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This project was successfully funded on January 13, 2013.

Bicycle horns that sound just like car horns.

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January 2015 Loud Bicycle Update

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Hi everyone,

We really appreciate all the photos and videos posted and special thanks for vigilant quality feedback. Please remember to test your horn soon or you may need to wait for the second batch for a replacement in case you have a faulty unit.

If you haven’t received your horn yet, please send your address to info@loudbicycle.com and we’ll find out what went wrong.

Loud Bicycle chargers

We finally have the chargers coming in, if you need one then create an order in this super-secret backer store page http://store4400057.ecwid.com/ Use the coupon BESAFEBELOUD to get one charger for free (domestic shipping/handling is $5). We will have lots in stock, so you can get as many as you like. They are for US outlets.

Epic backer videos

Now for a quick run-down of some wonderful backer videos

Jeffrey Daley made this super well done video; he’s basically a director.

 Another amazingly well done video from Spain (almost like a documentary) from Gordon Dionne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqzb_dU6xb0 

 Cyclegaz already reviewed it (amazing accent). Check out his other videos too, he’s something of a celebrity in England. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jf5rd0-DXc 

Short and sweet videos from:
@stubbear, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3BErzGBzhQ
Telmo Fernandes https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153104454382873
A nice article accompanied by a sweet vine (do not try this at home) http://www.bdcwire.com/proof-that-somervilles-loud-bicycle-horn-is-indeed-really-really-loud/
An unboxing video, we’re all in suspense for the followup where he tests the horn. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10203249412932360

Stay in touch

If we missed yours in this list, or you made a new video/photo please you can post yours over at https://www.facebook.com/LoudBicycle, or www.twitter.com/loudbicycle

Post-ship update

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Go and check your mail for a horn

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Horn production complete

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The horns are done!!! We’ll confirm the shipping time in a couple days, but optimistically they should get to our US fulfillment center in less than two weeks. We’ll ship them out to you as soon as they arrive. This means it’s time to gather some information.

Important

Surveys are coming! Most of you haven’t given us your address yet so you will soon receive an email asking for it. You must follow the link and fill out the survey to get your horn. If you have given us your address (HERO backers) you’ll get a different form to fill out in case you moved.

There is an optional survey too for additional items, these will be sold as extras through our website but you can get them for free now (or later) because we love you so much!

  • We provide a Mini USB cable which will let you charge the horn with a computer or any USB wall plug (like those cube shaped apple ones for example). If you need a USB Wall Charger then check the box for that in the optional survey. They won’t ship with your horns but if you need one we hope to get it to you before your first re-charge.
  • Some of you (ahoy bent riders!!) need cables longer than the standard 2.5 ft. (76cm). Good news, we’ll have some 2.5 ft. extension cables for you! Fill out the optional survey if you need one of those. If you think you need more than one then send us an email.

Link to survey ----> Add-on items form link

New team member

Jan Marie is joining Loud Bicycle! Do not be alarmed if you receive communications from her. She’s a pretty awesome musician by the way and she’s also a key member of CommonWheels Bicycle Co-Op.

More details about production

More pictures have been posted to this album so check it out if you are interested.

We were able to catch several cases of failed individual components, and in each case there were enough spare parts to get the horn working right so we have a full production yield! Also, we’ll be able to send the failed component back to the supplier and get more good ones for the second batch. Specific problems we found were faulty MOSFET switches which resulted in continuous honking (ouch), battery problems where the battery couldn’t supply the necessary current and a maladjusted tuning screw in one of the car horns.

In some cases (~10%) the green LED to indicate a full charge is slightly blocked on the inside by a stray piece of ‘flash’ plastic. We noticed and started fixing this about halfway through production. Since it isn’t critical (you can still see the light) we thought it best not to delay to adjust the horns that were already built.

We improved on our method for dampening the sound in the factory, first with ziploc bags of water which worked really well, then with an industrial ear protection rig. The tones are a direct proxy for volume so the testing is still effective.

A big thanks

There were only 8 people who built all of the bike horns (one of them took the picture). A first production run is always difficult but together we were able to work out some pretty efficient assembly methods.

Note: silly version of this photo here.

That's all for now, comments welcome as usual and don’t forget the surveys!

Horns horns and more horns

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Amazing news everyone, all the necessary pieces for building the horn have arrived at the factory, coincidentally at the same time that I did. The key piece was the plastic cases which come from one of my manufacturer's partners. The team has put a lot of work into preparing the supporting components and so assembly has been quick work. It looks like we'll get the horns to everyone (nationally) before the holidays. The internet is pretty flaky here but I managed to upload this image. They do two honk tests for each unit, once when the circuit board is connected, and another after it is fully assembled. This worker is smiling because we just found the pillow muffled the sound really well which means everyone can take out their earplugs :)

More pictures coming when I have more internet!