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Largest Animal You Have Hit On Your Bike(30 posts)

Largest Animal You Have Hit On Your BikeAllister Fiend
Mar 25, 2002 9:20 PM
I had a close encounter with a deer last week that jumped out in front of me while I was riding on a bike path in the woods. Anybody else have a close encounter or even hit a large animal on their bike?
Long-eared jackalope.SantaCruz
Mar 25, 2002 9:54 PM
Nearly hit a jackalope last year after 15 hours in the saddle riding across Texas in 90 deg weather, I swear!!
a teamster NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 25, 2002 10:02 PM
LOL (nm)Dave Hickey
Mar 26, 2002 3:50 AM
My youngest son, took me 10 minutes to get him too...OutWest
Mar 25, 2002 10:14 PM
...hey if you run them over do you have to keep them?
6 foot long snake going about 40 miles an hourKLM
Mar 25, 2002 10:32 PM
me, not the snake. :)
re: Largest Animal You Have Hit On Your Bikexxl
Mar 26, 2002 3:40 AM
I once ran over (and I mean completely over the body) a Labrador retriever, about a 60 lb. dog. I was sick of him chasing me every day when I went to work, so one day I decided to ride straight for him, and intimidate him. It worked so well, he froze completely, and before I knew it, I had gone up and over. I've owned lots of dogs, but I've never seen an expression of canine surprise quite like that.

The coolest thing was: 1) I did not dump the bike, no kidding; and 2) the irresponsible owners were right there to watch. They didn't say a thing, and the dog never chased me again.
50lb dogDave Hickey
Mar 26, 2002 3:54 AM
I was in a pace line and he started to chase us. By the time he got back me, he cut right in front of me. I t-boned him going about 25MPH. He got up and ran away. I was not so lucky.
re: I rolled over one oncecyclopathic
Mar 26, 2002 6:20 AM
at 20mph it was a smaller jack russel and I rolled over him nicely, just like I would 14" log on my MTB ;)
re: Largest Animal You Have Hit On Your BikeTschako
Mar 26, 2002 4:55 AM
I nailed a squirrel once. I was only doing about 8 mph up a steep hill. He became impatient with me and decided
to dart in front. The spokes rattled a bit and then we both went on our merry way!
A snipeElefantino
Mar 26, 2002 5:12 AM
It was sitting on this tree branch.

(Rim shot).

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen, I'll be here all night.
deer & groundhogslow-ron
Mar 26, 2002 5:14 AM
Once on a night ride I had my front tire smack the back leg of a deer as I rode through a cornfield trail. Scared the crap out of me and I went over the bars.

Another time I was buzzing down hill and a woodchuck tried to run across the trail. The trial was narrow and I couldn't avoid it so I ran right over his back. It was like a speed bump. He was O.K. and gave me the finger as I rode away.

Boh were MTB rides. Closest thing on my road bike was roadkill. Unidentifiable.
40lb dog -put me in the hospitalPaulCL
Mar 26, 2002 5:45 AM
I was flying down a hill at about 40mph. The dog ran out in front of me and I nailed it, did an endo and slid across the road. I have no idea what happened to the dog - the owner (in a heated denial) said her dog wasn't involved in any accident. No accident? $400 to my bike, seperated shoulder, bruised kidneys, etc...several $100 hospital bill. I couldn't walk for a week.

Funny, after three years, I still think about that dog on every screaming downhill.
Mar 26, 2002 6:08 AM
well, okay I didn't hit it - but it chased me. I did hit a sand pit though. Does that count?
How a llama dislocated my left knee.Alex-in-Evanston
Mar 26, 2002 6:39 AM
I was hiking in the Tetons with a llama named Zoro (what an opening 'eh?). The llama was toting gear for a buddy and I. Zoro hated men, women and children. He was a spitter - big, green gobs. The llama would make a houghing noise before he launched a gob at you. I was leading the llama on a narrow ledge. He houghed, I pivoted on my left foot to evade, my kneecap went out and I slid down the ledge.

True story.

Sounds like that would have been a good night toSpinchick
Mar 26, 2002 2:54 PM
eat llama-Q.
a small herd of horses...Slipstream
Mar 26, 2002 6:35 AM
This was really strange, kind of ethereal, kind of magical.

It was in Michigan, about 15 miles north of Ann Arbor, near Baseline Lake. It was early fall and very foggy just before dawn.

I came around a bend and these apparitions suddenly appeared all around me. Heavy breathing and soft hoofs and then I saw about 15 horses running towards me in a pack. How they missed me was a wonder.

I can still recall looking directly at this one horse as it deftly slipped past me, stepping aside and not even breaking stride.

In an instant they were there and in an instant they were gone. I stopped and was just amazed at the experience as I still am today, 20 years later.
a 6ft english man in central LondonKing
Mar 26, 2002 7:02 AM
a 6ft english man in central LondonAllister Fiend
Mar 26, 2002 9:47 AM
I have hit stupid people on the bike trail that don't understand look before entering the trail.
the funniest biker/pedestrian story I've ever heardcyclopathic
Mar 26, 2002 10:20 AM
happened in Central park. The guy who told it was for organized ride when bike thief jumped him to take down. With no room to avoid collision he put shoulder down (dude is 6'4" and pushing 210lbs) and hit him hard. It only took a split second and he stayed on the bike. Thief wasn't as lucky, on next loop he observed ambulance guys working on him.
Mar 26, 2002 7:11 AM
A Boston terrier named Lucky, about 15 pounds. He walked away laughing, I walked out of the hospital 73 days later on crutches!
Re: Largest Animal You Have Hit On Your BikeBigburlymtnman
Mar 26, 2002 8:38 AM
Coming back from a mtb ride, this loose chicken darted in front of me when I was going about 20 or so mph. I bunny hopped him at the last second; my wheels barely skimmed his back. Scared the crap outta me!
This next one's on my road bike. I was doing about 25 on the flats, when this dalmation and black lab came after me. The dalmation nipped my achilles tendon with his teeth, so I unclipped and gave him a good one in his mouth. He went a away yelping. The black lab, on the other hand, decided he was going to take me down before I could do the same to him. He barked twice and rammed his whole 70 lb. (estimation) body smack into the frame. I went over, luckily doing a somersault when I landed so I didn't break anything. Handlebars twisted, shifters broken, seat chewed up, only two scrapes on me though. One from the dog and one from the road.
'Nother time three hound dogs came after me on my mtb. Started chewin on my leg, I unclipped, lashed out at one dog's head, his head clunked into the other, and the 3rd ran away. 3 hours later I rode by and they sat there watching me ;) fun sharing war stories eh?
Dogs and bikesWannabe
Mar 26, 2002 8:44 AM
I've never hit a dog while riding, but I've certainly had my share come after me. The worst are the dogs living at the top of hills! :) However, if you have a dog coming after you, grab your water bottle, and as the dog approaches, give him a little squirt! Works like a charm! This is the only thing I have been able to teach my local club!

Dogs and bikesBigburlymtnman
Mar 26, 2002 9:33 AM
Okie doke. I"ll try it next time. Thanks for the advice.

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Mar 26, 2002 10:22 AM
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re: an Irish Setter - nmdzrider
Mar 26, 2002 8:42 AM
Rabbit last April....Brooks
Mar 26, 2002 11:43 AM
Sorry. I couldn't resist.
Rabbit last April....Wannabe
Mar 26, 2002 2:16 PM
Okay, that was just wrong!!! Somebody has a really twisted (though quite funny) sense of humor! This one had me chuckling for several minutes here at my desk...

re: Largest Animal You Have Hit On Your BikeFar916
Mar 26, 2002 4:23 PM
Well i have had close calls on deer before, also wild turkys and dogs, but the largest animal I actually came into contact with (hit) would be a rollerblader. Wild animals would have to be a large rattler' or a mutant squirel who didnt make it past my rear wheel.
Squirrel. Squished the little guy! (nm)look271
Mar 26, 2002 4:48 PM