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Squirrel runs at front wheel

Old 06-04-10, 10:09 PM
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Squirrel runs at front wheel

I was riding out on a fairly busy county road when I hear the sound of scampering claws on pavement. First thing I think is dog, but no it is a redish brown squirrel (kind of odd around here, most are grey). The thing runs diagonally across the road at my front wheel. I had to hit my brakes to make him miss. Has anyone ever seen this? Maybe it was just coincidence that it decided to run across the road at that moment but it chased after my wheel which is just weird. Or maybe it was rabid?
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Old 06-04-10, 10:11 PM
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It happens to me all the time when I ride with a PB&J sandwich in my pocket.
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Old 06-04-10, 10:14 PM
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A rabbit bolted, jumped up into my cables, I went over the bars I locked them up so hard. Those critters are scary quick and unpredictable. Glad you came away with nothing more than a story.
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they expect you to dodge, like a deer or something.
Not that they aren't stupid as heck.
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run them over next time. these vermins are overpopulated anyway.

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Old 06-04-10, 11:10 PM
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Squirrels are not too smart... crows, on the other hand, are evil geniuses who always move away from the oncoming vehicle.
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Old 06-04-10, 11:18 PM
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I just had a close call like 3 hours ago... Dang squirrel was standing in middle of the street trying to decide which way to go. Left or right. Apparently making noise seems to work for me. You'd think they'd see you fine with those big eyes.
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Old 06-05-10, 12:13 AM
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I was in a crit one time and hit a rabbit, just into the last lap. Nothing happened to me though, but I heared its head pop when I hit it. This thing was about as big as a small dog too, huge rabbit.
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Old 06-05-10, 12:31 AM
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I bark at squirrels
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hey a squirrel on the flats is much better than a cat when you are descending (evil kitty jumped in between my wheels)
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Old 06-05-10, 06:36 AM
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I bark at squirrels
This is a very smart move. Squirrels hear a lot better than they see, and their little rodent brains get confused by the sight of a bike bearing down on them. One of my riding partners screams at the top of her voice, which is also effective but freaks me out when I'm not expecting it.
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Old 06-05-10, 06:59 AM
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That was a Fox squirrel. They are not really rare around here (Nashville) but not common either. It's cool to see them but I don't think they are any smarter than the gray ones.
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This week I went over a squirrel that darted out from the curb with both wheels.....confirmed kill. Same thing happened a few years ago.
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watch or for wild turkeys too ... they spook easly and are big
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Many, many close calls for me. I fear one getting in my spokes and causing an endo.
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i nearly hit a rabbit today. I'll try harder next time.
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Had one dart out in front of me a while back. I moved to the left to avoid him, but he countered by turning around and running right under my front wheel. I was pretty proud that I stayed up - the front wheel moved at least 3 inches or so to the left. Squirrels make lousy traction.
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Squirrels make very bad decisions. I hiss at them. Seems to work.
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Well i must of come across a smater one. I was descending a small hill around a corner,when he darted out from across the street,i didnt slow because i thought he would make it,just when i knew i was going to hit him i swerved to the left,he jumped for the right side of the road and screeched.
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I think when they are startled they run straight without being able to see the bicycle that is about to run over them. I have heard that squirrels do not get rabies. I unfortunately ran over a snake the other day. It was a pretty small one. It left the scene - I hope I did not hurt it too bad. I was riding my clinchers. If I had the tubulars on he would more likely have been cut in half.
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I had a pedestrian make a move in front of me on my ride today that reminded me of a squirrel. She pushed the crosswalk button (to change the traffic signal) and then just continued walking into the street. She noticed the traffic started to turn back to the curb, turned back toward traffic, and then finally back onto the curb. Since I managed not to hit her, it was actually kind of comical.
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I've noticed that close calls with squirrels become less frequent toward the end of summer. I presume its because most of the dumb ones are all run over by then.
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Just aim right for it if it's on the road/path and don't change your line, as for the ones on the side of the path or road... who knows, use your bell? If you're going to end up between the squirrel and a nearby tree count on them darting in front of you.
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Just aim right for it if it's on the road/path and don't change your line, as for the ones on the side of the path or road... who knows, use your bell? If you're going to end up between the squirrel and a nearby tree count on them darting in front of you.
That might not work with a squirrel. I've seen them run to the side of the road when my car approached them, then turn around and run AT the car.
My closest call with a squirrel was on a single track ride with my MTB. The squirrel ran up a tree as I approached, then decided to jump. I got by OK but it shook me up.
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At least a squirrel won't do this to your wheel...

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