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    Long-time reader of the forums but never posted...

    A dog ran in front of me and sent me here to actually post for the first time (that's the short version of the story).

    INTRODUCTION: I'm 34. Live in the Central Valley of Northern California near Tracy, Manteca and Stockton. I have been a bike rider since I was a kid but just got turned on to road bikes in the last year. Last 7 years has been spent on an old and very heavy mountain bike (Specialized) and a few months ago I decided I wanted to ride the Tour De Palm Springs Century in February so I bought a Specialized Allez Comp. It's a beautiful machine (or at least was until the incident with the aforementioned dog!).

    Tour De Palm Springs is February 5th in Palm Springs, CA. Hope to see a few of you there!
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    Welcome to the forums Flat_Man_04! Does your screen name have anything to do with the San Joquin (sp) being flat?
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    I've been chased by dogs ( and people ) while on my bicyle, in the past. Thats why I recommend carry OC pepper spray. ( the kind that the police use) Effective against dogs and humans.

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    getting chased by dogs while cycling is of those rare moments that every cyclist should dream of. dogs are slow. Bikes are not. theres nothing better than dropping some no good mongrel with one hard fast sprint.On One of my usual rides in the country I always pass a row of houses where theres dogs in every house, once one dog chases they all do, but only to give up breathless!

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    Welcome to the Forums!

    I have benchased ny a dog. The damn dog came out of now where and darted after me and once it started barking and running i literally pedaled so fast that the front wheel came off the ground like 2 in. that dog was not n my tail for a long time though.
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    I know how you feel about dogs, although I've never actually hit one. A few weeks ago a big black lab got in front of me on the road. I came to a complete stop to avoid hitting him. My buddy was about 30 feet behind me and couldn't believe I stopped. The dog walked around me and then took off running after my friend. I thought that was hilarious. When I started riding again, the dog just watched me go by. He never made a move towards me. I guess it's no fun if they stop...

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    Pepper spray isn't needed...a spray from the water bottle is plenty effective.

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    "Flat_Man" has everything to do with my affection for changing tubes/tires...

    Never really thought about San Joaquin being all that flat but you are definitely right. The only challenge on some days is the wind!

    To get hill training though, I ride west from Stockton, CA on Howard Rd to Tracy Blvd (Tracy, CA - go figure) and then make my way through the Old Altamont Pass to Livermore, CA. About 35 miles 1-way. Heckuva ride though!

    Saw the dog and expected it to go after my feet. From reading the boards here they can nearly always be outrun. The dog turned directly into my path at the last minute. The following 4 days are a little fuzzy in my head.

    Today was the first day back on the bike. Was able to put in 20 miles and felt really good.

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    Welcome Flat Man. I'm really new as well. Live east of you in Volcano. Have as my first goal the Delta Century in May. Heard of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkbrouwer
    Pepper spray isn't needed...a spray from the water bottle is plenty effective.
    sometimes water isn't effective, and then there are the two legged dogs. I having been assaulted by people and dogs while biking, I feel that I have every right to defend myself. I was trained in the use of o.c. pepper spray while employed as a security officer, and trained my co-workers, and I am a firm believer, and know how to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Man_04
    <snip> . . . I ride west from Stockton, CA on Howard Rd to Tracy Blvd (Tracy, CA - go figure) and then make my way through the Old Altamont Pass to Livermore, CA. About 35 miles 1-way. Heckuva ride though!
    One of the most annoying things about doing the Old Altamont Pass is that when you get to the top, you usually have a humongus headwind on the descent that forces you to pedal hard on the way down, as well! Do you swing over and come back via Patterson Pass? Now, that's a fun descent if you're headed east.

    The Tour de Palm Springs has a lot of windmills, too!

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    The Delta Century may very well be my 2nd century if I can get through the first one. Had to take some time off to let my head heal a bit from the crash but got in 30 miles today and am looking at about 50 on Saturday. Finally feeling like my old self again. Perhaps we can meet at the Delta. Volcano is quite a ways up in the hills. Your longer rides are probably great for conditioning. I'm not a super fast rider... Just keep my feet going in circles even when I'm tired. The Delta is pretty flat though... the big deal is the wind.

    Take care.

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    Haven't done the Patterson Pass ride. I really hate the west-bound trip to Livermore but coming home is a real kick in the pants! I agree that it is crazy to have to pedal downhill to maintain speed but for every bit of road I put behind me that is rough on the way out, there is some easy road to hit on the way home.

    I'm really looking forward to the Tour de Palm Springs. From what I have read or heard, the first 17 miles or so are all up hill even though it sounds like a pretty tame grade. That, in combination with the wind should make for slow going but after the first SAG (17.5 miles), there is supposed to be about 44 miles of flat to slight downhill with the wind at your back. I hope to make up time there. Before crashing into the dog I had been hoping to make the 100 in just under 6 hours but now I just want to finish.

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