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December Loud Bicycle Update

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Hey everyone,

Its update time! The official 'tooling' began for the housing of the horn earlier this month. This means that I’ve given the green light for making the molds to build the custom plastic components. Mold is an understatement though ... it is really a small machine carved from a block of steel that is designed to pump out our intricate plastic parts extremely quickly. The molding company had to change the way the horn snaps together - but hopefully that will be the very-last design modification.

This month we also finished the pushbutton design, here are a few photos of the 3D printed prototype. It is designed to be super water-resistant. The bit at the center has a nice feel to it so you will be able to center your finger on the button and honk while keeping your eyes focused on the road. It is a pretty simple design and I hope it won't hold us back even though tooling will start later. One of our button prototypes cracked on assembly but it was just because of the material properties of the 3D print material so it we don't expect it to be a problem in production. Below is a closeup of the protruding soft-rubber piece with the Loud Bicycle logo indented in the center.

The 3D printed rubber was a little brittle (though not as brittle as the plastic) so we found another material to do tests with. I didn't have a banana so here is a quarter for scale.I hope the final button will have the soft rubber part made in a Loud Bicycle orange color :)

For slightly larger versions of these photos, check out the Loud Bicycle Blog.

Happy New Year everyone; I feel that 2014 is going to be a great year for bicycles, it is great to have you as a part of it.

Until next time, happy biking!
Alan S. Chan, Robert Zander, and 10 more people like this update.

Comments

    1. Creator Barrett M Johnson on February 3, 2014

      Thanks, Jonathan. Keep the updates coming! Hope to have it by April as that's bike time in Seattle! Go Hawks!

    2. Creator Michael T. Halligan on January 28, 2014

      Glad you're having fun, it's been a year now, are you ever shipping? If not, I'd like a refund.

    3. Creator Jonathan Lansey on January 14, 2014

      Thanks for the comments guys. I'd actually like to see photos of the molds too, I hope to be able to get some before Chinese new year in Feb.

    4. Creator David on December 31, 2013

      Thanks for the update. I hope all goes well with the button tooling. This seems to be almost more difficult than cracking a safe. Please provide a banana for scale next time. Thanks.

    5. Creator Warren Bailey on December 31, 2013

      Very exciting Jonathan - it has been fun learning all the hurdles you've had to overcome with design, and tooling/manufacturing. It has been a great leaning experience. Thanks for sticking with it, staying positive, and all the best for 2014. I hope as the clock strikes 12 you shoot a video of yourself ringing in the new year with a loud bike horn HONK HONK HONK !!! All the best, Warren.

    6. Creator David Dannenberg on December 31, 2013

      Thanks for the update. Very exciting.

      Do you have photos of the molds and machinery that will be used to manufacture the horn? Would love to see what it all looks like.

      Here's to a honkin' good new year!

      David Dannenberg