Riding a Horny Bike


I had a dream!  . . . I thought of the idea in this post in a dream.  Crazy? Fun? Cool!

 

Dreams occur right before awakening.  Leaving a light on makes you sleep less efficiently.  So a few years ago, I left a light on with a “dream notebook” right next to my bed.  I did this for about a week, with so-so results, until I woke up soaked in sweat, full of adrenaline, and freaked out that my 2nd grade teacher figured out that I never dug up my time capsule after the 10 year period.  There was never a time capsule from my 2nd grade class, but such a ridiculous awakening easily puts a kibosh on an experiment that doesn’t seem promising.  I digress.

I read the Bike Commuters’ The Well-Tempered Cyclist post shortly before bed one night.  Before falling asleep that night, I reflected on my agreement of the past five years of riding.  Riding with other members of the Purdue Tri Club, we started smiling and waving at angry drivers, who often like to honk at us.  The waving and smiling often confuses drivers, which makes it enjoyable.  Plus, what’s the point in continuing the anger?  It doesn’t solve any problems, and some of us believe in karma!

Ironically after thinking about how relatively calm of I rider I am, I had a dream including the opposite behavior.  My dream involved me trying to get a semi-truck driver to “Honk it!” This is another cycling hobby of mine.  However, I didn’t notice that I drifted over into the middle lane, while riding my bike.  The truck driver did end up honking it, but he also cut me off in traffic, too!  Somehow, I had an airhorn mounted on my bike, so I honked back!

I talked about my dream the next day at work.  Within a few hours, I was at West Marine in Newport Beach.  Here, I learned that employees do not like when you test out horns in the store.  More interestingly, I found an Eco Horn.  This horn is 115 dB, marine grade, and sustainable!  The air power comes by pumping it up from a Schrader valve, common to cycling (and even car tire) pumps.  The 80 psi charge, on full volume, lasts several miles, even on liberal use.  I do not have any more data other than that information, for now.  And for a frame of reference, 115 dB is slightly louder than a loud yell.

 

Additionally, the pump fits nicely into a water bottle cage.  I mounted a water bottle cage to my 2001 Lemond Buenos Aires, as shown here.

bikehorn

I’ve had the horn for about 150 miles of bike commuting, now.  The horn provides gratification by communicating to drivers that I can honk louder than they can, on average.  The drivers, for the most part, are confused.  I look forward to future social experiments, including a zip tie to hold the horn in “honking position,” honking back at semi-truck drivers :-), and my new road rage outlet, in general.

1 Response so far »

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    Rooster said,

    Way to fit in. You should try multi-tasking on a bike. I’ve seen the cell phone move. You should try electric razor. It’s all about saving time and being mroe dangerous than the next guy.

    Next time you want to dream big, eat a bunch of sugar before bedtime.


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