Ever hit a squirrel?

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  1. WillemJM

    WillemJM New Member

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    45km/hr, this guy tries to run through my wheel, gets churned through my fork, felt like riding over 20 speed bumps.

    Slighty bent wheel, valve top tore right off and slightly bent brake caliper.

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  2. mpre53

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    Sometime over the last few month, I think Campy Bob had the same experience. Someone did, in any event. There are pictures posted in some thread on the site.

    I wonder whether the little bugger would have bounced off a 32 spoke wheel? Probably not.

    The strangest little critter that I almost made into fur puree in my spokes (20 spoke front) was a mink. Too small to make ear muffs out of, though.

    Nice Colnago, by the way.
     
  3. southparkboy4u

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    There used to be a weekly TV show called Hill Street Blues. Every opening of the show featured a bedraggled Detective dragging some street criminal into the station and booking them. On the opening of one show, he brought a hooker into the station and sat her down to do the paperwork. When he asked her what her name was, she said "Lotta." When he said "what's your last name, dirtbag," she replied "Goo, Lotta Goo." That was the first thing I thought when a squirrel attempted to jump through my wheel. The only thing I can suggest (assuming this becomes a regular part of your rides) is that the Sapim bladed spokes on my Hed wheel made it a truly quick but messy affair. Lotta Goo, but no damage.
     
  4. steve

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    Lucky you didn't fall. I've had a few birds fly into my front wheel, thats it I think.
     
  5. Volnix

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    Maybe you wanna "re-animate" it? [​IMG]
    Or maybe you can just put a motor in it. [​IMG]

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    Lately I am seeing alot of cats in 2D... But I guess thats from cars...
    I get lots of pigeons jumping in front of me but no "fatalities" yet...

    One thing that really bugs me though...

    They made this "amazing" cycle path recently in the city I live in... Its in the middle of a big seaside sidewalk. Its like 60 meters away from the road and its right next to the seaside.

    I even made a Strava segment out of it... On a good day you can average 40kmh on the whole thing... But....

    Eeeeeverybody is on it... and not just these really slow cruisers... There are babies there too. Tricycle babies... Babies with small mountain bikes with support wheels... Babies with mountain bikes... bigger babies with small bikes... Lots and lots of babies... and they are [email protected] random on the road...

    They tend to fall every 60meters or so. The moment I see one I get out of the way in a >5meters radius...

    One of them one time coming from the opposite direction ACTUALLY CENTERED ON ME and STARTING RIDING RIGHT TOWARDS ME, like one of those heat seeking missiles... and then another 13 yo with an old steel road bike did the same a few days later!!!

    Its not only that I feel kinda uncomfortable around them... They actually try to KNOCK ME OF MY BIKE TOO!!! I was on an organized bicycle tour once. For a moment I was behind a 7yo or something who was enjoying going zig-zag for no reason what so ever. A second later it fell... I was about 3 meters behind it... [email protected] scary... Every time I see one I just go as clear from them as I can...
     
  6. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    I had a groundhog run out of the ditch and into my front wheel back in the late 1980's. Fat bitch sent me flying and I broke the bone behind the right pinky finger when my hand slapped the pavement.

    The big, fat bastard wasn't even hurt and I swear he was laughing at me from the opposite berm as I tried to untangle myself from the bike.

    Check your fork CAREFULLY, Willem! Make certain that little tree rat didn't cause a crack as he passed thru...20 times! I'm glad you were not injured.

    Here is the photo I posted on the site that mpre53 might be thinking of. It is not from any incident I had, just stolen from the web:

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    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Also...

    Always carry BBQ sauce in your jersey pocket!

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    Check those forks with a magnifying glass, OP!

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    They might be Giants...

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    And those silly Aussies are worried about some damned harmless bird? We have the Flying Furry Fuzzy Fork of Death!
     
  8. jpr95

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    You'll need more than BBQ sauce--you have to slow-cook squirrel for it to be tender...though going through your forks 20 times might have done the trick. Glad you're okay.
     
  9. Volnix

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    Quote: Originally Posted by CAMPYBOB .
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    Always carry BBQ sauce in your jersey pocket!


    They might be good in the oven too... Stuffed with finely chopped Snake and roasted in Pigeon fat... [​IMG] Maybe you wanna add a ton of Pepper to... ehmm "bring out the taste palate" [​IMG]
     
  10. jhuskey

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    It is legal to retrieve road kill in Tennessee. I saw my wife hit a squirrel once but it did survive. I also watched her run over a snake at least I think it was a snake but could have been a Congressman.
     
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    Quote: Originally Posted by jhuskey .
    It is legal to retrieve road kill in Tennessee. I saw my wife hit a squirrel once but it did survive. I also watched her run over a snake at least I think it was a snake but could have been a Congressman.

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  12. bikejrff

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    I once ran over a possum at about 15mph. Hit him straight on, ran right over his midsection. We both remained upright and went on our separate ways.
     
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    Snakes. Got two in a single day. They cruised right out the grass and into my path. See plenty of other roadkilll, mostly possums and porcupines.
     
  14. urge2kill

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    Did you slow down before hitting it?
    Maybe sometimes it's better to run them over going fast.
     
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    I did not have time to slow down, BAM he was right there. I was startled, just held a straight line and ran right over his mid-section. He kept going and so did I. Was kinda like a large speedbump.

    ride safe
     
  16. Look 566 Rider

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    Whats's the difference?
     
  17. Look 566 Rider

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    Have beheaded a gopher. Gotta love Mavic bladed spokes!

    He ran, well tried running through the back wheel, while I was chugging along at about 18-20.
     
  18. bartsie

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    There was also a story about a vulture:
    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/09/04/Man-suffers-fractured-bones-after-vulture-flies-into-cyclists/UPI-43771378301540/

    I think it's only a matter of time until someone reports riding along a seashore only to have a fish leap out of the water and .....
     
  19. urge2kill

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    I have come close to running over fish. They were frantically scattering away as I rode through.
     
  20. mark174ace

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    I hit a squirrel on my commuer bike a few weeks ago. He came right out of the bushes and right into my front tire. I am 220 lbs and my hybrid is about 30lbs and I caught him flush. I looked behind me and I thought he was instantly dead. Suddenly Mr. Sqirrel did this bizarre leap / flop in the air and then he was dead. Last year I almost hit a very large wild turkey on my road bike. I never thought an instance would occur when I didn't see a large turkey coming my way. I was on the rail trail and he came running out of the bushes and right in front of me. Mr. Butterball ran out of the way just in time. I had no idea they could move that fast, but I am glad he did because that would have been an ugly collision / nice dinner.
     
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