….those bear bells that irritate the crap out of your friends while you ride are totally pointless. They aren’t loud enough to be heard any sooner than your own panting. Most of the time I can’t even hear them until AFTER you’ve ridden by; your bike and your breathing being louder by far.
I had been kind of considering doing the Soggy Bottom 100 mountain bike race, but then I read there was a “bear bell requirement” and I knew that one hundred miles of riding accompanied by that insane and pointless noise that is only audible to the rider herself would drive me absolutely round the bend. I can’t do it. I can ride a hundred miles but I can’t listen to a bear bell for a hundred miles. No way.
However, I just bought a 9:Zero:7 snow bike and agreed to do the Frosty Bottom dead-of-winter race in Anchorage, only because it’s on the trails around town, and, as I put it to Bill at Chain Reaction Cycles, if I got bored or cold I could always veer off the course and go get a beer.
I was going to end the post right there, but I’m going to add yet another pitch for Chain Reaction, because they were my first bike shop ever and they’ve always treated me right. I saw Bill today and he was making sure that every customer had been greeted and helped, which is great, as anyone who has stood idly in a bike shop waiting for some customer service would agree. So if you are in the Anchorage area, I recommend Chain Reaction for all your bike needs.
Unless your need is for that titanium 9:Zero:7, because sorry folks, that one’s MINE!