Regular readers of this blog will recall that I have long wanted an effective way of getting pedestrians, and pigeons, out of the way of my bike. I’ve tried using a bell, and singularly ineffective it proved to be too. Well anyway, thanks to one of those few members of my family who actually reads my blog, as opposed to claims to be too busy (Babymother, you know who you are), I am now the proud possessor of this:
It required a bit of fiddling about, and a new bicycle pump (bicycle pump technology has moved on since 1991! Who knew?), but the other half finally got it pumped up with compressed air and we excitedly gave it a go. Its first attempt was a hoarse wheeze, like a last gasp of a rubber duck being run over by a Mack truck, but that was a false alarm. We turned the volume switch all the way up to eleven and gave it another go…
Readers be warned. Do not use your AirZound air horn at top volume indoors. Once fully pumped up, it emits not so much a noise, as a painful assault to the ear. Small birds may fall stunned from the nearby trees. I wouldn’t know – I haven’t dared try it again, although I have fitted it onto the bike very, very carefully. I’m back on the bike tomorrow and, if it hasn’t been nicked in the meantime, I shall be giving it a go at the earliest opportunity. It will be a brave pigeon that crosses my path tomorrow, I tell you.
I’m almost looking forward to going back to work.
What do you think it can mean?