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Old 08-28-07, 10:31 AM   #1
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Road Debris / Hazzards.

So I've been riding to work and on the road pretty consistent for the last 4 years, I've seen potholes that could have swallowed my bike whole, and road debris that could flatten both tires and left you in an endo on the road.

So I'm curious as to what the most interesting road debris is that you have had to dodge (or didn't ). I think with recent memory the worst I had to dodge was an entire muffler and tail pipe that was laying across the shoulder and into the traffic lane, and due to the long stream of cars that were not about to let a cyclist into the traffic lane I ended up going around it on the sidewalk (at least there was a driveway right before the muffler). I have also been truly amazed at the number of broken lug nuts and lugs that you find on the side of the highway, now wonder cars loose a wheel all the time .
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Old 08-28-07, 10:52 AM   #2
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I dislike Road Kill and the smell that goes along with them.... takes about 2 miles to get the burning sensation out of my nose.
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Old 08-28-07, 10:54 AM   #3
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Huge piles of beer cans and/or used Krylon cans, car parts, and roadkill are all too common in my area. But the toughest... um, object... that I've had to dodge was people camping out on the New Brunswick Raritan towpath. I saw them at the last minute while rounding a curve. I was able to not hit anyone but I ran over somebody's (fortunately empty) sneaker.
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speaking of road kill, I think the racoons here have a death wish this year, I swear there is a new dead racoon every day I ride to work.
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I had road kill right in the middle of my biggest hill last night. I was pushing hard so there was no way I could hold my breath until I was through the smell. That was brutal!

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Riding in farm country I not only get the odor, but occasionally have to dodge some manure. Road kill is way too common to mention; although a flattened skunk does get my attention.
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Old 08-28-07, 11:38 AM   #8
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I had to bunny hop a live dog once (German Shepherd)! He got in front of me before I could react. I did roll him and brush him pretty hard with the back wheel, but didn't hurt me, the bike OR the dog. That's a road hazard! By the way, the dog and I are buddies now
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Old 08-28-07, 11:50 AM   #9
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On my commute yesterday I had to dodge a used prophylactic (I didn't investigate it that closely but noticed one end was knotted). Gosh durn kids can't be bothered to go to the park and dispose of these things in a trash can rather than fling em out the window.

Other than that and roadkill, nothing too interesting. I have found many bungee cords and few snap on sockets.
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Mostly just road kill. Nothing too exciting here
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I had to dodge a chicken on the local MUP the other day.

The funniest thing I had to avoid was a VHS porno in the box, laying in the shoulder. If I would have had a place to carry it, I'd have taken it home.
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I once flatted on a dead opossum fang. It was hot too. Ick.
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The local black-bears are coming down out of the mountains to feed on choke cherries, currants, and wild/escaped plums, and they leve big mounds of bright-colored bear-droppings in the middle of the road all over the place. They do this to mark their territory in a prominant location where they feel "threatened". Bear crap is slippery, 4-8 inches deep, and can contain some interseting things (bones, berries, grass, commercial plastic bread bags, parts of tin/aluminum cans, etc.). Not to mention, that it makes you look around for the bear while you should be looking at the damn road.
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The local black-bears are coming down out of the mountains to feed on choke cherries, currants, and wild/escaped plums, and they leve big mounds of bright-colored bear-droppings in the middle of the road all over the place. They do this to mark their territory in a prominant location where they feel "threatened". Bear crap is slippery, 4-8 inches deep, and can contain some interseting things (bones, berries, grass, commercial plastic bread bags, parts of tin/aluminum cans, etc.). Not to mention, that it makes you look around for the bear while you should be looking at the damn road.
at least our bear problem hear isn't that bad yet
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Aw it brightens my day to see road kill, well I mean other then feeling bad for the animal and all that. It means I get to call my wife and report it as she has to come pick it up Gotta keep her busy and her metrics up at work. For a while I was playing turtle crossing guard but the season is over and now it is back to dodge the armadillo goo.

I'm really getting sick of building debris. Bricks, 2x4s, plywood, drywall, bags of cement!?!? There was a couch in the shoulder of FM2499 for months that was all over the place. No one could figure out who's job it was to pick it up I guess. *sigh*

The thing I hate most is longhorns though and their wanderings. Flying down a big hill around a tight corner and then wham hello Mr longhorn I think I'll go on the wrong side of the road right about now and hope a car isn't coming. They are getting rare also as people move their animals further out and sell the land they were grazing on for $$$$.
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I've had to dodge the usual stuff mentioned already like car bumpers, mufflers, broken bottles, syringes, prophylactics, etc. The thing that stands out most in my mind, though, is one specific piece of roadkill. It was the BIGGEST frigging rat I've ever seen! This thing must have been 8" without the tail! Nasty bugger!
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I had a live possum run under my rear wheel. Other than that, branches and road kill are most common.
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I ride rail-trail and run into all kinds of wildlife, but whitetail deer are the worst, they will stand frozen till I get close and I never know which way they will go
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The weirdest thing I've ever had to dodge was a dresser. I figure it must have fallen off the back of a moving truck or something.

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The stuff on the road doesn't bother me too much but there is one place on my normal ride that smells like catfish bait for about a mile. Really nasty. lol
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Lots of dead toads recently. The occasional roadkill. Big cracks in the pavement on the shoulder in a 2 mile stretch just waiting for a front wheel to catch. In the same area the snow plows tend to "chatter" causing gouges which make riding rough.
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Construction debris, mainly dirt and gravel, but also rope, paper, A lot of my rides are partly through "undeveloped" new developments - roads, half built houses (maybe 20-50% occupied), and NO CARS!! One of them goes along a creek, and the other day after a hard rain, I was dodging crayfish. If I'd been willing to pick them up (and eat them... hmmm...) I could have had a free dinner!
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My dog was chasing and eating cicadas on her walk this morning... crunchy!
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I had to bunny hop a live dog once (German Shepherd)! He got in front of me before I could react. I did roll him and brush him pretty hard with the back wheel, but didn't hurt me, the bike OR the dog. That's a road hazard! By the way, the dog and I are buddies now
Isn't that a doggyhop ?

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