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Old 04-22-09, 07:31 AM   #1
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I goosed a goose on my new Tourmalet

Today was the first day I commuted on my new bike a Lemond Tourmalet. First of all this bike is very light and responsive. She climbs like a mountain goat. And she corners like an antelope. This was also my first day running clipless which was interesting. It definitely helped for climbing. Anyway I was riding on the MUP when I came upon a miniflock of Canadian geese (worst Canadian export barring Alanis Morissette). They started their honking and what not leaving me a bit befudled. But I held my line. Then all of the sudden one decides to flap himself right across my path (only a male could pull a move this bone headed) and my front wheel and leg smacked his wing. Honk Honk Pedal Pedal.
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Just wait after the eggs hatch. Then the real fun begins.
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Just wait after the eggs hatch. Then the real fun begins.
They've started here. Frigging things will flat out chase you when goslings are involved.
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We are almost there. I had a couple hiss Monday.
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Just wait after the eggs hatch. Then the real fun begins.
What I want to know is how to say, in any language a goose will understand: "coming through! move fast or stay where you are!" Suggestions would be appreciated.

What I know, from first hand experience: when they're serious, geese attack from the air. That adds a whole new dimension to the experience.

One time a goose slammed into me from the side; fortunately he chose my thigh as the point of impact, so he basically just bounced off. Had he got his neck mixed up in the spokes, things could have gone ugly.

I have a lot of experience with geese, most of it not pleasant. They continue to surprise me.
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That time of year. Goose poop and mud!
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Today was the first day I commuted on my new bike a Lemond Tourmalet. First of all this bike is very light and responsive. She climbs like a mountain goat. And she corners like an antelope. This was also my first day running clipless which was interesting. It definitely helped for climbing. Anyway I was riding on the MUP when I came upon a miniflock of Canadian geese (worst Canadian export barring Alanis Morissette). They started their honking and what not leaving me a bit befudled. But I held my line. Then all of the sudden one decides to flap himself right across my path (only a male could pull a move this bone headed) and my front wheel and leg smacked his wing. Honk Honk Pedal Pedal.
Rememeber! Those things have brought down an Airliner!
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That time of year. Goose poop and mud!
...thats not mud.

Next time you see that goose kick him extra for me. I can't stand those damn things. Swans are nasty too.
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I have found that barking at deer will get them to move a lot quicker than human sounding yelling. I wonder if the same would hold true for a goose?
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...thats not mud.

Next time you see that goose kick him extra for me. I can't stand those damn things. Swans are nasty too.
Rather grab a goose, wring it's neck then barbecue it. Cooked right they taste just like Sirloin steak.
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Airzounds. May not do any good but it might be fun.
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I'll try the barking
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12 gauge?

of course, riding with a shotgun would cause a different ruckus all together......
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Just wait after the eggs hatch. Then the real fun begins.
The OP merely goosed him... nothing more.
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Update: I came around the bend again today to see the geese again and they've got goslings. A nice brood too. So Mr. Goose puts his head back spreads his wins and starts approaching in attack mode. I didn't have time to think(or I would have tried the barking) so I just shouted HEY!!. Mr. Goose seemed quite taken aback or at least he backed off. I respect the fact that he is trying to protect his kids but come on don't keep them right next to the MUP.
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Hissing also works. They get a bit confused when a human loudly hisses at them
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4/17 Rats With Feathers!

Got my first goose, down by the river today.

He decided to challenge me as I was riding by, ran right in front of me .

It was like riding over a rotten log.......

Only 14,000,000,000,000 to go!

There should be some happy racoons tonight.
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@wanderer what do you ride?
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Anyway I was riding on the MUP when I came upon a miniflock of Canadian geese (worst Canadian export barring Alanis Morissette).
Actually, they are Canada geese. If the goose is from Canada, then it would be a Canadian Canada goose. The ones I see around my neighborhood are Hoosier Canada geese.
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@wanderer what do you ride?
Specialized Crosstrail, with 35mm and 40mm Schwalbe Marathon Supremes.

Good tires for "Goose Crossings," just stand, lighten up on the bars and pedals, and sail right over them...
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I rode over a goose once, damn near wrecked me but I managed to stay upright. They're so stupid, they vigorously defend a certain amount of personal space for nest/young but choose the most high-traffic public locations they can find. The ones that pull this b.s. near my home or work soon learn to fear cyclists. They are pretty good at emulating human behaviour: they leave their **** everywhere and make way too much noise.
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some really funny replies here - on different tangents too. ones I liked: worst Canadian export, that's not mud and he only goosed it.

OT just got back from my 3rd MTB ride - 2 hours and 45 minutes!!! I am wiped. I'm very fortunate that I met some really nice people on my first ride from the Boston chapter of NEMBA. happy friday
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Rather grab a goose, wring it's neck then barbecue it. Cooked right they taste just like Sirloin steak.
Agreed. I'd make a beeline towards them. That's dinner!
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Actually, they are Canada geese. If the goose is from Canada, then it would be a Canadian Canada goose. The ones I see around my neighborhood are Hoosier Canada geese.
So when you ride by them, do you hiss or yell "Hoosier Daddy"?!

Sorry... couldn't help myself..
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