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Squirrely Bike?(6 posts)

Squirrely Bike?ACE-
Nov 5, 2001 11:47 PM
Some of you have talked about run-ins with wild-life. On my last ride I almost took out a squirrel. I was doing about 38 mph, down a hill. Any idea what the result of an encounter of this type would be? (for me, not the rodent, that is easy enough, though not pleasant, to imagine).
re: Squirrely Bike?MJ
Nov 6, 2001 12:55 AM
never hit a rodent of that size - but hopefully it would feel like a small bump - what you have to worry about is (this is pretty sick) if the squirrel/rodent comes apart under your wheel - it could be like hitting a crushed aluminum can or ice and quickly send you down in a mess

one word - bunnyhop (squirrelhop)
re:hit a squirrel no harm to rider,bike or critter!dzrider
Nov 6, 2001 5:17 AM
It jumped on to the road in front of me and I hit it with both wheels. It didn't change the direction of the bike at all and felt like a very small bump. When I looked back it was gone from the road. I turned around and looked but couldn't find it, so I've always believed it was unharmed. Wishful thinking?
re: Squirrely Bike?tcr01
Nov 6, 2001 5:30 AM
I witnessed a squirrel tragedy in a criterium this past summer. It wasn't as messy as you might think. Just a crease down the center of the poor guy. He was killed dead. So it goes.
At that speed, probably just "ba-dump."cory
Nov 6, 2001 8:54 AM
I hit one a couple of years ago at about 15mph--dodged one but couldn't miss the other. Barely felt it. Apparently broke the squirrel's back. Somebody behind me...oh, never mind. Too gruesome.
Last summer in the SF Bay area, I saw a guy run over a gopher snake that got caught in the wheel and went around once. Going real slow on a gravelly shoulder, and the snake just dodged into him. Scared the crap out of the guy, but the snake seemed OK.
Nov 6, 2001 12:37 PM
A wild turkey ran across the road in front of me a couple weeks ago. Coulda had Thanksgiving dinner taken care if I had hit him.