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Old 07-16-06, 07:57 PM   #1
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Top speed of a pomeranian?

So I was heading back in after a ride that was much harder than I thought it was going to be, when I hear a growling behind me. I was on a slight rise and could only manage about 16mph. I look back and this little ball of fur is coming up on me. I slowed down to let him get close so that I could check how fast he was moving. I clocked him at 15mph, but he was probably moving faster than that before. Anybody know what the top speed of a pomeranian is?

If I'm going to have dogs chasing me on a ride, I'll take those little buggers any day!
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Old 07-16-06, 08:38 PM   #2
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Should have slammed on your brakes and let him pass you like they did on Top Gun with that MIG.
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Old 07-16-06, 08:56 PM   #3
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I've seen one go as fast as 65. Of course, it was tied to the bumper so I'm not sure if that counts.
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Old 07-16-06, 09:47 PM   #4
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Last time I got close to one it was standing very still. Actually it was cowering in a corner with my bird holding it at bay. A macaw will have that effect on most mammals.
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Old 07-16-06, 09:59 PM   #6
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Well I think it was european at least...of course, those are migratory.
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Old 07-16-06, 10:01 PM   #7
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What's a pomeranian? I'm confused. A ball of fur? I guess some land-bound mammal?
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Last time I got close to one it was standing very still. Actually it was cowering in a corner with my bird holding it at bay. A macaw will have that effect on most mammals.
Including people.

Those big beaks usually do a pretty good job of intimidating just about anything. Heh.
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What's a pomeranian? I'm confused. A ball of fur? I guess some land-bound mammal?
They're little tiny noisy dogs. They have sharp little teeth, too, but I doubt they can open their mouth wide enough or jump high enough to cause any damage to a bicyclist. Watch your fingers if you crash, though.
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Old 07-16-06, 10:55 PM   #10
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Actually, I almost fell off from laughing so hard. Either that or it was my crying from so many hills.
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Old 07-17-06, 04:56 AM   #11
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Depends on how high you drop one from.
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Depends on how high you drop one from.
i dunno. assuming a pomeranian has a similar terminal velocity to a falling human body (~120 mph), anything higher than 484 feet (call it 500 feet to be safe) would be a waste of effort. even if you dropped it from higher up (lower drag) when it reached thicker air it'd slow down to whatever pomeranian terminal velocity is. of course, if you dropped it from high enough, ablative loss from friction heating might reduce drag enough to increase the terminal velocity somewhat. might have an adverse effect on density, though.
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Pomeranians are actually pretty quick. They can manage roughly 20 mph, but they can't sustain it for very long. I'd like to have seen the chase. That must have been hilarious.
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I believe the 20MPH figure. I abhor pomeranians, they shriek, its easy piercing. They have weak joints, kind of fragile. They are more like the creature that you carry around in a purse.
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Laden or unladen?
And is this a European or African pomeranian?
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Old 07-18-06, 01:33 PM   #17
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And is this a European or African pomeranian?
What about an Asian pomeranian?
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Old 07-18-06, 01:33 PM   #18
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Re: Top speed of a pomeranian?

Depends on how high a tower you toss it from.
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So, now that I think about it, the question should be: "What's the terminal velocity of a Pomeranian?"
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With a follow-up question of: "What's the drag coefficient of a Pomeranian?"
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Old 07-18-06, 01:50 PM   #22
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Hmmmm... good question. We'll need to conduct many experiments...

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Oh, now you're just getting silly....
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I have clocked my Corgi at 17 mph a few times. To be fair, he was drafting. A TT helmet would be a big improvment.
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Now now...

...silly would be if I asked about the Kenyan pomeranian. As we all know, Kenyans are endurance runners, not sprinters.
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