Published by Andrew on 28 August 2019
Richard Peace reviews some well designed items from US cycle company Spurcycle.
A bell is just a bell, right? Not this bell.
Spurcycle is a US-based company that make "durable and serviceable" and "aesthetically and functionally refined" bicycle accessories.
Spurcycle Bell is their ‘signature product’ - well-made, light and very practical and gaining many adherents simply because of its wonderfully sonorous and cheery ring.
Bell has an amazing ring that’s loud but pleasant and goes on and on, so it’s sure to get you noticed in the best possible way. It’s precision made of brass and steel and is simply the best bell I’ve tried. It fits securely and quickly onto handlebars sized from 22.2-31.8mm diameter.
It’s a premium priced product – it's not cheap – but it should last, and give hours of that special enjoyment that comes from using simple yet well-designed objects.
Available in the UK at £49.99.
A very lightweight and cleverly designed multi-tool
Spurcycle’s tool is another precision manufactured bit of kit and is made from titanium. It weighs around 90 grams with its own little carrying pouch.
As well as being light it combines a good range of tools with a clever sliding lever bar that will allow you to get max turning force whilst allowing the tool to access most nuts and screws on a bike, even if they are a little awkward to get at. The interchangeable tool heads are 2,2.5,3,4,5,6 and 8mm allen keys, T10, T25 and P2 (‘crosspoint’ screwdriver) heads.
As with the bell, the tool is a premium-priced product, and is available in the UK at £69.00.
About our reviewer
Richard Peace is the author of the official English-language guidebook to the Veloscenie Paris-Mont-Saint Michel bike route and the Sustrans guide to the London-Paris Avenue Verte. He also contributes to A to B magazine, Bike Europe and Eurobike Show Daily. You can see all Richard's books here.