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Old 10-26-09, 10:37 PM
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big bear

on a long trip in Alaska I camped one night next to a tree full of bear scratches, right on the bear path that encircled a lake. I was tired or I would have continued to another source of water. Next morning I got up, climbed a hill (on the hwy) and began a descent. Coming fast down the road I had to slam on my brakes when a reasonably large grizzly ran across the road right in front of me on a collision course. He saw me barreling toward him and went into overdrive. I had to really shift my weight back to prevent going over the bars. Quite probably the same bear as the one that made the scratch marks.
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Old 10-27-09, 12:00 AM
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Deer and hissing snapping turtles.
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Old 10-27-09, 04:07 AM
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I often remove road debris when I see it. Depending of what it is I'll just kick it off the road as I ride by, stop and move it off the road, or stop and pick it up.

The most dangerous thing I've seen in the road?
Rattlesnakes?
Water moccasins?
Not dangerous as long as you don't mess with them. Just ride around.

Big pieces of large truck tire are a hazard, mainly to motorists. Easily to avoided on a bike.

Deer. Whitetail deer are the biggest hazard I see, other than incompetent motorists. If a deer is going to run, you never know which way. Usually they run off into the woods on the side of the road they're on, but I have had a doe pace me down the shoulder of the road about 3' to my right for a short distance. She then accelerated, got in front of me and tried to cut left. As soon as her pointy little hooves hit the pavement she when down like she was on ice. Now I've got a hundred pounds of thrashing doe just ahead in the middle of my lane. I swerved a little to the right and went behind her just as she found her feet and bolted to my left. That was pretty funny.

Another time another doe decided she needed to cross from the small group of deer off the right side of the road to my left. She leapt almost all the way across the road at head height to me on a bike, just in front of me. I imagine latter conversation would have gone something like this:
"What happened to CommuterRun? I haven't seen him post in a while."
"He got killed on his bike."
"Really? Hit by a car?"
"Nah, he got hit in the head with a deer."
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Old 10-27-09, 04:24 AM
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Drunk guy in panel van (Calgary).
So inebriated that his eyes were almost shut. Van was slowly careening from one side of the street to the other striking parked cars each time. I could keep pace with him, and considered trying to get into his drivers' side door. But there was never enough time between crunches. So I wheeled back and relayed the plate number to the people who were coming out of their houses.
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Old 10-27-09, 06:33 AM
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We have a famous piece of road near us, Rt 129 "The Dragon" - 11 miles, 318 curves. While driving a car, truck, motorbike, or bicycle (guess which is the most fun) we've seen/dodged/stopped for:

Rocks
Trees
Oil slicks
Bears
Boars
Deer
Turkeys
Parked cars
Parked motorbikes
LEO in the wrong lane
Big trucks in our lane
Sport bikes in our lane
Pontoon boat in our lane (towed, at least)
House being towed
Wheel off something
Weird metal pieces

It's a great road - never know what's around the corner. My eyes remain busy!
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Old 10-27-09, 11:01 AM
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I was riding my E-Bike, and I saw some galvanized steel wire in the road.
There were two road cyclists behind me, they were lucky the wire didn't get tangled in their spokes.
Very lucky that I had a powerful magnet in my jacket pocket, and I was able to pick up the wire quickly with it.
As luck would have it, the flatbed truck that dropped the wire came back, looking for what they dropped (chain link fence company).
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Old 10-27-09, 12:34 PM
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I once saw a tree limb fall right before a car in front of me. This was on the UCSD campus in San Diego... lots of Eucalyptus trees.

The driver got out and I rolled up and we tried to move it. Impossible. I was able to roll around it, the driver had to go another way.
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Old 10-27-09, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Live cow, dead cow.
Have pics if you want to see them?

https://s256.photobucket.com/albums/h...view=slideshow
Sorry I have to say it. That's gross! Not to mention a a decomposing animal is a potential health hazard. Why did you park your bike against the thing?
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Old 10-27-09, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JinbaIttai View Post
I once changed lanes to avoid a full-sized metal file cabinet laying in the fast lane on the expressway. It was on its side and not too easy to see.

I called 911 for that one.
Why didn't you stop to look in it and see what kind of condition is was in? Once it is on public property it is free reign. If it was empty and in good condition you could have come back for it with a car or truck to haul it home. If it was full you might have been able to find who it belongs to and contact them about it.
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Old 10-27-09, 12:53 PM
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I'd have to say the most dangerous bad thing I have encountered on the roadways are motor vehicle drivers. Most are unpredictable, and a danger to themselves and everyone else on the roadways. Most barely have the qualifications to drive, yet are still issued a liscense anyway. they seem to come out of nowhere, pass too close, honk at, yell at, swerve at and use their 2,000+ pound weapons to kill and maim others, especially cyclists and pedestrians.
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Old 10-27-09, 12:55 PM
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^^^ does anyone dispute my original answer now?
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Old 10-27-09, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Old Town View Post
Today on Stock Island I actually stopped my bike to help several motorists clean about 7 million roofing nails off the northbound lane of US Rt. 1. Must have come off a contractor's truck. So I'm out there in my sandals kicking nails aside and thinking of K'Tesh. This has to be the worse thing I've ever come across while riding. What's the most dangerous thing you've seen in the road? (for a bike rider)

P.S. K'Tesh, you're becoming a bad influence on me.

