Saturday, April 5, 2014

T1 sample photos

Progress towards production is coming along nicely. Below is a photo of the T1 sample.


This is a photo of our external button which mounts under your thumb on a handlebar.


This is the water resistant connector which lets you remove the button.


For more details on the progress of manufacturing see our Kickstarter update page here.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Samples from the molds

We got samples out of the molds for the horn and button and they were almost perfect. Getting these is a huge step towards production as it is by far the riskiest and most complicated part of the process (once you get past design). You can read more details about how production is going on our Kickstarter update page here.




Monday, December 30, 2013

Button for the Loud Bicycle Horn

Below is a picture of the 3D printed prototype button to trigger the horn. It is attached to the handlebars with an adjustable Velcro strap. It stays right around where your thumb can easily push it without interfering with controlling the bicycle through steering and braking. It is designed to be water-resistant against normal rainy riding.


The design of the button is extremely important for the function of the horn. Users must be able to feel where they are meant to push by touch alone. As beta-tester Gregory put it “my finger hovers over the button instinctively when I see obstructions ahead.” Below is a closeup of the protruding soft-rubber piece with the Loud Bicycle logo indented in the center. You will be able to center your finger on the button and honk while keeping your eyes focused on the road.


The 3D printed rubber was a little brittle so we found another material to do tests with. I didn't have a banana so here is a quarter for scale.


To see what the button looks like now, checkout this follow up post with the Loud Bicycle button.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Open up your city, get a bike

What is the fastest way to get around the city of Boston? We have one of the best public transportation networks in the nation but cycling is still a faster way to get most places. To test this I used Google maps to measure the time it takes to get from Cleveland circle to anywhere in Boston, both by bike and by the T. Cleveland is a hub of 3 subway lines and several bus lines so it seemed  like a fair challenge. In the video above, color represents the time it takes to get somewhere.
The fastest places to go by T are not surprisingly along spindly corridors defined by rail tracks and bus routes. The flashing colors reflect the rhythm of bus and trolley schedules. In contrast, the time to bike is solid and steady. There is no arbitrary network of paths defining where you can go quickly - and no pressing constraints on when you must leave.

To read about how these maps and this video were made hop over to jonathan.lansey.net but in summary: many thanks to Stamen Design, colorbrewer, Google and Matlab.

Here is the high resolution biking map, feel free to share with
this link: http://bit.ly/biking_any_time

Here is a high resolution (T) map, feel free to share with
this link: http://bit.ly/T_Time_Boston


The Boston Green Line by ericodeg, creative commons

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The people behind Loud Bicycle

We have previously posted about the generous backers who jumpstarted our project. This post is going to be about the people behind the scenes who are turning the wheels and making everything happen.

Product Development / Engineering

How do you go from a good idea - to a great product? Having 600 customers with a stake in the outcome to give suggestions is a great way to start. But there are still things you need some experts for.

Randall R. Jacobs has been advising me on Loud Bicycle since it was just a bare car horn mounted with pipe fittings. A Mandarin-speaking former professional mountain biker (see badass photo) with a wealth of start-up, product development and commercialization experience, Randall recently accepted a position at Specialized Bicycles.



John Prata is a mechanical engineer with experience designing for injection molded parts. Working together with Randall and I, John has helped productize the horn design. You’ll see his work in the custom ergonomic pushbutton to trigger the horn. If we are lucky, he might even appear in some future Loud Bicycle demonstration videos.



Andrew Lansey is the mechanical engineer who really got us started. He designed and built several versions of the housing completely from scratch. When we settled on a general design he tweaked each curve until it looked just right. He continues to support the project with a sharp engineering eye to both detail and the big picture. You’ve probably heard his voice in the Kickstarter video, it’s the voice that sounds awesome. He’s not biking in this picture, but he is sending a balloon to the edge of space.


Industrial Design

The aesthetics of the housing are extremely important so we are glad to have Chris Owens dedicated to the job. He is a fantastic industrial designer from Austin TX and his expertise is giving the Loud Bicycle horn a much more professional look. He is also reshaping the housing in order to fit all the production components. He had a role in our Kickstarter video too: producing the animated rendering of the spinning horn.


