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Old 11-04-16, 09:05 AM
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Had to outride Cujo this morning...

... and my lungs are still burning.

Not far from home, turning from one street onto another. Still dark out, suddenly hear a woman screaming "Heel, heel, heel!"

Then I hear the sound of claws approaching on asphalt from behind, and then the growling. Looked back to see a large, black, angry dog in hot pursuit. Whoa.

Kicked the XO-2 from the middle to the big chainring, and stomped on it.

The beast lasted several blocks before he gave up.
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Old 11-04-16, 09:16 AM
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Did you thank the woman for being an idiot?
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
Did you thank the woman for being an idiot?
I would have, but I was too intent on my immediate survival. If I hadn't been pumping so hard to save myself, I would have yelled "LEASH YOUR DAMNED BEAST, DUMBASS!"
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Old 11-04-16, 11:25 AM
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Report the dog before it attacks some kid.
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Old 11-04-16, 11:54 AM
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What you imagined was chasing you.


What was really chasing you.
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Old 11-04-16, 12:08 PM
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Certain breeds really dislike bicycles and it can trigger their aggression. I am a dog owner and get along with most every dog I meet but must say only times ever attacked were times I was on a bike (2x german shepherds, 1x mixed chow). Not sure what pisses them off so much but jamming the cranks if you have head start is the best bet vs confrontation though for the chow I jumped off and kicked him as there was no getting away. Dogs are very tuned to human emotion and will react to fear and aggression very differently fwiw.
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Old 11-04-16, 12:29 PM
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Dog thread.
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Old 11-04-16, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
What you imagined was chasing you.
What was really chasing you.
Hahaha, I wish it were so! In the half-light of that early hour, it definitely was more like the first image. Looked like it might have been a Rottweiler.

This past summer, I had a really little doggie (chihuahua mix, maybe?) start chasing me on my ride home. I kinda laughed and pedaled a little harder to outpace him. This was an entirely different situation, and I was definitely not laughing.
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Old 11-04-16, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
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Kicked the XO-2 from the middle to the big chainring, and stomped on it.

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I'm not sure I would've risked throwing a chain or buggering up the shift at such a critical time.

Was he going for your wheel or your heel?
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Old 11-04-16, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I'm not sure I would've risked throwing a chain or buggering up the shift at such a critical time.

Was he going for your wheel or your heel?
The reason I did that was because he was gaining on me. I have become reasonably confident enough in the Shimano Exage 400LX front derailleur, to not worry about the shift.

As for the latter, I didn't ask. Mostly I was entirely focused on getting down the road as fast as possible!
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Old 11-04-16, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
The reason I did that was because he was gaining on me. I have become reasonably confident enough in the Shimano Exage 400LX front derailleur, to not worry about the shift.

As for the latter, I didn't ask. Mostly I was entirely focused on getting down the road as fast as possible!
True story:

A buddy and I were on a moonlight century in the Mojave desert. We heard the dog snarling and coming up behind us but we couldn't see him so we both just started sprinting. Then we heard a "yelp" and my buddy said he thinks the dog got a snout full of rear wheel spokes... lesson learned I hope.
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Pepper spray:
I always have it within easy and quick reach. I've had to use it several times. No permanent injury, but --- a very permanent lesson for the dog ;o)

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Originally Posted by Joe Minton View Post
Pepper spray:
I always have it within easy and quick reach. I've had to use it several times. No permanent injury, but --- a very permanent lesson for the dog ;o)

Joe

I wish this were so. Had to spray the same pit bull on two occasions. After the second encounter I called animal control and never saw it again.
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My dog has lunged after a cyclist around town here or there. Not all of them by any means, most he just watches go by. But he is on a leash at all times so no harm no foul. I wouldn't take him off leash besides at a dog park or on a remote hike.
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Did you dial it up to 400 watts as you dropped the hammer?
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Did you dial it up to 400 watts as you dropped the hammer?
It sure felt like it!
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Old 11-05-16, 10:06 PM
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So do you know how fast you were actually going? Dogs are pretty fast, I imagine they can sustain 20+mph for a couple blocks
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
So do you know how fast you were actually going? Dogs are pretty fast, I imagine they can sustain 20+mph for a couple blocks
I clocked an old looking Rottweiler that was all gray around the muzzle at 32 mph.
as I hit 33 he gave up. (going downhill in case you thought I was fast. I'm not).

My corgi with 7" legs can hit 24 mph for a very short time.
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Originally Posted by Motolegs View Post
I wish this were so. Had to spray the same pit bull on two occasions.
Halt? Or something else? How effective is that stuff?
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Old 11-06-16, 06:13 AM
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So do you know how fast you were actually going? Dogs are pretty fast, I imagine they can sustain 20+mph for a couple blocks
No, I don't use a bike computer, so I don't know, other than "hauling ass."
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I recently had a pretty good size dog coming at me at an angle I could not avoid him, and I was going slightly uphill, but not enough turning around would matter, and he did not look happy, and to me, at the time did remind me of Cujo. I stopped, dismounted and tried to keep the bicycle between us but it didn't work. When I was moving he was an angry dog, after I dismounted his complete attitude changed. after he got around the bicycle, lets just say a lot of tail wagging dog slobber was involved then I waited till he was pretty far away before I rode off. It must be the motion reminds them of prey or something.
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When I was moving he was an angry dog, after I dismounted his complete attitude changed. after he got around the bicycle, lets just say a lot of tail wagging dog slobber was involved then I waited till he was pretty far away before I rode off. It must be the motion reminds them of prey or something.
I would say that is probably the case, and I actually thought about this in retrospect. Not sure I would have been willing to try it, however.
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Old 11-06-16, 08:13 AM
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My strategy has always been to outrun, and this has always worked for dogs (but not geese). I've always wondered about the strategy described by @making to just stop and put your bike between the dog and yourself. The theory is that the dog loses interest when there is no chase. Has anyone else done this?

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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Halt? Or something else? How effective is that stuff?
Halt 2, the "hotter" version of Halt. It's very effective.
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Yeah dogs can be pretty darn fast. We adopted a mutt about 5 years back. She was (is a bit still......) pretty skitish, and bolted out the front door when I came in the 1st day we got her.

I spent an hour chasing her around the neighborhood before she just sat down in front of a pizza place around the corner from our house. She can REALLY move...she passed a car once or twice bolting down the street away from me lol! I'm not exactly slow...but if I wasn't already moving at a really good clip, I'm pretty should my dog could run my down on the bike. Lacks stamina apparently though lol. Same mentality as me..hard for an hour then go find pizza.

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