I'd say porcupines and skunks, though I have never hit either, living or dead. But I have visions of quills in my rear tire, and or visions of skunk spray thrown from my rear wheel in a stripe up my back.

Arf!

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Old 10-27-09, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Roughstuff View Post
I'd say porcupines and skunks, though I have never hit either, living or dead. But I have visions of quills in my rear tire, and or visions of skunk spray thrown from my rear wheel in a stripe up my back.

Arf!

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Speaking of porcupines. About 100 yards up from the nail scene was a young woman standing near her Nissan sedan. It had 3 flat tires and the two on the driver's side must have had at least 300 nails in them. They looked like porcupines except all the nails were driven in up to their big flat heads. She did not look pleased.
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Old 10-27-09, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post
"What happened to CommuterRun? I haven't seen him post in a while."
"He got killed on his bike."
"Really? Hit by a car?"
"Nah, he got hit in the head with a deer."
"Police report the death occurred even though he was wearing a helmet at the time."
Incomplete, fixed.
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Old 10-27-09, 03:02 PM
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A homeless/insane woman dragging large tree limbs and a log across the bike path one summer afternoon back in July. I didn't stop b/c I was afraid she'd attack me as she was yelling at all cyclists. After I got by I noticed a largish male cyclist stop and move the tree-parts away.
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Old 10-27-09, 04:20 PM
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Speaking of homeless/insane people... I came across one who was pushing a shopping cart down the left lane of a divided 4 lane highway as if the shopping cart was his car!

I was driving a van and provided visibility for him with my 4-ways while my fiancee called the cops.

Thankfully they got him before anything serious happened.
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Old 10-27-09, 06:30 PM
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In support of chipcom’s “people” observation:

There is a chiropractor that lives along my commute route. I often see him speed walking. One morning, after getting off night work, riding home at 3:30 am I see a red blinky up ahead on the 4 lane highway. As approach, I realize it was the speed walking chiropractor, doing his think in the middle of the fast lane. So I had no choice and had to stay in the right (slow) lane to pass him.

I think we need some “far right as possible” laws for speedwalkers.
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Old 10-28-09, 09:55 AM
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I picked up a 3 foot diameter brake drum from interstate 5 in salem oregon most people would not have been able to move the thing and even fewer could have done it in the 10 second window I had before a car would have hit me. On the st johns bridge I removed a metal and wood horse stall door carried it 2000 feet to the police station and dropped it on their porch it made a loud enough noise that they ran out door to see what happened.

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Not bike related but years ago I owned a real Mini Cooper (1968) and was just cresting the big bridge south of Marathon down here in the Lower Keys. I spied something in the road ahead of me and slowed down, took a peek in rearview mirror. Nothing behind me. Got closer and could see that it was one of those vinyl, zippered, bank bags. Heart pounding, I rolled far enough to the right I could simply open the driver's door and scoop it up. And that's what I did. Hit the gas and looked all around. No witnesses. I opened it a little ways down the highway. It was stuffed with pornography, condoms, and funky lubricants. I couldn't throw the whole mess far enough into the mangroves aside the road. I'm still washing my hands with lye today.
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Old 10-28-09, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Roughstuff View Post
I'd say porcupines and skunks, though I have never hit either, living or dead. But I have visions of quills in my rear tire, and or visions of skunk spray thrown from my rear wheel in a stripe up my back.

Arf!

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Back when I was in junior high, on a ride one of the other riders ran over a dead skunk. And then it started to rain. When we got back to town they wouldn't let him in the store.
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Old 10-28-09, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
I was riding my E-Bike, and I saw some galvanized steel wire in the road.
There were two road cyclists behind me, they were lucky the wire didn't get tangled in their spokes.
Very lucky that I had a powerful magnet in my jacket pocket, and I was able to pick up the wire quickly with it.
As luck would have it, the flatbed truck that dropped the wire came back, looking for what they dropped (chain link fence company).
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Old 10-28-09, 09:31 PM
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I removed a tree that had fallen across the interstate with the grill and windshield of my truck, all while traveling at 70mph.
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Old 10-28-09, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by mikewille View Post
It just came out of nowhere, i swear.
Knocked the beer right out of my hand, too.
It had a really bad attitude, probably because of all
the crap it had to deal with.
Knocked the Beer out of your hand!? I bet you were pissed. How did it deal with that?
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Old 10-28-09, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by greparm View Post
Knocked the Beer out of your hand!? I bet you were pissed. How did it deal with that?


It screamed at me to get on the sidewalk, but calmed right down and refused to look me in the eyes when I took it's picture.
Damn toilets.
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Old 10-28-09, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by mikewille View Post


......Damn toilets.
I agree, they are all tanked and is a wonder they don't bowl over more poeple
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