The following articles have been published in recent Mountain Bike Magazines. Mountain Bike Action (http://mbaction.com) is a great source for information on Mountain Bike products and News .
Having a motion-activated bell on your bike could be the single-most important thing you can do to help keep trails open to mountain bikers. There are other important reasons to use a bell, here are some of mine.
It has been many years now that I have been using a bell. I can't imagine being without one: it quietly assisted riders and the mutual respect you receive from using it. A bell is a darn good tool to have on your bike and it speaks in a way that words con not.
A motion-activated bell just flat-out words., and it works way better than whistling, shouting,"Hey, coming up on your left/right", loud brakes; loud freewheel' or event he most charming English accent.
In an attempt to share your wonderful magazine with the customers and staff at the business I manage, I have been brining past issues of Mountain Bike Action to work for people to read in our eating room. Alas, someone "borrowed" an issue that has info I need.
I currently have a thumb-operated bell on why handlebar, which works great for annoucingin my presence. Sometimes, I find myself unable/unwilling to ring the bell when doing techincal downhill sections. A cowbell would be a good alternative, except that those dang bells ring throughout the entire ride.
"This bell is amazing, and customization makes it so much more personal. I love my awareness bell".