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Animal that scares you the most when riding

Old 07-09-11, 06:48 AM
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Animal that scares you the most when riding

Seems like the wildlife have been going nuts lately. In the past week, I have had two close encounters with coyotes and at least three with deer (I definite a close encounter as being within 30 feet or so as there is potential for collision).

However, it occurred to me that the animals that scare me most when riding are squirrels because they move the least predictably of anything I see. Especially on descents, they're more than a little unnerving.

What animal do you see when riding that you'd just as soon not encounter?
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Old 07-09-11, 06:50 AM
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Old 07-09-11, 06:51 AM
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Deer. I've almost hit / been hit by t hem a number of times. Once they start running in your direction, they don't usually stop.

Squirrel? I would roll over a squirrel.

Turkeys also, because they will tend to just take off and fly if they see you coming -- and probably big enough to cause some damage if they hit you in flight.
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Birds. They sit in right next to the bike paths/roads if not in the path and then fly at the last possible second, sometimes not in the right direction. It's fine in a car, because you're moving a 3,000 lb object at speed, on a bike I feel I could falcon punch these animals as I they try to fly out of my way
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If I don't ever see another black bear running across a field straight towards me, that would be nice. I thought my life was over. He wound up passing in front of me by about 20 feet and jumped into the stream that I was riding beside.

Squirrels can be a little unnerving too though.
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Squirrel? I would roll over a squirrel.
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If I don't ever see another black bear running across a field straight towards me, that would be nice. I thought my life was over. He wound up passing in front of me by about 20 feet and jumped into the stream that I was riding beside.

Squirrels can be a little unnerving too though.
Bro, I would PAY for a video of a cyclist being chased down by a bear! LOL!
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Old 07-09-11, 06:57 AM
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Hope he had insurance or I guess rider would be stuck with fork replacement.
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Wild animals don't scare me as much as dogs on a long lead on the bike trail.
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I ran over a snake once. Dummy shot out in front of me on my MTB.
I almost got stomped on by a deer (had to be a 10 pointer easy); again, on the trail.
Dogs are fun. I eye them down to see if they'll give chase! Hee Hee!

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^^^ a wombat would really ruin your day.

The only animal I've had a near miss with that REALLY scared me was a standard sized poodle. On a leash. With a tiny Chinese woman who probably weighed less than the dog. She (the dog and the b!tch) was crossing the road diagonally with her back to the direction of traffic as I was doing 50km/h around a corner (downhill) - missed by centimeters.
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
Hope he had insurance or I guess rider would be stuck with fork replacement.
Dental insurance?
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Labs are pretty mellow, and don't usually chase. Little yap dogs, like Chihuahuas and JRT's are insecure and usually chase.
There is a pit bull that is chained up that I worry about every time I go by. I pray that the chain never fails.
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Red neck pickup truck drivers who think they should teach me a lesson by trying to clip my left side. I wish they were on the endangered species list.

I was hit by a deer riding an off road trail one day, jumped right into me and ran away. Nothing happened to the bike but that thing kicked me right in the hip and I swear it took 6 months to heal.

Snakes are bad.
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Here in Australia ... kanagroos and magpies.

In Canada ... cougars and wolves. I encountered a cougar on a ride once ... late in the evening, in the Canadian Rockies.


I've seen heaps of bears and coyotes in Canada, but they don't worry me. Elk can be a bit of an issue sometimes ... it can be a bit unnerving riding through a herd.
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Deer kill cyclists. If you have deer in your area and you don't have a healthy paranoia of them, you are dumb.
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Used to be rattlesnakes.. But, more lethal are the pedestrians who stroll out into bike lanes without looking or indicating their intentions.
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Mountain lions. A saw one a couple of times when I was living and riding mtb in CA.
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