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Old 11-05-09, 11:10 AM
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Which is Worse

Ok, bad morning..

Which is worse
1) Being chased by a dog
2) Pedal strike
3) Pedal strike while being chased by mans best friend

On the plus side, I never new my trusty old Cannondale m400 could go 34 mph (well 33.9).
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Old 11-05-09, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by DenveScubaSteve View Post
3) Pedal strike while being chased by mans best friend
You got chased by a supermodel?
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Old 11-05-09, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by DenveScubaSteve View Post
Ok, bad morning..
On the plus side, I never new my trusty old Cannondale m400 could go 34 mph (well 33.9).
Think of it as a good training. I never had a dog try to chase me before. Sounds like fun. But not the pedal strike - those scare me.
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Old 11-05-09, 11:54 AM
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First, recalibrate your speedometer.

Second, it must be said, pedal strike means "You are doing it wrong!"

Third, the dog earned an extra tasty doggie treat for making you feel like you were going real fast.

Last but not least, the sum dog chase, pedal strike and discovering miscalibrated speedo does not rate as a bad morning. Ferrets are the greatest danger to cyclists. Sheldon Brown, RIP, wrote an entire series of columns about the dangers of encountering ferrets while cycling. These articles always appeared in the April issue of his cycling club newsletter. Sadly, this was in the days before the internet and no copies have survived.
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Old 11-05-09, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
You got chased by a supermodel?
Yeah, I would of called into work sick if that happened. Sadly, it never does...
Anybody else get chased by supermodels?
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Old 11-05-09, 12:00 PM
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pedal strikes are the natural consequence of going fast around a corner. Last dog that chased me pulled up just as I swung my foot. Painful mistake on his part.
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Old 11-05-09, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by TRUMPHENT View Post
First, recalibrate your speedometer.

Second, it must be said, pedal strike means "You are doing it wrong!"

Third, the dog earned an extra tasty doggie treat for making you feel like you were going real fast.

Last but not least, the sum dog chase, pedal strike and discovering miscalibrated speedo does not rate as a bad morning. Ferrets are the greatest danger to cyclists. Sheldon Brown, RIP, wrote an entire series of columns about the dangers of encountering ferrets while cycling. These articles always appeared in the April issue of his cycling club newsletter. Sadly, this was in the days before the internet and no copies have survived.
First no need, in fact it may be a little slow as I increase the tire pressure a little which in turn would increase the diameter ever so slightly. I also manually adjusted the speedo. I trust it more than I trust others sorry. Plus, its also only a sprinting speed of 33.9 mph not 60. I am too slow but who cares.

Second, pedaling in a turn sucks but sometime you gotta do what you gotta do eh.

I don't think I've ever encountered a ferret, but squirrels and foxes are pretty bad too.
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Originally Posted by DenveScubaSteve View Post
Anybody else get chased by supermodels?
All the time...
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Old 11-05-09, 12:29 PM
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I hit 34 mph on my commute at least twice every day I ride. Fortunately it's not from outrunning dogs. Got some big hills on my route. The worst situation is trying to outpace a dog on an uphill. I've climbed faster than I ever thought possible when being chased by dogs.
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Old 11-05-09, 12:47 PM
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Getting chased by dogs is totally teh suxor. Thankfully it's a pretty rare thing for me. Only twice all year has a dog took off after me, and both times they gave up chase after a short while.

I haven't dealt with pedal strike since switching my wheel back to the singlespeed side.
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Old 11-05-09, 02:45 PM
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I failed utterly at Bikeforums humor attempt. My post, from beginning to end, was meant to be a joke. Sheldon RIP, never wrote about ferrets attacking cyclists, to my knowledge. Especially in the April newsletter of his cycling club in the preinternet era.

To see what inspires some of my failures, visit Google's pigeons page. At the bottom it tells you when it was originally posted.

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Old 11-05-09, 03:49 PM
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In the last two weeks the animals of Denver have gone CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've had three dogs come at me on the MUP

I've seen three coyotes cross the MUP

I've seen one fox on the MUP- stayed there as I passed despite my yelling at it.

I've had two very close calls with squirrels

Thankfully I haven't been near any prairie dogs, their barking scares me when I don't expect them.
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Old 11-05-09, 05:09 PM
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what is pedal strike?
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Old 11-05-09, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by duke_of_hazard View Post
what is pedal strike?
While pedaling through a corner, your inside pedal may hit the ground if you're leaned over far enough. It's bad. I think fixed riders are a bit more concerned with it, as those of us with freewheels can keep the outer pedal down and coast through a corner.
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Originally Posted by duke_of_hazard View Post
what is pedal strike?
Pedal hits the ground while going through corner-
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Which is worse

1) Being chased by a dog
No big deal. I can outrun most, scare off the ones I can't.

2) Pedal strike
Can't remember the last time I had one under normal riding conditions.

3) Pedal strike while being chased by mans best friend
Had this happen once a few years ago, caused a nasty fall. I was so overcome with rage that I wasn't aware of my injuries for several minutes. I wanted to kill the dog but it ran off. Hobbled 2 miles home in the dark scraped and bloodied with torn clothes and a broken bike. Rode by the same spot later in the week during the day to see if I could find the house and dog but never did. Now I deliberately force myself to be calm around aggressive dogs so this does not happen again.
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Old 11-05-09, 06:39 PM
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I am for coasting in corners and striking dogs with my U-lock if they want to bite me.
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Old 11-06-09, 09:36 AM
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I had a nasty pedal strike during my last triathlon. I was cranking for all I was worth and apparently went into the corner a lot faster than I'd realized. My pedal hit hard and it lifted my rear wheel off the ground. The force of the turn flung the rear end of my bike about a foot outward. Thankfully I kept the bike upright and the only casualties were a chunk of my pedal that got ground off and my tri suit which needed a thorough laundering. Of course, there had to be a race volunteer standing right there to witness my incompetence.

Thankfully I've yet to be chased by a dog on my commute. Had a few rabbits and skunks suddenly decide they want to cross directly in front of me and one deer that wanted to play chicken, but no dogs.
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Originally Posted by morry32 View Post
In the last two weeks the animals of Denver have gone CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've had three dogs come at me on the MUP

I've seen three coyotes cross the MUP

I've seen one fox on the MUP- stayed there as I passed despite my yelling at it.

I've had two very close calls with squirrels

Thankfully I haven't been near any prairie dogs, their barking scares me when I don't expect them.
Agreed, on the way home I encountered one suicide rabbit and a goose who thought that he/she was bigger and better than a bicycle. I've also been getting attacked by bugs too.
Just a few weeks left and the should all settle down.
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Pedal strike is worse.

Mace makes the dog situation non-existent.
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Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
You got chased by a supermodel?
twern't me!
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I just shoot 'em with my water bottle. Stops that crap quick.
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Can't comment on any of those since they never happened to me.
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