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Holy Shoot!

Old 04-19-10, 09:37 PM
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Holy Shoot!

Was Cranking on a totally deserted MUP today, about 20 miles an hour and no more than a inch in front of me a squirrel runs out, it skitters sideways, I hit its tail which slams it into the bottom bracket and into the rear wheel where luckily it launches out from behind me and I go into the woods to clean out my shorts.
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Old 04-19-10, 09:48 PM
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Squirrels are rather silly,

I've had a few close encounters with the silly sods.
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Old 04-19-10, 09:59 PM
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They're pretty annoying. I have an airzound horn, but they don't even flinch when I use it.
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Old 04-19-10, 10:04 PM
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the other day in the trail i saw dead squirrel that was killed via bike...


brutal...
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Old 04-19-10, 10:08 PM
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I can't wait to sever one of those little ****ers. So many close calls, I'm sick of it.

Hope it doesn't result in a crash.
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Old 04-19-10, 10:13 PM
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Couple weeks ago I was riding along, no-handed of course, when a squirrel runs across my path and grazes my front tire with its tail. Took me about an extra two seconds or so to realize what had just happened. Had I actually hit the thing, we both would've been dead.

I too look forward to the day that I finally cut one of those things in half, with my hands on the handlebars. Hate em.
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Old 04-19-10, 10:25 PM
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I see them often on our rides. I'll slow and shout at them while approaching, they don't seem to care! That Geico commercial aint no lie!
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Old 04-19-10, 10:33 PM
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Man...a lot of small critter hate in here..
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the other (other) white meat...
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Old 04-19-10, 10:54 PM
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(1) It's spring so the kids are out trying to get their squirrel legs and (2) they have this thing where they wait until they see and measure you and then run. Problem is the kids don't know we're going a lot faster than the average jogger. I've had 3 close calls recently and yes, I almost had to order a replacement chamois.
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Old 04-20-10, 03:22 AM
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i've had rabbits cross the bike path at night... i'm scared that they might freeze up at my bright light and kill us both...
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I have had a squirrel's tail go into my front spokes; he got some air-time out of that experience. I have no idea how I didn't crash or how the wheel didn't disintegrate; he must have gotten launched out before slamming into the fork.

I haven't sliced a squirrel in half yet, but I have run over a chipmunk.
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I don't mind running over a squirrel ever now and then.

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You are going to look very silly with a dead squirrel stuffed into your jersey pocket, cruising down the MUP, its' big bushy tail flapping in the breeze. People are going to stare.
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Squirrels: nature's little speed bumps.
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The last "critter" I almost ran into was a deer. I'll take a squirrel any day.
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Old 04-20-10, 03:25 PM
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I ran over a squirrel once during a charity ride. I thought I was going to be thrown off the bike as it crossed in front of me, but I could barely feel it under the tires. Sadly, the damage was fatal to the poor creature. Well, I didn't go back to double-check, but it wasn't moving as I rode away. Perhaps it was only stunned.
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Old 04-20-10, 04:37 PM
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he was napping... that lazy guy he is...
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If it's smaller than a cat, I generally don't bother to swerve. When I do that, I'm usually the one who ends up on the side of the road.

If I'm going to go down, I'm bringing down the little b itch with me.
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Old 04-20-10, 07:46 PM
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I've noticed the mockingbirds have started nesting around here. I can tell by the way the randomly swoop down from trees and dive bomb my bike. I have vision of bird meets spokes a la 'Final Destination.'
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Old 04-20-10, 07:52 PM
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Squirrels often make bad decisions. I hiss at them, the conceptualized sound of a snake. Works pretty good.
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squirrel stew is delicious!
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This is what happens to squirrels when I role by. They better watch out...

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No squirrels, but I hit a snake a couple of days ago... I was also doing a century 2 weeks ago, when around mile 70 I roll on to the MUP and start into a woodsy area. I see a rider on a hybrid stop going in the other direction and get off his bike looking rather concerned as some sort of critter sits in the middle of a trail. As I roll up closer, I realize that that critter is a skunk. Well, I need to get home so after waiting a second for it to get off the path to no avail, I walk my bike back a few yards and decide to sprint past it. I don't think I startled it too bad; but if I did, that dude on the hybrid is probably still cursing me.
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20mph isn't exactly cranking
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