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strangest bike/animal encounter(18 posts)

strangest bike/animal encountermiko
Oct 25, 2002 6:45 PM
About 10 yrs. ago I was riding in the city and saw something in my peripheral vision. The next thing I know a bird has flown directly through the main triangle of my frame. Scared the s--- out of me!
re: strangest bike/animal encounterNessism
Oct 25, 2002 7:35 PM
So I'm tooling down a quite rural neighborhood street early in the morning when I notice a dog fast approaching from the side. Had plenty of time so I grab the water bottle and get ready. By the time the mutt reaches me he's comming up fast from the rear at something approaching 20 mph. As soon as he got close enough I let loose with a full hard water blast right at his face. The dog jerked violently to the right to avoid the spray and ran head first into a huge trash day pile of plastic garbage bags and cans. Crash, into the bags sending trash everywhere and knocking over the cans. Funniest damn thing I've ever seen on a bike!

re: strangest bike/animal encounterDINOSAUR
Oct 25, 2002 8:43 PM
A couple of years ago I was descending on a back country road doing about 35MPH and viewed what appeared to be a large tree branch laying in the middle of my lane. I gently veered to the right to avoid the object and glanced down and saw that it was a big fat rattlesnake slowly making his (or her) way across the road. Good thing it was going the right direction or I would have ridden over the critter. I've seen a couple of bob cats, but they are gone before you know it, fast little suckers. Is is beyond my comprehension how wild turkeys manage to survive.....
re: strangest bike/animal encounterHereford Flyer
Oct 25, 2002 11:10 PM
Had a blackbird fly our from a hedge into my front wheel - bounced off the spokes; feathers all over the place; bird alright, got up and flew off.

Friend of mine hit a sheep at 40+ mph on a road descent. Killed the sheep, broke his leg and wrote off his bike.
re: strangest bike/animal encounterThorman
Oct 26, 2002 6:09 AM
This past summer I was on a 40+mph descent and from out of nowhere comes this little red fox. He managed to avoid my front wheel, but not the back one. I ran over him like a furry little speed bump.

On my return trip up the climb I was expecting to see a red hair ball laying in the road, but he must have managed to limp away after the incident.
The deer hopping on the riders back and going for a rideLone Gunman
Oct 26, 2002 6:10 AM
was the best one I've heard.
re: strangest bike/animal encountertigermilk
Oct 26, 2002 6:41 AM
Had a calf chase me down the road - it was in a fence but wanted to 'race.' Had an encounter where I had to wait for some pheasants cross the road. Almost hit a rooster that didn't want to move out of the way.
re: strangest bike/animal encounterslow-ron
Oct 26, 2002 7:22 AM
I once ran right over the back of a groung hog (woodchuck depending on where you are from) without chrashing. Little guy got right back up and ran away.

Like an idiot while riding past a bull in a pasture I decided to "MOO" at him. He proceeded to chase me down the road and even though there was a fence it was the fastest I've ever ridden.

While riding behind a friend a squirrel ran onto the road and almost got crushed by his rear tire. After avoiding the wheel the squirrel jumped for the median and went head first into the guard rail. Knocked him out cold.
I thought I was the only one....amex420
Oct 26, 2002 2:22 PM
that mooed at cows. How Funny.
re: strangest bike/animal encounterFrith
Oct 26, 2002 7:34 AM
On a bike path decent, I was riding behind a friend when I saw a mouse shoot out of the grass and attempt to make a crossing. His front wheel missed but his back one hit dead on. The mouse made a distinct crunching sound and I know for a fact he didn't suffer.
You gotta wonder about the odds of that. A tiny little mouse and a skinny little tire come to meet on a day when there weren't all that many cyclists.
re: strangest bike/animal encounterDMoore
Oct 26, 2002 8:13 AM
About 5 years ago, I was visiting my sister in central Wisconsin in late July. I went for a ride in the early afternoon, and was riding along through a corn field. A deer suddenly popped out of the corn about 50 feet ahead of me. He looked back at me, and then proceed to run ahead of me, matching my speed, for at least 1/4 mile. He glanced back at me a few times, almost as if he just wanted to make sure I wasn't gaining on him. Finally, after one last glance, he kind of kicked his hind legs up in the air and then darted off back into the corn.

