The Legend of The Bell

Have you ever noticed that small bell on some people's bikes and wondered why it was there? It's more than jsut decorations, it has a specific fuction.

As we all know, life has many mysteries that have no apparent solutions. One of these is Evil Road Spirits. They are like little gremlins that live on your bike. They love to ride.

They're also responsible for most of your bike's problems. Sometimes your turn signals refuse to work, or the battery goes dead, the clutch needs adjustment, or any of several hundred other things go wrong. These are caused by the Evil Road Spirits.

Evil Road Spirits can't live in the preseence of a bell. They get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Among other things, their hearing is supersensitive.

The constant ringing of the bell and the confined space drives them insane. They loose their grip and eventually fall to the roadway. (Have you ever wondered how potholes are formed?) The bell has served its purpose.

If you have picked up a bel of your own, the magic will work. But, If your bell was given to you, the power has been doubled, adn you know that somewhere you hae a special friend helping look after you.

So if you have a friend that doesn't have a bell, why not be the person to give them one? it's a nice feeling for the recipient to know you personally cared. The bell plus a good preventive maintenance program by the bike's owner will help eliminate the Evil Road Spirits.


Polish the Bell

It has been a tradition among some of us, for a long time, to run a brass bell on the left swing arm, to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone down riding. It's a small thing, but the reason a brass bell is chosen is that as we ride it will get dirty and tarnished. Every time we get down and wash and polish it, we are reminded of friends lost, and our thoughts turn to the meaning of being in the wind. As we ride, and hear the bell ring, we know that our brothers and sisters are riding with us. How easy it would be to join them with a single mistake. And maybe, just maybe, the next time a situation comes up, they will be there to help us as long as we remember them by:
Polishing The Bell