ring dings: why bike bells are like cupcakes

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Bells are the cupcakes of bike accessories, don’t you think? Small, sweet, fancily decorated. The only difference is that cupcakes are optional (on most days, anyway) and bells are a necessity, at least for riding in the city where pedestrians often wander into bike lanes with large dogs and small children. When my black, factory-issue bell fell silent last week — frightened to death, no doubt, by its encounter with my beasty gloves — I went looking for something a little more expressive to mount on my handlebars. Happily, I found plenty of ding bling, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Bike Bells

Top: Public Federico, $12

First row (from left): Abbey Hill Creations Pink Crystal, $58, DringDring Cupcake, $29.99, Electra Sweetheart Ding Dong, $14.99

Second row (from left): SunLite I Love My Bike, $5.99, This Bike is My Car, $24, Cruiser Candy Pink Heart, $14.99

Top photo: Public Bikes

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