Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27
  1. #1
    Senior Member leftthread's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Land of Cheese
    Posts
    742
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(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.

  2. #2
    The Fat Guy In The Back Tundra_Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Sioux Falls, SD
    My Bikes
    '02 Giant Boulder, '08 Felt S32
    Posts
    871
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    At least it wasn't this kind of bat:
    louisville-slugger-bat.jpg
    '81 Panasonic Sport, '02 Giant Boulder SE, '08 Felt S32, '10 Diamondback Insight RS, '10 Windsor Clockwork

    Visit me at the Tundra Man Workshop

  3. #3
    Optically Corrected KLiNCK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    My Bikes
    2012 Specialized Sirrus , 2012 Specialized Roubaix Comp
    Posts
    116
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)


    Yikes!
    "Succeeding....despite best intentions"

  4. #4
    Senior Member Velocivixen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    The Great Pacific Northwest
    My Bikes
    1974-1975 Motobecane Grand Jubile, 1985 Sekai Bigfoot, 1985 Nishiki Riviera Mixte, 2011 Surly Cross Check, 1986 Fuji Sundance, 1992 Specizlized Hardrock, 1987 Miyata One Twelve Mixte.
    Posts
    689
    Mentioned
    24 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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.

  5. #5
    If I own it, I ride it CV-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Cardinal Country
    My Bikes
    Not enough space for all of them
    Posts
    3,374
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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

    ISO: Lejeune Champion du Monde Ultra Leger Reynolds 753, 53-55cm

  6. #6
    Senior Member rootboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Sand Spit East
    Posts
    11,963
    Mentioned
    37 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    It could have been rabid. Or, had white nose syndrome. Or…on drugs.

  7. #7
    Hopelessly addicted... photogravity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Central Maryland
    My 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
    4,655
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(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

  8. #8
    Senior Member purebikes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    68
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Drug use by bats has been on the rise lately. I read an article about it.
    Bikes are cool, even the dumb ones.

  9. #9
    Senior Member rootboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Sand Spit East
    Posts
    11,963
    Mentioned
    37 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(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.

  10. #10
    Senior Member Northwestrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Gig Harbor, WA
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Trucker, Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo, Dahon Mu P 24 , Bacchetta Strada, Rodriguez Tandem
    Posts
    2,100
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by leftthread View Post
    Aren't they supposed to have some sonar stuff for collision avoidance?
    Government radar jamming

  11. #11
    Senior Member rootboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Sand Spit East
    Posts
    11,963
    Mentioned
    37 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    You sure it wasn't a mini drone?

  12. #12
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Waukesha WI
    My 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
    3,239
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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*
    You are not one of us. Your pipes are leaking. You are an ocelot. What are you seeking?

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Work in Asia, now based in Vienna, VA
    Posts
    1,346
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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)

  15. #15
    Senior Member Lascauxcaveman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    My Bikes
    A green one, "Ragleigh," or something.
    Posts
    1,341
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
    At least it wasn't this kind of bat:
    louisville-slugger-bat.jpg

    And at least you weren't taken out of the game. By your own bat.
    ● 1971 Grandis Superleggera ● 1972 Lambert Grand Prix ● 1972 Raleigh Super Course ● 1972 Peugeot UE-18 Mixte ● 1980 Apollo Prestige fixie ● 1982 Motobecane Jubile Sport ● 1983 Nishiki Landau ● 1984 Peugeot PH10LE ● 1984 Bianchi Limited ● 1985 Peugeot Vagabond ● 1985 Trek 600 ● 1985 Shogun Prairie Breaker ● 1986 Univega Nuovo Sport ● 1987 Schwinn Tempo ● 1996 Kona Lava Dome ● And a Bike to Be Named Later ●

  16. #16
    WNG
    WNG is offline
    Spin Forest! Spin! WNG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Arrid Zone-a
    My Bikes
    I used to have many. And I Will again.
    Posts
    5,901
    Mentioned
    25 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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?
    “You meet the nicest people on two wheels!"
    "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." ~Albert Einstein

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Waukesha WI
    My 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
    3,239
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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*
    You are not one of us. Your pipes are leaking. You are an ocelot. What are you seeking?

  18. #18
    Upright bars SirMike1983's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Virginia
    My Bikes
    Raleighs, Columbias, and Schwinns.
    Posts
    1,259
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Make sure you did not suffer a cut or open wound from hitting it. Bats are one of the main vectors for rabies.
    English Roadsters, American Roadsters, and Balloon Tire Bicycles
    The Bike Shed classic bicycle blog: http://bikeshedva.blogspot.com/

  19. #19
    Get off my lawn! Velognome's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    The Garden State
    My 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
    5,170
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Probably just depressed


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

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Work in Asia, now based in Vienna, VA
    Posts
    1,346
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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)

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Alameda, CA
    Posts
    243
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Minnesota
    My Bikes
    '09 Trek 2.1, '75 Sekine, '90 Giant Mtb, Raleigh M20, Fuji Nevada mtb.
    Posts
    1,174
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(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?
    "Of course you eat too much" (Looigi) There are things people say that are so true you can never forget the wisdom. I still eat too much. Without denial.
    Awarded 2014 Billy Madison "Ultimate Insult" by jsharr. Must have been something about my rambling, incoherent response...

  23. #23
    BF Avatar Zombie Hunter Jseis's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    SW Washington state on the ocean!
    My Bikes
    1973 Motobecane Grand Jubilee, 1981 Centurion Super LeMans, 2010 Gary Fisher Wahoo, '03 Colnago Dream Lux, several older family Treks
    Posts
    1,011
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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.
    Amerika, Land of the Very Brief.

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    134
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Stuttgart, germany
    Posts
    118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(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!!!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •