Posted on: 7th Jul 2015 5:15 PM
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A few months ago a friend gave me a Hornet.
Generally I try to minimize the amount of accessories on my road bike.
Standard attachments usually are:
- Garmin Edge 500
- Front and rear lights if out in the dark
- 2x Bottle cages and bottles
- 1x compact handpump
- 1x Saddlebag with tubes, tyre levers, patches, multi-tool, CO2 cannisters & cannister valve
No bell. I used to bring a whistle along to clear the way when riding on the PCN. Then I realised that riding a road bike on the PCN at speed is just dumb, and I was a real prat to be speeding along tooting a whistle to get people to move out of the way. No more of that, now the road bike is kept on the road.
So I received the Hornet as a gift, as we were waiting to board a bum boat from Changi Village to Pengerang.
With so little traffic and no traffic lights along the road from Pengerang to Desaru I did not expect to need a horn during the ride, however mounting it was the best way to transport it so onto the bars it went.
Mounting is very easy with the rubber straps, so it can fit any size bar and tubing.
During the ride, we encountered a few packs of wild stray dogs, and I found out that the "bird chirp" setting was very effective to get the dogs to scatter.
About three weeks ago my friend and I headed to Batam for the six bridges route. For that ride I had the Hornet along and set for the ordinary 'horn' sound. This was useful for the 16 kilometres of 'city' traffic between the ferry terminal and the start of the open road, as the vehicles are tooting each other in a form of signalling. The Hornet sounds like a small car or motorcycle horn so my bicycle got a bit more respect than it would have from tinkling a bell.
When cycling in Singapore I have it along, set to the 'horn' sound. I rarely need it, but on a recent early morning ride it was useful as I biked through Geylang at 6am and there were many zombie/pedestrians jaywalking and looking the wrong way when stepping into the road.
It is also good to know that if stray dogs are encountered when riding in Singapore a toot in the 'bird chirp' mode will repell the strays and avoid dog bites. Don't call me paranoid, my wife suffered puncture wounds on her calf while we were bicycling in Pasir Ris and three stray dogs attacked us.
So as a recipient of the Hornet I can only say good things about it - a great accessory to have on the bars.