This is a really exciting time for Loud Bicycle, we are tantalizingly close to mass production, but resolved not to start until we are sure everything is right. We have been making steady progress but will unfortunately need to delay shipping as I will explain in this update.
I’ve been testing out three printed circuit boards inside the housing, honking horns and charging the batteries with USB, the circuits are working great. Below is a photo of the PCB and battery as they will fit inside the housing. You can see the shiny black battery and the LEDs which are red when the battery is charging and green when it is charged. You can also see the removable cable for the button that triggers the horn coming out the back. Note that the weatherproof seals are not included in this image and the “I let cars share the road” sticker will be optional. Also attached is a video of me honking the horn.
The team doing the final internal and external touches got a few things off on their first try fitting the circuit board so we have been delayed now as we fix the issues. Every few weeks we get a new revision and we get closer to the final product. Now we have only a few problems left and we expect them to be fixed with this revision. In particular, the spot where the button meets the housing needs a special shape for it to be waterproof and to make sure that the button doesn’t pop out during rough riding. Below is a picture from tonight with this final(?) version just beginning the 19 hour 3D printing process. Seriously hoping that everything will be perfect on this one.
We are working to get this horn done as soon as possible, but not sooner. I’m really sorry to say that it is going to be another two months before we can ship. The new estimated Ship date is sometime in October. Please try to hang in there until then and stay safe!
Update on the grill
Given the feedback we are going to stick with the chrome grills. I’ve tested spray-painting them black and the paint stuck perfectly so you can personalize the grills or just remove them if you choose. (Looking forward to seeing them in Purple Mrs. Bean!!!)
I was so happy to read all your comments on the last update. I sometimes get quite involved with the stressful routine of making this horn – hearing your voices one by one in the last update reminded me how personal this crowdfunded project is. Thanks for backing Loud Bicycle and thanks for staying involved!
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