Airzound

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gambatte, 28 Nov 2007.

  1. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    I've heard people praising these for a bit and kept searching for the best price. Always seemed to come up about £24. Never came up with anything searching CRC. Changed the search from 'airzound' to 'horn' and came up with this

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=20105

    Mines on the way. Price seemed good. Thought I'd post it.
     
  2. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Get ready to watch joggers leap and cabbies fill their kecks!
     
  3. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Blimey. Very good price!! Cheapest I could find when I replaced mine a few months back was about £21.

    They are hellfire - especially when fully charged to 100psi in the reservoir....!!

     
  4. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    I think Evans have them for £17.99 in the Chiswick branch.
     
  5. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    still think these are wrong, everyone with one talks about making people jump etc

    anything should only alert others to your road position, seems to me that these things run more than a risk of antagonising other road users
     
  6. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Why do cars have horns?

    Only as loud as them, and a bell wouldn't work.
     
  7. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    people are always rattling on about them being like truck horns

    car horns are loud enough to be heard in another car doing 60mph, they're overkill for something doing 20mph in traffic or pedestrians

    again, everyone posting about them revels in how much noise they make and how they startle/frighten people, read this thread to see that
     
  8. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    I agree with you Tynan, I think the use of one of these on a pedestrian in all but the most extreme cases would be nothing short of malicious!

    They would be useful for when a vehicle does the old not-quite-overtake-and-then-pull-in maneuver though, and as such I have given a subtle hint to my siblings that I'd like one for Christmas ;-)
     
  9. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    There is a bit of the 'gadget' mentality about them.

    But...

    I'll not be using it with respect to peds. I reckon my voice is enough.

    I will use it when someones squeezing me to the kerb etc. Car, van bus or wagon.

    According to this
    http://www.tinnitus-research.org/info/turndown.asp
    car horn at 1 meter is 120db, the same.
     
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    if the car has just passed you then surely it knows you're there?

    just doesn't care?

    turn it down? yeah right

    one wonders what sort of emergency allows time to use the horn but doesn't need any braking or emergency manoeuvring, that's the good thing about shouting

    I always say when driving that if there's time to use the horn, it's usually not emergency enough to have to use the horn
     
  11. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    So your problem isn’t with airzounds, its with horns in general?
     
  12. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Are they as loud as the compressed air footy match style ones? Heard them many a time at Bramall Lane and it scares the b'jeezuz out of me, even when I half expect it.

    Way OTT for a bike, though, IMO.
     
  13. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    I have a bell for joggers etc (and a voice), only use Airzound to inform motorists who appear to be blind of my existance. Excuse me while I adjust my halo :biggrin:
     
  14. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    I don't have one, but I can see the point in terms of giving as good as you get in traffic, although like Tynan says, if you have time to hoot, you probably need to be using it to take evasive action.

    The other time I've heard people find them useful is if you're riding on a shared path and there are peds in front who don't budge at your bell, either because they are i-podded up, or are just being arsey. I'm not sure I'd be assertive enough to use one though...

    Aparrently you don't have to give a blast though - like a car horn you can, if you take the trouble, just give a little 'bip' - or a great long blast...
     
  15. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I never hear drivers revelling in how loud their horns are, something weighing a ton plus travelling at speeds at up to 100mph should have something loud on to warn people, stopping distances and all that

    but I've already posted that anyway
     
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