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leftthread 06-17-14 08:16 AM

Got hit by a bat last night...
 
Aren't they supposed to have some sonar stuff for collision avoidance?
It bounced off the bars/my forearm, then flew off to the right.

Tundra_Man 06-17-14 08:19 AM

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At least it wasn't this kind of bat:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=387657

KLiNCK 06-17-14 08:21 AM

http://images.nationalgeographic.com...05_600x450.jpg

Yikes!

Velocivixen 06-17-14 08:35 AM

"Holy Batmobile Batman!" I presume you're not related to Batman? Afteralll, it could have been a distant cousin wanting to give some love. ;)

CV-6 06-17-14 08:37 AM

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Originally Posted by leftthread (Post 16857991)
Aren't they supposed to have some sonar stuff for collision avoidance?
It bounced off the bars/my forearm, then flew off to the right.

Likely a Kamikaze bat.

rootboy 06-17-14 08:45 AM

It could have been rabid. Or, had white nose syndrome. Or…on drugs.

photogravity 06-17-14 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by rootboy (Post 16858091)
It could have been rabid. Or, had white nose syndrome. Or…on drugs.

White nose syndrome is decimating the bat population. It is frightening.

purebikes 06-17-14 08:52 AM

Drug use by bats has been on the rise lately. I read an article about it.

rootboy 06-17-14 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by photogravity (Post 16858107)
White nose syndrome is decimating the bat population. It is frightening.

You said it. A great tragedy. And very sad.

Northwestrider 06-17-14 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by leftthread (Post 16857991)
Aren't they supposed to have some sonar stuff for collision avoidance?

Government radar jamming :)

rootboy 06-17-14 09:00 AM

You sure it wasn't a mini drone?

shopco43 06-17-14 09:48 AM

I used to do a lot of riding in pre-dawn darkness and can tell you that bats are really playful. I've had them fly along side me and even brush my cheek with their wings. They would like to dart in front of me and one time one of them bumped into my chest. That happened to my wife once too. I always enjoyed their company.

The Golden Boy 06-17-14 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by shopco43 (Post 16858312)
I used to do a lot of riding in pre-dawn darkness and can tell you that bats are really playful. I've had them fly along side me and even brush my cheek with their wings. They would like to dart in front of me and one time one of them bumped into my chest. That happened to my wife once too. I always enjoyed their company.

It's like when the chipmunks play chicken with you running across the path.

I'd imagine that bats are kind of villianized by Dracula and being all nocturnal and stuff- they're rodents so there's that as well.

LeicaLad 06-17-14 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy (Post 16858389)

I'd imagine that bats are kind of villianized by Dracula and being all nocturnal and stuff- they're rodents so there's that as well.


Actually, they are not rodents. And some 25% of known mammals are bats. Ancient species, they are critical to forest ecosystems. And the white nose epidemic is a growing disaster.

I have a couple pals who are among the world's leading experts on bats. They can tell great stories.

Lascauxcaveman 06-17-14 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Tundra_Man (Post 16858004)
At least it wasn't this kind of bat:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=387657


And at least you weren't taken out of the game. By your own bat. :rolleyes:

WNG 06-17-14 10:29 AM

I'm relieved to read it wasn't the Louisville Slugger variety of bat that you had encountered.

Aside: Alarming news about the White Nose Syndrome. Man, what's going on out there?

The Golden Boy 06-17-14 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by LeicaLad (Post 16858407)
Actually, they are not rodents.

Really?

I would have figured... I suppose they don't have those big ol' rodent front teeth...

Thanks for correcting me! I learned something new today. (or probably re-learned :D)

SirMike1983 06-17-14 10:59 AM

Make sure you did not suffer a cut or open wound from hitting it. Bats are one of the main vectors for rabies.

Velognome 06-17-14 11:05 AM

Probably just depressed
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...cWgFe_bGsfNcyF

.....poor guy was aiming for your wheels and just missed is all

LeicaLad 06-17-14 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by SirMike1983 (Post 16858547)
Make sure you did not suffer a cut or open wound from hitting it. Bats are one of the main vectors for rabies.

Actually, this IS true, although the vast majority of human cases in the US each year are the result of rabid dog bites. Our ecosystems depend on the more than 1,000 different species of bats. Just try not to handle them without good reason (and precaution).

bane 06-17-14 07:02 PM

Actually the occurrence of rabies in bats is not unusually high. Fewer bats carry rabies than thought -- ScienceDaily
They do carry the disease so I'm not saying they're not a vector, it's just that the perceived risk of contracting rabies from a bat seems to be inflated.

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Originally Posted by shopco43 (Post 16858312)
I used to do a lot of riding in pre-dawn darkness and can tell you that bats are really playful. I've had them fly along side me and even brush my cheek with their wings. They would like to dart in front of me and one time one of them bumped into my chest. That happened to my wife once too. I always enjoyed their company.

This is awesome. I love bats, they're amazing animals.

We used to go fish at a reservoir that had a lot of bats in the pump tower. If you stayed out long enough sometimes they would try and take your lure out of the air when casting or if you stayed still one would come hang off the end of your pole.

RoadTire 06-17-14 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by leftthread (Post 16857991)
Aren't they supposed to have some sonar stuff for collision avoidance?
It bounced off the bars/my forearm, then flew off to the right.

Stealth Carbon bike?

Jseis 06-17-14 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by RoadTire (Post 16860029)
Stealth Carbon bike?


Yeah, the OP needs to admit he went to the Dark Side & the bat didn't "see" him.

rando_couche 06-17-14 08:33 PM

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Originally Posted by shopco43 (Post 16858312)
I used to do a lot of riding in pre-dawn darkness and can tell you that bats are really playful. I've had them fly along side me and even brush my cheek with their wings. They would like to dart in front of me and one time one of them bumped into my chest. That happened to my wife once too. I always enjoyed their company.

Several years ago our family was camped at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. Around dusk, with bats flying everywhere, I opened up the sliding door on our van and several bugs flew in, attracted by the light, and followed by a bat. It flew over my left shoulder, grabbed a couple bugs and then zoomed out over my right shoulder. All within ~1/2 second. Who needs tv nature shows when stuff like that happens?

SP
OC, OR

Ride-Fly 06-18-14 12:17 AM

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Originally Posted by purebikes (Post 16858110)
Drug use by bats has been on the rise lately. I read an article about it.

Yep, I read that they are into bat-salts!!! Causes them to eat each others faces off!!!


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