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Old 05-09-16, 03:47 PM
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After passing him, I wished I had scraped him up. Maybe he could have survived if he could just get off the road. But it was too late for me to turn back.

Thank goodness snakes that bite are extremely rare around here in the northeast US. The most common snakes seem to be black snakes. We have milk snakes and garter snakes, too. Black snakes are big, and we've had them come through the house! Even knowing how they're harmless, I have to confess that they are quite a jolt to the nervous system to see them inside!
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Originally Posted by RubeRad

I have a friend that says he sees rattlesnakes all the time, he just rides right over them, thump thump. They can only strike when coiled, when they're stretched out across a trail they don't have time to react to an oncoming bike.

I wonder though, that must destroy a bunch of ribs, and does it end up killing the snake, or can they survive?
I aim for the head to make sure. I did have one puncture a tire once, though.
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Originally Posted by conquest46
Found this today.
Did you stop and investigate?
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Originally Posted by lost_in_endicot
Did you stop and investigate?
Just an old mountain bike no one was around. Rode by it today and it was gone.
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Old 05-09-16, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmie65
I aim for the head to make sure. I did have one puncture a tire once, though.
Dang! Venom is milky, right? I wonder how it does as a tubeless sealant...
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Originally Posted by conquest46
Just an old mountain bike no one was around. Rode by it today and it was gone.
It looks like a GT, I would have stopped and checked it out.
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No seat. I bet the seatpost broke, the owner couldn't stand to ride it all the way home, so he threw it into the bushes hoping it was an inconvenient enough location to prevent anybody from taking it for a few hours, got home somehow, and came back in a car to pick it up.

Also the fork is installed backwards.

Also the stem/handlebar are installed backwards. (coincidence?)
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
No seat. I bet the seatpost broke, the owner couldn't stand to ride it all the way home, so he threw it into the bushes hoping it was an inconvenient enough location to prevent anybody from taking it for a few hours, got home somehow, and came back in a car to pick it up.

Also the fork is installed backwards.

Also the stem/handlebar are installed backwards. (coincidence?)

Me thinks the fork and handlebars are just twisted and the rear wheel is out of the dropout.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
Dang! Venom is milky, right? I wonder how it does as a tubeless sealant...
To be honest, it was a small one (one year, we had an infestation of them along IH35 due to new home construction) and it was either dying or dead already. Didn't notice the puncture until about 1/2 mile down the road, so no venom if there ever was any.
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Originally Posted by joeyduck
Me thinks the fork and handlebars are just twisted and the rear wheel is out of the dropout.
Methinks that too, that was a joke.

I was also thinking that the biggest problem with that bike, is that the rubber side is pointing up.
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Originally Posted by noglider
After passing him, I wished I had scraped him up. Maybe he could have survived if he could just get off the road. But it was too late for me to turn back.

Thank goodness snakes that bite are extremely rare around here in the northeast US. The most common snakes seem to be black snakes. We have milk snakes and garter snakes, too. Black snakes are big, and we've had them come through the house! Even knowing how they're harmless, I have to confess that they are quite a jolt to the nervous system to see them inside!
Tom. rattlers do exist in the NE. As my brother's wedding party walked single file up Mt Tom (?) outside of Amherst on a warm June morning, we passed a tabletop like large granite stone. As we passed, we heard a hiss. I stopped and turned around to watch a 4' rattler pass between me and my brother 5' behind me, rattling away. I didn't know that there were black rattle snakes, but this had the rattle for all to hear and I got a very good view of its trademark triangular head.

Our local trail museum regularly had a local rattlesnake. Our neighbor said he had them in a rock pile behind his house that would split when he used one of the rocks for target practice.

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Originally Posted by joeyduck
Me thinks the fork and handlebars are just twisted and the rear wheel is out of the dropout.
That's what it looks like to me, also. The seat frame is still there, so the seat post is probably good. The rear dropout looks like it might be damaged, but I can't tell for sure.
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Originally Posted by joeyduck
It looks like a GT, I would have stopped and checked it out.
I thought about taking it home but I was about 8 miles from home and no access to a car, also I have too many bikes as it is.
I'm sure it was abandoned by a homeless person they camp next to the trail allot. I come across allot of old abandoned magnas and roadmaster mountain bikes oh yeah and also next brand mountain bikes.
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Ben there are rattlers and other poisonous snakes, but they're not common. At least I like to think so.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
Methinks that too, that was a joke.

I was also thinking that the biggest problem with that bike, is that the rubber side is pointing up.
I thought you were, but the interweb didn't convey the sarcasm well with that one.
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We have rattlesnakes here in Michigan. They're a different species (eastern massauga rattlesnakes). They are pretty solitary though. I know they have been found within a mile or two of my house, but apart from looking at them in cardboard boxes where people have caught them to relocate them off their property, I've never seen one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massasauga
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I'm not sure roadkill was meant to count for this thread, but since we're on the subject, I saw a squashed snake and somebody's cat failed to cross safely just this morning. Neither were still alive.
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We have rattlesnakes here in Michigan. They're a different species (eastern massauga rattlesnakes). They are pretty solitary though. I know they have been found within a mile or two of my house, but apart from looking at them in cardboard boxes where people have caught them to relocate them off their property, I've never seen one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massasauga
Yup, Massasauga and Eastern Rattler here in PA, especially north western PA where I do a lot of stomping around. I'm 44 and have never seen one and I did a lot of roaming around as a kid in the Allegheny National Forest at Grandpap's hunting camp.

Copperhead is the 3rd venomous snake we have and I ran one over on the trail as it was crossing through some leaves in the fall.
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Last week, an albino squirrel skittered across the road, but was gone before I could stop for a picture. I haven't seen it since.
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On the ground this morning's ride - live squirrels, dead squirrels, and buzzards. Lots of buzzards. F***ers are scary when they fly at you.
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More women's clothing (tights and a top). However, it was up by the University and at the intersection of two major roads. From the looks of them, they have been there for a while which is a surprise.
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Found someone's electric bill today. Stamped, addressed, and ready to return, on the ground between the street and the bike path. It was crushed and dirty, but dry, so must have fallen since last night's rain. I dropped it into a mailbox and felt virtuous.
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I just found a rusty screw driver today on the bike path. It is bathing in oxalic acid water mix now.
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Turns out I have weird eyes, was able to exchange them for a different size
How painful was the surgery? I'm fine with the size of mine, but a pair that aren't nearsighted would be nice. Maybe in green, too.
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How painful was the surgery? I'm fine with the size of mine, but a pair that aren't nearsighted would be nice. Maybe in green, too.
I'd go with the Cylon eyes.

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