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My wife loves her pink bicycle, but when her bell stopped working after one to many over emphatic "bring-brings," she was anything but happy. To be more clear, the internal mechanism that caused the actuator to return after it was pressed broke. So to use the bell, she had to manually move it forward and back.

Eventually, I decided to open the bell to see how it works and hopefully fix it. While my solution may not work for the entire life of the bell, it is very simple and should provide plenty more "bring-brings" until I have to work on it again.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

A broken bell to fix, obviously.

A small, strong, rubber band.

A pair of pliers to help with dissassembly.
<p>I use wax to protect the inner mechanism of a bike bell. I have to know everything about how a bike bell work and don't work because, my wife use to <a href="http://www.custombicyclebells.com" rel="nofollow">personalize bicycle bells</a>, and I have to be that man who keep her happy and her bells ringing :). From my experience some bells ring louder if you just unscrew a bit the upper part of it. Also, using a pair of pliers you'll have to make a perfect 90 degrees angle between the spindle and bottom cup of a bell. Pay attention that the lever to not rub on something.</p><p>I hope this will help.</p>
<p>As for the long-term solution, there are a few other types of design available that might serve as inspiration: The Crane Riten e.g. uses a torsion spring. Some old bell uses a coil spring.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LiAxvTxuGJM" width="500"></iframe><br>https://rustybikebell.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/img_0139.jpg</p>
Thaaaaank you!<br>
<p>I'm glad it worked for you! But do note, that the rubber band will likely dry out and break if it is out in the weather for very long.</p>
Use some car wax on chrome to clean the rust and prevent more! <br>
Thanks for the tip. I cleaned most of it with CLR before I took the pictures, but the wax would be a good top coat.

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