Graphic/Web Design

Look around the page: this website, our stickers and the T-Shirt were all made by our amazing graphic designer Allison Johnston. She puts a lot of creative energy into her work and it shows. You are going to see the fuzzy fruits of her talents next on the packaging materials of the horn. Allison works fulltime as a freelance designer and artist from her current home in Houston, TX.

Beta testers

We have 4 wonderful Beta testers from New York City, Chicago and Massachusetts. They are testing each iteration of the horns in turn as they come out and giving great feedback at each critical stage. You might see some blog posts by them in the coming months as they review their experiences.

Thanks!

We are really grateful for all the people who are helping make the Loud Bicycle horn the absolute best bike horn out there.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A super special thanks to our generous backers

Initial project funding for Loud Bicycle was achieved by 600 generous contributions from around the world, via a Kickstarter campaign. We are really grateful for all the support.

Blazer backers:

Amanda Wendt, Robert McCormack, Sergey Galkin, Eli Lansey, Aliyana Wasserman, Lucy Bernholz, Joel Z Leibo, Tucker Lieberman, Melissa Murakami, Tory Orzeck, Sheena K Stuart, Eric Rayvid, d freymann, Jeff, Alana Lynch, Kathy Bennett, suzanne segalowitz, Steve Montalto, Tiffany Chu, Shawn Weil, Dawn Dennison, Sam Kapala, Jeremy Schneider.

Early Bird backers:


Chris Lin, John Ko, Kim Hock Toh, Michael Curtis, Susan Lansey Jewsbury, Robert Zander, Daniel Lieber, Jon Good, Sam Lam, Jonathan, Nariti Vanich, ChefSean, Karan Kapur, Dr. med Hank Schiffers, Nate DT, Joe Tate, Gail Walker, Eric Jones, Eric, Brandon Rupinski, Connie Haine, Omri Ben-Amos, Hugh Roper, Ted Davidson, powlsy, chris mccraw, Dianne Silver, Nathan Burrows, robert lang, Eric Reynolds, Tim Pierce, Gary Brouhard, John Lake, Steve Miller, Evan Brubaker, calvinbean, Jon Bode, roy theunissen, Carl Ekstrom, Patti Deriso, Brett Gallagher, Gustav Mikael Dahl, Natasha Zabchuk, Will Jennings, Emily, Jeff Wielki, Mark Hillman, Peter van Gils, Roger Guerrero, Ariel Yahni, Othmane Benkirane, Randolph Meiklejohn, alexander chang, Laura smeaton, Louise Johnson, ng ren kai, Jennifer ROwe, mitcho, Ramon Hermida, damon, Sean, Steve Ferdman, christopher weiss, Ben Yuen, QTeggin, Thomas Goetz, Ryan Cummings, Solomon Simon, Sarah Sieloff, Baran Keskin, Esteban Sardera, Tim Hulsey, Geoffrey Marshall, Ehren, David T.

Pioneer backers:

