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I got hit...(10 posts)

I got hit...JFR
Sep 22, 2003 3:55 PM
...by a squirrel.

Yes, the kind that eats nuts, climbs trees, and often scurry around on the ground quite frantically.

No, I did not hit it. It hit me. I was doing about 23 mph in the 2-3 foot wide shoulder of a fairly busy road. From the side of the road this little guy just spurts out, right into the side of my front wheel. THWAP... he glanced off the spinning wheel (w/ just 24 spokes) and then glanced off my ankle/lower leg.

"Holy Crepe! That coulda been ugly!" I thought to myself as I continued on without breaking pace or altering my line. I'm pretty sure that my held line and pace was a result of having ZERO TIME to react, and not so much skill... but swerving left into the traffic lane would not have been good.

Later, talking to another cyclist, I was told of a squirrel incident he witnessed that resulted in the rider going over the bars... the squirrel acted like a stick in his wheel! Imagine that!

We sure have some squirrely squirrels around here.
squirrel=rats with a better PR rep.hokie_biker
Sep 22, 2003 4:35 PM
squirrel=rats with a better PR rep.BaadDawg
Sep 22, 2003 4:37 PM
Agree with the rat analogy. Neighbor feeds em so we got our share of the destructive bastages.
I've run OVER 2lonefrontranger
Sep 22, 2003 4:42 PM
Both lived. The first time was when I clocked one on the head with my giant, heavy old-school SPuD pedal at a MTB race in Ohio. You'd certainly think getting whacked with a SPuD 535 would be enough to do serious damage to a squirrel, but they must have heads like rock. This was as I was careening semi-controlledly down a set of switchbacks at a race, and 1st place was 30 seconds up, so stopping was kinda not an option. The squirrel went rolling and tumbling across the trail and down the embankment to the centre of the switch. Silly bugger shook it off, sat there and cussed me out roundly as I went past again on the lowside. Something about the whole episode struck me as so comical that I laughed so hard I got all wacky and into the weeds and stickers at the next switch. Ahh, karma.

The second time was in a group roadie ride in Colorado. Similar situation to yours - the darned thing shot out from the ditch and ran directly into my path with zero reaction time. I was in a double paceline at 28mph and the furry kind of squirrel was the last thing on my mind at that moment. Both wheels hit him dead-on, and it felt kind of like hitting the old pop-top style water bottle in a race - you know, the safe kind that the lid pops off so the bottle will squish and not crash you. It was kinda bizarre. Anyway, the squirrel did the same thing as his little Ohio cousin - shot off to the side of the road shrieking indignantly. He looked way more p.o'd than hurt (being a former race promoter I'm a good judge of that) so I'm guessing he lived...
Death to tree rats.......MR_GRUMPY
Sep 22, 2003 4:58 PM
The've been after me, ever since I killed one of their pals, by breaking his back. They got their revenge, a few years later, by getting into my attic.
My wife gave one the hi-speed Ferris Wheel tripKerry Irons
Sep 22, 2003 5:16 PM
It went around in her rear wheel for two revolutions before getting hung up in her cranks (and breaking its cute little neck?). Quite a site to behold!
They're organized...torquecal
Sep 22, 2003 5:21 PM
Actually, what happened to you was the initiation rite of the super secret squirrel domination gang. Fortunately, it sounds like this one was neither fast enough nor smart enough to join! Squirrels have been actively trying to take over the planet for at least fifty years and their attempts have amplified within the last few years. Don't believe me? Do a google search on "Squirrel News" and see how many attack reports you get!!!

They seem to be targeting bicyclists effectively. Be careful out there brothers and sisters and beware the other wildlife that may be allied with the evil, evil squirrels!!!
A Kamakazi squirel got me 2 weeks agobimini
Sep 23, 2003 4:21 AM
This is explains what happened to me. There was a group of squirrels waiting for me just around a turn at the bottom of the largest hill in the area. It's a popular bike route so it must have known I would be doing 45 MPH at this spot.

When I saw them I had just enough time to swerve to the left but the squirrel was ready. It skurried to the left and dove right under my front wheel. Then it popped up and hit the spokes of my rear wheel. Not sure if it went through the spokes or just bounced off. I was busy try to get the bike back in control. It set up a nasty high speed shimmy. Fortunately I had my hands firmly planted on the drops and I did not go down. I pitty the next cyclist coming down that hill.

Afterwards I found that two of my rear spokes got stretched or came loose.

I hope they don't recruit the deer around here. I don't think I will come out as well if one of those dive under my front wheel.
...get a Jack Russell terrier...chipnseal
Sep 23, 2003 6:28 AM
...we have one named Sinbad...he's caught most of the slow ones in our neighborhood....brings up on our deck as a prize!
my yard is patrolled tooJFR
Sep 23, 2003 8:33 AM
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