Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-17-14, 08:16 AM   #1
leftthread
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
leftthread's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Land of Cheese
Bikes:
Posts: 786
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
leftthread is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:19 AM   #2
Tundra_Man 
The Fat Guy In The Back
 
Tundra_Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Bikes: '81 Panasonic Sport, '02 Giant Boulder SE, '08 Felt S32, '10 Diamondback Insight RS, '10 Windsor Clockwork, '15 Kestrel Evoke 3.0
Posts: 1,486
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
At least it wasn't this kind of bat:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg louisville-slugger-bat.jpg (10.9 KB, 3 views)
__________________
Visit me at the Tundra Man Workshop
Tundra_Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:21 AM   #3
KLiNCK
Optically Corrected
 
KLiNCK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Bikes: 2012 Specialized Sirrus , 2012 Specialized Roubaix Comp
Posts: 317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Yikes!
KLiNCK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:35 AM   #4
Velocivixen 
Senior Member
 
Velocivixen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: The Great Pacific Northwest
Bikes: 1978 Univega Gran Rally, 2015 Surly Straggler, 1985 Nishiki Riviera mixte, 1987 Miyata One Twelve mixte, '71 Raleigh Twenty, 1995 Trek 820
Posts: 3,650
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Holy Batmobile Batman!" I presume you're not related to Batman? Afteralll, it could have been a distant cousin wanting to give some love.
Velocivixen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:37 AM   #5
CV-6 
If I own it, I ride it
 
CV-6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Cardinal Country
Bikes: Lejeune, Raleigh, Raysport, Jan De Reus, Gazelle, Masi, B. Carré, Springfield, Motobecane, John Howard
Posts: 4,042
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leftthread View Post
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.
__________________
Lynn Travers

Photos

Finder's fee paid for info leading to purchase of Lejeune 753 Champ du Monde 52-54cm ctc
CV-6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:45 AM   #6
rootboy 
Senior Member
 
rootboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Wherever
Bikes:
Posts: 15,507
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
It could have been rabid. Or, had white nose syndrome. Or…on drugs.
rootboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:50 AM   #7
photogravity 
Hopelessly addicted...
 
photogravity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Central Maryland
Bikes: 1949 Hercules Kestrel, 1950 Norman Rapide, 1970 Schwinn Collegiate, 1972 Peugeot UE-8, 1976 Raleigh Sports, 1977 Raleigh Sports, 1977 Jack Taylor Tandem, 1984 Davidson Tandem, 2010 Bilenky "BQ" 650B Constructeur Tandem, 2011 Linus Mixte
Posts: 5,008
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
It could have been rabid. Or, had white nose syndrome. Or…on drugs.
White nose syndrome is decimating the bat population. It is frightening.
__________________
--
Ridding the world of derailleurs, one bicycle at a time.

46 Hercules Roadster, 49 Hercules Kestrel, 50 Norman Rapide, 51 Hercules Lion, 52 Hercules Windsor, 56 Hercules Royal Prince, 61 Fiorelli Tandem, 67 Carlton Super Race (IGH), 70 Schwinn Collegiate (IGH), 71 Hercules, 71 STF Hercules, 72 Peugeot PX-8 (IGH), 76 Raleigh Sports, 77 STF Raleigh Sports, 77 Jack Taylor Tandem, Early-80's Mike Appel SC, 84 Davidson Tandem, Late-80's Alpine, 10 Bilenky "BQ" Signature Tandem
photogravity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:52 AM   #8
purebikes 
Senior Member
 
purebikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 116
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drug use by bats has been on the rise lately. I read an article about it.
__________________
Bikes are cool, even the dumb ones.
purebikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:57 AM   #9
rootboy 
Senior Member
 
rootboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Wherever
Bikes:
Posts: 15,507
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
White nose syndrome is decimating the bat population. It is frightening.
You said it. A great tragedy. And very sad.
rootboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:59 AM   #10
Northwestrider
Senior Member
 
Northwestrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo, Dahon Mu P 24 , Bacchetta Strada, Rodriguez Tandem, Wheeler MTB
Posts: 2,351
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leftthread View Post
Aren't they supposed to have some sonar stuff for collision avoidance?
Government radar jamming
Northwestrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 09:00 AM   #11
rootboy 
Senior Member
 
rootboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Wherever
Bikes:
Posts: 15,507
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
You sure it wasn't a mini drone?
rootboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 09:48 AM   #12
shopco43
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Bikes:
Posts: 90
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
shopco43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 10:14 AM   #13
The Golden Boy 
Blood And Steel!!
 
The Golden Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Waukesha WI
Bikes: 1978/79 Trek 736; 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport; 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP; 1985 Trek 620; 1985 Trek 720; 1986 Trek 400; 1987 Schwinn High Sierra w/ Drop Bars
Posts: 7,107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by shopco43 View Post
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.
__________________
*Recipient of the 2006 Time Magazine "Man Of The Year" Award*

"Go that way, really fast, if something gets in your way- turn." Charles DeMar
The Golden Boy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 10:18 AM   #14
LeicaLad 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Work in Asia, now based in Vienna, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,633
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post

