Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

how to Protect aginst Mean Bird?

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

how to Protect aginst Mean Bird?

Old 03-09-16, 04:44 PM
  #1  
stevepusser
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 728
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
how to Protect aginst Mean Bird?

what do you carry if chassed by bird like here? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kotWv4MCxNI#t=50

Someone said that ostrich kick can kill u & that they can outrun you esily on bike? How fast can they go, I dont have time to look up the anser.

I am going to to tour in San Diego and they have big birds like these and emuus in farms like right on the ACA southern Teer route in Lakeside & they could jump over fence & chase u!!!

I carry bear spray 32 oz and HALT 9 0z from REI, but birds lack the receptors on their cells for the chemical capsaicin and related compounds, which are the active ingredients in pepper spray, so they are immune to its effects!

Last edited by stevepusser; 03-09-16 at 07:32 PM.
stevepusser is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 04:47 PM
  #2  
Steve0000
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 207

Bikes: LHT disc, Cannondale CAAD8, Cannondale Super 6, Avanti Agressor MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
You don't have time to look up the answer yet have time to compose a post?

I don't have time to answer you.
Steve0000 is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 05:00 PM
  #3  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 9,788

Bikes: Schwinn Paramount, Salsa Timberjack, Diamondback Expert TG, Burley Samba

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1564 Post(s)
Liked 164 Times in 104 Posts
I'm worried my MTBR-sanctioned mountain lion knife won't be effective on an ostrich.
__________________
Genesis 49:16-17
Darth Lefty is online now  
Old 03-09-16, 05:01 PM
  #4  
BigAura
 
BigAura's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chapin, SC
Posts: 3,397

Bikes: all steel stable: surly world troller, paris sport fixed, fuji ss

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 603 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 19 Posts
I can't count the number of times that I've been chased by large birds while on tour!
BigAura is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 05:09 PM
  #5  
jonc123
Ozark Hillbilly
 
jonc123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Show Me State
Posts: 680

Bikes: Long Haul Trucker

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 136 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Google Johnny Cash Ostrich. The Man In Black would know what to do, but he might be a little hard to locate. He should have wrote a song about it.
jonc123 is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 05:29 PM
  #6  
stevepusser
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 728
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jonc123 View Post
Google Johnny Cash Ostrich. The Man In Black would know what to do, but he might be a little hard to locate. He should have wrote a song about it.
Ostrich must have heard about Johnny burning up the refuge of the nearly extinct California Condor in '65 and being flippant and unrepentant about it.

Last edited by stevepusser; 03-09-16 at 07:33 PM.
stevepusser is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 05:34 PM
  #7  
prathmann
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
Posts: 7,243
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 657 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I wouldn't worry about it. We have some on ranches nearby and I've never seen them have the least interest in jumping fences or chasing cyclists. I'm sure they could be dangerous under some circumstances - but so could horses and cows and a local cyclist died as a result of an encounter with a turkey. I'd put emus and ostriches way down on my list of things to be concerned about. Pictures from a ride a couple weeks ago.

prathmann is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 05:56 PM
  #8  
bikenh
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,201
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 121 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
I would be more worried about getting dive bombed by birds. It happened to me twice in about 10 miles in Nebraska last summer. I've heard of everything but I hadn't heard of birds dive bombing a cyclist before. Supposedly the shininess of the helmet is what attracts them. The first bird dove at me several times. I saw it out of the corner of my eye and finally started swatting at it. The second one I saw in my/it's shadow since I had the sun at my back. It only dove at me twice before it gave up peacefully. Not quite the experience I was expecting to have on a bike trip.
bikenh is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 06:20 PM
  #9  
jonc123
Ozark Hillbilly
 
jonc123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Show Me State
Posts: 680

