- Jan 5, 2007
whats a good way to scare them off when they start chasing you?
your pretty brave. I would have tried to out run em.limerickman said:Got chased yesterday by two of "man's best friends"!
I went for long ride yesterday to the Devils Bit in Tipperary.
At the foot of the clim - two dogs saw me as I passed the house that they were in.
They started chasing me, barking and growling as they did so.
I stopped pedalling.
Got off the bike and just stood there as they barked and growled.
After a few moments, they both stopped and I went on my way.
Powerful Pete said:I have found that stopping pedaling works wonders. Dogs seem to get very ticked off by turning legs/pedals. They usually lose interest in a bicycle without moving legs to consider chomping...
I then yell loudly leaning over towards the dog. Usually scares them enough to falter/hesitate.
Sprayed them in the face from my water bottle in the 1-2cases over the years of persistent trouble makers.
Unclipped and kicked one in the nose once in all of my years of riding. He stopped immediately.
I found after many thousands of miles of touring that the spray with the water-bottle trick works the best. It normally stops them in their tracks and does not hurt them. I had a friend that kept one bottle filled with some diluted household ammonia for predictable tough routes where there were known trouble makers, but this isn't very humane. Maybe dilute lemon juice would be better and at least you could drink it , I also heard that if you go to a boat store and buy one of those canned emergency horns that scrares the hell out of them.jhuskey said:Just every time I ride. I have hit two in the last month or so.
jhuskey said:Just every time I ride. I have hit two in the last month or so.
A dog, by anyother name, is still a dog !James Bruce Gil said:Huskey,
Generally, I don't classify people in such pergorative terms.
You fellows should feel privileged. The best I can recall is the odd irate husband and on one occasion a randy policewoman.
kdelong said:A dog, by anyother name, is still a dog !
James Bruce Gil said:KDL
Ah so you are speaking of the canine type? I'm sorry all this business about legs being savaged etc misled me.
I thought we were discussing good fortune that has never come in my direction as yet. It always seem that I have had to do the chasing except on some most unedifying occasions.
Same thing happened to me in the 80's. Ruined a perfectly good frame pump. At the time, though, I was trying to kill the dog as hitting him just hard enough to try to scare him only made him madder. I was finally helped by a passing motorist who shot the dog. It may have been rabid but I wasn't intrested enough to pay to have it tested since it did not bite me.Cycler6n said:I was talkin with a guy about his old ridin days, the 80's when he raced, when he'd be training, there'd be huge dogs, not chasing him, trying to attack him, they would jump up and try to rip him off his bike, so he'd pull out his hand pump, slam em across the snout once, then they'd never try to attack again. He wouldn't hurt the dogs, he just hit them hard enough to scare em up a little.
jhuskey said:I have been chased by those dogs as well. I would usually throw them a bone. A bone being a friend a lot more desperate than I.
A diversionary tactic.
"If you lay down with dogs you wake up with a hangover and a desire to poke out both eyes."
kdelong said:Same thing happened to me in the 80's. Ruined a perfectly good frame pump. At the time, though, I was trying to kill the dog as hitting him just hard enough to try to scare him only made him madder. I was finally helped by a passing motorist who shot the dog. It may have been rabid but I wasn't intrested enough to pay to have it tested since it did not bite me.