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what's the top speed of a pitbull?(25 posts)

what's the top speed of a pitbull?raleigh rider
Apr 6, 2003 7:20 PM
A psychopathic maniac (I know that's redundent) who lives on my local loop has probably the fastest, meanest, most muscle bound pitbull in the nation. Dude's house looks like crap and he leaves the raggedy, rusted fence open. Actually, I don't believe the crappy fence even has a gate. What type of hater of humanity would even want a beast like this? The worst part is the house is at the peak of a hill, so either direction I ride, I'm out of breath when I pass his house and can't sprint! My strategy is to approach smoothly and quietly and synchronize my pass with a car so the canine won't hear me. Sometimes it works.

Maybe the dog will get mashed by a semi when he's trying to chase a cyclist.

Sorry - - I just had to vent!
My worst dog experienceKeeponTrekkin
Apr 6, 2003 7:36 PM
was near the top of a hill like that at the end of a long day's ride with heavy panniers. The dog came from nowhere and the underworld simultaneously, all noise and teeth. Worst of all, I didn't know how to yell at the dog in French (as if a French dog needs to be yelled at in French). Fortunately, the owner appeared and I never returned.

Find a new local loop or learn to yell at the dog in French (it worked on that French dog).
Before or after you blind him with pepper spray?firstrax
Apr 6, 2003 8:25 PM
a blast of C02 works well also!!!!!dunkind
Apr 6, 2003 9:28 PM
a blast of C02 works well also!!!!!harry hall
Apr 7, 2003 7:47 AM
I hope the cops who raid the guy's meth lab deal with the dog humanely. In my area the equation is pitbull+Harley=methlab.
re: what's the top speed of a pitbull?huffer
Apr 6, 2003 9:00 PM
I had the same problem during my last ride out on a county road loop. Except it wasn't a single dog, but rather PACKS of dogs (usually three) that seem to roam free on this particular loop. There was seriously now fewer than five dog-pack-attacks on that single ride. Luckily I outsprinted most of the dogs, except for one incident where one stupid dog outflanked me and I had to swerve to avoid running over him/her. I do notice that when you speed up, it seems to excite the dogs even more...hopefully I'll never get knocked off and mauled to death. Are violent dog attacks common for cyclists? Seems where I ride dogs are more dangerous than cars.
hehe therein lies the fun, man!Tacos Jalisco
Apr 6, 2003 11:19 PM
I used to hate dogs as much as you when they came bolting out of some white trash front yard at the top of a damm hill as their "owners" stood around working on the el camino chuckling, or sitting on the porch gazing with zombified stupidity at the whole phenomenon, after riding 60 hard miles, but I just got back from a trip to my friend's farm in Mulberry TN last weekend, and he took me on a 64 miler, replete with two seperate "dog alleys". The funny thing is, he likes em! One alley is at the top of what he calls the "Hill of Truth", so he warned me not to give it all up on the ascent; of course I ignored his advice and hammered it, only to find an attack squadron of three dogs waiting for me at the summit. He laughed and yelled "Great for sprint training!" Bastard. The lactic acid was coming out of my damm ears and I was FORCED to punch it to the floor! But he's right, it's great for instant sprint training, when you would otherwise not even consider mashing it. I barely made it but panic and fight or flight instinct took over and the burning was forgotten as I fled in pain. In retrospect, I still think about getting some pepper spray, but then I also think about training harder to be able to outsprint em! The second "dog alley" was on a flat, and with my buddy's ample warning, even though I was already bushed, we got out of the saddle well in advance and snuck up on em and rocketed past. Still adrenaline terror kept me hammering it even when they were far behind. I guess he has a point. But still...little pretentious bastards!

Hillbilly, Redneck, Hippy, Dog and Hill paradise,
Scott in Asheville
canine interval workoutsLeroy
Apr 7, 2003 5:56 AM
That's the way I look at it - an impromptu interval workout plus adrenaline. Even out here where I ride farm to market roads most of the dogs are really pets that just like to run. The danger is not dog bites but letting them get in front of the bike where you might crash. If it's too close or they scare you for some reason just splash a little water on them. The surprise usually works ok.
re: what's the top speed of a pitbull?rogue_CT1
Apr 6, 2003 11:33 PM
It's all fun and games 'till someone gets hurt. And that's exactly what happened to me. A doberman bolted out of the brush on the side of the road and ran right into my path. He then squared up with me head first and BOOM my 23mm tire impacted his right shoulder and neck area. Dumb ass dog got the shock of his life as he was blasted backwards by the force of my 220 lbs + 16.5 lbs of bike moving at 19 mph. Of course, down I went too. Luckily my Colnago landed on top of the idiot dog as he slid on the pavement so the bike didn't get any scratches.

As for me, I bounced my pretty new Pnuemo helmet off the ashpalt and tore up the left side of my Windtex jacket. I had to go to the ER for X-rays and scans.

