Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

New experience today

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

New experience today

Old 10-30-23, 07:35 AM
Let's Ride!
Thread Starter
RidingMatthew's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Triad, NC USA
Posts: 2,569

Bikes: --2010 Jamis 650b1-- 2016 Cervelo R2-- 2018 Salsa Journeyman 650B

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 327 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 24 Posts
New experience today

Good morning this morning I was commuting to work and an OWL swooped at my head. I have commuted quite a bit and this was a first. He was eye level and coming straight at me. I actually ducked.

In other news I had some work done on my bike. (a new chain, cables, housing, and rear brake pads, and bar tape) It seems to shift better but I thought i heard rubbing sometimes. I almost turned around this morning but it seemed to go away. hope it is not a big deal and not really dragging on the disk.

at least 6 people driving with high beams and did not dim them for me or the people before or after me. (epitome of rudeness/ selfishness)
RidingMatthew is offline  
Old 10-30-23, 08:26 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Hammonton, NJ
Posts: 1,050

Bikes: Dawes Lightning sport, Trek 1220, Trek 7100

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 8 Posts
no... that would be new for me also... I have had a deer just pop out in front of me and scared the dickens out of me. It is also interesting how camouflaged they are in the woods. The only reason I knew he was there was because he obviously got startled by me riding near him.
e0richt is offline  
Old 10-30-23, 08:33 AM
Junior Member
Lambkin55's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cental Illinois
Posts: 107

Bikes: 1990 Schwinn Curcit is my main bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 47 Times in 35 Posts
I have a tiny bit of falconry experience with feeding owls...
Just by chance, were you wearing a knitted ski cap with a fuzzy ball on top? The owl may have looked at that fuzzy ball and interpreted it to be a small fuzzy rodent. To an owl that means lunch is served.
Lambkin55 is offline  
Likes For Lambkin55:
Old 10-30-23, 08:48 AM
Let's Ride!
Thread Starter
RidingMatthew's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Triad, NC USA
Posts: 2,569

Bikes: --2010 Jamis 650b1-- 2016 Cervelo R2-- 2018 Salsa Journeyman 650B

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 327 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 24 Posts
No fuzzy ball just a white bike helmet.
I saw a deer as well this morning. It must have crossed the road right after a car went the other direction. They do blend in well.
RidingMatthew is offline  
Old 10-30-23, 10:35 AM
Senior Member
jadmt's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Missoula MT
Posts: 1,760

Bikes: Handsome xoxo, Serotta atx, Canyon Endurace CF8

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 902 Post(s)
Liked 1,868 Times in 839 Posts
I had a hawk about take my head off one time. I literally thought it was a bullet wizzing over my head. It was witnessed by a guy who came up and ask if I was ok. I said what the hell happened and he said a hawk swooped down at mach speed and just missed my head. he thought it hit me. I was wearing a cap and it knocked my hat off.
jadmt is offline  
Old 10-30-23, 10:49 AM
Senior Member
blacknbluebikes's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 1,278

Bikes: two blacks, a blue and a white.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 444 Post(s)
Liked 844 Times in 408 Posts
Harry Potter, you have mail.
blacknbluebikes is offline  
Likes For blacknbluebikes:
Old 10-30-23, 11:24 AM
Full Member
SW84's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2023
Location: Pasco,WA
Posts: 237
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 136 Post(s)
Liked 118 Times in 78 Posts
That's the reason I carry a BB pistol. I've had birds, and a lot of dogs, come at me. Usually when they hear the CO2 they turn the other way.
SW84 is offline  
Old 10-30-23, 03:55 PM
Full Member
Join Date: Jun 2023
Location: Illinois
Posts: 463
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 347 Post(s)
Liked 124 Times in 80 Posts
I got hit in the forehead by a bat, once -- the furry kind, not the wooden. I guess his echolocator needed calibration, or he thought I was a really huge mouse. I barely saw it before impact, but when I retrieved my glasses from the ground, some of his fur was still on them.
TC1 is offline  
Old 10-31-23, 07:00 AM
Senior Member
BobbyG's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 5,965

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 2007 Dahon Boardwalk, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International, 2006 Felt F65, 1989 Dahon Getaway V

Mentioned: 54 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1361 Post(s)
Liked 1,669 Times in 825 Posts
Once, leaving work I had a magpie attack my bike helmet while I was walking my bike out to the parking lot.

And once, long before I started running a helmet cam I had a bird of some sort hit me in the face at speed. I just remember a soft smack and a wing against my glasses.
BobbyG is offline  
Old 10-31-23, 09:56 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,886

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2588 Post(s)
Liked 1,919 Times in 1,203 Posts
I haven't had a bird come at me straight on like O.P.

I have been almost sideswiped by something big crossing just in front of my face. I suspect it was a hawk or kestrel intent on catching something on the other side of the road (why did the bird cross the road?) But the angle and speed of the encounter were such that I never got a good look at it. Kind of funny, most of my frustration as an untrained bird watcher is trying to guess what that 3-4" long bird in the bush is; but my closest approach I can only describe as a "big, white or light gray wing that looked like it was as broad as my face is high."
pdlamb is offline  
Old 10-31-23, 01:45 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sherwood, OR
Posts: 1,279
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 336 Post(s)
Liked 309 Times in 180 Posts
I have actually had that happen twice. Both times, I had a steady front light (not a blinkie) and it was early in the morning - pre-dawn. I assume that the owl(s) thought it was eye-shine, and they decided at the last second that I was too big. Both times, I could feel their body heat due to the fact that they passed so close.

What was most unsettling to me was how silent each event was.
aggiegrads is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.