Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Hand held boat air horn for a bicycle?

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Hand held boat air horn for a bicycle?

Old 11-12-05, 09:07 AM
  #1  
Commuter31
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: United States
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hand held boat air horn for a bicycle?

Does anyone use or ever thought of using a small hand held air horn on your bike? These tings are small and very loud. I was thinking of trying one out to get the attention of those clueless drivers out there.

Thanks
Commuter31
Commuter31 is offline  
Old 11-12-05, 09:44 AM
  #2  
MediaCreations 
Marathon Cyclist
 
MediaCreations's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Perth - Western Australia
Posts: 1,779

Bikes: Road Bike / Mountain Bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've got one stored somewhere that I used to carry on bike rides. It sure packs a blast.
__________________
MediaCreations is offline  
Old 11-12-05, 10:39 AM
  #3  
swwhite
Senior Member
 
swwhite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Minneapolis MN USA
Posts: 848

Bikes: Trek 4300

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just a couple weeks ago I found, at a liquidation sale, a hand-held boat horn that is electronic and runs on a nine-volt battery. I thought it would be perfect for biking. I took it home and tried it, and it was TOO loud. It hurt my ears to use it. So I'm giving it to my mother to use in her boat for emergencies.

I threw away the packaging, but the horn had the name "Innovative Lighting Inc." printed on the handle. It's small enough that one could hang it around the neck and just grab it and pull the trigger. It has a pistol-grip-like handle with a switch in the trigger position, and a small horn head at the top of the grip. It is so load that is would almost be hostile to use it.
swwhite is offline  
Old 11-12-05, 10:57 AM
  #4  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,534

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 990 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 10 Posts
I have used a boat air horn. The Air Zound for bicycles is louder. The boat air horn does not work well in the cold. Neither does the Air zound. The boat horn does not work well when pointed into the wind or anywhere near forward if you are going pretty good. You can't tip the air horn much as it needs to be close to upright.

It's not any better than yelling. It confuses some people and they look for a car. They may not realize it is you.
2manybikes is offline  
Old 11-12-05, 11:15 AM
  #5  
beatle bailey
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 212
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Commuter31
Does anyone use or ever thought of using a small hand held air horn on your bike? These tings are small and very loud. I was thinking of trying one out to get the attention of those clueless drivers out there.

Thanks
Commuter31

Forget the hand held types, the Delta AirZound bike horn fastens to your handle bars, and the air bottle will fits in a bottle cage that I mounted onto my bars....there is about 18 inches of air line and you fill it with a hand pump. One fill is good for 50 short blasts at 115 decibels. This puppy is LOUDI kid you not. I've used mine a lot since a lot of car drivers don't seem to have their heads on straight, and like to pull out of driveways right in front of me......they will slam on the brakes when I give them a shot from my horn.....it's saved my bacon a lot since I bought it last year. You can get them at the www.hostelshoppe.com and they cost 32 bucks....cheap insurance, for sure.
beatle bailey is offline  
Old 11-12-05, 11:22 PM
  #6  
Commuter31
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: United States
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
beatle bailey

That horn you speak of would have been really handy for the City Police officer who cut me off a few weeks ago. He made a right hand turn (no turn signal) and caused me to go up on my front wheel to avoid hitting him. I yelled a few obscenities, but he continued on his clueless way.
Commuter31 is offline  
Old 11-13-05, 09:30 AM
  #7  
RainmanP
Mr. Cellophane
 
RainmanP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 3,037
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Those concerned about the horn being too loud should consider that there is a huge difference in volume from you holding the horn at arms length and what a driver might hear in his sealed cage with the stereo blasting or cell phone in his ear.
__________________
If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!
RainmanP is offline  
Old 11-13-05, 09:37 AM
  #8  
vrkelley
Enjoy
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Seattle metro
Posts: 6,165

Bikes: Trek 5200

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by RainmanP
Those concerned about the horn being too loud should consider that there is a huge difference in volume from you holding the horn at arms length and what a driver might hear in his sealed cage with the stereo blasting or cell phone in his ear.
Agreed. I considered one of those but when you ride on the drops the horn is about 1' from your own ears. I don't wanna blow my ears out. Thought about installing it in back under the bike rack....but the hose doesn't appear long enough.
vrkelley is offline  
Old 11-15-05, 02:35 PM
  #9  
GlowBoy
GN BIKN
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Portland OR
Posts: 255

Bikes: 1990ish MTB converted to 'cross, custom Vulture 29"er, Swift 2-speed Automatix folder, Madsen cargo bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by 2manybikes
It's not any better than yelling. It confuses some people and they look for a car. They may not realize it is you.
My experience is different. I've found that, at least for me, the Air Zound gets attention, gets respect, and gets results with fewer conflicts than yelling. Having a horn instantly places you in the category of vehicle, rather than person, in people's subconscious.

