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post #1 of 11 Old 08-31-2009, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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A Stebel Incident

A Stebel horn is a great way to get someone's attention. But I discovered it doesn't always get the result I want right away.

On Saturday I was riding along in the left lane of traffic. Mini-van moves to center lane from right lane and, sure enough, she decides she wants to move into my space in the left lane as well. So I get on the Stebel. She heard it but from her actions it appears this was her thinking: That sounds like a truck horn. A truck can't fit between my mini-van and the barrier so it must be somebody behind me. I'll check my rear view mirror to see what is going on. Hmm, no truck there. Could there be somebody next to me? Better get back in my lane and check.

Fortunately, she was making a nice smooth lane change (I wish more drivers did so). A quick lane change would have been trouble. But I couldn't believe that she looked behind first rather than looking to the side.

Of course, I shouldn't have been in a position of danger in the first place. As soon as she came towards the center lane, I should have given her room suspecting that she would take another lane rather than continuing as I did. I wasn't driving as defensively as I ought to have been (of course, neither was she).

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Shocked and awed.

You give folks a lot of credit. I would be more inclined to believe her inner monologue was something more like, "Uh...um...durrr... Wha?" Or some drool accompanied variation thereof.

I've ceased to be surprised by the varied responses the Stebel elicits, especially when bumped by accident at a crosswalk full of pedestrians when attempting to signal for a turn. :shocked:

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Ive also found the stebel to give bad results.

Coming round a roundabout (uk) car deceides to turn into me give a hit of twin stebels the dopey sod near hits there head on the roof then panic turns straight into me. Missed me by about 1cm.

Im a little more carefull when using it now.
(although the novelty scaring drunken pedestrians at night still hasnt worn off )
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well.........

I don't make it a habit to drive in the hammer lane as a general rule unless I'm running a detector and hauling it at least as fast or faster than everything on the road but, if I am in that lane I fully expect total insanity out of all the participants.

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I once had a false sense of security about my Stebel. Sure, it's loud, but it is not a magical button. And it definitely does not assure you that people will act as you want. A near high speed collision enlightened me to the Stebel's limitations. It is a useful tool, but must still be attached to a defensive rider to be effective.


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You give folks a lot of credit. I would be more inclined to believe her inner monologue was something more like, "Uh...um...durrr... Wha?" Or some drool accompanied variation thereof.
Pretty much. Probably had her thumb up her ass to her elbow.

Like many other things :coughABScough:, a Stebel isn't a cure-all, but it's a ton better than that mosquito-fart horn that comes with the bike. At least now you have some chance of being heard.

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Had a Stebel moment myself the other day. Inside lane of the 3. A car in the far outside lane started moving over and it really did look like she was going for a 2 lane lane change. Also on a cell phone.....DUH. I was a touch back so an accident wasn't a real concern unless she hit the binders in front of me. Anyway as she moved slightly past the center of her new lane I hit the horn. Startled her so much she almost flipped her cell out the window. That would have made my day.

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I once had a false sense of security about my Stebel. Sure, it's loud, but it is not a magical button. And it definitely does not assure you that people will act as you want. A near high speed collision enlightened me to the Stebel's limitations. It is a useful tool, but must still be attached to a defensive rider to be effective.
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I spent time looking for the horn button when I could/should have been avoiding a situation. Priorities. I really wanted to use that Stebel. Dumb.

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This is so on topic right now. I'll chime in.

Today coming back from lunch I was on a little 2 lane center divide 2 lane road through a neighborhood. I am, like a dumb ass, sitting right in her blind spot, I think to myself a full 10 second prior to the incident, "I bet she pulls right into my lane." Guess what happened.....? Yup right into my lane she came I LAYED on the Stebel but did not lose my temper as we were not going very fast. This allowed me the ability to watch the drivers reaction. She quite literally hit the roof in her car. Her arms flailed and I visibly saw her lose her breath. She swerved back into her lane and immediately slowed to 1o miles an hour after she spotted me and continued to do so for the next mile.

Verdict - OMG this thing is awsome
2nd verdict - OMG this thing is awsome
3rd verdict - I need to be careful where I use this thing.


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