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2012-05-08 03:37:22 PM
Urban cyclist revenge?

Dnrtfa
 
2012-05-08 03:39:49 PM
I'd be more impressed if he had a smaller cylinder continually recharged by an extra chain drive coming off his pedal gear.

Still kinda cool, albeit uncomfortable looking.
 
2012-05-08 03:42:12 PM
I was driving home late one night, probably too sleepy for safety. A tiny white hatchback slowly rolls up beside me and blows a train horn... Shocked me awake, got some blood flowing. I laughed, motioned for them to do it a couple more times and drove the rest of the way home pretty well awake.

/csb
//thanks, train-horn Chevette
 
2012-05-08 03:43:58 PM
Good cripes, what an attention hornster
 
2012-05-08 03:44:49 PM
Sir, you are an ASSHOLE....

...and I applaud you

/clap
//clap
///clap
 
2012-05-08 03:46:13 PM
Darwin will resolve this anomaly soon.
 
2012-05-08 03:47:11 PM
"me so horny" chain guard.
 
2012-05-08 03:49:11 PM
Attached to something as light as a bicycle, isn't a train horn a form of propulsion?
 
2012-05-08 03:49:34 PM

cgraves67: I'd be more impressed if he had a smaller cylinder continually recharged by an extra chain drive coming off his pedal gear.

Still kinda cool, albeit uncomfortable looking.


That's what I was thinking. It could have been designed much better. Hell, he could at least have put the tank behind him.
 
2012-05-08 03:50:28 PM
in before the rage of entitled cyclists who like to impede traffic.

/maybe not
 
2012-05-08 03:51:29 PM
That's a stabbin'.
 
2012-05-08 03:55:33 PM
I had an air horn on one of my motorcycles but it was a cheapo with no tank. There was about a half second delay between the time I hit the button and the time the compressor built up enough pressure to make noise.
 
2012-05-08 03:55:56 PM
img846.imageshack.us

Leonardo DiCaprio sees what you did there.
 
2012-05-08 03:56:06 PM
So, what's the over under on this guy getting severely beat up or killed? Anyone taking bets yet?
 
2012-05-08 03:59:12 PM
This thread needs this button.

/Also available as an app for iOS and Android
 
2012-05-08 03:59:41 PM
Wow, what a tool.
 
2012-05-08 04:01:37 PM
I had one on my Panhead 20 years ago or so. Scared the hell out of people. It was cumbersome though, and more annoying to me than to anyone else, so I took it off.
 
2012-05-08 04:03:08 PM
Heh. Just last weekend my kids and I experimented with making two varieties of air horn: (1) tin cans + plastic bottles and (2) PVC pipe. The PVC pipe ones seemed to work the best. In each case, you use a piece of material from a balloon to make the base vibration. Next time I'll try PVC pipes with larger diameters and a piece of innertube rubber instead of balloon. Lotsa noisy fun. The neighbors must love us ;)
 
2012-05-08 04:04:57 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

It's all going WOO WOOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
2012-05-08 04:06:47 PM
That guy's just asking for a stick in the spokes.
 
2012-05-08 04:07:21 PM
My office is two blocks from Amtrak and Norfolk-Southern lines, so I'm getting a kick.
 
2012-05-08 04:08:37 PM

Johnstarr: That's what I was thinking. It could have been designed much better. Hell, he could at least have put the tank behind him.


He could have used a paintball tank. The pressure is similar enough for his use, and the can get them in sizes as small as a baseball.
 
2012-05-08 04:08:54 PM
Is it really that safe to ride a bicycle with a tank of compressed air right next to your chest, pointing at your face?

Let's hope not.
 
2012-05-08 04:10:44 PM
Get into an accident and there is a good chance it will go BoooooooooooooooooM!
 
2012-05-08 04:14:56 PM
Ha. Talk about size envy. He blew his horn at a Smart car passing by.
 
2012-05-08 04:16:02 PM

Johnstarr: cgraves67: I'd be more impressed if he had a smaller cylinder continually recharged by an extra chain drive coming off his pedal gear.

Still kinda cool, albeit uncomfortable looking.

