About this project
The Kickstarter is over, but you can still get info and BUY from the Loud Bicycle website.
We want biking on roads to be safer
Cycling in traffic can be frightening and dangerous. The Loud Bicycle horn prevents accidents by alerting motorists with a familiar sound. The safety benefits of the horn give more people the confidence to travel by bike.
How does it work?
Drivers react to car horns before they even know where the sound is coming from. A driver that gets beeped at while backing out of a driveway for example, will immediately brake. These kinds of reflexive reactions are perfect to keep cyclists safe. Some motorists don't realize that their driving habits can be dangerous for cyclists. Drivers will learn to be more aware of cyclists after a Loud Bicycle horn is honked at them.
Click to hear a recording of the horn:
- Sound: is like a typical car horn, both in volume and pitch
- Honk: for up to 30 seconds at a time (but please be respectful)
- Batteries: are rechargeable Li-ion batteries, a charge lasts 1-2 months
- Button: snaps on to either handlebar and honking does not interfere with braking.
- Weather resistant: works in rain, sleet and snow
Detailed specsThe Loud Bicycle horn is truly in a class of its own, here are a few more technical specs:
- Volume: 112 decibels, like a typical car horn
- Pitch: just like a compact car, low tone 420 Hz, high tone 500 Hz
- Removable batteries: so you can charge them indoors
- Battery status light: will indicate when the battery is low
- Disable the horn: discretely when it is parked with a hidden switch
- Dimensions: less than 6x4.5x4 inches
- Weight: less than 23 ounces
- Silicone rubber gaskets: specially molded for water ressistance
- Patent pending
Inventor Jonathan Lansey is a research engineer, an Awesome Foundation trustee and an avid city cyclist. Andrew Lansey is a mechanical and aerospace engineer, who has taken a break from airplane building to design the aerodynamic horn prototypes.
We have been working with a US manufacturing and engineering firm that has extensive experience designing and building hardened, waterproofed electronics. We are also working with an overseas firm to source some components and do the final assembly. We have a fulfillment company lined up to get your rewards to you as soon as production is complete.
Mark Gibson, Ilya Lifshits, Eric Jones
Filmography/photography by Rocky Acosta and Daniel Martín Alarcón, web design by Allison Johnston and logo by Andrew Le. Our T-Shirt image was drawn by Allison Johnston, and with inspiration from this painting by Ellen Marcus.
We are really grateful for all the help we have received:
Kara Brickman, Jared Detsikas, Eli Lansey, Lily Peck, Nathan Schurr, Ofer Tamir, Christina Xu, Mitch Altman, Spencer Boomhower, Sergey Galkin Erhardt Graeff, Luke Hutchison, Randall Jacobs, Sam Kapala, Stacy Lansey, Jordan Ledvina, Ilya Lifshits, Ian Marge, Nadeem Mazen, Peter Montgomery, Boris Mordkovitch, Jon Pierce, Reuben Pressman, Suzanne Segalowitz, Jesse Taggert, Taylor Welden, Jun Yin, Artisans Assylum, Bike Gotham, Revolights, The Awesome Foundation, Bob and Lill Lansey
Our timeline has been thoroughly planned and reviewed by the firms we are working with. All we need is your support!
- Jan: Finalize design and components
- Feb: Test prototypes of final design
- Mar: Finalize and order production tooling
- Apr: System validation of beta units and shipping to BETA backers
- May: Final production run
- Jun: Package and ship horns to you!
The money you pledge will go to engineering, fabrication and testing. With your help we can make cycling safer.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Risks and challenges
Some are concerned about increased noise pollution from cyclists and a deterioration of the urban environment. The Loud Bicycle horn is not a toy. We are confident that people serious enough about cycling to buy one of our horns are already more concerned about the urban environment than an average motorist. In addition, the uninterrupted path from horn to ear will be a strong motivation for our customers to honk responsibly.
We are anticipating concerns that the Loud Bicycle horn will encourage cyclists to ride more dangerously and take more risks, feeling that the horn will protect them. We will be be including a user manual in the box which will include easy-to-understand instructions for safe city cycling. We also strongly encourage all bike riders to follow the traffic laws in the cities where they ride. While following these norms, the horn will only be used in emergency situations that could not have been avoided.
Lithium ion batteries come with varying levels of reliability. We have experienced extremely good results with our prototypes, and are confident that we have sourced high-quality batteries. Additionally, we will perform extensive testing to ensure that our bulk order has no flaky batteries.
There is a risk that the final production and shipment will be delayed, but we’re tenacious and determined to stick to our intended timeline and honor commitments made to campaign supporters. Additionally, our manufacturer specializes in runs our size, so we don't expect any major delays there, and the fulfillment company we are working with will get your rewards on their way as soon as they come out of the factory.
The Loud Bicycle horn is locked onto your bike with security bolts. The special tool needed to remove them is hard to come by so your horn will be safe. We’ll include the tool in the package so you can install the horn.
The Loud Bicycle horn will be use rechargeable cells that drop into a universal charging unit. There will be an LED light with indicate that charge-state of the battery.
You control the horn with a ergonomic button that mounts on the handlebars with an easy snap mechanism. A thin wire leads back to the case. Honking does not interfere with braking.
We will provide a method to disable the horn to stop people from messing with it when it is parked.
The Loud Bicycle horn can fit a wide variety of frame sizes and shapes. It can attach to either the top tube or the down tube. The location on the tube where it is attached must be no more than 1.5 inches wide and no more than 1.8 inches in height. The tube need not be circular, the rubber shims will provide a tight fit for a variety of shapes and also protect the paint.
The Loud Bicycle horn is water resistant and can be used in all weather including rain. Be cautious though; bicycles and cars have longer stopping distances on slick roads.
The Loud Bicycle horn is legal everywhere in the USA except for libraries. Often whistles and sirens are prohibited on bicycles because they are used by the police.
The Loud Bicycle horn is completely safe for normal use. The two-note design is more perceptible than dangerously loud horns that only have a single note. Prolonged exposure, or honking while ears are very close to the horn casing, may cause hearing damage. We strongly suggest that you not honk like a Mass Hole.
Drivers recognize car horns. The reaction is instantaneous and occurs before they even look for a threat. Our hope is that each encounter will provide the opportunity for drivers to develop a sharper awareness of the cyclists traveling alongside them.
We are designing a discrete method to disable the horn and prevent misuse while bikes are parked and to prevent accidental honking. Thanks to everyone who gave feedback about this feature.
We have been working with an American manufacturer to produce the custom housing and mounting pieces. Many of the other components will be made in China.
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