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Old 05-17-07, 02:06 PM
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My neighbor's dog, two times a day, every day.
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Old 05-17-07, 04:06 PM
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A few times some stupid dogs but the one that really got me twitchywas twice near missing a porcupine! Gotta get better lights if I use those paths again in winter. The one I have bad dreams about is hitting a skunk, haven't seen any while on the bike but I know they're around.
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Old 05-17-07, 04:27 PM
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The unexpected hazard of commuting that made me decide to get a decent headlight was looking down during one of the brief dark parts of my commute (which is mostly through Newark, NJ) and seeing a skunk a few inches off my left pedal. Fortunately I was past before either of us knew there was a threat. (I could just see myself trying to find a place to buy a few gallons of tomato juice at 2am!)

I've now gone the whole total geekiness route (twin overvoltaged 20w MR16 wide spotlights) and can see the animals (mostly cats) in time to avoid them.
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Old 05-17-07, 04:28 PM
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I had a rabbit run straight into my line but at the last second think better of it and then turn around. The nails skidding on the asphault was a great noise. A dead rabbit wasn't so lucky, I ran straight over it (I wasn't paying attention and it jumped right out in front of me, luckily it had been there for a week or so, so it was pretty dried out). The funniest though was when a hawk dropped a freshly dead rabbit right in my line, but luckily I was paying enough attention to avoid it, but the hawk looked at me as it dropped it as if to set a mine or something... Maybe he thought to trip me up and trade his dinner up...
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Deer are my biggest hazard on my pre-morning rides. I've learn to bid everything a hearty "Good Mornin', ______ (raccoon, cat possum, deer, etc.)," and everything scoots on as soon as they realize there's a human behind the lights. Or maybe they just recognize my voice and realize that under the right circumstances their new name might be Food. Anyway, deer are the most flighty things. You don't know when their going to run and which way, because they don't know when their going to run and which way until the last second.

Had one dart, awhile back, across the road between me and an on-coming car.

Had another, more recently, run down the ditch beside me until she decided to cut across in front of me. As soon as her little, pointy hooves hit the asphault, so did the rest of her. Busted her butt. That was pretty funny. All I did was swerve around her while she was flailing around trying to right herself. Flighty, must be a female thing.
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Old 05-17-07, 09:05 PM
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I have posted this story before in another thread
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...13#post2842013
I think it is worth repeating.

One of the funniest episodes I have witnessed:

Riding a century with a friend, he's leading, we're headed downhill on a back country road. He is tucked comfortably (stupidly) into his aero bars. Enter Mr. Raccoon from the right. Riding bud and Mr. R are 30 feet apart. Mr. R notices ride Bud coming and stops to have a look on ride bud's line. Ride Bud shifts line to the left. Mr. R shifts position again on to ride Bud's line. Ride Bud shifts line right, Mr. R does likewise. Ride Bud decides space is too short and not enough time available to come out of aero bars, rigs for collision. Mr. R's eyes get bigger with impending collision. Mr. R throws himself on to his back...ride bud runs over him, (both wheels).

Me? I'm laughing my tail off! Then Mr. R spies me coming up on him. He remains on his back, I miss him but have a good look at the expression on his face...if he could talk I'd swear he'd say " Et Tu Bruti! " or something like that.

Mr R looked to have survived the ordeal, ride bud managed to keep rubber side down. Me? I laughed uncontrollably for the next 10 miles...it took a lot out of me, in the end I barely made the century!
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Old 05-17-07, 09:20 PM
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A couple of you have mentioned skunks. I came within inches of one in the darkness at 5 AM a couple weeks ago and it nailed me. It was all I could do to avoid hitting it and it sprayed me as it ran away so it could have been worse.

It was hard to tell as I finished my commute to work how much I smelled. I knew I was hit but wasn't sure how bad. Having never had this happen before I didn't realize that even a little is a lot. I walked in to my workplace (I'm the first one there and it's a big building) knowing I would have to get my clothes off and outside. Well it was too late. Just a couple minutes of those clothes in the building and you could smell it everywhere especially my immediate work area.

BTW, I have good lights. That sure didn't help.
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Old 05-17-07, 09:41 PM
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In Feb or so I almost hit a skunk. It was dark (after 7pm) and the skunk was on the road caught between snow banks. It was a very close call. I pulled a U in about 2 seconds and went the other way. I then followed it (from a safe distance) for a few until it found a way off the road.
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Originally Posted by ecpike
I had a rabbit run straight into my line but at the last second think better of it and then turn around. The nails skidding on the asphault was a great noise. A dead rabbit wasn't so lucky, I ran straight over it (I wasn't paying attention and it jumped right out in front of me, luckily it had been there for a week or so, so it was pretty dried out). The funniest though was when a hawk dropped a freshly dead rabbit right in my line, but luckily I was paying enough attention to avoid it, but the hawk looked at me as it dropped it as if to set a mine or something... Maybe he thought to trip me up and trade his dinner up...
This reminds me... sorry long story and not mine.
2 friends sharing a motorcycle trip across one of the desert states, at night. Taking it in turn to drive/doze on the back. When the rabbits hop out and freeze in the headlight all you can do on a motorbike is brake,brake,brake, not gonna move, accelerate to lighten the front wheel, and...sorry bunny. Dodging is no use, stupid animals just dodge the same way. So the guy who told me the story is riding, bud on back has been there long enough to zonk out and.. mr bunny number whatever hops out and freezes. Brake,brake,brake,brake... darn it, prepare to roll the throttle open and.....




