After a few recent incidents where going 'ding' just didn't work, I am looking to put a louder device on my bike. Any one use anything or have any experience using a loud horn? Or can anyone recommend one?
Was just looking at the Air Zound, seem a good option but chunky and a bit messy looking. Also looking at Hornit as well, which seemed aggressive and poss too loud, I don't want to scare people, I just want to make them aware of my presence.
Tried zound, too loud for cycle paths and one more thing to have to think about pumping air into before leaving home on a whim. I have a ding bell which I use on quiet paths and with people who aren't on the phone/headphones.
When I get serious about my lighting I might try the b+m electric horn that mounts under the 150 lux headlight. I will keep the manual horn mounted though.
Why not combine a light with a horn having a decent sound for shared paths ? I purchased one from www.gearbest.com and it`s described as a Bicycle Light with Horn usb rechargeable for £3.75 . Mine is the gold painted one with the horn button in red , there are 4 or 5 on the site .
I have found exactly the same thing. Around half the people I come up behind don't hear one ding. Most however hear if I give two or three dings rapidly in succession. The problem I find is the joggers with ear phones on, they very rarely hear the bell no matter how many times I ding it. Have to resort to a very loud shout of excuse me please.
Been there done that.
Buzzers and sirens even though they may be loud they don't tell folks a bike is comming like an old fashioned bring bring bell dose.
I've even fitted a 12 volt motorcycle horn, powered off my 7.2v light battery, loud, yes, used close to a pedant and they need to go home to change the underwear. Used from a sensible distance even on a cycle path you can see people react but they start looking towards the nearest road for a motor vehicle.
Only a proper bike bell says, look out there's a bike coming