Now that it’s cross season, I seem to find myself on the single-track trails a little less, and on the multi-way paths a little more. At the same time, I’m meeting a lot more folks out to get their exercise in a more bipedal fashion. Last weekend I was rolling along a gravel multi-way path, enjoying the morning sunshine, as I passed by 3 or 4 walkers/runners. Coming up to each of them, I slowed a bit, called out the required ‘biker on your left’, and then rolled by. Everything was cool. A little further down the trail though, I came up to a lady walking her dog. ‘Biker on your left’ I called, but she didn’t react. When I got up behind her I called out again, and yup, sure enough this scared her. She whipped around, yanking on her little dog’s leash as she clutched her balled fists to her chest and stared up at me, wide-eyed! I stopped to apologize, but she didn’t give me much of a chance. ‘Hey! You need a bell on that bike you know!’, she screamed pointing her finger right at me. ‘I’m sick of you guys always racing around on these trails. You need a bell! It’s the law you know!’ I was taken aback, to say the least, but managed a quick apology before I went on my way, and left her to cool down. Back at home that night, I put a bell on my bike. BUT, like everything, the bell has its own shortcomings, so my question to you is, is the bell as good as the yell? And, is it actually the law?

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