Humungous owl swoops across the road and grabs herself a snack!



Psyched friend now hauls the bike to a shuddering stop, bud on back says what...?
"You're driving!" 'whaat?" "YOU"RE DRIVING!!"
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Old 05-17-07, 10:10 PM
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Mostly suicidal squirles, some deers, snakes (including a rattle snake),
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Old 05-17-07, 10:34 PM
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Squirrels, one snake, prairie dogs, and pedestrians .
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Old 05-18-07, 02:32 AM
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wow, i wish i saw wildlife on my commute! most of the time i will just see some brooklyn garbage tumble into the street and panic, thinking it's a furry friend. funny how a crumpled black plastic bag can look so simlar to a rat.
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Last night on a 2 hour ride I had all of the following cross the road within 30 feet of me:
2 cats
3 dogs
2 deer
1 rabbit
1 armadillo (only the second one i've ever seen - i stopped and watched him for a minute - had to look it up on google to be sure of identity).

I see rabbits, cats, dogs and squirrels daily. Occasionally opossum, raccoon, fox, coyote and geese. I see deer regularly in what seems like a seasonal manner, usually in groups of 2-5. I rarely see snakes. I once saw a family of otters and an alligator.

One night last year riding laps on my training route, I had the same (i assume) fox cross the road right in front of me three times at the same location. I swear he looked at me every time from the side of the road before crossing. I know, it's unbelievable. The only explanation I could come up with for the fox's behavior was a line of trash cans in a semi enclosed area - maybe he was foraging.

Once years ago I had a squirrel sprint between my wheels without getting hit. I was going ~15mph, i think he was going 20mph.
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We call armadillo's "Possum on the Half Shell."
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Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits and unshaven drunken Scotsmen
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We call armadillo's "Possum on the Half Shell."
hahaha. my day is made.
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A couple years ago, I visited Jekyll Island on the Georgia Coast. I took my bike to ride around the island as there's a trail circling the whole Island. I was cruising along about 18mph about an hour before sunset on the trail. There was a racoon sitting right in the middle of the trail and he didn't move until I was right on top of him. I missed him by about a foot. I looked back to make sure he was ok, even though I didn't make any contact. He was fine. I looked forward and there's a huge snake crossing the path. I had no time to stop. If I hit the brakes, I'd stopped right on top of it. I just hammered it as hard as I could and passed right in front of its head doing over 30mph. I saw it start to pull back, but I was freaking too much to really pay much attention...just waiting to hear the thwack thwack of a snake caught in my spokes or on my tires but that never happened.
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I just got back from Jekyll today, going back down in a week. No animals under my wheels though.
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#%$#$*#&!!!! prairie dogs. Ah, the smell of rodent urine in the morning.
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Wow, quite some stories in here to read!

I've come *very* close to a racoon collision before, birds (pecking about for food and flying) and cats. Only thing I've had to yell at are birds and the one racoon that came inches away from a knobbie-rubber beat down.

If I see a skunk, I make sure it's distracted or I'm going fast enough/away from it enough to get by OK - my closest encounter was on foot and discovering one inside one of my recycle bins in my yard. I ran away toward my door, quickly.

Other than that, nothing else has been a problem - squirrels don't tend to bother me, despite the sheer numbers of them here, and I've seen a groundhog at the side of an MUP and a deer in the daytime when going through a trail in the valley, but not hit an animal yet.
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Lots of rats and squirrels. There are also quite a few rabbits on the river trail just outside my work but they usually just watch from the sidelines.

Believe it or not, the biggest problem I've ever had was with a bald eagle who had caught himself a cat on the same river trail one morning. He was sitting there in the middle of the bike path happily ripping off bits of this and that when he spied me coming. Rather than fly away, like I was sure he was going to, he stood his ground, opened his wings, and started hopping about. I had to swerve into the grassy area on the side to miss him, crazy freakin bird.
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I almost hit a skunk the other day. Man, that was close.
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Almost hit? Bah!

I have run over a squirrel, a couple of cats (maybe one was a raccoon, it was dark and happened really fast) on a MUP, and a small dog.

The dog (mini dobie or something silly) used to chase me as I went by his house every day... until he hit the end of his leash. One day, he was unleashed and he kept coming into the street until he got right in front of me. My Murray MTB and I went right over him and he ran back to his house screaming. He never troubled me again. To this day, I hope some kid wasn't scarred for life because his dog might have died mysteriously back in 1993.

As for the near-misses, a lot of squirrels, raccoons, lots of birds, salamanders, moles, and snakes while MTBing, and I almost sailed into some deer at 25 mph on my way down Mt. Hamilton.
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You monster. I'm calling Pamela Anderson from PETA to get on your case.
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