
Yes, he did cut the bottom off. Yes, he tried to grind slots in it for no good reason and yes he screwed up the slots like a 12-year-old who got his hands on power tools for the first time and then just gave up.

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 03:48
mander
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Quote:
I'm not proud of my work or that I even tried it. The brass is hard to drill with the drill we have here (used for plastic fenders), so I sawed a chunk off (note the flat bottom) and tried to grind slots in it, but that is a tough bell, so I quit early. It just clacks now. I understand why--there's nowhere for the sound waves to ricochet. It'll still work, but I won't do this again. I'd like to try polka-dotting a domey bell with holes, not to lighten it, but to looken it and --- it'll take me a while to get around to that.I'm not proud of my work or that I even tried it. The brass is hard to drill with the drill we have here (used for plastic fenders), so I sawed a chunk off (note the flat bottom) and tried to grind slots in it, but that is a tough bell, so I quit early. It just clacks now. I understand why--there's nowhere for the sound waves to ricochet. It'll still work, but I won't do this again. I'd like to try polka-dotting a domey bell with holes, not to lighten it, but to looken it and --- it'll take me a while to get around to that.

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 04:27
JLN
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Got a Knog Oi bell as part of a prize. It feels so flimsy, I'm just waiting for the striker to snap. It makes the construction on my Spurcycle and Crane bells look amazing. I put it on my 2 year old son's balance bike. He seems to like it.

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 05:28
Viggen
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(Reply to #388)

mander wrote:
Quote:
I'm not proud of my work or that I even tried it. The brass is hard to drill with the drill we have here (used for plastic fenders), so I sawed a chunk off (note the flat bottom) and tried to grind slots in it, but that is a tough bell, so I quit early. It just clacks now. I understand why--there's nowhere for the sound waves to ricochet. It'll still work, but I won't do this again. I'd like to try polka-dotting a domey bell with holes, not to lighten it, but to looken it and --- it'll take me a while to get around to that.

Da FUQ?!?!? GTFO out with that newbie drill shit Grant.

Whippin Skidz wrote:
This is tarck, there is a complicated solution to everything and we will endlessly discuss until an agreed upon solution has been tabled. This is out of your hands now.

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 08:13
Sneaky Viking
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I'm honestly surprised his first attempt did not involve a hatchet.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:15
Goddamnit Gunther
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(Reply to #390)

Viggen wrote:
mander wrote:
Quote:
I'm not proud of my work or that I even tried it. The brass is hard to drill with the drill we have here (used for plastic fenders), so I sawed a chunk off (note the flat bottom) and tried to grind slots in it, but that is a tough bell, so I quit early. It just clacks now. I understand why--there's nowhere for the sound waves to ricochet. It'll still work, but I won't do this again. I'd like to try polka-dotting a domey bell with holes, not to lighten it, but to looken it and --- it'll take me a while to get around to that.

Da FUQ?!?!? GTFO out with that newbie drill shit Grant.

Reading that knowing their whole shtick is being bicycle riding rugged handymen is so embarrassing

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 11:20
Goddamnit Gunther
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Okay so I got the rockbros hammered out
I started by removing the paint (it was a silver one) with rough sand paper. This step produced the largest change in sound

And then when at it with a very fine paper

I then beat it with the hammer

I think it sounds good and looks way better too. Kind of an ugly note but it's loud and bright.
And if anyone is having trouble with the hammer sticking on these things I just dripped a little chain lube in there and it swings better than it did out of the box

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 15:13
fixed
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fantastic
not even off the shelf bells are good enough for us now

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 13:38
Rentable Faxmachine
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(Reply to #393)

JLN wrote:
Got a Knog Oi bell as part of a prize. It feels so flimsy, I'm just waiting for the striker to snap. It makes the construction on my Spurcycle and Crane bells look amazing. I put it on my 2 year old son's balance bike. He seems to like it.

Those Knogs are worse than having no bell at all. Unless you twang the striker at just the right angle/force you basically get no sound. Looks cool, but that's about it.

I love the stock Spurcycle bell. For riding in The People's Republic of Boulder, there is nothing better for alerting the MUPs' zombie walkers and riders.

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:20
kmcdon
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I've seen more broken knogs than working ones. Friends bike, shopowner bike, the displays at multiple shops.

They seem to be really bad.

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:40
cheese
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(Reply to #395)

fixed wrote:
fantastic
not even off the shelf bells are good enough for us now

Bellers gonna bell.

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 15:49
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #396)

Goddamnit Gunther wrote:

I think it sounds good and looks way better too. Kind of an ugly note but it's loud and bright.
And if anyone is having trouble with the hammer sticking on these things I just dripped a little chain lube in there and it swings better than it did out of the box

You should send that into Grant and show him how it's done!

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:08
fixed
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i just want to say that i am IN FAVOR of the Guntherbell (tm)

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:48
emor
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spurcycle should make them and sell them for $75 each

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:58
JUGE FREDD
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It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:39
Goddamnit Gunther
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Mother fucker

At least they're decently priced for what the are. I was wondering if mine was gonna get deep dents like that but it turns out that Chinese brass is super fucking hard

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:45

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