What do you think about horns on bicycles? Good, bad indifferent? I tentatively encourage anyone who sees this and digs bicycles to briefly eyeball a particular campaign that has some merit. I have no connection to the people running this kickstarter other than our household having pledged to buy two ...smorns**..... if they end up being made.
I don't have a horn on my bicycle having always preferred to make use of the high volume fast on the trigger horn that is my voice. If you scare me with your car I start screaming within nanoseconds. For loud and totally terrified I can give it up as well as any B actress in a trashy horror movie.
This one time in Palo Alto I was sitting at a red light, University and Bryant Street. There was a car waiting in front of me. There was a car behind me. I had my darling Rapunzel safely loaded into her Burley wagon and I could totally taste home which was just three miles or so further to go. This was when the car in front of me saw a parking space or a squirrel or a good deal on a camisole or who fucking knows what really and starts to back up. If you've ever towed a kid wagon with your bicycle you know it is not all that easy to back up.
Pinned between cars in a narrowing gap, my darling Rapunzel threatened I screamed a magnificent scream. I screamed deeply and loudly and the windows rattled on store fronts and a passing SUV had kittens. The car in front jerked to a halt. What was that bad noise? He tentatively inched back, a retry. I screamed again, louder if that's possible. Then the car finally understood that this bad noise, this screaming, was somehow, connected to himself. I don't know if he got it at this point but he stopped attempting to back up and waited for the light to turn green instead.
I don't promise to give up on screaming because I am not sure I can give up on screaming but if this smorn thing gets funded I'm going to at minimum supplement my screaming with an even louder racket that is conveniently coupled to a light and a howitzer. Ok not a howitzer. Maybe in version 2 if we're very lucky.
Here is a different but still fun horn to get you "in the mood"
**not my favorite name, no.