Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 28
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Air Horns for Keeping Dogs Away?

    I'm doing the TransAM trail next spring and discovering there are areas where dogs will be a real problem. Most discussion talks about using pepper spray as being a reliable solution but I thought of using an air horn. I looked them up on Amazon and see a lot of positive reviews on their effectiveness against dogs.

    I should add I will be riding a recumbent with limited mobility in the seat.

    Anyone use an air horn and what's your experience?
    LongBikes Slipstream
    Cannondale T800 & Synapse 3

  2. #2
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    24,300
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Air horns work.
    I wait till the dog gets about 3ft away then hit the horn.
    Stops most of them cold.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  3. #3
    Crankenstein bmclaughlin807's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Spokane
    My Bikes
    Novara Randonee (TankerBelle)
    Posts
    4,039
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My Delta air zound made a couple doggies do somersaults trying to get away!!! VERY effective deterrent.
    "There is no greater wonder than the way the face and character of a woman fit so perfectly in a man's mind, and stay there, and he could never tell you why. It just seems it was the thing he most wanted." Robert Louis Stevenson

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807 View Post
    My Delta air zound made a couple doggies do somersaults trying to get away!!! VERY effective deterrent.
    How is your Air Zound at holding pressure? I've seen several reviews saying it is definitely loud but needs to be pumped up frequently.
    LongBikes Slipstream
    Cannondale T800 & Synapse 3

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    397
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    airzounds are bad at leaking and requiring replacements every 6 months. I have one of those sports air horn type deals (actually made for boats). Unwieldy when I zip tie it to the stem, but effective and a couple times louder then the airzound.

  6. #6
    24-Speed Machine Chris516's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Wash. Grove, MD
    My Bikes
    2003 Specialized Allez 24-Speed Road Bike
    Posts
    4,740
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapser View Post
    I'm doing the TransAM trail next spring and discovering there are areas where dogs will be a real problem. Most discussion talks about using pepper spray as being a reliable solution but I thought of using an air horn. I looked them up on Amazon and see a lot of positive reviews on their effectiveness against dogs.

    I should add I will be riding a recumbent with limited mobility in the seat.

    Anyone use an air horn and what's your experience?
    While I wouldn't use an Air Horn myself, it would be better than pepper spray which can be blown right back into a cyclist's face.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have found a couple variants on the refillable air horns. The Air Zound is plastic but there is another brand made with a metal cannister. I think that is what I will get (plus two cans of high grade pepper spray). I'm not afraid of the dogs...I'm afraid of crashing and ruining my bike and the trip. Since I know I will not be able to outrun them, I will stop and walk out of their territory if the situation allows...maybe even stop and walk into their territory to nip the whole problem at the bud. But that is only if I see them first.
    LongBikes Slipstream
    Cannondale T800 & Synapse 3

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    397
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapser View Post
    I have found a couple variants on the refillable air horns. The Air Zound is plastic but there is another brand made with a metal cannister. I think that is what I will get (plus two cans of high grade pepper spray). I'm not afraid of the dogs...I'm afraid of crashing and ruining my bike and the trip. Since I know I will not be able to outrun them, I will stop and walk out of their territory if the situation allows...maybe even stop and walk into their territory to nip the whole problem at the bud. But that is only if I see them first.
    Let me know what product that is, I'd be very interested in buying and putting it to the task.

  9. #9
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    24,300
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by SCROUDS View Post
    airzounds are bad at leaking and requiring replacements every 6 months. I have one of those sports air horn type deals (actually made for boats). Unwieldy when I zip tie it to the stem, but effective and a couple times louder then the airzound.
    Small one:



    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  10. #10
    Senior Member chandltp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Erie, PA
    My Bikes
    ICE Sprint RS, Trek 7000, old Huffy MTB, and a few others
    Posts
    1,539
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by SCROUDS View Post
    airzounds are bad at leaking and requiring replacements every 6 months. I have one of those sports air horn type deals (actually made for boats). Unwieldy when I zip tie it to the stem, but effective and a couple times louder then the airzound.
    I've not had a problem with mine. I'm wondering if the people that have problems don't have the valve all the way open when it's being pumped up.. I keep mind wide open all the time and I haven't had a single problem. I've had it for about 6 months, so maybe I'll eat my words next summer. I'm pretty sure I would buy another one though.
    There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.

