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ran over a squirrel this morning on my bike(27 posts)

ran over a squirrel this morning on my bikekcd
Mar 26, 2003 7:48 AM
i was doing about 16-17 mph on a mut; 2 squirrels came across; and both wheels went over the second one. it flailed about for a few seconds and died :-( ...somewhat surprised that i didn't crash...didn't even lose balance...had i been going much faster, things could've been different
Mar 26, 2003 7:59 AM
I'm surprised I haven't done the same...I can't count how many times the little creatures have scurried away at the last instant.

Sorry to hear that, it's always sad when an animal dies on your account. Even when it couldn't have been easily prevented, a sense of guilt is felt.

Hope your day gets better!

PETA has been notified nmmohair_chair
Mar 26, 2003 8:00 AM
People Eating Tasty Animals? (nm)Gregory Taylor
Mar 26, 2003 9:59 AM
Perhaps we should send them our road killKristin
Mar 26, 2003 10:02 AM
They may want to cook it for dinner.
thought about having it for lunchkcd
Mar 26, 2003 10:30 AM
but i had room only in my jersey pocket and didn't want to get it bloody, also my wife would have a fit if i bring home a dead squirrel. i never ate squirrel but heard it's good.
Actually, hold off on the squirrel fritters....Gregory Taylor
Mar 26, 2003 10:50 AM
Squirrel is one of those dishes that, if you have some bad luck, can actually kill you. There is a virus that infects the brains of our little tree-loving rodent friends that, if eaten by humans, can cause death. How do I know? I have an acquaintance who lost a family member due to a bad batch of squirrel.
Was he from Arkansas??? (nm)Alexx
Mar 26, 2003 12:11 PM
No. Louisiana. (nm)Gregory Taylor
Mar 26, 2003 12:18 PM
Tastes Like Chickenchipnseal
Mar 26, 2003 5:27 PM
Used to be one of those "treats" that would show up on the Thanksgiving platter over the holidays. Here in Indiana squirrel is "pretty good eating".

(Sigh) I hope I have evolved past the point of considering fried rodents a sought-after culinary experience.....Geez!
I guess better him than you. Sad though. (nm)Ken of Fresno
Mar 26, 2003 8:05 AM
I can relatecommuterguy
Mar 26, 2003 8:07 AM
I had a similar incident, also on an MUT, a few years ago. It was almost catastrophic: a squirrel ran across the path, and hit ME. Rather, it hit the side of my front tire/rim, and bounced back.

I was horrified by the possibility that the squirrel would get caught in my spokes: terrible injuries and/or death for the squirrel, and strong probability I would go over the bars.

Squirrels seem to enjoy the last second dash across traffic (they do it a lot on the roads here too). I am surprised that natural selection hasn't eliminated this trait yet.
I had agreat view...biknben
Mar 26, 2003 8:20 AM
I was riding behind a friend when I squirel darted in front of use. It hit my friends rear wheel. Somehow it managed to momnetarily get wedged between the rear wheel and the seat tude. It soon came loose and ran away.

I'm sure it left a mark though. We were a little spooked but fine.
Ran over a pigeon in while driving...Fender
Mar 26, 2003 8:34 AM
Okay, so I was not on my bike, but I do have a few storeis to share.

At the track in San Diego, this one rider (extremely fast rider might I add) hit a squirrel while going over 35mph. Needless to say, squirrel RIP.

I once ran over a pigeon while driving. I saw two pigeons on the street, once moved, the other did not. All I saw in my rear view mirror where feathers.
I have a squirrel and bird story...russw19
Mar 26, 2003 12:26 PM
About 8 years ago now, I had just the day before put on my brand spankin new Dura-Ace STI shifters. Prior to that I had only riden downtube shifters. I was so happy and excited that the next day I decided to ride my bike to work in the morning. I pulled out of my apartment complex and rode down the sidewalk because the road had a lot of traffic and I didn't feel like waiting to make a left turn onto the road. I figured I would ride the sidewalk till I could jump across the road. As I am riding down the sidewalk, admiring my new beautiful shifters, a damn squirrel runs across the side walk, gets 3/4 the way across, stops, turns around, runs back 1/2 way the other way, stops again (at this point I am now a mere foot from it) and turns back again. He tried to jump thru my front wheel and being that I was on the sidewalk, I was going slow enough that he didn't just hit the spokes and bounce off. He got stuck in my wheel. When he came up in my wheel and hit the back of my fork, I went over the bars doing a fine endo. Sure enough my bike landed right on my new STI shifter and chipped the cover plate and put some scratches in the lever body. Oh, and the squirrel herked and jerked a few times then died. I got up, brushed myself off, and went to work shaken up by that. I had a skinned knee and elbow, and I actually chipped some cartilege in my knee too. I got to work and my best friend came out to see my new shifters I was so happy I had gotten less than 12 hours earlier. Saw me, bloody, and my scrapped up chipped STI system and just laughed his arse off as I told him my squirrel story.

Looking back it is pretty damn humorous!