That's what I was thinking. It could have been designed much better. Hell, he could at least have put the tank behind him.


There is a guy at SJ Bike Party that has a real five chime train horn on a trailer behind his bike, complete with a 12V compressor to keep the tank topped up. That sucker made my toy wooden train whistle feel very inferior.
 
2012-05-08 04:17:13 PM
If this was less unwieldy, it might be useful, because frankly, this

cn1.kaboodle.com

does not cut it in motor traffic. I think the horn should only be used when necessary, but when you are on a bike, that tends to be a lot.
 
2012-05-08 04:20:11 PM
Years ago, a buddy of mine who was a kinetic arts professor at a major art school invited me to visit his studio. Wandering around, I noticed the triple-airhorn from a freight locomotive he'd salvaged somewhere, from an old EMD unit if I remember. It was bigger than the one on this guy's bike - the tallest of the horns was almost three feet long. Buddy asked me if I wanted to hear it. Sure, why not. Plugs in the air compressor, screws in the hose to the base of the horns [standing upright, pointed to the ceiling] and lets it rip. Even w/16-ft ceilings, I almost hit my head from jumping up. I'm surprised I have any hearing left at all, and now know why I can hear the locomotives in the yard a good mile from my house.

/CSB?
 
2012-05-08 04:20:30 PM
When the horn on my ex's '71 Mustang died I found her a two-trumpet truck horn. I ended up regretting that every time she pulled into the driveway and tapped the horn so I would come down and help with the groceries... That thing probably scared years off of my life.
 
2012-05-08 04:21:50 PM

No Such Agency: If this was less unwieldy, it might be useful, because frankly, this

[cn1.kaboodle.com image 280x280]

does not cut it in motor traffic. I think the horn should only be used when necessary, but when you are on a bike, that tends to be a lot.


I was thinking the same thing. This guy seems to just be an asshole, but the concept is solid.
 
2012-05-08 04:27:07 PM
Looks like a Nathan K3A ? Any railfans care to identify?
 
2012-05-08 04:31:09 PM
A guy I know has an airhorn hooked up to his bike, complete with a PVC-canister for compressed air.

Sounds like a loud automobile horn.

He says it's not very effective - the sound confuses cars, and their drivers look around for a truck.
 
2012-05-08 04:39:00 PM
Oh, and just to add, I always thought a decent air-horn system for a bike would have some sort of seat-post suspension that would compress air with each bump and be hooked up to a small reservoir tank on the back of the bike.
 
2012-05-08 04:47:51 PM

Fat-D: Looks like a Nathan K3A ? Any railfans care to identify?


It does appear to be some variant of a Nathan K3, maybe a K3LA.
 
2012-05-08 04:48:02 PM

Fat-D: Looks like a Nathan K3A ? Any railfans care to identify?


I believe you are correct. I had that model mounted in a customized truck tool box on my old '72 Chevy C-10. The horn took up half the box, and the air tank took up the other half. Not much room left for actual tools, but man, that thing was a lot of fun.
 
2012-05-08 04:49:56 PM
Reads like Inception.
 
2012-05-08 04:51:41 PM

mrmustard11: Fat-D: Looks like a Nathan K3A ? Any railfans care to identify?

It does appear to be some variant of a Nathan K3, maybe a K3LA.


That's exactly it. The base of the K3LA's manifold doesn't sit much lower than the horns themselves, whereas the K3HA's manifold base is longer and has the horns sitting up higher. Hence the "L" and "H" in the model name.
 
2012-05-08 04:55:08 PM

KOOLmike: Fat-D: Looks like a Nathan K3A ? Any railfans care to identify?

I believe you are correct. I had that model mounted in a customized truck tool box on my old '72 Chevy C-10. The horn took up half the box, and the air tank took up the other half. Not much room left for actual tools, but man, that thing was a lot of fun.


I had a coworker a few years ago that picked up one off craigslist for $3. Then he cleaned it up, brought it in and connected it to an industrial, 15 foot tall air compressor. Jesus if that thing didn't crack window.
 
2012-05-08 04:55:28 PM

Fat-D: Looks like a Nathan K3A ? Any railfans anoraks care to identify?