  11. #11
    Bicikli Huszár sudo bike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Fresno, CA
    My Bikes
    '95 Novara Randonee
    Posts
    2,116
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Another recommendation for the AirZound. I've found it very effective. Stops dogs almost every time... only had to resort to pepper spray once.

    FWIW, I don't fill mine very often - only at the same time I'm topping off my tires anyway. Then again, I don't honk at every little thing, only in a situation where it avoids an accident. I don't generally use it as an angry "gar, I'm mad you messed up" honk (usually. ). I've yet to have to refill before tire refill time. Never had mine leak either, but perhaps that's because I don't futz with it once I've got it mounted, aside from refills. Looks to last a second year so far...
    "The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. I love the bicycle. I always have. I can think of no sincere, decent human being, male or female, young or old, saint or sinner, who can resist the bicycle."

    - William Saroyan

  12. #12
    TWilkins
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Springfield, MO
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Been using them against dogs for years on our tandem, but we use the cheap ones you can buy at party stores. Not refillable, so when they're done you toss them. I think we're on our second one now.
    Tracy Wilkins
    2011 Trek Madone 5.2
    2005 Burley Duet Tandem
    2009 Surly Cross-Check (Commuter)
    www.springfieldcyclist.com

  13. #13
    Senior Member 009jim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Australia
    My Bikes
    Giant CRX3, Trek 7100
    Posts
    1,264
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Pepper spray is a better idea from the basis that the offender will feel the effects for longer and thus have a better chance of remembering the cause-effect relationship.

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Miami, FL
    My Bikes
    1986 Fuji Allegro 12 Spd; 1997 Fuji MX-200 21 Spd; 2010 Vilano SS/FG 46/16
    Posts
    1,913
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Will one of these work ?

    http://www.autobarn.net/treldeal.html

    Passive one's are cheaper but are really for cars and motorcycles and activate/operate at 35+ mph speeds.

  15. #15
    Crankenstein bmclaughlin807's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Spokane
    My Bikes
    Novara Randonee (TankerBelle)
    Posts
    4,039
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by 009jim View Post
    Pepper spray is a better idea from the basis that the offender will feel the effects for longer and thus have a better chance of remembering the cause-effect relationship.
    Remember that when a pitbull is bearing down on you, with the wind blowing back towards you as you struggle to get your pepper spray out and deploy it in a way that doesn't blind YOU instead of the dog!!!

    The air zound is RIGHT there, and no chance of it making you crash!

    As far as leakage goes I never had an issue. I would top it off as soon as I noticed the volume start to drop off from use. Usually about once a week, unless I was REALLY mad at someone!

    My biggest problem was that the mount wore out... would no longer hold the switch in place securely. Had to wrap a zip-tie around it.
    "There is no greater wonder than the way the face and character of a woman fit so perfectly in a man's mind, and stay there, and he could never tell you why. It just seems it was the thing he most wanted." Robert Louis Stevenson

  16. #16
    feros ferio John E's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
    My Bikes
    1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
    Posts
    14,356
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Holding a water bottle as high in the air as possible and streaming its contents down and toward the pooch works every time. Someone explained that dogs interpret this as some huge animal marking its territory on them.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
    Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
    Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
    Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
    Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069

  17. #17
    Senior Member gcottay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Green Valley AZ
    My Bikes
    Trice Q; Volae Century; TT 3.4
    Posts
    3,772
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A quick stop combined with command voice has done the trick for me for dogs large and small both rural and urban.
    George
    Laissez les bon temps rouler

  18. #18
    imi
    imi is offline
    aka Timi imi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    My Bikes
    Bob Jackson World Tour (touring) and a Miyata 100 (commuting)
    Posts
    1,973
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I usually resort to doing a Lance imitation on a Tour de France spurt for a couple of hundred yards, but I get the feeling dogs are getting faster by the year

    I used to have a frame pump under the TT which when raised aggressively made dogs cower, but my new one is under the DT :/

    Never been sure if they really want to bite/kill/eat me when they're snapping at my furiously peddling heels... AirZound sounds interesting, especially taped to the drops (as in pic above).