My weird bird story is car related... I was driving down I-95 heading to work in Daytona one day. I had this Toyota Station Wagon and the air conditioner kinda sucked. It was like 4 pm and anyone who lives in Florida knows it always rains like clockwork at 4 pm. I had just started to hit the rain and so I rolled the windows up except for like a 6 inch crack so it wasn't too hot. I don't know how the hell it happened but a bird got sucked into that 6 inch space of open window zipping past my head at what seemed to be 50 mph (mind you I was doing 75 down the interstate) and hit the inside of my back hatch window. Next thing I know my entire car is full of feathers as the bird sort of disintegrated on impact. Cracked the inside of the back hatch window too. That was a fun one to try to explain to the insurance adjustor who had to see it in person to believe it.

If I had video of either, I could make a fortune selling it to "When Animals Attack"

Death to Rocky.MR_GRUMPY
Mar 26, 2003 8:37 AM
I had the exact same thing happen to me a few years ago. Unlike others who have replied, I was not bothered about the death. Squirrels got into my attic and caused enough damage to buy a C-40 with full Dura Ace. To me, squirrels are the spawn of Saddam.
A Chicago city squirrel? They are evil!Kristin
Mar 26, 2003 10:06 AM
Not to mention dirty and completely afraid of nothing. LOL. Remember the squirrel attacks last summer? Seeing that guy on the news with his arm all wrapped up had my rolling on the floor. Must have been a slow week for the news people. I think Hollywood should do a movie about killer squirrels.
A Chicago city squirrel? They are evil!PEDDLEFOOT
Mar 26, 2003 10:22 AM
Chicago squirrels are just rats with fuzzy tails.
University squirrels are even better!girchygirchy
Mar 26, 2003 11:53 AM
Other than the few stupid one's I've almost hit, my friend actually kicked one of the buggers one time...she was looking ahead, when all of a sudden a squirrel flew up into the air right in front of her. Only when people who had seen it told her what happened did she realize she had lifted it straight up. I would have paid good money to see that.

Plus there are the ones that fall from the top branches of trees, nearly bombing passerby in the head.

Squirrels are either incredibly dumb, enjoy the rush of risky situations, or have a deathwish.
... took out a full grown ground hog on my 'bent...Akirasho
Mar 26, 2003 9:24 AM
... and remained upright.

Was doing about 16 mph at the time... slowing for an intersection... tagged him with both wheels... and last I saw was a flurry of furry scurrying back into the brush... I can't say for sure, but I can't imagine he survived.

Be the bike.
I did the same thing last year.look271
Mar 26, 2003 10:40 AM
Hit the poor little guy going 25mph +. He naver had a chance. Fortunately, I didn't go down either.
avoid running over snakeskcd
Mar 26, 2003 10:54 AM
ran over a snake on by bike once, thinking it would not react fast enough to bite me as i passed over...well, it must have been a muscle-jerk reaction because its head suddenly jerked toward my leg missing it by a few cms. very scary.
Tree snake fell onto my wife while ridingContinental
Mar 26, 2003 11:01 AM
No damage, but my wife about crapped herself.
yup, they give me the heebie jeebies nmDougSloan
Mar 26, 2003 2:08 PM
rabbits are worse...BenR
Mar 26, 2003 11:37 AM
My friend and I were commuting down a paved trail and a large rabbit dashed out of the bushes into my friend's front wheel and sent him over the bars at a sideways angle. Little Peter scampered off unharmed (minus some fur left behind on the tread) because we saw him sitting by the side of the trail snickering at us 2 days later (he had distinctive spots on his back). I guess bunnies aren't as fragile as they're made out to be. My friend named him but I'm not allowed to repeat it here.

I also almost hit a 5' rattlesnake that was stretched out across a sunny gravel road. Was approaching downhill at ~30 mph and thought he was a branch. I bunny hopped him and then realized what I just did.

Also had deer run in front of the main pack in a race in Montana. It's not everyday you hear everyone yelling "deer!" instead of "slowing" or "right-turn."

Rode over a blue heeler's wrists once with both wheels and somehow managed to stay up. Didn't see him coming but he mis-timed his attack and went screeching under my wheels. He limped off to go hide under his porch and he never came after me again although I saw him watching.

The best one so far was when a coyote jumped straight out of a deep ditch onto the road right in front of me. We were both rather surprised to see each other. He leapt out of the way and was gone across the wheat fields before I even had time to think about grabbing the brakes or got my heart to start beating again.
re: ran over a squirrel this morning on my bikeJust Ride
Mar 26, 2003 2:42 PM
While MTBing in CO, I've had to come to a fast stop on several occasions after cresting a hill or going around a turn to avoid hitting a herd of Elk. They're a little harder on the body than squirrels.
And to (hopefully) finish the errant rodent theme...Gregory Taylor
Mar 26, 2003 6:52 PM
...I saw an absolutely huge rat on my way home this evening from work. There is a construction site on the south end of Alexandria, right by the Potomac River, and my bike headlight hit and framed a big, nasty, very wet (it was pouring rain) rat skittering along in the gutter. I suppose that its normal habitat, the sewer, was flooded and our furry friend was looking for higher ground. Eeeeew. Gross.

I also saw MB1 and Miss M on the way home this evening. They were on the Virginia side of the 14th Street Bridge, and heading to Roosevelt Island before I could shout "howdy". Then again, it was raining to beat the band, and not really the weather to be standing about and shooting the breeze...