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    air horns?

    so the local college is back in session
    I become a bit more fearful of the roads this time of the year.
    I was wondering, is there an air horn that goes onto the handlebars easily?
    I was thinking about how there are CO2 cartridges for quick inflation for tires, but could one of these be used with an adapter for a horn?

    anything?

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    I use Fiamm boat/truck horns, but these puppies are hooked up to a 24V lead-acid battery bank:



    However, for a more compact/lightweight solution, I know for a fact that regular Bosch dual car horns (from a 1987 Volvo) not only fit under the handlebars, they can be activate in an overvolted fashion from a 14.8V 4400mAh Lithium-Polymer Ion battery pack, and the battery pack only weighs just a tad over a pound:



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    You might like this thread. The Airzound is NOT in the electric horn league, but it might do you. Might overdrive it with CO2 cartridges. The 30 pounds of SLAs to drive the marine/truck air horns is an issue for some of us. It doubles as an antitheft device. Who's going to steal a 90 pound Big Dummy? Maybe a really Big Dummy? With a little ingenuity, the horns could go off if you tried to even roll it without switching certain hidden switches.

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    Porkstacker, is there a handlebar hidden in there some place?

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    yup

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5703739987/" title="AirZound Horn by mtbikernate, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3136/5703739987_df7efb4bf9.jpg" width="334" height="500" alt="AirZound Horn"></a>

    thing has saved my bacon a few times, and has allowed me to exact a little revenge against the occasional idiot driver not paying attention.

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    Forgot this link. It mentions the Airzound (^ above). What I find is I can't get to it fast enough in most cases. For those when I am timely, I am unsure (except for the one third finger salute), that it made much of an impression. Why is it when someone has done something worthy of a horn, they are so angry to be called on it? Why is 'Rugged Individualist' so often translated as 'Flaming A$$h0le"? These and other deep questions will be part of a new thread: 'Cycling and Philosphy--Why not? '

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    I have an Airzound too. I have it in just the right spot on my H-bars to be able to hit it. Very loud. Only lasts for a few blasts however. Hard to remember to keep it pumped up.

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    I would love an extremely badass horn to use about twice a week, to get the attention of those idiots who really aren't paying attention. Haven't found an elegant design yet, so I'm thinking a whistle might do the trick as well.

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    the airzound is reasonably accessible where I have it mounted in the above photo. I'd prefer it closer, but as you can see, my brake/shifter pods won't allow me to move it much.

    I'm building a new commuter right now and it looks like the only spot I'll be able to mount it on mustache bars it going to be pretty far from the brake lever. I'll find out soon enough how easy it will be to use there.

    as for effectiveness, it worked a charm against a pair of pitbulls that came chasing after me on my commute home one evening. they stopped dead in their tracks and did not continue. I also used it on some chica on her cell phone who pulled out in front of me. she was in a convertible, and nearly jumped out of her car when I laid on that thing just a couple feet from her ear.

    I have also gotten the attention of a handful of people who were about to turn in front of me and did not see me. a pre-emptive horn blast and their eyes quickly met mine and I continued along without incident.

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    I have drop bars and use all the positions so the horn is easy to get to in just one of those. Fortunately it is the one I am most often using in traffic. I have found an adrenaline boosted 'parade ground' bellow is quite effective, too. I ride with my front helmet light on flash in the day and it has a very narrow bright beam that has stopped several potential right hookers. The military call this 'defense in depth'. I call it whatever works. I'll have to fill the reservoir and test the 'run time'. I've never run it down. I thought I saw a 2 liter pop bottle mod to up the capacity on the web somewhere for those with more dolts to deal with.

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    Leopold,

    WTF?

    That is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawfarm View Post
    Leopold,

    WTF?

    That is all.
    Cargobike.
    Donít frail and blow if youíre going to Braille and Flow.

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