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Old January 30th, 2018, 04:14 AM   #1
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Default Skater horn?

I'm looking at getting a horn to alert oblivious drivers that they are about to do something stupid like pull out out of driveway in the path of a skater doing 30+.

It might also be useful if I were to repeat New York 100K as encouragement to recreational cyclist to clear a path.

I actually purchased an aerosol horn a few months back but the canister arrived empty. I gather that is a common problem with these kinds of horns. Even if you can avoid self discharge, you only get a handful of blasts before the gas runs out. It may not work when I need it and it certainly won't do for the 19 laps of New York 100K.

A small, electric Bicycle Horn looks like a more practical solution but there any non-obvious practical considerations to work out. All the ones I have found and mean to be bar-mounted and often have a remote activator.

Has anyone here used a horn while skating? Which one? How did you carry it?
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Old January 30th, 2018, 04:18 AM   #2
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Default A coach's whistle maybe

Do you think a coach's whistle would be loud enough? It might work and it would be very easy to carry.
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Old January 30th, 2018, 01:23 PM   #3
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I agree with the whistle.

Personally, I spend lots of hours on a road bike and am very aware of what's going on, and have many-many times stopped people moving into my path with my voice.
What irks me are cars and trucks with the drivers window darkened, when I can't see the drivers eyes I'm not going to get in front of them, they can wait until I see them tru the windshield or open their front window, as I slowly roll by, vs keep the usual speed, if they don't like it I just laugh, I'm not the lawbreaker, I'm the on trying not to get hit.

Twice I've had cars on my right, knowing I was there, turn left on me into a driveway, ha, I just slap up against the car and ride the turn with them coming to a stop, then I give them some loud commentary. They get dents in the roof where I pound, letting them know they have a passenger
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