Bikes: Long Haul Trucker

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 136 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bikenh View Post
I would be more worried about getting dive bombed by birds. It happened to me twice in about 10 miles in Nebraska last summer. I've heard of everything but I hadn't heard of birds dive bombing a cyclist before. Supposedly the shininess of the helmet is what attracts them. The first bird dove at me several times. I saw it out of the corner of my eye and finally started swatting at it. The second one I saw in my/it's shadow since I had the sun at my back. It only dove at me twice before it gave up peacefully. Not quite the experience I was expecting to have on a bike trip.
I saw a kid wearing a bright red shirt get attacked by a red-winged blackbird. It kept diving at his head over and over while he was riding, he finally got away. I figured it was the red shirt.
jonc123 is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 06:38 PM
  #10  
Doug64
Senior Member
 
Doug64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,502
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 777 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 27 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by jonc123 View Post
I saw a kid wearing a bright red shirt get attacked by a red-winged blackbird. It kept diving at his head over and over while he was riding, he finally got away. I figured it was the red shirt.
What time of year was it? In my experience they will buzz you when you get too close to their nests.
Doug64 is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 06:43 PM
  #11  
BigAura
 
BigAura's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chapin, SC
Posts: 3,397

Bikes: all steel stable: surly world troller, paris sport fixed, fuji ss

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 603 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by BigAura View Post
I can't count the number of times that I've been chased by large birds while on tour!
OOPS! --> I just counted and it turns out to be zero!

REMEMBER: THE REAL DANGER: cars & trucks

Last edited by BigAura; 03-09-16 at 06:47 PM.
BigAura is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 06:54 PM
  #12  
TheLibrarian
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Hudson Valley, New York
Posts: 480

Bikes: 2014 Giant Roam

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 84 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If it can kick you do you want to stop and fight the thing. They can run at up to 42 mph though so outrunning is an iffy proposition. Best bet throw some bait to buy some time to get away. They will eat anything but should like fruit. Emmu can be mean and tempermental, think i've heard the same about ostrich.
TheLibrarian is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 06:56 PM
  #13  
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,540

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3388 Post(s)
Liked 59 Times in 42 Posts
You don't need to worry about being faster than the ostrich. Just be faster than your riding partner.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 07:00 PM
  #14  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 9,788

Bikes: Schwinn Paramount, Salsa Timberjack, Diamondback Expert TG, Burley Samba

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1564 Post(s)
Liked 164 Times in 104 Posts
Oddly enough for this thread, I've been buzzed by hummingbirds. They are territorial little bastards, and they strafe. If you watch them at a feeder, one is always chasing the other away.
__________________
Genesis 49:16-17
Darth Lefty is online now  
Old 03-09-16, 07:02 PM
  #15  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 9,788

Bikes: Schwinn Paramount, Salsa Timberjack, Diamondback Expert TG, Burley Samba

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1564 Post(s)
Liked 164 Times in 104 Posts
Originally Posted by TheLibrarian View Post
If it can kick you do you want to stop and fight the thing.
Who has bigger quadriceps, a cyclist or an ostrich?
__________________
Genesis 49:16-17
Darth Lefty is online now  
Old 03-09-16, 07:27 PM
  #16  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 23,165
Mentioned: 172 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9054 Post(s)
Liked 677 Times in 417 Posts
Originally Posted by stevepusser View Post

I am going to to tour in San Diego and they have big birds like these and emuus in farms like right on the southern Teer route in Lakeside & they could jump over fence & chase u!!!
I have ridden past several emu farms. 1. They are poor jumpers. 2. They typically shy away.

?
indyfabz is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 07:28 PM
  #17  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 23,165
Mentioned: 172 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9054 Post(s)
Liked 677 Times in 417 Posts
Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
You don't need to worry about being faster than the ostrich. Just be faster than your riding partner.
Or slower, as the video demonstrates. The guy off the back was not the one being chased.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 07:28 PM
  #18  
stevepusser
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 728
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Who has bigger quadriceps, a cyclist or an ostrich?
Which is skinnier, a cyclist's arm or an ostrich's lower leg?



That's an interesting white jersey...oh, wait a minute. Eww eww ewww.

