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are wider-spaced spokes safer?(20 posts)

are wider-spaced spokes safer?ET
Jul 28, 2002 7:22 AM
I keep hearing stories of (mostly) squirrels darting out onto the road and getting caught in a bicycle wheel's spokes, and an instant later the animal is crushed at fork, causing wheel to stop rotating, throwing rider forward over bike for the usual assortment of injuries (separated shoulder, cracked ribs, punctured lung, etc.). This wouldn't happen with wider-spaced spokes.
Huh?TJeanloz
Jul 28, 2002 8:24 AM
How would it not happen with wider spaced spokes? It's not like the animal could go fast enough to jump through the gap- and the force of the spoke would catch them and bring them right into the fork. In any event, I'd say this is a pretty rare scenario anyways.
I'm not so sureET
Jul 28, 2002 9:54 AM
Even if the probability of it flying through untouched by a spoke is low, it (or at least enough of it) might get knocked out a side at high speed.
ET PHONE HOME!!!Lone Gunman
Jul 28, 2002 4:18 PM
You eating those mushrooms again? If living something went into your spokes at speed, it gets cut in half or crushed.
What are the odds?DrPete
Jul 28, 2002 8:36 AM
I don't think there's much to worry about there. If a squirrel jumps into your wheel, I think you're screwed either way. But what are the odds? That can't happen too often.
bladed spokesDougSloan
Jul 28, 2002 8:58 AM
Just sharpen up those bladed spokes and cut the varmits right in half!

Or, run discs at both ends.

Doug
bladed spokesLone Gunman
Jul 28, 2002 4:24 PM
Read a product review once where a guy did not tighten down his airstik pump and it went into the rear wheel and the spokes cut the pump in half and did not break or bend the wheel. Rolf Vector comps I think.
Sliced, diced and...Ron B
Jul 28, 2002 9:39 PM
ready for squirl patties.

Yummm, road kill patties.
I would agree that this is unlikelymmquest
Jul 28, 2002 9:18 AM
I have been riding for over 15 years and have never even come close to having this experience.

Furthermore, I wouldn't think that an animal as small as a squirrel would have the mass to stop a wheel rotating and throw a 150# person over the handlebars. Could be wrong, but that would be my guess...
I know of someone it happened toET
Jul 28, 2002 9:47 AM
He was going around 25 mph on a public trail.
Did he buy a lottery ticket that night?DrPete
Jul 28, 2002 10:34 AM
Can happen, can't happen... Either way, it's so rare that squirrel survivability should not factor into choosing a wheel.
Mmmm, it's not the massjw25
Jul 29, 2002 5:49 AM
I had an OTB experience years ago from something similar. I was riding my mountain bike on the road, to get to the trails, and ran over an empty beer can. It promptly crimped itself around my front tire, hit the back of the fork, and I was off. Luckily, I was slowing to make a turn, so my pride was the worst injury, but I can definitely see a squirrel slowing the wheel enough to cause problems.
Strange version of the urban myth?(nm)JBurton
Jul 28, 2002 9:24 AM
LOL! (nm)szybki
Jul 28, 2002 2:30 PM
A bird flew intoonespeed
Jul 28, 2002 3:15 PM
my friends front wheel once. It spun around a few times and then got spit out somehow. There were feathers everywhere while it was spinning around, but no blood. We never checked to see if it was still alive when it got spit out the side. This was back in the early 90's, so the wheel had at least 32-36 spokes.
This is a bad joke, right?Pecos
Jul 28, 2002 4:07 PM
It depends on bike fitmickey-mac
Jul 28, 2002 10:22 PM
Bike fit?
Do you have a bike computer?aeon
Jul 28, 2002 10:31 PM
I think some guy proved a while back that if you use a wheel magnet you have a .02 percent greater chance of blenderizing a small animal like you did.

It's the iron in their diet, you know.
What a Loadgrzy
Jul 29, 2002 8:58 AM
You gotta lay off the phattys, let your head clear and have common sense resume.

Two things: we could calculate the speeds of bikes and squirrels required for successful/unseccessful interactions and secondly we could look at things from a momentum energy approach and consider if a 3 lb. rodent even had a chance of stopping a 150 to 200 rider & machine driven knife blade.

In any event it could still happen with a wider spaced spoke since it's just a matter of timing - the only thing that would change is the number of occurences.

Hey, pass the bong.
Would that be for an American gray squirrel? (nm)djg
Jul 29, 2002 4:56 PM