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.
Top: Public Federico, $12
Top photo: Public Bikes