|The wipe out on todays ride.......||african|
Apr 19, 2003 12:40 PM
|Well this morning all was going great. Set the alarm for 6am, by 7am I was hitting the road, did a 20 miler on my own for warm up. Then I hit the group ride (a 20 mile loop). I was hanging at the back waiting for my break later. The pack was cruising at 26 going around a gradual bend.
Then out of a drive way comes a dog (short and stocky bastard) it runs full speed under the guys bike right inbetween the wheels, he goes down on the dog and two other bikes go down. There was no time to do anything, maybe time to go "oh a dog and your down". Luckily the dog hit the pack at the back. Not the front riders or in the middle. But it is not a nice thing to see a guy go down like that. Anyway the dog took off back into the house, friggen mutt, if I caught it, it would have carnac inprinted on its hide. Luckily all were minor injuries. For what the wipe out looked like this was a real lucky escape.
Anyway just wanted to share the story.
|The owner is still responsible||filtersweep|
Apr 19, 2003 1:06 PM
|Any damage to the bikes? Looks like you have plenty of witnesses.|
|The owner is still responsible||african|
Apr 19, 2003 3:43 PM
|Bent handle bars seemed the worst of the lot. The owner of the dog was an old lady 90 in the shade, how can you yell and shout at her. She brought some ice out for the guys, but at the end of the day it is up to those that wiped out what they want to do about it. If it was me the cops would be there and she would pay.
It was a weird thing to see, the dog just went right under him and probably saved some of his road rash as he was not at all badly hurt for a 26mph wipe out.
|I ran over a weiner dog once!||the bull|
Apr 19, 2003 2:13 PM
|He was the size of a water bottle.Why do they run out in the road.Actually I was cased by a pit bull this morning.He was kinda slow theres another one on the otherside of the county and he is a fast sucker I think he goes over 30 for a while and he will try to bite your leg!He is gonna hurt someone someday.There is another strech of road out there where a group of wild dogs chase the ambush all at once!This is scary cause they come from allsides and there fast!
I must be sick cause I look forward to dog chases they are kinda fun and give you something to do on a ride!
|Where I ride, we call those dog intervals! nm||Juanmoretime|
Apr 19, 2003 3:11 PM
|I ran over a weiner dog once!||SeamusAD|
Apr 19, 2003 5:44 PM
|A pack of wild dogs?!! Bull, where do you live? That's wild.|
Apr 19, 2003 7:10 PM
|Wrote a little story recently about this. Hopefully it won't be truncated
"Gitem! Git'em! Git'em!" yelled in an East Texas drawl. In my mind it was the redneck equivalent of Tora! Tora! Tora! To my left I saw a mutt in full acceleration, never catching a glimpse of the hollerin' cretin that spoiled a quiet country road. The mutt was a pure rookie and I flicked him easily, ending the dog interval quicker than most. I approach just such canine annoyances as a training game called dog-ervals.
I try rating my opponents skills based on my own home brewed factors, they are dog-servations if you will. Please try to oblige me in my admittedly imaginative and bizarre thought process. Angle of attack for example is the first thing one should size up when an attack begins. This was the key mistake the aforementioned mutt made. Just like Maverick in "Top Gun," I put on the brakes and he blew right by me.
As I laughed off the attempt, I wondered if the owners greasy cousin Jimmie Wayne even had gotten up from watching "Girls Gone Wild" on the sectional sofa to see what the ruckus was about. With the abundance of time on rides to cultivate my theories I have surmised dogs often mimic the actions of many pro riders. Like the poor canine Durand on my favorite training route that will chase or attack every time I pass it's home.
The Durand attack will always be just out in front of me and stay there for a long period only to wither as a last minute burst of speed is all that's needed to blow past. I just wish the mongrel would wear that ridiculous looking headband/doo rag the next time I pass to add some realism to the moment. And what if human Jackie were a dog, just what breed would represent him best? In all his French glory I would think a Standard Poodle could be fitting the answer to that question, but by all means make the game your own.
The Mario Cippolini is another one. It's a dog graced with blistering speed, big white teeth, and plenty of ladies to keep company in his spare time. Mario could beat me ten out of ten tries if the dog-erval was based on speed alone. It takes swift and crafty moves (or an incline) to shake a Cipo. The key is to start wide with plenty of speed and dive across the road at Cipo, sort of like chubby sorority girls dive across a room for ranch dip. The dive changes his angle and confuses. In my high stakes game of chicken he's easier to shake than the two-legged Cipo.
Like the pro ranks dogs also employ team tactics. An example is the ditch dog. Like the lions of the Serengeti the ditch dog lies in wait to use the element of surprise as well as strength in numbers. Springing out at just the right moment ditch dogs will use their natural Texas surroundings of un-mowed grass and cars on blocks to spring attacks. Like the Kelme team in the mountains, they are relentless; reappearing when you think danger has passed. Marlin Perkins was never so keen at observations as I.
Warning dog is the one that lets the rest of the neighborhood dogs know you're on the way. Offering no immediate threat but serving as a four-legged homing beacon for the rest of their pals, much like a cyclist marking a threatening rider in Letour. Better yet is the drafting or lead out techniques some dogs use ala Acqua & Sapone.
Defending the attack is an art form in it's own right. Time-honored classics like a Cytomax shower, or the Gregory Hines style Sidi noggin' tap dance. My apologies to PETA but were talking saving my flesh here. I can't even say I blame the dog itself; after all I look like a Mini-Nascar in team kit with tiny logos and bright colors.
I have a dainty female friend, who in a panic once spat at a chasing menace. The bewildered beast made it's way back to it's yard while the her impromptu loogi barrage left me more shocked than the dog. The shop I work in keeps "dog mace" on the shelf and I always wonder who can use it. Seems a little risky to me to wielding mace whilst outsprintin
Apr 19, 2003 7:10 PM
|To make sure I always win the war I am working on a fail-safe device. Just like an F-16 jet uses chaff to confuse heat-seeking missiles, my dog chaff will diffuse fragranced nuggets o' kibble onto the pavement as I make my escape. Leaving me safe to cut loose a verbal barrage that will leave that chow with tail between his legs. Heading home for Cousin Jimmie Wayne sitting on his sectional sofa and watching "Girls Gone Wild 2". They say its the best one of the box set.|
|I dont know if there really wild.||the bull|
Apr 19, 2003 7:28 PM
|They might be all the rednecks in the area dogs.But they all start chasin at differnt times and they usually come from the drive side (right)!|
|A pack of wild wiener dogs...now that would be somethin' (nm)||LactateIntolerant|
Apr 20, 2003 6:11 AM
|Lemon juice in the water bottle->aim for the mutt's eyes||alias 33|
Apr 19, 2003 7:40 PM
|Lemon juice in a water bottle is less potent than mace. I've been chased by two dogs at once and it scared the hell outta me. One started chasing me and then I passed another yaed and there was another dog and he started chasing me! I jumped onto the street (without looking) and sprinted away. Needless to say I stay away from that street now :-)|
|re: Same thing happened to me||JL|
Apr 20, 2003 7:55 AM
|last year on my Tuesday night ride. Only thing was, I took the hit and the fall.
The dog ended up at a different house, so I wasn't sure who it belonged to. By the time I did (days later), I really couldn't do anything and there wasn't anything other than cosmetic damage (me & bike). I needed to change my bar tape anyway ;).
Glad to hear no one was hurt badly.