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by SCROUDS View Post
    Let me know what product that is, I'd be very interested in buying and putting it to the task.
    The one I found is on Amazon.

    "Taylor Made Products Eco Blast Rechargeable Boat Air Horn"

    It's a little bigger but looks like it may be more durable. The fitting is on the bottom which is recessed.

    I've also read elsewhere that a loud (120 decibel) whistle is very effective. I think it's called the Fox 40. One of the reviewers says to be careful when testing it and has never used anything else.
    Last edited by scrapser; 11-22-10 at 01:05 PM.
    LongBikes Slipstream
    Cannondale T800 & Synapse 3

  20. #20
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    24,300
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by twilkins9076 View Post
    Been using them against dogs for years on our tandem, but we use the cheap ones you can buy at party stores. Not refillable, so when they're done you toss them. I think we're on our second one now.
    I found them for $1.00 at Dollar Tree Stores.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  21. #21
    Senior Member ianbrettcooper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD, USA
    Posts
    612
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapser View Post
    How is your Air Zound at holding pressure? I've seen several reviews saying it is definitely loud but needs to be pumped up frequently.
    I've had mine for a month - haven't needed to add more air yet - last week I assumed it needed pumping, but it was still at 100psi, very near the pressure I pumped it up to a month ago.
    1997 Jamis Aragon (converted to touring bike), two white 1974 Gazelle-built Raleigh Grands Prix, two red 1973 Gazelle-built Raleigh Grands Prix.

    All I need is a bike and a road, and to be left with the same freedom any other road user has to decide what's the safest lane position.

  22. #22
    Senior Member zeppinger's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Seoul, South Korea
    My Bikes
    Giant FCR3, Surly LHT
    Posts
    1,947
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When dealing with an attack from a wild animal the best thing to do is MAN-UP! Here is a good example:manliness.jpg

  23. #23
    imi
    imi is offline
    aka Timi imi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    My Bikes
    Bob Jackson World Tour (touring) and a Miyata 100 (commuting)
    Posts
    1,973
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by zeppinger View Post
    When dealing with an attack from a wild animal the best thing to do is MAN-UP! Here is a good example:manliness.jpg
    Wow! *impressed* didn't know Chuck Norris had a brother

  24. #24
    Dirt Bomb sknhgy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    2,530
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have never tried an airhorn, but I've done the "water bottle trick" and the "stop and use a manly voice trick". Neither, to me, are reliable. Not on half-wild farm dogs anyway. Gimme my pepper spray any day. The trick is to add a clip so that the can will be held in a way that allows your finger to automatically find the trigger when you grab for it.

  25. #25
    Senior Member Keith99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    5,605
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapser View Post
    I'm doing the TransAM trail next spring and discovering there are areas where dogs will be a real problem. Most discussion talks about using pepper spray as being a reliable solution but I thought of using an air horn. I looked them up on Amazon and see a lot of positive reviews on their effectiveness against dogs.

    I should add I will be riding a recumbent with limited mobility in the seat.

    Anyone use an air horn and what's your experience?
    I've never used anything to keep me dog safe. My standard joke was if I ever had repeat problems with a dog my solution would be to come back with the puppies, my 2 105 Lb dogs. So I have some experience from the other view. Mine rarely got out and are not that aggressive, but I did see how they dealt with animal intruders....

    An Air horn sounds like a great idea. Hit the horn and it impacts EVERY dog near you. You don't need much, you don't need to paralize the dog with fear, you just need a WTF moment for the dog and you will be gone and forgotten. Someone trying pepper spray on my pair would have to be pretty good to get both and 99% would try for the wrong one first. Bad mistake as the other one is overly protective and would not take his friend being hurt well at all.

    Come to think of it my biggest problem ever ws a whole feral pack. I ended up walking past them with my bike between us. If I had and tried to use pepper spray I would soon have been out and had upset dogs to deal with instead of wary dogs to avoid setting off.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •