Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Strangest Thing You've Seen on a Ride

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Strangest Thing You've Seen on a Ride

Old 06-01-13, 05:21 PM
  #1  
calgary_jim
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Calgary
Posts: 135

Bikes: 2012 Merckx Emx-5 Campagnolo Super Record

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Strangest Thing You've Seen on a Ride

Came across a cattle drive this morning. A couple hundred cows and calves, 3 bulls, lots of horses and us on road bikes. Worked our way through the herd till we spotted the bulls and then pulled over so we didn't spook them. It would have been great except for the road covered in cow excrement. Everywhere!

Took me a good hour to wash the bike later and get the cow $)(;::#**{ off my bike.

What's the strangest thing you've seen on a ride?
calgary_jim is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 06:48 PM
  #2  
EdIsMe
Senior Member
 
EdIsMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Floriduh
Posts: 663

Bikes: 2011 Neuvation FC100, 2013 Mercier Kilo TT Pro, 1984 Peugeot SV-L

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm not sure if this counts as the strangest "thing I've seen" while riding but...

A friend and I were riding easy on the shoulder of a popular scenic byway in the area. We were riding side-by side, but still with plenty of room for both of us on the shoulder, without entering the road at all. A car approached us going quite a bit faster than we were riding and slowed as it approached. An elderly woman, possibly in her 80's, leaned out of the passenger window and yelled with her fist raised in the air, "F*ck you, a**holes!" The car sped back up to the speed limit as soon as she withdrew from the window and we just looked at eachother with dumbfounded looks on our faces for the next few minutes before errupting in uncontrollable laughter.

I still have yet to experience anything stranger than that on the bike.
EdIsMe is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 07:23 PM
  #3  
KevinF
Keep on climbing
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Marlborough, Massachusetts
Posts: 2,179

Bikes: 2004 Calfee Tetra Pro

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by EdIsMe View Post
I'm not sure if this counts as the strangest "thing I've seen" while riding but...

A friend and I were riding easy on the shoulder of a popular scenic byway in the area. We were riding side-by side, but still with plenty of room for both of us on the shoulder, without entering the road at all. A car approached us going quite a bit faster than we were riding and slowed as it approached. An elderly woman, possibly in her 80's, leaned out of the passenger window and yelled with her fist raised in the air, "F*ck you, a**holes!" The car sped back up to the speed limit as soon as she withdrew from the window and we just looked at eachother with dumbfounded looks on our faces for the next few minutes before errupting in uncontrollable laughter.

I still have yet to experience anything stranger than that on the bike.
Somewhat similar... I was riding in Wyoming one time (organized supported tour). One other guy and I are laboring up a mountain pass. We haven't seen a car, a house, another road, ANYTHING in about an hour. Anyway, somebody was driving down the pass and we got all excited at the sight of another human being ("we're not the last people left on Earth!").

So we waved and the driver stuck his hand out the window and flipped us off.

I mean really? There's probably less then a dozen human beings within a 10 mile radius of where the three of us were. The other rider and I just looked at each other, laughed, and continued on.
KevinF is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 07:25 PM
  #4  
Shimagnolo
Senior Member
 
Shimagnolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Zang's Spur, CO
Posts: 8,754
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1575 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 50 Posts
Today it would have been the yellow lab wearing goggles, riding in the sidecar of an antique motorcycle.
Shimagnolo is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 07:42 PM
  #5  
David Bierbaum
Senior Member
 
David Bierbaum's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: St. Louis Metro East area
Posts: 1,578

Bikes: 1992 Specialized Crossroads (red)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Googling "dog in motorcycle sidecar wearing goggles" shows that this isn't as uncommon as I thought it would be. THIS would be unusual...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
CowSideCar.jpg (13.8 KB, 50 views)
David Bierbaum is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 07:53 PM
  #6  
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Posts: 21,045

Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 801 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 30 Times in 22 Posts
When I pass a building with mirrored windows and see myself
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike.

FYI: http://www.bikeforums.net/forum-sugg...ad-please.html
Homebrew01 is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 07:53 PM
  #7  
clausen
Senior Member
 
clausen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern Ontario
Posts: 3,659

Bikes: Colnago Master XL, Bianchi Via Nirone 7, Marinoni Fango

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A couple in a corn field.
clausen is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 08:25 PM
  #8  
Shimagnolo
Senior Member
 
Shimagnolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Zang's Spur, CO
Posts: 8,754
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1575 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 50 Posts
Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
Googling "dog in motorcycle sidecar wearing goggles" shows that this isn't as uncommon as I thought it would be. THIS would be unusual...
Now that is a *big* sidecar!
The dog I saw was wearing regular old goggles like WWI aviators wore, (with 2-piece glass lenses).
I was surprised they actually fit a dog's face.
Shimagnolo is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 08:55 PM
  #9  
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,652
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 155 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Seems pretty stupid to me to put goggles on a dog, but what do I know. Googling "dog goggles" pulls some up. "Doggles feature a interchangeable lens system (ILS) that provides your dog with 100% UV protection and protects your dog’s eyes from debris during road travel. Not to mention that they make him look absolutely adorable while protecting his peepers!"

Strangest thing I've seen? Maybe the sex toy. Or maybe it was the witch's hat.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 09:04 PM
  #10  
WMBIGS
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: middle of Montana
Posts: 124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A crow attacking a squirrel. A momma Meadowlark attacking a gopher, protecting it's nest? Two Golden eagles taking off right in front of me, ten feet from touching one. Riding beside bison in Yellowstone, that was scary.
WMBIGS is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 09:26 PM
  #11  
pdxtex
Portland, OR, USA
 
pdxtex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: portland
Posts: 1,626

Bikes: kona paddywagon, trek 2.1, lemond nevada city, gt zrx

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
living in the city, i see all sorts of werid **** just riding around. sometimes it people, other times animals. i once saw a full size and huge sea lion right in the middle of the river i ride along. im 100 miles from the ocean. sea lions aren't unheard this far in but this one was as big as a sectional couch. another time i saw a very large beaver, like 4 feet long carrying a freshly chewed tree across the big path. cool. oddest thing, riding under a bridge coming back home, i surmise i saw the remnants of a drug deal gone bad. some j-crew preppy looking kid was running for his life while some gutter punk looking dengerate was chasing him with a rock, all the while shrieking, "getttt away from me mannnnnn". fffffn rock buzzed my head. ive changed my route since.
pdxtex is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 09:35 PM
  #12  
bianchi10
King Hoternot
 
bianchi10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Oregon City, OR
Posts: 5,255

Bikes: 2015 Cannondale Evo Hi mod

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I was riding through downtown portland, OR one morning up into the west hills and I saw a women pooping into a paper bag. that was pretty weird.
bianchi10 is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 09:36 PM
  #13  
bianchi10
King Hoternot
 
bianchi10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Oregon City, OR
Posts: 5,255

Bikes: 2015 Cannondale Evo Hi mod

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by pdxtex View Post
living in the city, i see all sorts of werid **** just riding around. sometimes it people, other times animals. i once saw a full size and huge sea lion right in the middle of the river i ride along. im 100 miles from the ocean. sea lions aren't unheard this far in but this one was as big as a sectional couch. another time i saw a very large beaver, like 4 feet long carrying a freshly chewed tree across the big path. cool. oddest thing, riding under a bridge coming back home, i surmise i saw the remnants of a drug deal gone bad. some j-crew preppy looking kid was running for his life while some gutter punk looking dengerate was chasing him with a rock, all the while shrieking, "getttt away from me mannnnnn". fffffn rock buzzed my head. ive changed my route since.
Yeah, I dont know why so many people love the whole "keep portland weird" thing. I say, lets clean it up a bit. There are some WEIRD people in Portland!
bianchi10 is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 09:36 PM
  #14  
raiden07
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
Seems pretty stupid to me to put goggles on a dog, but what do I know. Googling "dog goggles" pulls some up. "Doggles feature a interchangeable lens system (ILS) that provides your dog with 100% UV protection and protects your dog’s eyes from debris during road travel. Not to mention that they make him look absolutely adorable while protecting his peepers!"

Strangest thing I've seen? Maybe the sex toy. Or maybe it was the witch's hat.
US Military uses Doggles:
raiden07 is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 09:57 PM
  #15  
alexaschwanden
Bike rider
 
alexaschwanden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: san jose
Posts: 3,167

Bikes: 2017 Raleigh Clubman

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Riding on a trail through a bad neighbor when i saw to dogs doing the sex on the lawn.
alexaschwanden is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 11:00 PM
  #16  
SolitaryRider
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Fredsville
Posts: 122
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A truck with a horse's lead tied to it's rear bumper, leading the horse back home down the road.
SolitaryRider is offline  
Old 06-01-13, 11:37 PM
  #17  
rdtindsm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 215
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
inverse joe krpsjk

I've probably mispelled the name, but Al Capp used to have a character in his Pogo strip that always had a rain cloud over his head.

I was riding near Iowa City, Iowa when I got caught in a rainstorm. Not just a steady moderate rain; this was earning the moniker of "frog strangler". This went on for a few minutes as I reached the next turn . Went through a patch of road that was ABSOLUTELY dry.

Several of us were doing a century down south of Ft. Worth, TX when we went down into a filled area above a wooded creek that was maybe 20' lower. Somebody yelled up, asking if we wanted a beer. One of the guys looked, and there were a couple guys down with a pickup and a keg in the bed, but we kept going. A few minutes later, this older model pickup truck drives buy with a guy leaning out the window, a plastic cup in one hand, and the spigot from the tap in his other. What could we do but stop and get a little tipsy. Nearly ruined the ride if the ride was actually the most important goal.
rdtindsm is offline  
Old 06-02-13, 12:06 AM
  #18  
redtires
Extra Medium Member
 
redtires's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Erie, Co
Posts: 1,850

Bikes: Cannondal CAAD8; custom build carbon HT 29er.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by clausen View Post
A couple in a corn field.

So much more than six words here.....
__________________
Droping the hamer since '86
redtires is offline  
Old 06-02-13, 01:38 AM
  #19  
vwchad
Senior Member
 
vwchad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Everett, Washington
Posts: 595

Bikes: 2013 Focus Izalco Pro, Soma Grand Randonneur

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wierdest/ saddest thing for me was when my ridding buddy and I came across someone who had suffered a heart attack while riding. Sadly, he did not make it. He was under a white sheet on the grass, behind a police car, with his bike laying next to him. Totally ruined the ride for us. We cut it way short that day and went home early.
vwchad is offline  
Old 06-02-13, 01:52 AM
  #20  
SpookyReverb
Senior Member
 
SpookyReverb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 188

Bikes: 2018 All-City Space Horse Disc, 1992 Bridgestone RB-1, 1987 Centurion Ironman, KidzTandem

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Off of the top of my head: a homeless man angerly hacking an empty paint can to bits with a hatchet on the MUP.
Also, guys smoking crack (?) on the MUP. Smelled kind of like marshmallows, definitely wasn't pot.
SpookyReverb is offline  
Old 06-02-13, 02:30 AM
  #21  
Bob Dopolina 
Mr. Dopolina
 
Bob Dopolina's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Taiwan
Posts: 10,116

Bikes: KUUPAS, Simpson VR

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Jesus.
__________________
BDop Cycling Company Ltd.: bdopcycling.com, facebook

BDop DEALERS Site: dealers-bdopcycling.com
Bob Dopolina is offline  
Old 06-02-13, 03:49 AM
  #22  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 51,437

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 131 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2876 Post(s)
Liked 77 Times in 55 Posts
Originally Posted by calgary_jim View Post
Came across a cattle drive this morning. A couple hundred cows and calves, 3 bulls, lots of horses and us on road bikes. Worked our way through the herd till we spotted the bulls and then pulled over so we didn't spook them. It would have been great except for the road covered in cow excrement. Everywhere!
Same thing but with sheep ... on a Randonnee in Nov 2011 ...



Machka is offline  
Old 06-02-13, 04:11 AM
  #23  
deepakvrao
Senior Member
 
deepakvrao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bangalore India
Posts: 2,318
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 359 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Had an elephant blocking the road. Would have taken a pic for this thread, if I had known about the thread, but it's not at all that strange in India.
deepakvrao is offline  
Old 06-02-13, 07:25 AM
  #24  
TheZip
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central IL
Posts: 24

Bikes: '99 Cannondale M900, 2015 CAAD10 105

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
An exploding house. And thank god we were far enough away from it when it happened as it was along the route we were taking. We heard and felt the loud explosion and after going down the road four more blocks we discovered all the debris, blown out windows, and a chimney and foundation where a house used to be. The news that evening stated that there had been a gas leak and nobody was home. There was minor injuries to one of the neighbors who had been watching tv at the time.
TheZip is offline  
Old 06-02-13, 07:35 AM
  #25  
Shimagnolo
Senior Member
 
Shimagnolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Zang's Spur, CO
Posts: 8,754
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1575 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 50 Posts
Originally Posted by TheZip View Post
An exploding house.
When I lived in a burb of South Denver, a house exploded in a nearby burb from a gas leak. I was watching the local news on TV interviewing a neighbor who was outdoors when it happened. The interview went something like this:

"So I was in my yard with my back turned when I heard the explosion. I spun around to look and saw the roof coming down out of the sky. Didn't see it going up, but I saw it coming back down!"

Shimagnolo is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.