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post #1 of 11 Old 02-20-2014, 05:33 AM Thread Starter
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F*#!ing dogs!

I love dogs, really I do, but I was damn near killed by a golden lab charging me on my ride in this morning. He got to within 6 inches of my left side and only barely pulled up at the last second. I only saw him once he was within about 20 feet of me (he saw me from a house and came at me down their driveway behind a small hill), so I didn't even have time to do anything more than try and slow down so that if I came off it'd be a slower fall (I was originally going about 50-55mph).

I thought about going over and having words with the owners, but decided I didn't need a fight (I was/still am super pissed) so I called animal control and reported the incident. That's the first time I've been charged, not a fun feeling. This area (semi-rural Virginia) has a lot fewer fences than where I grew up in California, so I see a lot more dogs wandering the area, but none of them have given me more than a perfunctory glance up to this point. I guess I'll just have to keep a better eye out so I can evade properly the next time.

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-20-2014, 05:55 AM
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Yeah, that feeling of getting charged out of nowhere definitely isn't fun. Glad nothing worse happened. I've debated carrying mace with me for just such occurrences. Stop and mace the #$it outta the dog and I'd bet he wouldn't charge you again.

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Yeah, that feeling of getting charged out of nowhere definitely isn't fun.

Maybe he takes cash or check?


Glad you're okay!

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Glad it didn't end badly for you. The worst experience I've had with a dog is a Border Collie named sox that was playing frisbie at the park with his owner decided to try to follow me home when I rode by, after 2 blocks I decided he wasn't going to turn around so I pulled over and waited for his person to catch up, he was actually a nice dog, shoulda kept going and kept him.


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I've had this happen more than a few times. Growing up as a backwoods hick, it was one of those things you got used to when you were learning to drive (a car). Just don't let them get in front of you and you are fine... unless you want to run them over.

Same principal applies on the bike. Slow down to let the dog catch up a bit, grip it 'n rip it. There is no way you shouldn't be able to out accelerate a dog... and if for some reason you cant... that's why you wear boots. Give him some incentive not to chase bikes.

Long story short. Glad you are okay. Hate to see someone dump their bike just to get mauled by a dog.



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Try it on a bicycle going 18MPH..................

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Killed one once when it tried charging me - it took my boot to the throat and I saw it fall over on the side of the road. I went back and found the owner and he said he was sorry and was actually glad the dang dog was dead.

But dang, my foot hurt for a week, and I was wearing thick hiking boots.

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...was actually glad the dang dog was dead.
Must have been his wife's dog... I have a few neighbors like that

First time I ever rode home at night the biggest Golden Lab ran up out of no where and about made me soil myself.

Surprisingly, deer have been the nicest to me. I've had goats, cows, chickens, dogs, and cagers attempt to make me late to where I'm going. EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING is out to kill ya when you're on two wheels!

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Killed one once when it tried charging me - it took my boot to the throat and I saw it fall over on the side of the road. I went back and found the owner and he said he was sorry and was actually glad the dang dog was dead.

But dang, my foot hurt for a week, and I was wearing thick hiking boots.
Hmm, I think I'd rather kick the owner, but that might do in a pinch. The only thing I'd be worried about is hitting the dog with my foot in just the right way to snap my leg at the shin. I had a friend break his while playing soccer. He and another guy kicked the ball at exact same time and my friend's leg didn't win. I do wear steel-toed work boots, so maybe they'd give a little extra protection...

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Dogs and deer, I never ride at night because of them. Back in '75 I was testing a bike at night..Got through all the gears WFO, she was running good when I saw this black dot on the road...thought it was a June bug on the lamp, but it got bigger and closer. Turns out it wasn't a bug . I hit that German Shepard headlong.After a moment of darkness I heard a car in the distance and realized what happened ,kind of, I found the strength to get off the road , then found myself at home and sent my friends out to get the bike while I was off to the hospital.
The Shepard survived with a broken leg. I had the shifter go through my foot,in the top out the bottom, ripped all the flesh from one knee ,wasn't much left to stitch, and ended up on crutches and canes for months.
My friend showed up the next day and said he couldn't find the bike on the road that night, it seems that I pushed it home and I still don't remember doing that.
Dogs and bikes don't mix and you can't always get away from them. I'm just glad that it wasn't a deer.

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