Anyway, my OP wasn't serious, I just saw the video and thought I'd imitate the posting stylings of a frequent thread initiator here. I would think that the ostrich in the video could easily have caught up to the cyclists--it seemed to just be pacing them.

Though I did find photographic evidence of a large avian (besides turkeys) attacking humans here in Southern California: https://www.google.com/search?q=imag...kbxoWFpY99M%3A

I guess down in Oz, you need to watch out for cassowaries, too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassow...sowary_attacks

As if the 'roos kicking you into a pond, koalas chasing you, birds, snakes, goannas, spiders, blue-ringed octopi, cone snails, sharks, crocs, rays, etc. in Australia aren't horrific enough, even innocuous-looking plants are out to give you years of incredible pain: The Gympie Gympie Stinging Tree Delivers the Worst Kind of Pain You Can Imagine | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
2uswe1h.jpg (61.3 KB, 28 views)

Last edited by stevepusser; 03-09-16 at 07:38 PM.
stevepusser is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 07:32 PM
  #19  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 23,165
Mentioned: 172 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9054 Post(s)
Liked 677 Times in 417 Posts
Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
but so could horses and cows
+1.

Why did the free range cow cross the road?

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
IMG_1213.jpg (98.4 KB, 13 views)
indyfabz is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 07:34 PM
  #20  
stevepusser
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 728
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by TheLibrarian View Post
If it can kick you do you want to stop and fight the thing. They can run at up to 42 mph though so outrunning is an iffy proposition. Best bet throw some bait to buy some time to get away. They will eat anything but should like fruit. Emmu can be mean and tempermental, think i've heard the same about ostrich.
You could stick your head in the sand...

Thanks folks, you've been great! Try the veal--I hear it's good.

Last edited by stevepusser; 03-09-16 at 07:40 PM.
stevepusser is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 08:45 PM
  #21  
jonc123
Ozark Hillbilly
 
jonc123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Show Me State
Posts: 680

Bikes: Long Haul Trucker

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 136 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Doug64 View Post
What time of year was it? In my experience they will buzz you when you get too close to their nests.
Probably spring or summer...we have quite a few ponds and lakes around here, I associate them with water.
jonc123 is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 08:59 PM
  #22  
kaos joe
Senior Member
 
kaos joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 904

Bikes: Trek 5200, Rivendell Atlantis, Soma DoubleCross, Bilenky Signature tandem, Cannondale RT3000 tandem, Kona Explosif, Bridgestone MB2

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 194 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
A few years back here on Long Island, a popular MTB trail was haunted, yea, was terrorized, by an an aggressive and territorial winged monster.

We all called him the Unpleasant Pheasant.

Many were chased, a few were caught, and thence pecked.

He has not been seen in recent years.

Some men say he lurks out there still.

Waiting.
kaos joe is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 09:51 PM
  #23  
mrveloman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Tucker, GA USA
Posts: 133
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I wasn't going to say anything but then I came across this "news" video tonight:

Watch a Huge Ostrich Chase a Cyclist Riding Over 30 Mph

While it sure can run faster than I can pedal, it didn't seem interested in doing any harm

mike
mrveloman is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 10:14 PM
  #24  
mdilthey
Senior Member
 
mdilthey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,923

Bikes: Nature Boy 853 Disc, Pugsley SS

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 251 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would kill to be chased by an ostrich. My blog would go viral!
mdilthey is offline  
Old 03-09-16, 10:15 PM
  #25  
Zenophon
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 5

Bikes: 2016 Salsa Warbird, 2015 Surly ICT Ops, 2013 Surly Big Dummy, 2013 Specialized Carve, 2012 Surly Disc Trucker, 1968 Triumph 3-Speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I once headbutted a bat while riding on country roads at night. I think he must have been chasing bugs attracted by the headlight on my helmet. Felt like how I imagine getting punched by a fuzzy toddler would be.
Zenophon 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.