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Bell won't ring?

Started by Rad.io-flyer, July 31, 2022, 08:37:39 PM

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Rad.io-flyer

I'm sure this is a very dumb question, but the bell on my new Rad Wagon 4 won't ring (just a dull clank). Is there something that has to be removed or did it just get damaged in shipping? It's surrounded a cheap piece of plastic that looks like it would be used for shipping purposes, but as far as I can tell it's an essential piece of the mounting.

Thanks!

Altema

Do you have a close up picture? The usual Rad bell is integrated into the brake lever, but some have shipped with a different bell. Make sure there is nothing touching the metal bell itself... it should be supported by a single screw or rivet in the middle. A cable or accessory touching the bell will make it sound like that, but so can un-removed packing material, or a bell defect.

Rad.io-flyer

Hi! Please see attached photos. Sorry for the delay, it seemed like the forums were having some issues.

JimInPT

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The only reasons I can think of for these simple bells to not work is either something touching the bell itself (preventing it from resonating) or the dinger mechanism is messed up.  Does the bell ring if you tap it quickly with a screwdriver?  If so, I'd go after the mechanism if you can take it apart.

Failing that, I added this one to the stock Rad bell on my MiniST2 because it's louder for use on the road or noisy trails - it works great: https://amzn.to/3C52vuc

It's very well-made, high quality, comes in several colors (although for some reason the original black color doesn't seem to be on the list at the moment) and is pretty loud if you pull the lever back all the way before firing it off.  Note that you'll need the Small mount version to fit Rad bars near the grips, but probably Large near the center due to the bar diameter tapering - best to measure to be sure before ordering.

Something just occurred to me since you said the bike is new - have you tried to look inside the bell to see if a piece of packing foam or wiretie ended up stuck in there?
Shucks Ma'am, I'm no "Hero Member", I just like to wear this cape.

Altema

Quote from: Rad.io-flyer on August 28, 2022, 12:04:46 PM
Hi! Please see attached photos. Sorry for the delay, it seemed like the forums were having some issues.

Nothing touching the bell externally, so that means it's defective.

rjp

From pictures looks like the bell dome is not centered over bottom ring, might be jammed to one side. Also looks like rivet pin is not centered in top of bell dome. 

John Rose


I was going to ask if there was an internal clapper that was not springing back out of the way, but I see now that it looks like one of those flexible plastic thumb tabs that bounces off the outside.
RadMini ST 2 / RadExpand 5

Naranja_CT5+

This happened to me. I bought one at Amazon. I used it for a week then it stopped working. Upon closer inspection I found why it was cheap. The hammer that strikes the bell was made of plastic and the spring is no longer tight therefore when I flick the hammer it barely striking the dome.

Working or not what's the point. I've noticed people are either ignoring it or unaware why I am ringing my bell. With the exception of people wearing earbuds and headphones. I have decided to hang big brass washers so it makes a gentle noise all the time. Or I just say "to your left/right" ten feet before I pass them.
Literally is LITERALLY the most annoying word of the decade.

John Rose

Quote from: Rad.io-flyer on July 31, 2022, 08:37:39 PM... the bell on my new Rad Wagon 4 won't ring (just a dull clank).
What does it sound like if you hit it with a pencil or a screwdriver? Does it still go "clank"?
RadMini ST 2 / RadExpand 5

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