There are loud bike horns and then there's the Hornit dB140. It’s billed by its makers as the world’s loudest and we aren’t going to argue with them. This battery-powered device emits a piercing 140-decibel noise that's loud enough to alert all other road users to your presence. Apparently, Mayor of London and cycling fanatic Boris Johnson owns one.
It attaches to the handlebar via an integrated mount and has a wired remote button that's designed to be fitted next to one of your brake levers. There are two settings; the loudest 140dB honk and a slightly lower 130dB frequency for park riding. Both settings are deafening in a quiet indoor environment but we're in no doubt of the Hornit's effectiveness on traffic-packed roads.
The unit runs off two AAA batteries, which Hornit reckon will last between six and 12 months. These are included in the pack, along with an Allen key for fitting. The dB140 is available directly from Hornit’s website for £34.99 inc p&p. Check out the video below of the the horn in action.
Mavic Frost winter road shoes
New in from Mavic is this winter road shoe with a waterproof Gore-Tex liner and wraparound Neoprene cuff to keep out the elements. Reflective details will help you be seen, and the composite glass fibre and nylon sole should ensure good power transfer. They're available now for £161.99.
Zipp SL Speed seatpost
Zipp's range-topping SL Speed carbon seatpost may not be cheap (£199.99 from UK distributors Fisher Outdoor) but its low weight (190g) and the adjustability of its carbon fibre clamp make it an attractive proposition. For those on a tight budget, there's always the alloy Service Course post, which uses the same clamp.
Revolution 3W front light
This waterproof 3W front light from Revolution is apparently bright enough to throw light up to 20 metres ahead of you on unlit paths or roads. It's powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery which has a claimed run time of five hours and can be fully recharged in two-and-a-half. It's available from Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative for £49.99.
Salice Ita helmet
Italian brand Salice are best known for their skiing products, with over 90 years in the business, but they've now branched out into cycling helmets. There's just one model, the Ita, which weighs 275g and comes in one size only, said to fit 54-60cm heads.
A bulky rear cradle with a large range of dial adjustment allows you to obtain a secure fit but the shallow shell means the helmet doesn't offer as much rear coverage for larger heads as a size-specific lid would. The Ita is also available in black. RRP is £99.95.