Eric “Erok” Boerer lives in the Hill District area of Pittsburgh. He is a cyclist and the Membership Director of Bike Pittsburgh, and is one of the founders and key coordinators of the “Get a Bike, Fix a Bike, Give a Bike” program known as Free Ride in Point Breeze (inside Construction Junction).
When I asked Erok why he wanted to have (and share) the sound of his bicycle bell as a ringtone, he said, “I’ve noticed that bike bells tend to bring smiles to people’s faces. No matter what happens, when you ring that bell, people get a kick out of it.” It’s a very happy sound.
The bell is on the handlebar of a very large bike–a “long bike” or cargo bike that allows Erok to carry laundry, to make big grocery runs to the Strip District and to carry something as big as a bale of hay (which he procured from near the grounds of Carnegie Mellon University after one of their go-cart races). Erok pedaling down Fifth Avenue on the way back to his house, in the midst of traffic, with the bale of hay on his cargo bike? Awesome! When I asked a bit more about how the bike differs from regular bikes, Erok pointed out how the wheel base was extended to support the cargo rack. It’s a clean machine–a sharp-looking, and a mighty powerful bike.
And the bell itself was fun to photograph with its color, texture and “roaring lion” detail. Here’s Erok’s Bicycle Bell Tone—one of the super sweetest tones in the project! Send this tone to yourself (or somebody else) using this link here.