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Squirrels are scaring me

Old 10-03-22, 06:36 AM
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I've crushed 2 and felt a little bad about it each time, but there's plenty left in Upstate SC.
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Old 10-04-22, 06:04 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
In Asheville, itís a rare ride you donít see a bear. Had to wait a couple of minutes for a mother and her cub to cross the road in front of us yesterday.
It's always best to wait when momma is with her kids.
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Old 10-04-22, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
I hiss at them, loud. TSSSSS! That seems to work, they dive for cover.
This is what I do and it works except in those cases where you don't see one and it just darts out at you
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Old 10-07-22, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Ran over one once, with no negative effects for me.
Same here. Got him wí front wheel of gravel bike. He kept going & back wheel missed him. They still give me pause, especially when Iím booking it on a road bike.

Somewhat related, I find that rabbits get the hell outta the way well in advance of my approach.
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Old 10-07-22, 11:23 PM
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Old 10-08-22, 12:40 AM
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Recently I was passing through a park and a small dog ran straight into my front wheel. So I ran it over with my front then rear wheel. This woman screamed and I stopped to check my wheels. Then I proceeded to spark my blunt. To help me contemplate what had just happened.
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Old 10-08-22, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Nofiltercycling View Post
Recently I was passing through a park and a small dog ran straight into my front wheel. So I ran it over with my front then rear wheel. This woman screamed and I stopped to check my wheels. Then I proceeded to spark my blunt. To help me contemplate what had just happened.
Speaking of sparking a bluntÖ.you donít ride shirtless do you? Not that I have a problem with that.
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Old 10-08-22, 02:39 AM
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Speaking of sparking a bluntÖ.you donít ride shirtless do you? Not that I have a problem with that.
yes 50% of the time. Iím from southern California.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
In Asheville, itís a rare ride you donít see a bear. Had to wait a couple of minutes for a mother and her cub to cross the road in front of us yesterday.
Yup, they are very active now. In a month or so, not so much.
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Old 10-08-22, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Symox View Post
Lately on the rides I do there have been a lot of squirrels doing the last minute dash of death across my front wheel. In every case Iíve just kept my line and hoped for the best.

After a recent unrelated crash I am paranoid of breaking my collarbone again as Iím still healing.

Are crashes with squirrels getting caught in the wheels common or is this just the post crash jitters?

wtf is with these squirrels making them dash across? Is it the freehub noise?
I ride 4 months in Florida and the rest in PA. I see more of them where I ride in Florida on the road. Last winter, I hit one with both wheels of my Klein road bike. I was probably doing 16-18 mph at the time. I felt a slight, thump, thump, and I looked back over my shoulder and saw the squirrel about 8 feet in the air behind me. He landed on his feet and ran into the woods. No harm, no foul...
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
Wait until you experience domesticated rabbits...
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the rabbits dart out in front of my wheel spontaneously, leaving about 3' to react.
Have encountered MANY squirrels and rabbits. Usually just a THUMP-THUMP if a *Close Encounter* but in one instance while riding loops on the next loop I saw 2 pieces where once there was only one before the VERY CLOSE ENCOUNTER --- unlike *classic carl's* ^^^ encounter.

My current concerns are wild hog encounters the second hit and crash on July 26th I am still recovering from.

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Old 10-08-22, 11:18 AM
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I did once have a squirrel dodge into my deep-section wheel. It yelped from the shoulder, probably concussed. It could have waited half a second to cross behind me...
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Old 10-09-22, 05:09 PM
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Thatís so odd I wonder what the physiological is behind animals doing that. Take rabbits for example they are herbivores arenít they? A white light. Likely not food. Itís what then if not a predator. That it would normally run away from and not in front of. Random thought.

maybe you wouldnít have this problem with a red light. Or red tint on your light.
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