Stephen Fried, Jason Glasgow, Matt Zapp, Toby Rossmann, John Wedoff, Mark Rizzo, Alex Cook, Tim Kelley, Hartley, Joseph Gilbertie, Frank, David Hill, David Baumgold, Gregg, rodney gordon, Marco Grasso, Olinda Cho, Kenneth Hirsch, Alan breda, John Olson, Ed, Noel Hidalgo, Phillip Baraona, jeff lucas, Jack F Rudy, Rachel Schneider, Rebekah Stout, Nancy Harrowitz, Karen Melnick, Jim Ricciuti, John Favazzo, Gary Black, Jonathan Sessions, Jeremy Bazinet, Nick Holman, Anthony Floyd, Duncan Clemens, Julie Hammond, Helene Bladek, Daniel Wylie, Edward Reiner, Thomas Fortin, Erin Foley, Arthur B Davis, Noah Flower, Zev Lowe, C Gramley, Elisa Girard, James Rebitzer, Mx Jxn, KevinR, Dave Atkins, Chris Haynes, Greg Lief, Thomas Lakofski, michael turner, Yawei, Michelle, Jamie Liptan, Kenneth Gray, chuck, Kevin Hasley, Henry Kaiser, Ron Lauzon, Michael Cosaboom, Amy Goodwin, Jonathan Poritz, Tim Nolan, Jon Pierce, Sharp, Avi Drissman, Cody Rice, Lane Kneedler, Lars von Sneidern, John Kyle, Steve Struble, Jesse Mortenson, Kent, Brandon Cunningham, Ben Robinson, Robert Ryan-Silva, Peter Akrill, greg downing, Russell Neches, Austin Sos, Isaac Marx, Jayson Elliot, Bill McMillin, Andy Mardesich, Nicholas Tang, John B. Williams III, James Arrufat, Ben Andes, john park, Jaik Smith, Jim Snyder-Grant, Coralia Pineda, Ruth Lingford, jack diboise, karen l miller, Nicholas Woolridge, Alexis Carpenter, Drew Huening, Ryan Pratt, Don Lester, Michael Cukan, scott mcphee, Mike Coryell, Julie & David Wexler, Barrett M Johnson, Bryan Maret, Matthijs Abma, Marc Sopher, David Tetrault, Mark Alexander, Ken Shipp, Jason, John Randall, Ian McNally, KENNETH NOSEK, Tracey Morris, Ivan Sanchez, J. Mortenson, Jay Zott, john gale, pablo suárez-serrato, Russell Baruffi, Damon, Jesse Dungan, Matthew Planchard, ninja smurf, Bettye Clement, Oren Ofer, sam and brenna lord, Keith Moore, David, Patrick Gibson, Scott Magers, GingerELA, Skip Intro, Jeff Roberts, Ryan Cimino, Greg Buckland, Jon Stern aka Wee Heavy, Hasani, Virginia Wright, Michael Benjamin, Robert Hollander, Louis Thiery, Ladd Van Tol, CHRIS CHULKA, Kenneth Smalley, Siobhan, Maximilian Albrecht, bayleaf, ktknndy, Danny Muehlschlegel, Kristen Richard, Warren Bailey, Stephanie Henkel, Lars-Petter Steen, Jason Puliti, George Taylorcrest, Michael Friend, April Kinghorn, Sarah Cooke, Charles Magnuson, Ellen Kirk, Noah Sachs, MACHIN, Kevin McReynolds, Brian Averill, Andrew Cortright, Lani Hollander, barista, Rui Xin, Michael Scheetz, Karin Hill Appleton, Eric Williams, Ryan Riley, Angelique Hofmann, Terry Cohn, Mikayo Langhofer, Diana Felton, edworthy, Ah Xing, C.T. Lin, Richard C. Goodson , Jr., Michael Bereman, Karli VanSickle, Debbie Conlon, Lee Toma, Stephen R Kirts, Pat Chamberlain, Dorothy Al-Ghosien, Ian Emmons, Alex Chou, Nune Lemaire, jscinoz.


Hero backers:

Max Tenorio, Liz Seaman, Daniel Alavi, Melissa Dorwani, barbara marino, Christine Chen, Beth, Dan Krohne, Antonio Bay, Ben Foster, Sterling RW Wind, Justin Milner, Timothy B Thrift, Ronald Colvin, David Dannenberg, Blair Blanks, Nadja McNeil Jackson, meagar, Victor Essers, joseph ryan, Nicolas Ojeda Thies, Melissa Jewsbury, Kate Rubick, Alan S. Chan, Nathan Nagy-Hanley, Elsa Ramirez, Bob Lansey.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Funded by Kickstarter

Last night as the clock struck midnight, the Loud Bicycle Kickstarter campaign came to a close and the next phase of the project began. With six hundred enthusiastic backers and a solid 122% of our initial goal reached, we are really excited to finalize the design and move on to production.
Thanks so very much to everyone who has joined in, we can now proudly wear the badge: