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6/27/07 11:43 A

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I ride mostly on the paved rail trails and there are a lot of walkers on half of the trail and they always go the wrong way. This weekend I did the other half of the trail and discovered why there are no walkers. The weeds on the side are not cut back like the rest of the trail and I ran over my first chipmunk and almost hit a gardner snake. Not poisonous but I DON'T like 'em. Almost rode right off the trail to avoid. I still cringe when I think about it.

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6/27/07 10:02 A

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Where I ride, not too many people. I ride the road bike out along the freeways and highways, and when I mtn bike, there is NO one. Last summer, I rode the mtn bike a LOT, and ran into a husband/wife. Just them, no one else, after an ENTIRE summer of riding the trails in the hills.

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6/27/07 9:59 A

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That is so funny!! I will never look at walkers the same again. :)

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6/26/07 6:38 P

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pedestrian polo!!! 50 points each! (75 if they're on a cell phone!)

well, not really, but I much prefer biking in the winter b/c there are fewer people wandering blithely down the middle of my favorite bike paths...(and fewer bugs out, for that matter!)

I've actually not been biking much lately due to the heat (and thunder storms) we've had...I should get back on the bike again or I'll lose all my calf muscles, though!

If I can't be a good example, then I'll just have to be a horrible warning. ~Catherine Aird

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6/26/07 4:56 P

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hmmm..maybe we should use the pumps on the walkers. LOL j/k but I have seen them do that to. You yell 'Left' and they go the wrong way.

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6/26/07 2:20 P

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I've passed snakes on a converted railroad bed trail before. Scary...I just pedalled around, because I absolutely didn't want any part of me on the ground near them! They were off the trail by the time we turned and came back the same path. There is a warning sign in the area about Eastern Diamondback Rattlers...

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6/26/07 11:30 A

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You are so right about walkers!! Why do they jump to the left when I yell out “Passing on your left”? Now I yell (yes I yell, many have headphones on!) out way before I reach them hoping that will give them time to jump to left, look behind them then scamper back to the right. It usually works.


Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
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6/24/07 11:03 P

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I agree completely - walkers are the most dangerous on the shared pathways - especially when some walk on the left and some on the right at the same spot. Bladers move back & forth but at least they are predictable. Other bikers are generally the easiest to pass.

In all cases, there are two things you got to watch for - headphones or ear buds - it's obvious why. And something I call 'bent elbow syndrome' - this usually indicates that 'cell phone in use' and user distracted and oblivious to surroundings.

Edited by: FALCONFLEWAWAY at: 6/24/2007 (23:04)
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6/24/07 10:24 P

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I am always on the looks for bunnies on our bike route but I think the worst threat to bikers may be the walkers!!! You give them a huge warning-passing on the left and where to they move? LEFT-like a spooked deer. I have had a terrible crash due to a walker and now avoid them completely. I would rather dodge cars in the road than walkers on the sidewalk.

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6/24/07 8:45 P

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Well most dogs will just run alongside you and bark, those I just got up on a sprint and wore them out. But I've had a few go for the juicy tendons on the back of my calve, those dogs got the pump.

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6/24/07 7:24 A

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That sounds like something I would do too! I can only imagine driving by and seeing a "Samurai Biker" fighting off a dog...

But that is part of what keeps us all doing it!

I want to be half the man I was, so I can be twice the man I am.


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6/23/07 7:39 P

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Thats funny because I was telling my wife about a fitted pump I had on my Paramount. I told her it used more as a dog deterrent than it ever was as a pump! As soon as I saw them coming I pulled it off the bike like a samurai!

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6/23/07 1:30 P

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Just last week, the hubby & I went cycling. We saw a Bull Dog in the drive way of someone's house. So as we started to go by, the bull Dog started to chase after me. I said to my hubby, oh crap he's coming after me. I had no idea if he was gonna bite me or the bike. Luckily he turned around and went back to his house.

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6/23/07 10:58 A

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Yesterday on my ride, I surprised a few deer and a badger. I pass through a lot of rural land with a lot cattle, horses and buffalo. I love it.. that ride I do is along the Ruby Mtns. It's just gorgeous.

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6/23/07 1:49 A

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LOL I took a small side road to make an easier turn on my road bike and surprised a chicken! He's running along side the road well.. Like a chicken with its head cut off and the whole time I'm thinking, please don't run in front of me!

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6/22/07 6:50 P

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lol. Thanks for the smiles everyone! I went out today by myself and did ok. We have a lot of deer in our area too - I think if I saw a big buck I might just slowly turn around and ride the other way! I just pictured myself getting gored off the side of the hill.
I am grateful though that there are still places in the world where we can run into these creatures!
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6/22/07 3:07 P

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I got a good chuckle out of that. On the trail I ride there are squirrels, chipmunks and bunnies and they all love to play in and out of the tires so I always slow down a bit. But the day I came over a hill to the sight of a large buck standing in the middle of the trail I almost had a heart attack.

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6/22/07 11:56 A

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I was on the road the other day, tooling along at about 15mph when a schizophrenic squirrel decided to dart out in front of me - but he was a little ways ahead, so I just kept going figuring he'd keep going across to the other side (like the chicken), but nooooo... he did that thing that squirrels do when they freak out... zig zagged back/forth all over the dang road, so here I was zig-zagging around him so as not to run his butt over! LOL

Squirrels on the road, snakes on the trail... goes along with biking, I guess!

Just take it slow/easy, and remember to eaaaaaase on the brakes... good luck to you :-)

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6/21/07 8:31 P

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Hi there and welcome back to the sport! We have a lot of snakes here... I've nearly ran over one twice on the road bike this last month.. one was a huge bullsnake, not sure what the other was. Poor guy got his wits scared out of him. A group of us were out on a sunday road ride and went whizzing past him.. he didn't know where to go. LOL Thankfully we all avoided hitting him.

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6/21/07 1:50 P

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Hi and welcome back to cyclying. Have never done mountain biking, although I'd love to try, but was nervous before I read your story..lol. Good thing is there's no snakes in Ireland, St. Patrick got rid of them and now we even have a great day to celebrate that fact.
Safe cycling
John :-)

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6/21/07 12:22 P

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Thanks! I'm trying to go riding when it's a little cooler out (in the early mornings we have fog this time of year) - there are less snakes then!
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6/21/07 12:13 P

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Welcome back. I don't know if I would be able to get back into MB after the snake incident. That's why I stick to the roads. Best of luck and enjoy.



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6/21/07 11:56 A

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself - I'm new here. I just started mountain biking again after a 2+ year break (I hit the brakes too hard when I saw a snake on the trail, flew over the handlebars and broke my arm). I have had a really hard time getting back on the bike, but I've been going on small rides with my husband (who LOVES to mt. bike and road bike) and I'm slowly getting over the fear. We live in an area that is great for mt. biking so I just need to "get back on the horse" as they say...
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