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Old 10-12-08, 01:35 AM   #1
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Almost killed two squirrels with my 24-speed Specialized Allez

It sounds weird to me too, practically unbelievable. On Friday, I had to go to a doctor's appointment. On my way to the appointment, I nearly ran over a squirrel as it ran in front of my tire. It luckily managed to squirm out from under my tire, before I would have sliced it, in half.

Yesterday, I was pedaling on my way out of the small town I live in, in order to go to the bike shop. Another squirrel got close to my wheel but, thankfully not close enough for me to run it over.

I thought squirrels were smarter than that.
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Old 10-12-08, 05:40 AM   #2
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Don't worry, 2 near hits in two days is pretty good.
Most the one's I see are clever, they run away before I can get to them.

Keep at it, you'll nail one of the lil buggers eventually.
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Old 10-12-08, 08:05 AM   #3
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I ran over one with my rear tire when it played chicken with me on the MUP. Must have lived, as when I looked back, it was no longer on the path.
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Just make sure it doesn't get into your front wheel. You know, in between the spokes? If it does, both you and the squirrel will be in a world of hurt in about 1/2 a wheel revolution.
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Just make sure it doesn't get into your front wheel. You know, in between the spokes? If it does, both you and the squirrel will be in a world of hurt in about 1/2 a wheel revolution.
Very good point.
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I almost hit a dog the other day. I had to go across two lanes of traffic and the little bugger still got away! My aim is getting bad.

Seriously, must be the season for something because there is all kinds of road kill here in Florida. On today's ride all the obstacles in the road that people were pointing out was road kill.
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Seriously, must be the season for something because there is all kinds of road kill here in Florida.
Heavy roadkill up here in Illinois, too. Let's all do our part to avoid adding our carcasses to the load.
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How many could you have run over with a 33-speed Super Record-equipped Colnago?

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Happened to me the other week. I was riding along (only 18 speeds though) and a furry blur crossed the road, rapidly approaching me from the left. Unfortunately for him, our paths met just as my left pedal was downmost and I inadvertantly kicked the poor sucker at about 20 mph. The impact knocked his nuts (the tree varaiety) right out of his mouth...
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Had a friend that hit two prairie dogs on the same trail withing a few minutes of each other. Stupid prairie dogs.
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I ran over one with my rear tire when it played chicken with me on the MUP. Must have lived, as when I looked back, it was no longer on the path.
I had that happen too. The real moment of panic is when you see them running toward your front wheel, and the only thing you can do is say "oh crap". Of course after I ran him over I thought it was quite funny.
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On Saturday, I was nearing the bottom of a mountain, and a squirrel took a flying leap at my back wheel. I thought for sure I was going to lose some spokes, but it didn't happen for some reason.
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