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Bike computer mount ‘with bells on’: CloseTheGap introduces HideMyBell

CloseTheGap is a new, innovative design-focused business founded by ex-elite rider and tech editor Mathijs Wagenaar. One of the company’s inaugural product offerings is HideMyBell. The official launch of both the CloseTheGap brand and the HideMyBell product took place at the recent Eurobike Show in Germany.

As an elite rider Mathijs Wagenaar won races in several disciplines, but MTB was his specialty. After his sports career he became an editor for the Dutch cycling magazine Fiets. In an attempt to increase safety and mutual respect among cyclists he came up with the idea of a bell ‘that was so cool that people actually would like to have it.’

CloseTheGap’s mission is making cycling safer and more fun. The company develops and engineers new and innovative bike products. CloseTheGap’s in-house R&D department works with 3D modelling software and 3D printing to create first prototypes that, after the engineering phases, are ‘severely tested and then brought to market’. All production tools are owned by CloseTheGap, which, the company adds, means that all products are unique designs.

Why HideMyBell?
Most city bikes have a bell, but for many sportive/gran fondo cyclists riding their road bikes a bell can be seen as a no-go. As a release from CloseTheGap notes, ‘it looks stupid, it ruins the aerodynamics and hey, the pros don’t ring either!’

As an innovative new offering HideMyBell integrates the bell discretely in an out-front handlebar mount for a bike computer. ‘You don’t see it, but your fellow road users will definitely hear you coming!’

The HideMyBell accessory is also more than just a bell. The combined bell-mount makes it possible to mount an action cam or a bike light thanks to specific adapters.

HideMyBell lines are comprised at the moment of three different models: Regular, Mini and Flat-mount. According to CloseTheGap, the accessory is a choice of UCI teams Roompot (NL), Loterij (NL), Joker Icopal (NO), Parkhotel Valkenburg (NL) and CST Sandd American Eagle (NL).

Individual partnerships with pro riders include Ramon Sinkeldam, Niki Terpstra and Laurens ten Dam. The company adds that Chris Froome has been seen using a Sky-blue version of HideMyBell too, during his training sessions.

 

HideMyBell with Garmin bike computer and VIRB camera

 

HideMyBell Regular
■ Out-front bike computer mount
■ Integrated bicycle bell: loud and rattle free
■ Made of strong polymer
■ Lightweight: 48g
■ Suitable for 31.8 mm handlebar
■ Adaptable distance between bike computer and stem
■ Slot for action cam/light adapter (optional)
■ Handlebar install with hidden-bolt design
■ Stainless steel bolts
■ Colour options: black, red, white
■ Patent pending
■ Made in the Netherlands
■ MSRP: €36.95

HideMyBell Mini
■ Out front bike computer mount
■ Integrated bicycle bell: loud and rattle free
■ Made of strong polymer
■ Lightweight: 44g
■ Suitable for 31.8 mm handlebar
■ Adaptable distance between bike computer and stem
■ Slot for action cam/light adapter (optional)
■ Handlebar install with hidden-bolt design
■ Stainless steel bolts
■ Max computer size 50 mm (Wahoo Bolt/Garmin Edge 820)
■ Colour options: black, white
■ Patent pending
■ Made in the Netherlands
■ MSRP: €36.95

HideMyBell Flat-mount
■ Fits handlebar/stem combination with 2 mounting holes on bottom of stem
■ Fits all stem systems with a GoPro connection at front
■ Unique adjusting system to change viewing angle of bike computer
■ Adjustable arm length
■ Compatible with GoPro mount or universal light adapter
■ Discrete integrated bell: loud and rattle free (weight 2g)
■ Stiff and strong
■ Lightweight: 51g
■ 2x M4 + M5 stainless steel bolts included
■ Patent pending
■ Made and engineered in the Netherlands
■ MSRP €46.95

Each HideMyBell product offering has an included GoPro adapter bundle + adapters for all compatible computers. Compatible with: Garmin, Wahoo, Lezyne, Polar and Bryton; adapters included.

www.hidemybell.cc

 

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