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.
__________________
1959 Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur (still my favorite!)
1963 Hetchins Mountain King (the gravel grinder)
1971 Gitane Tour de France (The War Horse)
1971 Gitane Super Corsa (The Garage Queen)
1980 Ritchey Touring (The Grail Bike)
1984 Tom Ritchey Team Competition (NOS show bike)
(replacing the stolen 1981 Tom Ritchey Everest custom)
LeicaLad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 10:21 AM   #15
Lascauxcaveman 
Senior Member
 
Lascauxcaveman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Pacific Northwest
Bikes: A green one, "Ragleigh," or something.
Posts: 4,103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
At least it wasn't this kind of bat:

And at least you weren't taken out of the game. By your own bat.
__________________
● 1971 Grandis SL ● 1972 Lambert Grand Prix frankenbike ● 1972 Raleigh Super Course fixie ● 1972 Peugeot UE-18 Mixte ● 1980 Apollo "Legnano" ● 1982 Bianchi Limited ● 1983 Nishiki Landau ● 1984 Peugeot Vagabond ● 1985 Trek 600 ● 1985 Shogun Prairie Breaker ● 1985 Raleigh Elkhorn ● 1986 Univega Nuovo Sport ● 1986 Merckx Super Corsa ● 1987 Schwinn Tempo ● 1990 Cannondale ST600 ● 1993 Rleigh Technium ● 1996 Kona Lava Dome ● And a Bike to Be Named Later ●
Lascauxcaveman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 10:29 AM   #16
WNG
Spin Forest! Spin!
 
WNG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Arrid Zone-a
Bikes: I used to have many. And I Will again.
Posts: 5,967
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
WNG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 10:56 AM   #17
The Golden Boy 
Blood And Steel!!
 
The Golden Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Waukesha WI
Bikes: 1978/79 Trek 736; 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport; 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP; 1985 Trek 620; 1985 Trek 720; 1986 Trek 400; 1987 Schwinn High Sierra w/ Drop Bars
Posts: 7,107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeicaLad View Post
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 )
__________________
*Recipient of the 2006 Time Magazine "Man Of The Year" Award*

"Go that way, really fast, if something gets in your way- turn." Charles DeMar
The Golden Boy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 10:59 AM   #18
SirMike1983
Upright bars
 
SirMike1983's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: USA
Bikes: Roadster
Posts: 1,349
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Make sure you did not suffer a cut or open wound from hitting it. Bats are one of the main vectors for rabies.
SirMike1983 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 11:05 AM   #19
Velognome 
Get off my lawn!
 
Velognome's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Garden State
Bikes: 1917 Loomis, 1923 Rudge, 1930 Hercules Renown, 1947 Mclean, 1948 JA Holland, 1955 Hetchins, 1957 Carlton Flyer, 1962 Raleigh Sport, 1978&81 Raleigh Gomp GS', 2010 Raliegh Clubman
Posts: 6,081
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Probably just depressed


.....poor guy was aiming for your wheels and just missed is all
Velognome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 01:12 PM   #20
LeicaLad 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Work in Asia, now based in Vienna, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,633
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SirMike1983 View Post
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).
__________________
1959 Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur (still my favorite!)
1963 Hetchins Mountain King (the gravel grinder)
1971 Gitane Tour de France (The War Horse)
1971 Gitane Super Corsa (The Garage Queen)
1980 Ritchey Touring (The Grail Bike)
1984 Tom Ritchey Team Competition (NOS show bike)
(replacing the stolen 1981 Tom Ritchey Everest custom)
LeicaLad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 07:02 PM   #21
bane
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alameda, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 289
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by shopco43 View Post
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.
bane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 07:16 PM   #22
RoadTire 
Senior Member
 
RoadTire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Minnesota
Bikes: '09 Trek 2.1 * '75 Sekine * 2010 Raleigh Talus 8.0 * '90 Giant Mtb * Raleigh M20 * Fuji Nevada mtb
Posts: 1,965
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leftthread View Post
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?
__________________
FB4K - Every October we wrench on donated bikes. Every December, a few thousand kids get bikes for Christmas. For many, it is their first bike, ever. Every bike, new and used, was donated, built, cleaned and repaired. Check us out on FaceBook: FB4K.

Disclaimer: 99% of what I know about cycling I learned on BF. That would make, ummm, 1% experience. And a lot of posts.
RoadTire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 07:28 PM   #23
Jseis 
Grating member
 
Jseis's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: SW Washington state on the ocean!
Bikes: 1973 Motobecane Grand Jubilee, 1981 Centurion Super LeMans, 2010 Gary Fisher Wahoo, 2003 Colnago Dream Lux, 2015 Framed Bikes Minnesota 3.0, several older family Treks
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoadTire View Post
Stealth Carbon bike?

Yeah, the OP needs to admit he went to the Dark Side & the bat didn't "see" him.
__________________
Make Amerika Grate Again
Jseis is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-14, 08:33 PM   #24
rando_couche
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 590
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by shopco43 View Post
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
rando_couche is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-14, 12:17 AM   #25
Ride-Fly
Senior Member
 
Ride-Fly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: lake Oswego, OR
Bikes: Colnago Ext C, Colnago C40, Colnago Mix, Fondriest TF1 Top Carbon, Fondriest Carb Level, Dean El Diente Ti S&S, Lynskey Cooper CX Disc Ti S&S, Mondonico Futura Legerro, DeRosa Primato, Tommaisini Tecno, Ciöcc Mokva80, Colnago Classic, Brompton M6L
Posts: 164
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by purebikes View Post
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!!!
Ride-Fly is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:19 PM.