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The Hornster Bicycle

A friend of mine bought one of those bike air horns that ran on compressed air from a water bottle sitting in his down tube cage. It was compressed using a standard bike pump and when activated was loud enough to induce wetness in the crotch (not the good kind) from any unsuspecting driver with their windows down. This thing was awesome and my friend attested to the effectiveness as he began using it fairly liberally against the slew of drivers who insisted on cutting him off, pressing him to the curb and, well…just being drivers.

His horn, however, PALES in comparison to this beast. This is a functional novelty bike called The Hornster, which holds a TRAIN horn to its frame, powered by a scuba tank. I pity the fool who cuts this guy off as the blast reaches an ear drum damaging 178 decibels, hence the hearing protection worn by the rider. The sound in the video isn’t even all that impressive, but take note they were only feathering the horn and not running it at full pressure. Another video will be released later this week documenting it at full volume.

Originally seen on Wired.

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3 Comments

  1. Tim PotterMay 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Love that bike, but back to reality. That air horn your friend has is an AirZound made by Delta:
    http://www.deltacycle.com/Airzound-Bike-Horn
    I’ve had one for several years now and absolutely rocks. My most entertaining use of recent: a couple very loud crotch-rocket motorbikes rode by a small group of us cyclists and gunned their engines to scare us. One of them got caught at the next light; we caught up with him. I pulled up next to him, waited til he looked over at me all cool like, smiled and laid on the horn for a good couple seconds and wrapped up saying “We can make noise too!” I know, very immature but oh so gratifying.

  2. scottMay 10, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Nice response Tim! I approve! :)

  3. Joe PeraltaMay 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I wonder what it would sound like powered by oxy-acetyline tanks.

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