As for the stupid ass dog, well I guess I changed his attitude real quick and he ran off.

I would recommend macing that F'ing dog every time he comes near you until he decides to leave you alone or better yet, until he gets his ass run over by a Mack truck.
Water bottle full of Antifreeze perhaps?niteschaos
Apr 7, 2003 5:08 AM
I have a friend that got his collar bone broke by a dog and now he carries a water bottle of antifreeze for the little doggies that can't keep thier ass on the porch. I prefer the non-lethal pepper spray approach.
What makes you think the pit wants your measly ass anyway?nmcyclequip
Apr 7, 2003 2:37 AM
What makes you think the pit wants your measly ass anyway?nmNewDayNewWay
Apr 7, 2003 5:05 AM
I seem to have problems moreso with small groups of dogs (typically 2 or 3) than one-dog attacks. Problem is that if you had to stop or were knocked off your bike, it would be more difficult to keep your bike between yourself and two or three dogs working together. That's the time when I think you would want mace. As long as you're on your bike you have half a chance I think, just be careful that the dog doesn't cross right in front of you.

My experience... Dogs can run d### fast!

Where do you guys carry your mace?
What's the top speed of a 9mm round?...asphalt assault
Apr 7, 2003 5:27 AM
First plug the mutt before it mauls you and then plug the owner for being the irresponsable lout that he is.

Maybe Fido just wants to play?
used to be ammo specifically for cyclists w/ canine problemsukiahb
Apr 7, 2003 10:45 AM
Long ago (maybe turn of the century??) a company sold "Velo" shot shells for revolvers, they were not intended to kill the dog, but would cause much pain and were no doubt very effective at behavior modification.
what do you mean? an african or european pit bull?ColnagoFE
Apr 7, 2003 6:20 AM
sorry...couldn't resist throwing in a monty python reference.
Good one. LOL! nmSpunout
Apr 7, 2003 7:17 AM
why do people own pitbulls?jimmyihatetoregister
Apr 7, 2003 7:31 AM
I don't have too many problems with dogs chasing me, I don't live in the south. But, I see more & more knuckleheads with pitbulls as pets. College kids driving around in a 4Runner w/ a pitbull. Down my street is a rental house with 2 pitbulls. I have a 5 year old daughter & wonder about usiung the "Bush" doctrine on them. I get very concerned about the dogs attacking my kid.
Hey, I have a Pitbullpurplepaul
Apr 7, 2003 12:59 PM
And he's the sweetest, smartest and funniest dog I've ever had. They're just dogs. True, they're very strong. But I've never met a mean Pitbull (there were many of them in the obedience class I took Martin to, and all of them were just as sweet and goofy). Just proves the point that it's the owner, not the dog.

FYI, I rescued him from a Pitbull breeder who was training them to fight.
Why would you get one?jimmyihatetoregister
Apr 7, 2003 2:34 PM
They are very aggressive & have a bad reputation. Everyone who owns one says they are so sweet. I know a vet who says they are made to fight, they are not a pet. Why on earth would you want one? Unless you want a guard dog. I hope you have a lot of insurance. As a parent I think they are a direct threat to my child.
Why would you get one? Not trueflying
Apr 7, 2003 3:44 PM
Actually they get a pretty bad rap.
Remember Petey on Spanky & Our Gang? That is a pit bull.
Yes Pit Bulls are used for fighting & if trained that way are aggressive but in reality they make lousy watch dogs because untrained they are overly friendly.
They do tend to be aggressive to other animals if not taught as pups to get along.
As a parent I think they are a direct threat to my child.purplepaul
Apr 7, 2003 3:55 PM
Well, what you think may not serve you well. Pitbulls were indeed bred to fight. But they were bred to fight other Pitbulls, not people. It may interest you to know that a Pitbull would be destroyed if, in the heat of battle with another Pitt, it layed a tooth on a human hand. Any tendency to bite humans was bred out of them.

Unfortunately, some humans are trying to put that back in. But Pitbulls are by no means the only breed you need to worry about. There is no breed you do not need to worry about, and babies have been eaten by just about every breed save the Toy Maltese.

So you keep your prejudices. I just hope you never leave your kid alone with a Golden Retriever. They've been known to kill as well.
How bout calling animal control??? nmKristin
Apr 7, 2003 7:57 AM
re: what's the top speed of a pitbull?mapei boy
Apr 7, 2003 10:13 AM
I got knocked over by an attacking pitbull in the 1980's. The dog never bit me, but I got pretty chewed up from falling on the tarmac. I sued the dog's owner and got enough money to buy a new stereo and a trip to England.
Ride with a slow partner...chipnseal
Apr 7, 2003 11:37 AM
...or at least a slow sprinter..that why you just have to outsprint your buddy and not Bowser!
somewhere in ~30mph+ rangecyclopathic
Apr 7, 2003 1:42 PM
they're not very fast.