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CloseTheGap HideMyBell raceday dm (direct mount)

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£50.46

VERDICT:

9
10
Excellent discreet and rattle-free way of alerting others when you're on a race bike
Stylish
Quick to reach
Easily removable
Secure and rattle-free
Expensive upgrade if you already have an out-front mount
Doesn't work with handlebar bags
Weight: 
41g

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The CloseTheGap HideMyBell Raceday dm (direct mount) is a brilliantly discreet and effective way of alerting pedestrians while you're aboard a top-end racing machine. It's secure, easy to reach, doesn't jingle on rough roads and you can also remove the bell part easily for actual race days. It's an ideal option, as long as you're not a handlebar bag fan.

The Raceday dm features an out-front cycle computer mount made from unidirectional carbon for its stiffness and low weight, as well as a bell hidden away beneath the computer mount.

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The idea of this system is that it helps keep your handlebar clutter-free while also allowing you to alert others around you, without spoiling the look of your sleek race bike, thanks to the hidden bell.

2022 CloseTheGap HideMyBell raceday dm (direct mount) - 2.jpg

CloseTheGap has a wide range of options within its Raceday series to cater for the large array of handlebars you find on the top-end race bikes from the big brands.

The dm model I have on test is for use with standard stems which have a distance of 28mm between the bolts and a flat faceplate. CloseTheGap includes two different length adapters, with the shorter set for standard stems and the XL adapters for the aero Giant Propel stem.

This standard kit caters for Garmin, Wahoo, Sigma and Bryton cycle computers – and Hammerhead too, if you fit the Garmin adapter that comes with the Karoo 2 directly to the device first. CloseTheGap also has adapters for Hammerhead's own mount, as well as options that are compatible with Mio, Polar and Lezyne computers.

A GoPro style adapter is also included for adding on other useful accessories beneath your cycle computer.

The alloy bell is anodised and the bolts are made of stainless steel, so CloseTheGap says you don't have to worry about rust and corrosion. I've certainly not experienced any issues with premature wear as a result of exposure to wet weather on grimmer rides.

By pulling and releasing the trigger quickly, the bell makes a clear and snappy ding. The quicker you release the lever, the better the sound.

CloseTheGap says the bell emits 85 decibels which is loud enough to be heard over noisy traffic but isn't too in-your-face – it doesn't tend to startle pedestrians in my experience.

The dinger is easy and quick to access from the tops of your bar – I found that in situations where I needed to use the bell I was often riding relaxed on my hoods rather than down in the drops, so it makes sense to have a bell hidden in this location in such close reach.

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Usefully, you can remove just the bell part of the mounting system for those occasions when it's not needed, such as actual races.

Would you prefer to pull the trigger with your left hand over your right, or vice versa? CloseTheGap gives you the choice as you can swap which side the trigger is on. That said, I found having the trigger on the left side a lot more of a natural movement; on the left you pull towards you with your index finger, whereas on the right you have to flick away with your thumb. Operating the bell with your left hand is also a much more sensible option in the UK as it's better to have control of your right brake, so this all works out nicely.

CloseTheGap HideMyBell raceday dm (direct mount) with Karoo 2

It dings when you want it to and it doesn't ding unintentionally either – basically, the bell doesn't rattle or make any noise as you're pacing it, even along rougher roads.

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As well as being strategically and inconspicuously placed below your cycle computer, the matt black finish also helps ensure it blends in and provides a neat finish.

The only downside of this location is that it doesn't really work with a handlebar bag attached. This is quite a shame as bar bags are so useful for carrying layers on longer rides – I find them much more convenient than a giant saddle bag, and there's no chance of the bag getting in the way of your legs like a frame or top tube bag could.

Value

Priced at €59.95 (currently around £50), the Raceday dm is certainly an expensive upgrade. You can get high quality alloy out-front mounts that work perfectly well for as little as £19.99, with Prime's Race computer mount also available as a direct mounted option. That said, you can also pay as much as £70 for out-front mounts for holding your cycle computer and light or camera, with this spec of K-Edge's mount catering for Garmin and GoPro devices, for example.

The Canyon Ring Bar End Bell is another great way of hiding a bell on your bike. This bar end option costs less at £20.95 plus £10 for postage – but you don't benefit from also upgrading to a lightweight out-front mount, which is certainly useful if you don't currently own one.

> Read more road.cc reviews of computer/accessory mounts here

Also, while Jo found that the wire mechanism for pinging the Canyon bell sits hidden under your drop and doesn't get in the way during normal riding, there's definitely a knack to using it, and some might find it a bit awkward to reach.

If you're happy with a stylish solution that's still fairly discreet but not hidden, the Knog Oi Luxe Bell Brass, which sits on your bar, is £34.99. But while it's even easier to reach, it isn't particularly loud.

I'd say the HideMyBell option is good value if you'd like to upgrade to a lightweight out-front computer mount, but if you have one already it's quite an expensive swap-in.

Conclusion

Overall, the HideMyBell Raceday is a fantastically well-made solution for adding a bell to a sleek race bike. It's a great addition if you're not planning to ever use a handlebar bag on the same bike – the hidden bell is loud enough to be heard but not too much to startle, it's also secure, easy to reach and doesn't rattle on the rough stuff.

However, if you do tend to use a bar bag for extra carrying capacity then a bell that fits into a bar end could be a better alternative – it can offer a similar level of inconspicuousness and will always remain accessible, even if it's a little further away from your hoods and typical hand placement in situations that require use of a bell.

