If you’re a cyclist who appreciates the functionality of a bell aboard one’s bicycle, there are many options to choose from. However, many bell designs contribute to the already busy handlebar / cockpit area, especially when combined with a modern cycling computer such as a Garmin Edge device. The HideMyBell Garmin Edge compatible mount does just as its name implies – it integrates a bell and out-front Garmin mount into one unit. Ring through for more…
During a training ride, the idea of HideMyBell came to be when designer and owner Mathijs Wagenaar, wondered if a clean, integrated and lightweight option was possible for mounting a bell on his bicycle. After research and careful design, the images you see here are representative of the solution to his problem.
Constructed from a durable polymer material, the HideMyBell weighs 46 grams – and unlike many Garmin out-front mounts, HideMyBell is meant to be installed to the left of one’s stem. If you’re a Shimano Di2 owner who uses the satellite climbing shifter for the rear derailleur, you’ll appreciate a Garmin mount that mounts on the left side of the stem!
The device has two mount options, first and second (or front and rear, depending on your chosen vernacular), which are meant for compatibility for various devices in the relevant position. The first position, closest to the handlebar is for Garmin Edge 20, 25, 200, 500, 520, 800, 810, Touring and Wahoo RFLKT. The second position, furthest from the handlebar is for Garmin Edge 1000 / Explore.
HideMyBell is compatible with standard 31.8mm road handlebars, but I was able to shim it with some rubber strips from various old cycling computers, to work with 26mm road handlbars as well. HideMyBell is simple to install – open the clamp, install around the handlebar and tighten the stainless steel M3 bolt to 5Nm. Done.
To activate the bell, simply pull and release the clapper, which resides on the right side of the unit. It takes only a couple of times of using the bell, to instinctively flick the clapper while keeping eyes on the road ahead. The bell rings at 85 decibels within a range of five meters.
Priced at €29,95 – approximately $US 32.00 at the time of writing – which includes standard shipping worldwide, HideMyBell is a well priced and clever design, and will appeal to those who don’t like the aesthetics of a regular bicycle bell, or despise clutter around their handlebar.
Photos and article by Gravel Cyclist.
Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.