Things like that just don't happen here in Southern California!
Goats and cows are scarey slow. Deer are scarey fast. PheasantPdxMark
Oct 26, 2002 10:09 AM
Just last week we came upon several goats (nice horns) standing in the road midway down a nice descent. Nothing too dangerous with their slow speed. Have come upon cows in the road, and they are usually pretty slow moving. Deer in the road are scarey because they are so fast once they decide which way to go. The one that startled me the most, though, was a pheasant noisily launching out of dry grass right beside me on a quiet stretch road on a super quiet morning...
Goats and cows are scarey slow. Deer are scarey fast. PheasantRM
Oct 26, 2002 10:58 AM
am riding down a country road in CT at about 20mph - flock of grouse in middle of road, all disappear into the tall grass except one airhead who does the back and forth thing. i'm slowing but holding course when the bird launches straight up and towards me - lands / impacts right between my arms on my upper chest. i look right down and we make pretty intense eye-contact then i kind of shook him loose. i think he survived the experience ok.
dog, pig, goose, and duck chaseDanoK
Oct 26, 2002 11:08 AM
I used to live in Norman, Oklahoma. One afternoon we had a group of about ten of us riding out in the country south of town. We passed a farmhouse and the porch dog saw us and started to bark and chase. Nothing unusual about that in Oklahoma, but as soon as the dog started his chase, a pig, a goose and a couple of ducks who were also in the yard immediately joined him in his chase and commotion. We all started laughing so hard we could barely stay on our bikes. We all had enough riding experience in Oklahoma to have seen animals and rednecks of every persuasion many times, but none of us had ever seen anything like that before.
"Merle" the gopher snake!Justride
Oct 26, 2002 11:42 AM
About a month ago I was riding along a rural road and saw a small gopher (bull) snake lying in the road. I stopped to look and was able to reach down and just pick him up. I put him in an empty water bottle and brought him home to show the kids. They named him Merle and decided to keep him for a pet. He is totally docile.
another good onemiko
Oct 26, 2002 4:08 PM
I'm bombing down a fire road with two others on mountain bikes. All of a sudden the lead rider hits his brakes at about 30mph and just sort of lays down the bike and begins screaming and writhing around on the dirt. I was the first to him and he just kept screaming at the top of his lungs and pulling at his ear yelling "there's a bug in my ear AAHHHEEII it's buzzing ...get it!!!! This went on for minutes (eternity for him) while we tried to figure out how to help him. I looked inside his ear, but could see nothing. Meanwhile, he's so desperate at this point he's begging us to poke a stick in his ear to try to kill it. Obviously this was I poor idea, so instead we tried shooting water from a bottle into his ear. This just made the bug mad and it stung him multiple times and buzzed even more...making our friend scream even louder. finally after shooting even more water, a large black bee emerged head-first from his ear. So it had actually gone inside the canal and turned comletely around in there before we got him flushed out. This is THE most bizzare thing I have ever encountered on a ride. After taking some medication to help calm a potential allergic reation he was able to ride again later that same day.
re: strangest bike/animal encounterflowmd
Oct 26, 2002 5:32 PM
Riding this fall in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when my buddy and I came up on a black bear feeding on something next to the trail. We stop 30 feet away and it hears us, stands up on it's hind legs facing us and we have a stare down. It stands well over 6 feet tall. Finally it wheeled around and took off. This 68 year old friend had just moved up from Chicago and this taste of wilderness had him rattled. It was the perfect time for the line "Dominic, I wasn't worried. I didn't need to outride the bear, I just needed to outride you!"
Could tell you a few bear stories but....CalgaryDave
Oct 27, 2002 5:59 PM
About 8 years ago a few friends and I were mountain biking (can I say that here?) near Dundas, Ontario. I was in front going down an old dirt roadbed with 8' high banks on either side. I stopped at the next intersection/turn and waited for the group to collect. They rode up babbling and wide-eyed, asking if I had seen "it". When I asked what they were talking about they informed me that a fairly large whitetail deer had gap-jumped the road directly over my head as I rode along blissfully unaware.
I also had a wolf interupt a fine road ride near Radium, British Columbia. I saw him about 500 metres ahead, slinking out onto the road (lightly travelled) as I approached. I stopped, he retreated into the ditch. I advanced, he came out onto the road again. This went on for a few times until I wouldn't go any closer (200 metres). Luckily a driver saw the wolf and I, realized what was going on, and ran a slow block for me so I could continue. Not what you need 5 hours into an 8 hour ride.
And, yes, way too many bears to tell about. They are the most curious, shy, graceful, and powerful creatures you could imagine.

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