Photos by MJ Klein
I updated some of the equipment on the trike in the last few days, so I wanted to do an article about the updates.
I installed a Air Zound air horn on the right accessories bar. I needed a really loud horn for 2 reasons: 1: I’m low to the ground and in some traffic situations I need to make my presence known in an authoritative manner. 2: I need to give a blast on a loud horn to discourage dogs from giving chase.
The Air Zound air horn is very effective and meets both requirements above. The horn is powered by a bottle of compressed air that one fills using a regular air pump. The recommended pressure is 80 PSI and when filled to that capacity, the horn is capable of delivering over 30 1-second blasts. That’s more than enough capacity for most rides!
In the above photo, we see the air bottle at the bottom of the accessories bar. I used white color tyraps to route the air tube up the bar to the horn itself.
In this photo, you see the air horn mounted on the bar, with the bright red activation switch. The horn is actually mounted upside down with the horn aperture facing downwards. One person commented that this mounting orientation is good in case of rain! This is the only mounting position possible that allows access to the water bottle below, as the photo clearly shows. It makes no difference that the horn is mounted upside down as it is extremely loud – on the order of 115 dB.
Now, as you may recall from the previous article, there used to be a small bag mounted on the accessories bar where the horn is now:
I had to move this bag to another location:
It’s now mounted at the front of the trike on the same mount as the front light (blue hue is due to the color of the roof in the foyer). The new position is just as convenient as previous as I ride with my Bluetooth headset for the phone anyway. I don’t have to touch the phone to use it.
One item that I can’t believe I forgot to mention last time is the on-board air pump. Now that I have an air horn, this little hand pump becomes even more important; should I happen to run out of air, I can pump the bottle back up. This pump is just the right size and doesn’t interfere with the operation of the trike in any way.
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