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Old 02-21-13, 05:07 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting an old-fashioned horn

You know, one of those classic squeeze-bulb trumpets that sounds like a goose throwing up. Or Harpo Marx on a rampage. You get the idea.

Anyone have and use one of these guys? Recommendations?

Failing that, looking for some humorous noisemaking alternative. Something that will make itself heard without pissing people off or give them a heart attack.

It's going on a cruiser, so Fredliness is OK.

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Old 02-21-13, 05:11 PM   #2
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They work. Most make enough noise that pedestrians will move over. Just don't wait until you are right behind them to honk. I have an Airzound, and I always trigger a light blast from far enough away that it shouldn't startle anyone. It's loud enough that it can be heard inside a vehicle, though, when I really want to be heard by a cager.
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Old 02-21-13, 05:16 PM   #3
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Go all the way... get a couple of different bells too... enjoy yourself.
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Old 02-21-13, 05:38 PM   #4
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Go all the way... get a couple of different bells too... enjoy yourself.
And a Pee-wee Herman lion head in front....
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Old 02-21-13, 05:38 PM   #5
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I fantasize about putting a marine foghorn on my bike and blasting somebody's windows out.

But you specified no causing spontaneous involuntary excretion.

So how about mounting one of those singing fish novelty toys to your handlebars?
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Old 02-21-13, 05:41 PM   #6
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Old 02-21-13, 05:42 PM   #7
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So how about mounting one of those singing fish novelty toys to your handlebars?
Aren't they motion sensitive? Sounds like more of a deterrent to the rider than to others....
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Old 02-21-13, 06:08 PM   #8
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Here's the only picture I can find of mine. I use it on all my bikes.



I use the bell if I'm close and only use the horn if the target is napping!



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Old 02-21-13, 07:17 PM   #9
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Here's the only picture I can find of mine. I use it on all my bikes.



I use the bell if I'm close and only use the horn if the target is napping!



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But if you want real "range" you need an Airzounds.
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But if you want real "range" you need an Airzounds.
…be that as it may, I only want to wake them up, not give them a laundry experience they're unlikely to forget!



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People associate a bell ringing with a bicycle - best not to confuse them with multiple other sounds, or they might react differently.
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Old 02-21-13, 09:00 PM   #12
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But if you want real "range" you need an Airzounds.
Except it doesn't work for about 1/4 to 1/3 of the year when it's too cold, and you need to buy a new one every 2 years because that's about how long they last.

I was going to buy a GaleForce Blaster but I can't find anyone who lists stock anymore, I fear they've stopped making them.
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Old 02-22-13, 08:16 AM   #13
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Here's the only picture I can find of mine. I use it on all my bikes.



I use the bell if I'm close and only use the horn if the target is napping!



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What GPS is that? I'm looking for one right now. Opinions?
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Old 02-22-13, 09:49 AM   #14
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I always wanted one of the bells that the pedalcab operators in India have. Their pedalcabs have no rear brakes so they put a giant bell ringer on the rear brake lever.
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Except it doesn't work for about 1/4 to 1/3 of the year when it's too cold, and you need to buy a new one every 2 years because that's about how long they last.

I was going to buy a GaleForce Blaster but I can't find anyone who lists stock anymore, I fear they've stopped making them.
Mine works fine at least down to freezing temps (and lots of rain). I've had it about a year with no issues. Even then, for about $40, replacing it every 2 years wouldn't be the end of the world. A battery operated one is probably close to $20 worth of batteries in the same time frame, maybe less if you always use rechargeables.
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A ship's whistle belts out 140+ db SPL. It would be so awesome. Drivers would think a Panamax was rolling up on their SUVs.
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Train horns on bicycles
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Old 02-23-13, 10:47 AM   #18
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That's pretty good too.
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I have on on one of my old Schwinns. Most people smile when they hear it. (Unless they were dozing and it went off in their ear!)
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