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Hit by a dog, again!(14 posts)

Hit by a dog, again!Mike P
Nov 10, 2003 5:18 AM
I was enjoying a ride Saturday and noticed a dog running towards the road. I didn't worry about it because there was a large drop-off between the yard and road; I would guess 5 - 6 feet high. My mistake. . . the beast jumped right off at near full speed, flew over the dry creek bed and landed in the road without missing a beat. Hit me in the rear wheel, (last time I was hit was in the front). It knocked the back of the bike but I didn't go down this time. I didn't really worry about it, waved at the kids in the yard and rode on.

I was cleaning the bike after I got home and noticed three either claw or teeth marks in my rear wheel. They start near the spokes and run outward, even tearing into the tire slightly. The wheel is ok, not out of true or anything, just cosmetic damage, but what about the dog? I just wonder if it has a few missing teeth or if its foot is hurt. I hope the critter is ok.

Watch out for flying dogs,
barking mad re: Hit by a dog, again!charlieboy
Nov 10, 2003 6:20 AM
Mike you are really a soft hearted dog lover.

This rabid mutt could have killed you and you hope the miserable cur is OK? Are you barking mad?

As this is your second dog strike you must be giving out some sort of attractant pheromone - change your anti-perspirant;)

I love all dogs except those with a projectile temperament!

The upside of these encounters is that they tend to improve your sprinting skills.
Not really a dog lover butMike P
Nov 10, 2003 7:54 AM
I think the owners are the ones at fault. The dog has no way of knowing what is going on. Keep the animals safe and put them in a fenced area or have them on a chain.

Some of my friends joke they don't like riding with me because they get uncomfortable near farms, with the cows and all.

barking mad re: Hit by a dog, again!eggshell
Nov 10, 2003 8:46 AM
I agree. Some of my fastest sprints have come on the MRT with various sized dogs on my rear wheel!
I hit a dog yesterday...he's okBostonDave
Nov 10, 2003 7:24 AM
I was zipping along and at the last minute, decided to cut down a side street. Soon as I turned, I saw owner with big dog on leash in the I avoided them, but then, little fluffy white dog off leash was in middle of road in front of me. I yelled at the dog, but it decided to play "chicken" and charged staight at me. Missed my front wheel, but got caught by my right foot/pedal and yelped. The owner said "sorry!" and I turned to see if the dog was was...still chasing I kept on going with a bit of fur in my new neoprene booties that MY dogs found very interesting when I got home.
My one and only crash was when I hit a dogDave Hickey
Nov 10, 2003 7:47 AM
Two years ago I hit a dog and I went down hard. There were 4 of us on a small group ride when a dog came out of yard. We started to sprint and by the time the dog got back to me, he cut right in front of my wheel. I t-boned him and went down. The dog got up and shook himself off and ran away. I had two bruised ribs and a cracked helmet.

Watch out for dogs...........
My worst crash was a dogPaulCL
Nov 10, 2003 8:06 AM
On a downhill, the pooch ran in front of me to chase my buddy. I hit him squarely while flying at 35mph and accelerating. Bent fork, tacoed wheels, cracked helmet, cracked pedal, bent crankarm, ripped up saddle, seperated shoulder, sciatic nerve damage, road rash bonanza, trip in ambulance to hospital, $400+ in bills, 8 weeks off the bike, permanent bump on my shoulder.

I love dogs, but not the ones that chase cyclists. I really have a soft spot for dogs, but I will kick, spray, yell at, and try to outsprint any dog on the road.

Don't be so nice. Find the owner, talk to him/her nicely about how his/her dog attacked you. No threats, just a discussion. Good luck.
PaulCL, my alter ego...funknuggets
Nov 10, 2003 10:55 AM
Dude, I hear ya.

I hit a collie going downhill at 43mph. nice rash down the side of my face, chin, torso, while also breaking a finger, and chipping a flake of bone off my elbow the size of a quarter. Trashed the bike (stuck the front wheel in between the right crankarm and big chainring, bent the frame in 3 places, and made a mess of what was otherwise a nice Specialized Allez. And everyone asked me if the dog was okay. Do I care one bit? Nope. Funny thing is that the owners when contacted by the sheriff said that we must have been teasing the dog... at 43mph??? Anyway... down with dogs.

Taken down 3 times, bitten twice-I'm now "dog magnet" NMTarheel71
Nov 10, 2003 11:39 AM
The Last dog that chased me gave it's last chase.bimini
Nov 10, 2003 11:42 AM
It ran across the road from my left to get me and right in front of an oncoming car doing 60 MPH. I stopped and the old lady driving the car stopped. Old fido was a grease spot. The lady was quite shaken up. I thanked her for not swerving to avoid the dog, if she did she could of hit me. Another old farmer was driving down the raod and saw us and stopped. He knew the people who owned the dog so he picked it up and took it home.

I've noticed a lot of the dogs that like to give chase don't last too long. Nature has a way of ballancing things out.
That is a beautiful story...funknuggets
Nov 10, 2003 2:35 PM
Don't get me wrong, I love dogs. I have a greyhound and a chihuahua (which is more like a loud cat), but I despise those hounds, especially the stealth hounds, that don't give you warning when you are halfway up a long climb. I'm more pissy at the owners for failing to control their dogs... which is another cause for unwanted pups at the pounds... all in all.... if bad dogs die... let it be punishment to their owners for being idiots.

chased and bit last Wed.theBreeze
Nov 10, 2003 1:43 PM
Riding my mtn bike on the dirt/gravel rode near home. Agressive Australian Shepard/mix breed, ugly dog that has chased me before. This time she got her teeth in my right calf. Luckily she did it in front of her owners, who were appropriatly embarrassed and apologetic. I was polite, but firmly let them know that if she was out again when I came by I would call county animal control. We'll see what happens.
Nov 10, 2003 2:17 PM
Another victim of the road cyclist dog wars.

My best dog story is when going down a nice hill at about 28 mph, a cocker spaniel mutt bit my rear wheel. It spun him in a somersault. He rubbed his nose on the pavement and ran yelping back along his driveway.

The next day while riding noticed one spoke had torn open its hole in the hub flange. I'd never seen that before, the spoke not breaking but the hub breaking.

I wonder if that dog ever recovered, if it still had it's teeth and jaw intact.
Dogs do it really well! They find the optimal intercept route.orange_julius
Nov 11, 2003 6:11 AM
There is a recent study of dogs and how they optimize
their intercept route. Here's an article about it:

Now, if dogs can also do algebraic geometry I'll be all

So yes, watch out for those puppies!