The problem with yelling is that even if you're just yelling "nicely" to get someone's attention, it's still YELLING. People hear yelling, interpret it as anger and react accordingly. I run into far fewer conflicts and ugliness with motorists when I use my Air Zound, vs. when I yell.
GlowBoy is offline  
Old 11-15-05, 03:35 PM
  #10  
ghettocruiser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4,063
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by swwhite
It is so load that is would almost be hostile to use it.
So once again we blur the line between safety devices and non-lethal weapons. If we can't prevent them from pulling out in front of us, at least we can temporarily deafen them.

Works for me I guess.
ghettocruiser is offline  
Old 11-16-05, 12:59 AM
  #11  
budster
beginner
 
budster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Somerset, NJ, USA
Posts: 760

Bikes: Trek 800, Gary Fisher Advance, Trek 2300 Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I like my AirZound. It's about as loud as a car horn, and it gets attention. The only caveat I'd throw out is not to use it on a car cutting you off from the left -- they probably won't realize you're the source of the horn, and will instinctively slow down and more further right (in other words, into you). But it's great for cross traffic that doesn't see you. I wish it was lower-pitched.

I don't use it on pedestrians, or at least I haven't yet. I have an incredibell on the other side of my bars which I use for peds and fellow cyclists.
budster is offline  
Old 11-16-05, 07:13 AM
  #12  
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Posts: 5,182

Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My problem with the Delta AirZound bike horn is that it doesn't fit on oversized handlebars. I had to rig it so that I could hang it from my front reflector bracket. Other than this problem, it seems to work well--the few times I've needed to use it.

Oh, I do have one other complaint. It looks like something from Mattel. Couldn't they have used something other then that red-orange plastic? Why not black and gray? It looks out of place on my TCR.
NoRacer is offline  
Old 11-16-05, 07:46 AM
  #13  
huhenio
Barbieri Telefonico
 
huhenio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Posts: 3,522

Bikes: Crappy but operational secondhand Motobecane Messenger

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I am thinking of Tom & Jerry with the air horn (... we love you Chuck Jones!)
__________________
Giving Haircuts Over The Phone

Last edited by huhenio; 11-16-05 at 07:54 AM.
huhenio is offline  
Old 11-16-05, 07:51 AM
  #14  
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Posts: 5,182

Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think they could have shaped the horn like one of the creatures of 'Alien', 'Aliens', A.V.P. fame.
NoRacer is offline  
Old 11-16-05, 08:20 AM
  #15  
chocula
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Posts: 249

Bikes: '79 Peugeot UE8, '89 Schwinn Mesa Runner, '79 Schwinn Traveler

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by NoRacer
Oh, I do have one other complaint. It looks like something from Mattel. Couldn't they have used something other then that red-orange plastic? Why not black and gray?
That's my complaint, too. Exposure to sunlight is also doing interesting things to the horn. The orange button is becoming darker as the orange ring on the back of the horn is turning pink. Strange.

I'm considering painting mine.

I have no complaint, however, with the noise this thing makes. The first day out with it, I managed to wake up a motorist from what appeared to be a very pleasant nap (He was driving with his seat almost fully reclined). He sat bolt upright, as if awakened by a terrible nightmare.
chocula is offline  
Old 11-16-05, 10:21 AM
  #16  
budster
beginner
 
budster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Somerset, NJ, USA
Posts: 760

Bikes: Trek 800, Gary Fisher Advance, Trek 2300 Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by NoRacer
...
Oh, I do have one other complaint. It looks like something from Mattel. Couldn't they have used something other then that red-orange plastic? Why not black and gray? It looks out of place on my TCR.
I agree totally.

I ordered this...

(I even asked on the phone to make sure it would be black like this one)

...but this is what came in the mail...

...complete with red bottle cozy. So much for stealth. I ordered the extra handlebar clamp from Delta, and it's... yellow. Oh well.
budster is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Zweeler
Road Cycling
1
02-10-09 05:05 PM
kickbikes
Introductions
1
03-14-07 12:11 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.