Bicycles

Oi may not look that familiar – but it does ring a bell

The Oi isn't like other bike bells
The Oi isn't like other bike bells
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The Oi actually consists of a circular inner mounting ring with a built-in spring-loaded striker, on top of which sits the actual metal C-shaped resonator
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The Oi actually consists of a circular inner mounting ring with a built-in spring-loaded striker, on top of which sits the actual metal C-shaped resonator
The Oi is available in four finishes, along with a titanium model
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The Oi is available in four finishes, along with a titanium model
The Oi isn't like other bike bells
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The Oi isn't like other bike bells

Bicycle bells all have a similar form factor – they're a little dome that sits on top of the handlebars. The folks at Australian cycling accessories company Knog, however, felt that such bells look a little … goofy. That's why they've created the ring-shaped Oi.

The bell in fact consists of a circular inner mounting ring with a built-in spring-loaded striker, on top of which sits the actual metal C-shaped resonator.

The Oi actually consists of a circular inner mounting ring with a built-in spring-loaded striker, on top of which sits the actual metal C-shaped resonator
The Oi actually consists of a circular inner mounting ring with a built-in spring-loaded striker, on top of which sits the actual metal C-shaped resonator

"The primary advantage of the shape is that it wraps around the bar rather than sits on top like a blister – aerodynamic, minimal space taken up on bar, minimal embarrassment from a nerdy-looking safety device," Knog's Sam Moore tells us. "Sound-wise, the bell gives off a chord of pitches. One main tone, which is a fraction lower than some others we benchmarked, but then two higher pitch tones (shorter and sharper) give the bell a very real sonic cut through."

If you're interested in getting one, the Oi is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign (which surpassed its funding goal within its first day). A pledge of US$26 will get you a standard aluminum model in your choice of four finishes and two handlebar diameters. If you'd prefer one made out of titanium, you'll have to cough up $47. Delivery is scheduled for August, if all goes according to plans.

You can see and hear the Oi in action, in the video below.

Source: Kickstarter

"Oi" : The bike bell that doesn't look like a bike bell

2 comments
Timelord
I've had a Mirrycle Incredibell Grip Bell for years and like it. Doesn't look like a "goofy" regular bell. A little bulkier perhaps, but functionally much better than the Oi. My hand is always on it so I don't have to reach for a striker with my thumb. I can twist a little for a single "ding" or back and forth for a near continuous "brrrrrrring." http://www.mirrycle.com/gripbell.php
Chris__
I like the design; small, sleek and simple. Timelord - I looked at the grip bell you reference, it is an interesting alternative but in no way is a substitute for this bell as it seems to have some major limitations: it won't fit road bike drop bars, and won't fit any bike with shifters on both sides... so is unsuitable for almost ALL road and mountain bikes.