I've never had trouble with dogs before; that is, until today. I had just started on my regular afternoon route when I heard this deep throated growl. I turned to see two lab/pit bull mix dogs bearing down on me. I had only traveled about .4 mile from my house. The dogs appeared from a large green space connected to Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home. I thought I would be able to outrun them, but they stayed with me as I had to go through several intersections. When I made my second turn one of the dogs got in front of me and cut me off. When I slowed to avoid crashing into him the dog on my left bit me two inches above my left ankle. Although I have never tried a cyclocross dismount, I pulled one off and put the bike between the dogs and myself. I lifted my bike and approached the dogs with the idea that I might have to use the bike as a weapon to drive the dogs off. The dogs decided to turn and run. I rode back home and attached my frame pump to my bike and made several blocks in hopes of spotting the dogs. After several circuits, I gave up and continued on with my regular ride. I made it home just as a rain began to fall. The bite turned out pretty superfical. Although the dogs mouth went all the way around my leg, the skin was broker in only three places. I think I'll pick up some pepper spray tomorrow.