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A Squirrel jumped on me

Old 07-11-20, 08:31 PM
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A Squirrel jumped on me

I swear I'm not making this up. I was riding on a bike path in Boise, ID that has lots of trees on both sides of the path. All of a sudden I felt like I got punched in the arm by someone with a boxing glove on. I looked over and a squirrel was running for it's life. The only thing I can figure is that it jumped/fell out of a tree and landed on my arm.

Anyone ever have something like that happen to them?
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No squirrels but while riding down a residential street the other day, a bird crapped on my handlebar stem. I didn't see it but the defecator was not a small bird. Had I been going just a tad bit faster, ....never mind....
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No, but my mail carrier has warned me of the dangers of a squirrel running into your wheel spokes. She said a friend of hers was seriously injured in a fall when this happened.

Now I ring the bell or yell at them if they are on the trail ahead of me in hopes of scaring them off the trail. Probably seems silly, but a few weeks ago, one started out of my way, then ducked back in at the last moment and got partway into the spokes of my rear wheel. Didnít affect my motion but Iím afraid the squirrel was hurt.

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Old 07-11-20, 08:43 PM
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I was riding at night behind a friend in the last couple of miles of a 400k a few weeks ago. A racoon crossed the road in front of us and we both rode right over it. We didn't stop to see if it was OK.
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Old 07-11-20, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
No squirrels but while riding down a residential street the other day, a bird crapped on my handlebar stem. I didn't see it but this was not a small bird. Had I been going just a tad bit faster, ....never mind....
That sounds like the time that one of my former employers was dressed to the nines for a black tie outing, later that evening,and he went outside of his house to observe a flock of honking geese flying overhead and got a massive load right down the dress shirt, No face painting thankfully.
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Old 07-11-20, 08:51 PM
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Maybe it thought you were a nut. 😀
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Maybe it thought you were a nut. 😀
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Originally Posted by ofajen View Post
No, but my mail carrier has warned me of the dangers of a squirrel running into your wheel spokes. She said a friend of hers was seriously injured in a fall when this happened.

Now I ring the bell or yell at them if they are on the trail ahead of me in hopes of scaring them off the trail. Probably seems silly, but a few weeks ago, one started out of my way, then ducked back in at the last moment and got partway into the spokes of my rear wheel. Didn’t affect my motion but I’m afraid the squirrel was hurt.

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squirrels are wiry little bastards. It’s on the internet so take it for what it’s worth, but there’s a pic floating around out there of the aftermath of a squirrel taking down a cyclist. It apparently ran through a front wheel, got whipped up and jammed in the CF fork. One might think that the spokes would slice the squirrel, but the fork gave way instead, snapping at squirrel level and taking the rider down. The rider survived (injured) but the squirrel succumbed (good!). I have seen a squirrel zapped by high voltage - flash, bang, smoke, squirrel hanging off the cable dead-like for minutes, then waking up and scampering off. Like I said - wiry little bastards. I do my best to avoid them - I slow down until it’s clear that they’re not going to attempt a kamikaze through my wheel
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Old 07-11-20, 10:02 PM
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On my commute to work, I encounter many rabbits and deers in the dawn hours. The deers will run the other directions but the rabbits almost always run alongside my bike then dart across. Haven't ran one over yet but came close several times.
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Old 07-11-20, 10:26 PM
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I had a dove fly into my front wheel once. The bike and I were fine, but I doubt the dove survived.

I didn't turn around to find out.
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There's an excellent reason why bicyclist who ride in a very unpredictable or wobbly manner are referred to as "squirrels". You never know which way they're going to go or when they're going to suddenly stop.

Sometimes a squirrel (or other animal - like a deer) will decide to jump across a trail just as you approach. that can result in a collision.

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Did it go for the Jugular vein? was there much blood loss?
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Why you trim trees

Because Sometimes a squirrel touches the tree and the power line at the same time
, and causes a fuse to blow because it created a ground short, and a few blocks lost power..
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Old 07-11-20, 10:59 PM
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Did it go for the Jugular vein? was there much blood loss?
Nope. no bites or scratches or even a squirrel shaped bruise unfortunately.
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Old 07-12-20, 06:08 AM
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A woman I know got hit in the head by a goose. Suffered a concussion, crashed and fractured her clavicle. The force of the impact was so strong it ruptured the gooseís abdomen. It fell to the road and literally spilled its guts.
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I almost hit a bear once ( about 6 ft away). Does that count?
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I had a little dog on a MUP run right under my rear wheel once. Lifted me out of the saddle as I went over him. I don't what made more noise afterwards, the little dog or the screaming oriental lady walking it.

I deal with deer and rabbits on pre-dawn rides all the time. The rabbits are real threats like someone else noted. You really have to watch them darting back and forth in front of the light. I've had deer sight unseen cross in front of me and actually graze my hands on the brake levers. That one had me talking to Jesus. Most scary animal encounter was a great horned owl sitting on a fence post in the middle of the trail. Sucker looked more than 3 feet tall, eyes the size of pie pans in the bike headlight. Didn't see him until the last second, got hit in the face by his wing as he lifted to fly off.

Someone on here has a picture of a rattle snake wrapped up in his derailleur gears and cassette. That is an impressive picture.
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Happened to me twice. I had a squirrel go under my rear wheel, in both instances the unlucky squirrel didn't survive.
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No but a couple of times, they've gone right between both my wheels. The timing was just right.
Another incident I had was with a young coyote who ran diagonally in front of my path. Luckily no contact.
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Originally Posted by ofajen View Post
No, but my mail carrier has warned me of the dangers of a squirrel running into your wheel spokes. She said a friend of hers was seriously injured in a fall when this happened.

Now I ring the bell or yell at them if they are on the trail ahead of me in hopes of scaring them off the trail. Probably seems silly, but a few weeks ago, one started out of my way, then ducked back in at the last moment and got partway into the spokes of my rear wheel. Didnít affect my motion but Iím afraid the squirrel was hurt.

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My wife’s boss crashed hard and broke when a rib when a squirrel got stuck in his spokes. Saw a pic a few years ago. Wheel looked looked like a medieval torture device.
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No squirrel attacks so far in Rhode Island. The squirrels here, so far, are well behaved.
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
No squirrels but while riding down a residential street the other day, a bird crapped on my handlebar stem. I didn't see it but the defecator was not a small bird. Had I been going just a tad bit faster, ....never mind....
,,,,,,,,,,,,,you know in certain countries that is considered Good Luck , although I think it has to be a direct hit on your person ....!
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This wasn't me but could be some day since I live in Florida...The iguana became lodged in between the front tire and front wheel fork of the bicycle, causing the front tire to lock, which threw the man over the handlebars and onto the asphalt.

The victim was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital in stable condition.

The condition of the iguana did not appear as stable according to deputies.
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No but a couple of times, they've gone right between both my wheels. The timing was just right.
Another incident I had was with a young coyote who ran diagonally in front of my path. Luckily no contact.
Same thing has happened to me, front only. Could not believe my luck to not go down. Have run over a squirrel with the rear wheel, however. Did not stop to check, but did not see a body on return leg.
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