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Air Horn

George Hall

Has anyone used an air horn to scare away dogs?  I've recently seen them recommended, seems as though they might work, but I've never used one.  I have seen folks ride with one mounted to the handlebars, so I know they must be sold somewhere for bicycle usage - but I can't seem to find anything suitable online.  Anyone know where I might get one?  I'll try and ask my LBS also.  Thanks,

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3 weeks ago
Mike AylingTo George Hall

Hi George

Put "AirZound" in to your browser and you should get plenty of hits.

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3 weeks ago
George HallTo Mike Ayling

Thanks Mike!  Lots of hits on that. I use all 3 water bottle cages when touring so I'd have to rig up another way to hold it.  

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3 weeks ago
Pete StaehlingTo George Hall

For other options, search for "boat air horn" and you will find a bunch of $10 compressed gas horns.

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2 weeks ago
George HallTo Pete Staehling

Thanks Pete.  Academy Sports also sells a small compressed air horn that some folks use as a stadium noise maker - called a "horn/sirene," it's the perfect size for bicycle use and that's one of the recommended uses on the package.  I'll probably just duct-tape it onto my touring bike and the first usage will be a real test on the next dog chase.  

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2 weeks ago
Wayne EstesTo George Hall

I'm curious if any cyclists have tried and had success using a handheld ultrasonic noise maker to deter chasing dogs.

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2 weeks ago
George HallTo Wayne Estes

I don't know, but that might work.  The Natchez Trace Travel folks plan itineraries for people touring the Trace - when road construction closes off a part of the Trace they recommend that cyclists have an air horn to scare off the inevitable rural dogs - I don't know if they have real experience with this, but they plan itineraries and hear from many cyclists every year.

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2 weeks ago