My recent encounter with dogs that resulted in my having a broken femur and laying on the road UNCONSCIOUS in 105 degree heat for 30 minutes leaves me to contemplate what sorts of things represent real danger to cyclist, in other words, what causes these types of accidents and I have thought looking back over many years that there are really only three.
3. Other cyclists
And maybe a distant 4th, loss of traction on slippery, uneven surfaces or loose gravel.
Aside from those things, I have never even come close to hurting myself and while I have bounced off cars, slid out, been chased and bitten before or had my wheel overlapped by another cyclist the results was usually just some road rash bruises and soreness, never a broken bone.
So, I am sitting here trying to heal up some and my wife's friend calls and tells us that her mother went down on her bike. I immediately thought, dogs, cars, cyclists and of course it was a dog that hit her and she has a broken tibia and collar bone.
I don't know what future tactics I might use in regard to other cyclists or cars but I can tell you one thing, in the future, if I see a dog, I am coming to a complete stop, I would rather get bitten than take a hard fall trying to escape or out maneuver, and, I am getting me some Mace so that if after I am STOPPED he comes after me, I am going to spray him.
I love animals, but enough is enough and I assure you, splatting the ground at 25 MPH and getting a broken femur, once is indeed enough.
Y'all be careful out there, oh, why did I put it in the 50 YO section, well, I used to bounce and hop right back up, older people, I am learning usually don't hop right back up, we go off on an ambulance adventure .