FTFY.
 
2012-05-08 05:02:30 PM
Bicycle with train horn? Instant Comedy!

Scene one (isolated railway tracks).

The Stooges are stuck on the tracks. They are trying to move their clunker of an old car off of the tracks.

(Train Horn)

They furiously push the car, finally getting it off the tracks as the horn sounds closer and closer and closer ...

Scene two

The stooges collapse, exhausted, and turn to watch the train go by.

(Bicycle with another stooge peddling furiously goes by, sounding his "Train horn".Stooges' mouths drop open. They watch in total disbelief as bicycle goes by, tooting its train horn.)

Result: Hilarity.

Gets the paying public every time, whether as a comic short subject or a feature movie gag.
 
kab
2012-05-08 05:25:38 PM
 
2012-05-08 05:40:25 PM
I'm not sure it's of much practical value to have a horn on a bicycle. In "difficult" situations you're going to need to keep control, and on a bike that means both hands firmly attached to your handlebars for the purposes of steering and bracing against heavy braking. Whereas in a car you can spare a hand to honk the horn even in an emergency.

Same goes for ringing a bell. In an emergency you're better off yelling. I just use the bell as a way of calmly announcing my presence in advance as a "Excuse me kind sir, I don't wish to alarm you but I am approaching you on a bicycle, would you be able to let me past?". When my bell isn't working I just say the whole thing out loud.

I've always suspected that the people who have horns on bicycles only use them for being a dick to pedestrians who are crossing the road or using a shared path. Though to be fair I suspect most motorists also use the horn to express impotent rage in non-emergency situations.
 
2012-05-08 06:02:41 PM

MadMonk: So, what's the over under on this guy getting severely beat up or killed? Anyone taking bets yet?


No. you ever tried to catch someone on a bike?
 
2012-05-08 06:06:39 PM

Johnstarr: cgraves67: I'd be more impressed if he had a smaller cylinder continually recharged by an extra chain drive coming off his pedal gear.

Still kinda cool, albeit uncomfortable looking.

That's what I was thinking. It could have been designed much better. Hell, he could at least have put the tank behind him.


I agree. Nothing like being impaled on an air tank to really ruin one's day.

hey! it could happen!
 
2012-05-08 06:08:00 PM
Those aren't train horns, they're lower power "street legal" versions. See, its illegal to mount actual train horn chime sets on ANYTHING that isn't on the railroad right-of-way... a bunch of guys wanted to put them on their trucks so a company that makes the actual horns made lower power ones to install on trucks and stuff like boats.

A real train horn is quite a bit more powerful.
 
2012-05-08 06:36:31 PM
t2.gstatic.com

Approves
 
2012-05-08 06:38:33 PM
seemslegit.com


/damn you Oznog
 
2012-05-08 07:08:21 PM

No Such Agency: If this was less unwieldy, it might be useful,


Here ya go 115db, reasonable price.
www.deltacycle.com
 
2012-05-08 07:11:00 PM

Fat-D: Looks like a Nathan K3A ? Any railfans care to identify?


Yep, It's a K3A, I would have gone for a K5 or a K7.

/Had a K5 mounted under the hood of my '73 El Camino.
//It's amusing watching Honda drivers CITP.
 
2012-05-08 07:16:52 PM
Wow...thought I was just about the only railfan on fark.


fanbladesaresharp: KOOLmike: Fat-D: Looks like a Nathan K3A ? Any railfans care to identify?

I believe you are correct. I had that model mounted in a customized truck tool box on my old '72 Chevy C-10. The horn took up half the box, and the air tank took up the other half. Not much room left for actual tools, but man, that thing was a lot of fun.

I had a coworker a few years ago that picked up one off craigslist for $3. Then he cleaned it up, brought it in and connected it to an industrial, 15 foot tall air compressor. Jesus if that thing didn't crack window.



$3??!?
bottom price for a real locomotive airhorn to a collector is $300-$400.... I have seen old cast Leslie S5T and S5RRo go for $1800. No data plate on any of them of coarse. An old K5 or Prime 990 $1000. Even a cheap "new" three chime Leslie or Nathan shouldn't be less than $300.
 
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