Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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I have an Air Zound, and on bike paths I find often that peds don't register it until I am right up their clacker despite the 115db. Then they jump sky-high.
Maybe they think it's a car horn or something?
Exactly what I was thinking. As I said I think people are more familiar with relating the bell sound to a bike but most other sounds are ignored as they are on a path. Bummer!
Has anyone actually heard how this bell sounds? There is not a audio file on their site and nothing on youtube that I could find so it make you wonder if it is worth purchasing....
There's a youtube vid on the front page of chamitha's link. The sound is actually alright, I think. It's different enough that peds should go WT? and look behind them, and it won;t get confused for a car horn. Of course, you'd only know after you bought one.
Would work well for me on the mtb but interested to know what you'd do on a drop bar.
This might be an audible warning device worth looking at. Vic peds are deaf to ting bells.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
The secret to getting past peds to ensure you are going fast enough that any sudden movements are easy to ignore because you'll be past them. My experience with the AZ is that while it can defeat the iPod, it's hard to mount it in a position that allows you to use it in an emergency situation. I tend to have my hands on brakes instead of horns. The AZ seems better suited to the moments where you would blast a car horn when driving - bad reversing decisions, for example. You can see it going to happen, but need to be heard over someone else's engine noise.
Just stick with the bell on the path, and you've got a voice. Learn to use and abuse it.
My bad - when I looked at bells a few months ago that youtube video was definitely not there. Thanks.
I second that. I did have a look a few months back and found it odd the bell wasn't rung in the vid. That seems to have been remedied now. I do recall one of the vids or blurbs stating that it does fit on road bikes with drops as well.
I wouldn't mind actually having some sort of megaphone/air horn for the bike, something that will allow me to personalise my interaction with fellow path users. Seen anything like this?
The RB Bell has the wrong sound effect but they make the point that it is safer as you don't have to take a hand off the bars to operate their bell, I guess a megaphone might not be so useful in that light. Something like the RB but programable, maybe several buttons for savoured messages escalating from diplomatic to a booming 'move it or you're about to become retread'. You could call this device the MoFo Messager. Somebody make one.
That's my experience too. I bought one after nearly being cleaned up twice on the same commute in situations where I would have used the AZ. Haven't used it since. There was once I would have used it but I was too busy braking/swerving to use it. I haven't used it on iZombies yet though I've been sorely tempted a few times. I have a bell on the bike too which suffices for most pedestrian interaction, and use my voice for the rest.
I use my voice first, if no response, then I use the AZ.
and it terms of mounting issues with brifters, you can always create a remote trigger - just need a valve switch and a tube with some ends (yes it's on my list of things to do)
I've just bought a hornit (the rabid parakeet). It is LOUD when you test fire it inside the lounge at home . But it's the chirping sound that is unusual. It doesn't go ding like regular bells but i have that and a bell. My hornit was actually aimed for cars but i expect i'll use it on dingbat pedestrians in time too. (I pass one bus stop on a major route where people obviously see their bus coming and run straight across in front of cyclists (including myself). the parakeet could be useful in those circumstances to give them a buzz to make them at least think first. Of course I would always give the usual ding first, but over traffic and ipods, it just doesn't seem to register a lot of the time.
I bought one of these from Ivanhoe Cycles ($15). For that price I thought I'd give it a go. A bit disappointed, not loud at all. In fact I'm pretty sure I could fart louder than this. Having said that it is handy for crowded situations such as riding through south bank on a Sunday arvo. A continuous blast does seem to scatter the crowds but as a replacement or the ping bell... no way.
Also it doesn't fit the carbon bars on my road bike.
A bit too difficult to fart in that manner?
You need to include more legumes in your diet
Sounds like a phone in the video -- can't see that having the desired effect...
Also, unless MrToad's flatulence is particularly thunderous, the bell is probably not all that loud -- there's lots of similar "toys" in the two dollar shops that would work just as well.
We need to do sound level checks with a decibel meter on this -- MrToad's rear end, I mean.
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