Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fit on a recumbent trike

Thanks to the efforts of Loud Bicycle pioneering supporter Lenny Landau, we have a way to attach the horn to an ICE trike.

All-year-round bent rider Lenny says:
"I LOVE MY LOUD HORN!!! It like a bike helmet may never save my life, however, in those few instances when they are necessary, their value is priceless. The thing about the horn is that in addition to being a true safety accessory, it is fun honking friends, and showing it off to my friends and neighbors. I like the fact that it stays charged for a long time and I don't have to recharge it often as I had to do with my air horn. Even if it requires a monthly charge, it is far better than my air horn in that respect, and every other respect as well."
"I installed my horn on the vertical seat post of my ICE trike as planned. See the attached photo. It was a tight fit, but, it did fit, with clearance all around. Probably not the best place to install a horn, but in this case it is the only place. As long as I don't jump off whenever I honk I will be ok."

"The seat post diameter was a little small to snug up the horn so I wrapped the post with a section of an inner tube, which is my preferred method to protect the paint, and provide a compressible shim. I have not yet routed the button wire, but with the extension piece you provided, it appears that it will be long enough. I will use tie wraps to route the wire along the frame and the "handle bar". You can see in the photo why the charging plug is in an inconvenient location, and why a short jumper cable will be much easier for me to use.
"I was surprised with the grip length of the mounting screws, which take a long time to install in if you don't have a power screwdriver. I used the Phillips headed screws because with the long grip length as described above, using a screw driver was much easier than the wrench that you provided."

Lenny did a really fine job with the install, especially with the zip-ties to string up the button as you can see in this photo. To get Lenny's setup arranged for your recumbent you will need the Loud Bicycle Horn and one Button Cable Extension.

You can order the Loud bicycle horn and extension here, or return to the homepage for more information.

Fit on a Folding Bicycle

Thanks to the efforts of  Loud Bicycle pioneering supporters Anders Nygren, Davide Meneghetti‎ and Kent Randolph, we have two different ways to attach a Loud Bicycle horn to a Brompton folding bike.

Kent found the one place that the horn could fit horizontally without getting in the way of folding. He says:
"I'm not using the extension yet - it just barely reaches without it, although I'm thinking of using it so I can move the trigger higher on the handle bars. It's louder than my car's horn!"



Davide Meneghetti‎ took a different approach and mounted it to the stem. This method is less good for the water - resistance but so far it looks like it can work!



Anders from Sweden found a clever alternative solution to mounting, he said:
"I used the fastening holder from the smallest Brompton front bag modified it with a makeshift solution. The assembly is big but can be removed in an instant. I will use it in city traffic surroundings."

Set up to ride

 Folded

If you choose to go with Anders solution you will need a Brompton front bag attachment and a makeshift strap. To use Davide Meneghetti‎'s solution you only need the horn, and for Kent's top-tube mount you need a horn and but a button cable extension cable will be helpful

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You can order the Loud bicycle horn here, or return to the homepage for more information.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Batch 1 production complete

The very first batch of Loud Bicycle horns is complete and we will be shipping to customers very shortly. There is more information with details over on our kickstarter page and more photos in this album.




Saturday, October 4, 2014

Loud Bicycle timeline 2012-2014

Now that we await the assembly of the very first batch of Loud Bicycle horns – the very last step of the manufacturing process – its a good time to look back and recall what it took to get here.
Check out the interactive timeline of Loud Bicycle.

 View interactive timeline

Thanks again to everyone who played a role at each step of the way.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Water resistant bike horn

At Loud Bicycle we want to keep people safe from hot deserts to rainy places like Seattle. We designed the Loud Bicycle horn to work through all weather. We've had a prototype survive a ride through tropical storm Arthur but to show you how it handles rough rain we filmed this demonstration. To see the most current progress towards production, see our Kickstarter update page.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Loud Bicycle worldwide orders

This is a really exciting time to be cycling in America, where increasing numbers of people biking are starting to encourage better cycling infrastructure. I hope the Loud Bicycle horn will continue this trend and get the bicycle appreciated as a real vehicle by drivers and policy makers. Below is a map of the world where the horns will be going. Denmark is a notable exception here where the cycling infrastructure makes horns unnecessary.


And in case you were curious, here is the map of America where horns will be going. I’d say that New Hampshire is a notable exception; but I’m not too surprised since people up there since its legal to drive without a seatbelt and people like to ride motorcycles without helmets; so they are probably comfortable without a car horn on their bike.