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Old 10-13-12, 08:09 AM   #1
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Recommend noisemaker to alert motorists.

Despite 600 lumens light and reflective vest, people are not seeing me as they pull onto main thoroughfare I am travelling.

Are there any loud noisemaking fobs or something that I could just press a button and blast them with as I get near they will know I am in the road?
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Old 10-13-12, 09:18 AM   #2
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When im on bike paths I hook my keys to my beltloop via carabeaner, jingle keys alerts walkers more than yelling on your left
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Old 10-13-12, 11:04 AM   #3
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I've thought about picking up one of these, they're popular:
http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Cycle-Ai.../dp/B008BNKIGE
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I've thought about picking up one of these, they're popular:
http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Cycle-Ai.../dp/B008BNKIGE
My thoughts exactly!! Air Horns of any kind are always "loudmouths" at getting peoples attention!!
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I need one of these. This will blast them right out of there seat.

http://youtu.be/when3v7NVFk
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I need one of these. This will blast them right out of there seat.

http://youtu.be/when3v7NVFk
A person in my apartment has one of those on his truck. He's quite enamored of playing with it.
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Motorists are in a car, windows up, radio blaring. They are let's say 75' from your appliance while your ears are maybe 3 feet. Even given that the noise making appliance is somewhat direction, how effective do you think this approach would be?
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The airzound is the way to go.
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Motorists are in a car, windows up, radio blaring. They are let's say 75' from your appliance while your ears are maybe 3 feet. Even given that the noise making appliance is somewhat direction, how effective do you think this approach would be?
Sounds right to me. Always better to ride like you're invisible.
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I can see motorists looking all over the place, except at me. I have no other way to alert them of my presence than sound in some cases.
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*RPG.. always an attention getter.




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The rider has to be more aware...nothing will help when a careless driver is concerned.
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I put my hand in front of my light and then off like it is blinking when a car is looking like they are gonna make a turn in front of me. I'd also like to get a little strobe light like the Knog Frog. Some tail lights have strobe lights on them.
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The rider has to be more aware...nothing will help when a careless driver is concerned.
So, in a traffic circle with no shoulder, should I stop in the lane and hope I don't get run over? Or just cruise through and hope I don't get broadsided by the oncoming car that doesn't see me?
This is the problem I am having. People at stop signs/traffic circle onramps that aren't seeing me.
Gotta grab their attention somehow.
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The airzound is the way to go.
This. Best investment that I added to my daily commuter. Very versatile (a short blip isn't very loud, but lay on it, and it puts out 115 db).
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So, in a traffic circle with no shoulder, should I stop in the lane
I roll right thru the Roundabout, here, if no one is leaving the circle
in front of me.. just like the other vehicles.
you stop before entering the circle as a Yield ,
but not if there is a place to join the flow.

read the traffic code book.

Remember the Critical Mass motto: "I am not Blocking Traffic, I Am Traffic !"

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Motorists are in a car, windows up, radio blaring. They are let's say 75' from your appliance while your ears are maybe 3 feet. Even given that the noise making appliance is somewhat direction, how effective do you think this approach would be?
I agree. I'd rather use an extremely high lumen flash light, on strobe, mounted on my helmet so I can point and aim, to try and secure their attention.
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RPG.. always an attention getter.
How is a role playing game supposed to help?

But seriously, I have used the Air Zound and, while there may be some motorists who are sufficiently tuned out that it won't work on them, it is loud enough that almost all will hear it. THe manufacturer claims 115 dB, while a car horn are often quoted as being around 100 dB.

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The good Lord has given lungs for a reason. Yell at the stoopid a$$wipes. Makes a bigger impression than a toot or a tinkle.
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The good Lord has given lungs for a reason. Yell at the stoopid a$$wipes. Makes a bigger impression than a toot or a tinkle.
I gather you aren't familiar with the Air Zound?
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I gather you aren't familiar with the Air Zound?
I've heard them. Assuming they're in working order and on the bike AND you hit the button in time, Airzounds are wonderful. Yelling like a crazy man has the advantage of accessibility and the beauty of cheapness.
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Despite 600 lumens light and reflective vest, people are not seeing me as they pull onto main thoroughfare I am travelling.

Are there any loud noisemaking fobs or something that I could just press a button and blast them with as I get near they will know I am in the road?
not sure how practical or legal but a grenade might work, though an air horn might be easier to get a hold of...
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Old 10-17-12, 01:48 PM   #23
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I run a steady on the helmet and a steady and a blinking on the bar. Look at the drivers, the helmet light is effective. I think side lighting is very important. Try some bright wheel/ spoke lights. The circular motion is quite visible.
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You need a faster bike. Being able to accelerate faster will often get you out of trouble before you even get into it...
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after you use that air zounds the wee tank is needing you to stop
and pump it up again.

there is a schrader valve to do so.
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