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Critters...(13 posts)

Jun 29, 2001 2:00 PM
What critters have you had to deal with on a ride?

Today during my lunchtime ride I had just topped out of a short climb and as I settled back into the saddle I encountered a Kamikaze squirrel. This squirrel was determined to get under my front wheel. After several zigzags several inches in front on my wheel it decided to shoot up a tree on the opposite side of the road.

As I rode away, the squirrel could be seen shaking his tail and chattering at the crazy cyclist who tried to run it over. What a yarn it's squirrel friend were hearing...

Richard 8-) (watching for critters.)
Reptiles (including birds) and amphibiansGecko
Jun 29, 2001 2:44 PM
Basking lizards and snakes, the occasional salamander, and at this time of year...birds.

It's difficult enough for a fledgeling to learn how to fly and dodge the motor vehicles and predatory birds chasing after it during the process. Bicyclists are much more silent, and I've seen a few riders nearly collide with a juvenile. Life becomes even more interesting when the adult birds retaliate!

I have also become an expert at identifying roadkill. (Now I had better include mammals to my reply as well)!
re: Moose on the LooseJohnnyA
Jun 29, 2001 3:05 PM
Most memorable is the big ugly (are there any other kind?) moose charging me repeatedly. I saw her and thought I spooked her off so I proceed to climb on past. Then about 30 yards up the road I hear snorting and hooves behind. She's got hackles up and coming at me from below. Stupid me now realizes a calf must be nearby. Nowhere to go except up the hill. Momma moose made about 5 false charges at me as I am totally anaerobic trying to push the bike up the hill and clear out. Those two minutes seemed like two years..

Moose have big nostrils when you seem them up close..
Jun 29, 2001 3:07 PM
I've had a couple run-ins with a momma moose and a calf. Never in quite that situation though. I would imagine that dogs chasing you is sort of anti-climactic after that.
Where was this?Largo
Jun 29, 2001 7:34 PM
Where was this?JohnnyA
Jul 2, 2001 12:56 PM
Two Rivers, Alaska (NM)
re: Critters...MeDotOrg
Jun 29, 2001 3:10 PM
Many years ago (I am ashamed to say) I used to ride without a helmet. I was riding through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, when (I'm guessing) that a bird saw the bald spot on the top of my head and thought it looked like a nest. All I know is that a bird kept dive-bombing the bald spot on my head.
Hows this for critters?Largo
Jun 29, 2001 7:32 PM
At the recent Kluane -Chilkat bike race, there were 14 different bear sightings on the side of the road, thats grizzly and black.
No incidents fortunately.
I'd post a picture if someone could tell me how to insert an image with my post.
re: Critters...badabill
Jun 29, 2001 8:39 PM
Years ago at Lake Tahoe I came face to face with a bear on my MTB. I was by myself early in the morning on a climb. Came around a corner and 10 feet ahead is this bear. Dont no who was more scared him or me. I freeze, he bellows and runs off. I went into town and baught a bell. The whole rest of the trip I am riding thru the forest ringing this bell to scare off bears:-)
re: Critters...LC
Jun 29, 2001 11:24 PM
I actually have hit two of those indecisive squirrels. One I ran over his tail with my tire and the other just ran into my spokes. Both times I was riding with a group, so all the bikes might have freaked them out. These squirrels must be Nuts!
Jun 30, 2001 8:47 AM
Riding through southern Georgia this summer, I saw a large snake come out of the tall grass onto the road. I slowed down to a crawl to check it out. Triangular head, brown and black diamond pattern, rattles on the end. Now, I'm a city boy, but it didn't take long to figure out which was the business end of this beast. In an s-pattern, it took half the lane of the road. Stretched out, I'm guessing it would have taken the whole lane. I slowly passed by on the non-business end. I looked up and down the road, and the nearest traffic was a quarter mile away in either direction. I don't know if it made it across the road before being flattened. The part that really shook me was that I had stopped to change a flat earlier in the day, right on the edge of the road. I swore to myself that the next stop, if needed, would be right in the middle of the road.
Just a few hours ago, an unidentified flying critter hit me inbill
Jun 30, 2001 4:51 PM
the face, got caught under my helmet strap, and bit me 4 or 5 times as I cursed him/her and all of his/her insect ancestors. And descendants. Not terribly dramatic, but it still hurts.
Got "chased" by a coyote this morningmike mcmahon
Jul 1, 2001 7:53 PM
I was starting my morning ride, headed up a hill near my house. I heard some rustling in the bushes and turned around to find a coyote chasing me in the bike path. Now, chasing may be a bit of an overstatement. He appeared to be a fairly large pup who was looking for a playmate. Actually, he was acting more like a friendly Golden Retriever puppy than any coyote I've ever seen. I let him follow for about 30 seconds when I remembered that his mommy might be somewhere in the brush, so I gave him a shout to scare him off. He ran off but he looked really disappointed that his new buddy would shout at him.