TIMBER is the first bicycle bell designed exclusively for mountain biking. Our goal was simple: awareness when you need it, and silence when you don’t.
If you’re like us, you probably already use one of the following ways of alerting / warning others of your presence, all of them inadequate for their own reason.
- You can mount a cowbell or bear bell to your bike that produces a constant ringing sound. But you have to listen to the sound of the bell for your entire ride.
- You can ride without a bell, and pass by shouting the tiresome “passing on your left”. It doesn’t always get a positive reaction you were hoping for, because more often than not, you’ve startled them.
- You can ride with a traditional bike bell, and ring it just as you approach. Unfortunately, to most people this sounds and awful lot like “Beep beep, get out of my way”.
We based the design of our mountain bike bell on the iconic cowbell, only updated with a more modern look. A simple on/off lever controls the internal clapper. Slide it down for on, up for off. Or set it in between for a quieter sound.
The motion of the bike activates the sound. Because the sound is passive, you communicate to other trail users a friendly, “Hey, I’m just letting you know I’m here”. The advance notice gives hikers or oncoming riders time to find a safe place to move off the trail.
The mtb bell mounts on your handlebars within easy reach of your hands. The mount fits grip end handlebar diameters of 22 mm to stem diameters all the way up to 35 mm DH style. Or even the tapered section in between. It’s quick release, so you can easily move it to another bike.
Our objectives were to keep it small, durable and inexpensive enough that every rider could afford one.
TIMBER is about more than just improving the social quality of your ride. It’s about advocacy, community, stewardship, and preserving trail access.
As mountain biking continues to explode in popularity, riders around the world face the constant threat of having their trails closed to biking. Part of the solution lies in improving the way riders are perceived by other trail users. A smile, a friendly wave, and an improved way of signaling your presence, can help to insure that we are able to continue to enjoying this amazing sport we all love so much.