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Old 10-06-15, 02:55 PM
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I want to buy a MTB,

But I'm afraid a snake might attack me on a MTB trail.

What should I do?

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Old 10-06-15, 03:00 PM
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Bring a shotgun and plenty of birdshot.
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Smoke some pot.
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I actually got attacked by a snake once on a bike trail on my road bike. I was coming down a hill to a small bridge over a spring. I stopped to look at the water for a second when I saw a snake curled up in a ball striking at me. Well, OK it didn't strike at me, more like it was scared to death of me but i screamed like a wimp and almost fell down. Scariest moment of my life, my advice is don't buy a MTB because of snakes.
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Old 10-06-15, 03:18 PM
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Snakes ... Why does it always have to be snakes?
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Went by what i think was a timber rattle snake today on Lake Awosting. Looked like the typical type of scary snake. Was a good size. The web says they're "uncommon" and poisonous. He was right in the middle of the trail sunning but looked like it was going across. I went pretty close behind it and it did rear around a bit. Had a little rattle on the back.
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Old 10-06-15, 03:23 PM
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Bikes are faster than snakes.

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Awww, the signs where I ride don't have the cool graphic!

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You'll be fine as long as you have your mountain lion knife
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While on the subject of fun warning signs... I had to sign a waiver to go through a couple of tunnels this summer:

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Old 10-06-15, 03:35 PM
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Awww, the signs where I ride don't have the cool graphic!
A clever ploy by your local government to weed out the illiterate members of society?

Watch out for elk, too!

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Old 10-07-15, 06:08 AM
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Perhaps something more like this in a holster...

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I always bring snake, bear, and lion spray when I go mountain biking.

Actually the MUP I do most of my road riding has a fair number of snakes. I ride through an area with lot of restored prairie grass, water and trees so it's prime real estate for all sorts of wild life. I run into snakes on a fairly regular basis. Maybe I need to start bringing some snake spray with me!

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Old 10-07-15, 06:50 AM
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The vast majority of venomous snake bites in the US fall into two classes:

1) People who intentionally mess with the snake for no good reason and without knowing what they are doing

2) Accidentally stepped on the snake, or stuck a hand or foot into a crevice or under a log/rock/debris without looking first

While temperment among species varies, cotton mouths and copperheads are known to be short tempered, stories of people being "attacked" or "chased" by snakes are the result of a human doing something foolish and trying to shift the blame to the animal. If you get bitten it's because the snake felt threatened by your presence. Snakes are as scared of you as you are of them and given the choice, they will slither off quietly. Unless you are a small furry meal, there is no benefit to the snake in biting you unless it is to defend itself. Keep your eyes open and if you see a snake, give it a wide berth and I guarantee it won't come after you.

While not true in all countries, death by snakebite in the US is extremely rare and if you eliminate the human stupidity factor, even getting bitten is highly unlikely. Your chance of being "attacked" by a snake while riding a MTB are almost non-existent.

This video shows a snake being intentionally harrassed (in an attempt to get it to move off the trail) for close to two minutes at close range and it never strikes. It just backs up into the underbrush.



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Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
The vast majority of venomous snake bites in the US fall into two classes:

1) People who intentionally mess with the snake for no good reason and without knowing what they are doing

2) Accidentally stepped on the snake, or stuck a hand or foot into a crevice or under a log/rock/debris without looking first


Thank you.
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Clearly, you should only bike in the snow.

Snakes hate snow.

Except for snow snakes, of course.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
You'll be fine as long as you have your mountain lion knife
Everyone knows you don't need a knife, you need a mask.

Among this year's victims, he wrote to the commission, were two fishermen who left their masks in their boats as they went ashore to cook their meal. One woodcutter was attacked from behind by a tiger when he sat down and took off his mask for lunch.
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Wear cowboy boots to ride.
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If you're worried about snakes, buy a Mongoose bike.
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because Elk hunters use mountain bikes to get back into the woods, the LBS is stocking 2 fork like things you put On the bars .
So across the bars then, you can carry a Bow or rifle.

my rockhound father had a rattlesnake pistol that had 22cal mini-bird-shot cartridges in it .

the high boots or leather leggings is a good plan .
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Old 10-07-15, 09:52 AM
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You should be more concerned about mountain lion hiding in trees. They wait for passing MTBers then simply drop on you for a quick snack.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Perhaps something more like this in a holster...

Boy I like that gun,,, bet it's good for two legged snakes too,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
This video shows a snake being intentionally harrassed (in an attempt to get it to move off the trail) for close to two minutes at close range and it never strikes. It just backs up into the underbrush.


If he's not careful, he's going to get a snakebite puncture.

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