Sunday, March 20, 2016

Anyone can be a cyclist

The Loud Classic horn joined quieter signalling apparatus for bicycles in a beautiful art piece by Lisa Schuchmann. Visitors were invited to ring the bell, squeeze the squeezy horn and honk the Loud Bicycle horn.


Proper warning was given to people who wanted to honk though, WARNING VERY LOUD, was spelled out on the button. The exhibit was part of "FOCUS Experiments in Photographic Interpretation" and hosted at the Aidekman Arts Center. While it housed the exhibit, the Koppelman Gallery was surely the loudest art gallery in the world.


Lisa says that anyone can be a cyclist – its true – anyone can ride a bicycle or recumbent trike. That is why at Loud Bicycle we just call ourselves people that bike.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Be truly SEEN on your bicycle

There's a big difference between being visible and being seen. We are honored to have bicycle safety advocate and inventor Matt “Carphree” Carty guest blog about how bike riders can not just visible but seen.

Loud meets bright

I’ve been a fan of the Loud Bicycle from the first time I saw it on KickStarter.  The instant I heard about the concept - a car horn for a bike - I knew it would be highly effective.  I knew this because it taps into and effectively “hacks” a deeply programmed and practiced human behavior: on the road, a car horn demands attention.

Long before people learn to drive they are taught the sound of a car horn, and (except perhaps New Yorkers) people learn to look when we hear one.  I tried to tap into the same ethos - to hack into core human behavior - when I made my Crazy Giant EYEBALL Bike Lights.




I got the idea for mounting eye shaped lights on my back when it occurred to me I could manipulate the human tendency to see faces in everyday objects, and when I learned about research showing people behave more ethically under the watchful eye of pretty much anything that looks like an eye. What I created are a pair of glowing eyes on the back of my jacket that look right at passing drivers.
My Crazy Giant EYEBALL Bike Lights have about 24 square inches of illumination visible from at least 200 feet away. They fill a gap between fender or seatpost mounted lights and a helmet light. And they hack hard-wired human behaviors to see faces and behave better when watched. Anecdotally I have 3 years experience riding with the eyes and drivers definitely pass at safe speed and distance, and I have never been honked or yelled at while wearing them (all the while riding my bike on narrow congested Boston roads. Boston - home of the Masshole driver).

A bike rider can be well lit with bright blinky lights and still not be seen. This is especially true in residential areas and cities where cycle lights can blend in with background lighting. If you feel you want something more to ensure you’re seen, why not make a pair of Crazy Giant EYEBALL Bike Lights for yourself?

Read this instructable to find out exactly how to build your own awesome bike lights , and please comment if you have any questions.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Crazy-Giant-EYEBALL-Bike-Lights 




Sunday, December 6, 2015

Bicycle safety horn for warehouses

Warehouses can get really large, and a bicycle is a great way to get around them. Zero emissions and fun too. But at Barry's facility in North Carolina they also have over 50 fork trucks sharing the same space.
We are a 700,000 Sq.ft. facilitiy with over 1000 employees. We are moving forward on using bicycles more in our facility. So I got to say "Great Job" in coming up with a horn you can hear. They make us stand out and keep everyone safe..:-)    - Barry from the Pureoil warehouse.
By adding Loud Classic horns to each of their Worksman Cycles they can bike safely around the warehouse without worry about getting crushed by a ton of product.



The picture is a bit blurry, but you can still make out the Loud Classic horns on their fleet of bikes. Make your own bicycle fleet safe and get Loud Bicycle horns here.




Monday, November 30, 2015

Delta AirZound and Loud Bicycle Horn comparison

 VS 
We honked the horns outside the windows of a real car without adjusting the volume. Listen with headphones and picture yourself sitting in that drivers seat, how would you react?
The Air Zound horn
The Loud Mini
The Loud Classic
Research shows that people react the fastest to the sound of a car horn compared with other sounds, so Loud Bicycle horns are designed to sound just like car horns. The special double-pitch sound of horns also allows people to hear where the sound is coming from whether or not they see a bicycle.



Loud Bicycle horns are powered by USB rechargeable lithium ion batteries with a charge lasting 2-4 months while the AirZound is powered by a canister of compressed air which you hand-pump before you ride. You can get about 30 seconds of honking time out of The AirZound though the volume drops off after the first few blasts. You can adjust the volume with the AirZound, but to lighten the impact of the Loud Bicycle horns you need to tap quickly on the button.

The Loud Bicycle horns are can be used in rain sleet and snow, but must be stored indoors when the weather gets below freezing. The AirZound starts to lose performance at around 40F (4C)

Loud Bicycle horns use a remote trigger which means you can place the button where it will be most convenient to use. The 2.5ft button cable extensions make Loud Bicycle horns easy to use on recumbent and cargo bikes. The AirZound trigger is attached to the horn so must attach it to your handlebars and you might need to lift your hands from their regular position in order to honk.


You can learn more and purchase the Loud Bicycle horn at www.loudbicycle.com/horn



Hornit Horn and Loud Bicycle Horn comparison

 VS 
We honked the horns outside the windows of a real car without adjusting the volume. Listen with headphones and picture yourself sitting in that drivers seat, how would you react?
The Hornit
The Loud Mini
The Loud Classic
Research shows that people react the fastest to the sound of a car horn compared with other sounds, so Loud Bicycle horns are designed to sound just like car horns. The special double-pitch sound of horns also allows people to hear where the sound is coming from whether or not they see a bicycle.

Both The Hornit and the Loud Bicycle horns are durable for use on a bicycle rain or shine, hot or cold. Loud Bicycle horns are powered by USB rechargeable lithium ion batteries with a charge lasting 2-4 months while The Hornit is powered by two AAA batteries that last for 6-12 months. The Hornit weighs hardly anything (3.3oz) and the Loud Bicycle horns weigh 0.9-1.6 lb. Loud Bicycle horns sound just like car horns, and The Hornit sounds like a kind of alien bird.

You can learn more and purchase the Loud Bicycle horn at www.loudbicycle.com/horn

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cycling around the Mediterranean

Cycling in Malta is sometimes lovely:


But sometimes its crazy. Narrow roads with ancient stone walls, lots of roundabouts and tons of cars.
MaltesePhil has been documenting his experiences cycling around and we have a few takeaways to share with you:

1) It is helpful to keep your wits about you and to have a Loud Bicycle horn


2) Huge traffic jams are most easily navigated by bicycle


3) Bicycle lanes begin and end mysteriously

4) Watch out for car collisions.

Would you like extra safety too? Follow this link to get your own loud bike horn.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Loud Mini Kickstarter is live

We have worked closely with our manufacturer for three years building Loud Classic and preparing for Loud Mini. We are on our third iteration of the circuitry and each step has improved durability and reliability. We learned from experience that our manufacturer has high quality standards and we know how to work with their schedules to get our products shipped. Very excited for this next step for Loud Bicycle in the quest for making cycling safer.

Pledge here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lansey/loud-mini-bicycle-horn