Verdict

Excellent discreet and rattle-free way of alerting others when you're on a race bike

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road.cc test report

Make and model: CloseTheGap HideMyBell raceday dm (direct mount)

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

CloseTheGap says: "With the HideMyBell raceday dm we create for standard stems the ultimate clean looking computer mount. The HideMyBell raceday is a must-have with premium looks and materials. The mount is made of an extreme stiff and lightweight UD carbon composite. This material makes it possible to engineer lightweight in combination with next level stiffness values. For installation we use the original mounting bolts of the handlebar. In this way your navigation sits aerodynamically in front of your handlebars and is secure locked."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

CloseTheGap lists:

Specification

Direct stem plate mounting design

Made of lightweight UD carbon 25 + 15 grams (install bolts 18/XL adapter 21 grams)

Click on bell removable in a second

GoPro style adapter included

Matt black finish

Maximum in between distrance stem plate bolts 28 mm

Design inspired by our Bike MOTION AWARD winner

Included in the package

Two sets of adapters, S model for standard stems / XL adapters for Giant Propel aero stems

Adapters: Garmin /Sigma ROX (Garmin adapter) / Wahoo & Bryton

GoPro style adapter

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

It's good value if you're also looking to upgrade to a lightweight out-front computer mount, but if you already have one of those and are just looking for a discreet bell it is quite pricey.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Loud enough to be heard, doesn't rattle and it's easy to remove the bell part.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

How neat the system looks.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Doesn't work with handlebar bags, which can be a useful way of carrying essentials on a long training day on a race bike.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

It's good value if you're also looking to upgrade to a lightweight out-front computer mount, but if you already have one of those and are just looking for a discreet bell it is quite pricey.

Priced at €59.95 (currently around £50), it's more expensive than the Canyon Ring Bar End Bell which is an alternative way of attaching a hidden bell to a race bike.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The HideMyBell Raceday is an effective way of alerting pedestrians without cluttering or spoiling the smooth lines of a top-end race bike on training rides. Positioned underneath your cycle computer, the trigger for the bell is quick and easy to reach from the hoods, which is where your hands are likely to be in situations when you require the bell. The bell itself can also be unclipped easily on race days.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 24  Height: 177cm  Weight: 62kg

I usually ride: Road bike  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Gravel riding, indoor turbo and rollers, track

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8 comments

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jrasero | 1 year ago
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I think this is pretty cool.  Not only are you getting a carbon fiber computer mount you also get two adapters that fit the two most common brands in Garmin and Wahoo but you also get a GoPro adapter.  An alloy computer mount from Syncros Creston IC SL that doesn't even support Gopros, lights, or provides a Wahoo adapter out the box goes for $85+ and this is all to say this computer mount also has a good removable bell that looks pretty sleek and not dorky.  If you want a bell but have an one piece cockpit the only way to have a bell is on the drops and that IMO looks pretty dorky and I personally mount those to be a pain to get on and off.

TLDR even if you are against bells for whatever reason you can remove the bell and you are still left with a carbon fiber mount that is made basiclaly for every major brand out there, plus you get two mounting adapter for Garmin and Wahoo, and you get a GoPro adapter out of the box.  You also can buy light adapters and other computer brand adapters.    

 

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Mybike | 1 year ago
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You think the best place for a bell is the spot that easiest to reach. Sometime funtion beats style

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Mathemagician | 1 year ago
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I genuinely can't believe you haven't shown or even commented on whether the trigger is obscured or partially obscured by a GPS computer, particularly bigger models (e.g Edge 1030) or computers which can go in landscape mode. 

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Jack Sexty replied to Mathemagician | 1 year ago
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Sorry for late reply - a pic has been added, you can see the trigger is visible to the left side of a fairly hefty Hammerhead GPS unit so the reviewer didn't find this an issue. 

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FlyingPenguin | 1 year ago
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Very neat and I like the removability, but even if you include aesthetically minded cyclists (no shame in it, I'm one), it just seems like a product looking for a problem that doesn't exist very often in isolation?

If you're using your bike in a way that a bell is relevant and useful (e.g. utility/commuting), then a light is likely to be relevant and useful too. By taking the bottom of the computer mount, you force the light onto the handlebars and it just looks obtrusive.  By choosing a computer mount with a GoPro point below, you can have a neat light setup (e.g. Lezyne with their GoPro mount, see photo) , then add a small, unobtrusive bell like the Spurcycle bell (raw or black finish to match the bike) and your overall system is so much better looking, and the Spurcycle out rings much larger bells.  The bell in the article is only be the better option if you never ever need a light.

If you don't care about sleek (or have some thing old or utilitarian), there is nothing to beat a Lion Bellworks bell, I've got one on my hybrid and it's a thing of audio wonder.... 

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OnYerBike replied to FlyingPenguin | 1 year ago
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It's not made especially clear from either this review or their own website, but a bit of digging suggests the GoPro-style adapter is separate and sits behind the bell, and therefore you can use both bell and a light mounted underneath. It's more obvious on the following linked page - as you can see the GoPro mount attaches to the little square hole on the "stalk" (the mounting hole is obvious on the image at the top of this page when you know what you're looking for). https://www.closethegap.cc/product/hidemybell-raceday-cad/

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FlyingPenguin replied to OnYerBike | 1 year ago
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Good spot!  Though looking at it, it's quite further rearwards than I'd call ideal, any light big enough to light the way properly seems likely to interfere with any cables, most likely result being that the ligth gets nudged so it points up from the road after a few turns.

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Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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Its about this point I feel the urge to recomment the trigger bell - fits anywhere on the drops or even on the shifter itself. 

https://www.triggerbell.com/

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