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Old 03-02-07, 08:37 AM   #1
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12v Horn, 134 db - Works for me !!

I have been using this 12v Fiamm Freeway Blaster horn on my bike for a few weeks now... I have since installed the same horn setup on my other bikes. ...

Having this device on my bike has boosted my confidence to unexpected levels... I can easily make myself known to cagers that don't see me, buzz me, ignore me, possibly right hook me... etc... and it works REALLY WELL !!!!





It is powered by a 12v SLA 5ah battery that also powers my lights.. I have it wired to a momentary flush mount horn button on the top of my handlebar.. Works perfectly !!!!!

I have tested it in the rain and it works fine =)
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sweet! After use, how are your ears?
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Old 03-02-07, 09:31 AM   #3
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I have contemplated doing the exact same thing. A horn from the local pick'n'pull would be very inexpensive and I already have the batteries and the light. I even have an incognito place to mount it directly underneath the front rack. Nobody would notice it until they *heard* it.
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I have contemplated doing the exact same thing. A horn from the local pick'n'pull would be very inexpensive and I already have the batteries and the light. I even have an incognito place to mount it directly underneath the front rack. Nobody would notice it until they *heard* it.

Nobody notices it on my bike even though its in plain sight... until I use it of course !!!!!!

Also, since I have it pointing kind of downward, the sound blast does not hurt my ears at all !!!! =)

It radiates mostly downward and forward..
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Awesome!

Maybe i should so something like this... I've got some horns from my car laying around from when i upgraded them.
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sweet! After use, how are your ears?
My thoughts exactly. 134db sounds like an earful.

[edit] sorry, this was answered already [/edit]

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Old 03-02-07, 09:39 AM   #7
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when I'm in the city / downtown areas, there are buildings on either side of the street and the sound bounces off of them much louder than when i'm out in the open areas ... Either way it is VERY loud and can easily be heard from afar or up close.. =)
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I have found that rain eventually gets inside the horn switch and starts to corrodes the contacts. I would suggest a cheap fix-slide a section of old inner tube over the switch. Looks a bit geeky, but I bet you don't have a problem with that.
edit: Oh yeah, a car horn is the only way to go!
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I have found that rain eventually gets inside the horn switch and starts to corrodes the contacts. I would suggest a cheap fix-slide a section of old inner tube over the switch. Looks a bit geeky, but I bet you don't have a problem with that.
Oh yeah, a car is the only way to go!

awesome plan ! Thanks... and whats this about a car ???
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awesome plan ! Thanks... and whats this about a car ???
I meant a car horn is the only way to go.
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I meant a car horn is the only way to go.

Good save !!!
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Are you concerned about theft? How do you protect your horn when parked?
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Are you concerned about theft? How do you protect your horn when parked?
Let's see... Swipe cheapo horn for car that is worth nothing used unless you need one, or 105 shifters, serviceable wheels, pedals, and other components?

The real question is how to protect the handlebar tape from thieves......
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I have been using this 12v Fiamm Freeway Blaster horn on my bike for a few weeks now... I have since installed the same horn setup on my other bikes. ...

Having this device on my bike has boosted my confidence to unexpected levels... I can easily make myself known to cagers that don't see me, buzz me, ignore me, possibly right hook me... etc... and it works REALLY WELL !!!!
Very good! My electrical system is 6V with power alternatively delivered by Schmidt dynohub or rechargeable batteries that themselves get charged by the Schmidt. I've just got myself a 6V DC horn from a scooter and on the scale of a bicycle it blasts! I am still tweaking with light/bell switch arrangement.

I generally intend to keep a mechanical bell for pedestrians and other cyclists, but my other ongoing project is to put on a 6V doorbell to eliminate intermittency and attention required in operating the mechanical bell.
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Are you concerned about theft? How do you protect your horn when parked?
Do you have a disconnect for the battery when you leave the bike? One of the reason I'm so concerned about getting HALT Is I'd forget it on my bike. I just figure someone is going to abuse my horn if they knew I had it.
Yeah I need to find a place to work that doesn't have so many jerks. The main reason I lock my bike when it is secure is my coworkers would try and take it for a ride, like they did with my wives bike at her work.
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It is powered by a 12v SLA 5ah battery
I use a battery like that also, and it is quite large and heavy. I don't see it in your picture. How do you mount it, if I may ask. My best solution currently is a wooden box fastened to the downtube on the water bottle mount points. I would like something better (i.e. more stylish) but I can't think of anything.

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Great Idea

I just found a horn on ebay which claims to be able to "clear the road".

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/12V-E...spagenameZWDVW
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what? What? WHAT? Air Zound exploded
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Where'd you get it and how much?

I run an SLA battery too but am thinking about some lighter form of battery. Only problem is how expensive batteries are to match the 5AH of the SLA
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Does the horn draw a lot of power from the light?
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