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Killer Squirrel almost got me today(8 posts)

Killer Squirrel almost got me todayFred Fredricks
Sep 7, 2003 6:28 AM
I almost got trashed by a squirrel today. I was going around my favorite hill loop and was going down the fastest downhill. Just as I was going around the bend at the bottom of the hill there was a squirrel in the road. I moved to the left to avoid him but this is the dirrection he ran.

Wop WOP! I could fell my wheels flex and it set my bike into a severe wobble. Fortunately I was down on the bars with a firm grip and pulled out of the shimmy fairly quickly.

The squirrel was a goner but I was glad I did not go down. Checked the max on my computer and it was 43 MPH. That would have hurt.

Anyone else have problems with small furry animals?
close calls w/squirrels, rabbits, prairie dogs and snakesfasteddie
Sep 7, 2003 8:35 AM
thankfully I've never actually hit any of them, but I've had many close calls that gave me quite a scare. My typical routes include several miles on MUTs that are prone to these little critters. A friend hit a large bull snake a while back on one of these MUTs resulting in a nasty crash and concussion. Even at my normal cruising speeds of 15-22mph these things present a nasty hazard. At the speed you were going it could be down right deadly.
re: Killer Squirrel almost got me todayScot_Gore
Sep 7, 2003 12:00 PM
My weekday morning route takes me through a regional park with a MUT. I'm often the first user down the trail of the day. We've a wild proliferation of rabbits this year. When I hit the trail they're sitting in the short grass just off the trail warming up off the first rays. Rabbit defense tatic is to pretend to be a rock until the last possible moment. They sit hunkered down, until I'm right on em, then they bolt. 98% of the time they run away from the trail, 1% of them decide to run along the trail and I get to play "draft the bunny" and 1% decide cross the trail. I'm waiting for my number to come up and one of them decide to run through the apparently empty loop that contains my rapidly spinning spokes.

This regional park is mostly prairie grasses. The grass this time of the year is 4-8 feet tall. I rounded a bend about 3 weeks ago and there's a buck standing in the trail. I think I could have touched him if I wasn't in panic swerve mode.

Scot
can you bunny hop? sorry. (nm)loki_1
Sep 8, 2003 7:22 AM
I got one, a few years back.MR_GRUMPY
Sep 7, 2003 1:14 PM
It's neck went under my front wheel. (One less tree rat). I made an off hand comment to that effect, and caught hell from the women on the ride for killing that cute little furry thing.
I encounter deer about every other ride, when I'm out in the Barrington hills area. Last year, on a training ride, we were going down a hill at about 35mph, when 5 deer decided to cut across the road on a diagonal on the run. Now THAT was scary. Nobody hit Bambi.
Sound of nails scratching chalkboardfirstrax
Sep 7, 2003 2:09 PM
Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this squirrel for ya, but it ain't gonna be easy... Bad squirrel. It's not like going down to park chasin' bunnies or moles. This squirrel - swallow ya hole. L'il shakin', l'il tenderizin', down ya go. Now we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back the tourists, that'll put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant! I value my neck a lot more than 3000 bucks chief! I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him... and kill him... for ten! Now you gotta make up your minds. Gonna stay alive and ante up? Or ya wanna play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers; I don't want no mates. There's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.
Groundhog ran though crit peleton last week. He made it!! nmSpunout
Sep 8, 2003 5:44 AM
Missed a pheasant by a couple feet on Sat. nm.QuadRing
Sep 8, 2003 5:57 AM