I'm looking for a bell that will sit above a trigger shifter on a flat bar bike.

Placement is a safety issue: in this location I can maintain hands on bars, brakes, shifters and warn pedestrians at the same time.

I've tried a bell that sits next to the shifter and I have to take my hand off the bar to reach it.

Attached are photos of the old bell that broke, showing the dimensions & placement that I'm looking for. Unfortunately I've been unable to find a replacement that fits. The bells that I've found don't have a ~1.5cm gap between the clamp and the body of the bell, and only have a couple of MM clearance.

close-up of dismounted bell shown against a scale.  The handlebar dimension of approximately 2.5cm is shown, as is approximately 1.5cm distance the bell sits above the bar.

Picture of the bell mounted directly behind the shifter on the bars

Another view of the bell mounted in relation to the shifter

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    If you're happy with the old one, consider attempting a repair? I see the striker is missing, perhaps 3D Printing a replacement is an option?
    – Criggie
    Nov 27 '20 at 1:25
  • I think a piece of beer can or a small binder clip would repair it if all that’s missing is the striker. Just fold a piece of sheet metal over / clip the binder clip onto the little plastic stub that remains.
    – MaplePanda
    Nov 27 '20 at 6:37
  • I've had one tall enough, but it was the stock bell on an old bike and recently broke
    – Chris H
    Nov 27 '20 at 7:08
  • I wonder if new bells can be taken apart and a longer bolt and extra nut (or two or three) added under the working bell. (I do not own such a bell at the moment.)
    – Willeke
    Nov 27 '20 at 15:52

On one of my bikes I've set things up so I can hold the bars, brake, and use the bell all at the same time. I did this by mounting the bell underneath the handlebar instead of on top, which gets a low one much closer to the grip.

  • I ended up fitting an airhorn instead of a piddly little bell, but that's more for getting heard by drivers of both car and truck. I don't use it near pedestrians :)
    – Criggie
    Nov 27 '20 at 7:20
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    @Criggie I keep wanting an electronic noise maker that imitates squealing brakes. That's the most effective sound when someone steps out without looking. For a while one urban beater bike had reliably noisy back brakes (now it needs a new back wheel, or at least hub)
    – Chris H
    Nov 27 '20 at 7:43
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    We should convince manufacturers to make extra squealy brake pads/rotors!
    – Erlkoenig
    Nov 27 '20 at 11:20
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    @Erlkoenig on my disc-equipped tourer, with sintered pads, a waterpistol would be sufficient - they're quite noisy in the wet
    – Chris H
    Nov 27 '20 at 11:54
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    I sometimes dream of the kind of knives that were mounted on war chariots wheels (according to the comics I read.) But only coming out when needed.
    – Willeke
    Nov 27 '20 at 15:43

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