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Old 04-16-22, 06:59 AM
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I've had chasers turn tail when I woffed like a big dog. That gave me the idea of a whistle. An emergency whistle works around 50% of the time, the dog will run away. Sometimes, they will pause. I don't carry lethal backup and doubt I could access a concealed device in time whereas spray is easily put on the bike near your hand. Dogs are not a problem where I live but not in other states like NC, SC, GA, Ky.....etc
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Old 04-16-22, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
No, you're not just advising prevention, you've been telling people what to eat, what to wear, how to pedal, how to posture yourself on the bike, to abstain from alcohol use, and I'm sure a few other silly things I really don't remember.
Color of what you wear and abstaining from eating exotic meat. Exotic meat such as snake meat, tarantula meat, etc.

When in Thailand, definitely avoid the temptation to eat exotic meat, given the popularity of such food in the country and the packs of stray dogs that rule the streets. I did have a relative who consumes exotic meat like snake and frog meat while drinking alcohol and dogs go crazy around him and he got bitten a lot just by walking down the street.
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Originally Posted by RH Clark View Post
You can definitely reduce some dog bad behavior by being more assertive and less fearful. I ride a good bit with my wife. She worries about dogs and gets chased a lot more than I do. I can often shout at one and turn him around where she wouldn't have any authority in her voice if she tried to do the same. Most dogs are just chasers and yappers. Like I said before, I worry more about my wife hurting herself trying to get away from those chasers and yappers than from an attack. However, every now and then a you encounter a dog determined to attack and bite rather than just chase and bark. Those dogs don't care how assertive you are, or if you yell, or squirt them with a water bottle. I had one that just ran at me harder and more vicious after a face full of HALT. Somebody in my neighborhood killed that dog not long after that incident. It wasn't me, but I certainly sympathize with whoever did it.

If I encounter a truly vicious dog, I get off my bike and get it between me and the dog to use as a shield. I will use my pepper spray on one of those and I have lethal backup just incase.
That's big factor I think. A few times I thought I am being chased but only proceeded to sniff my legs and then moved away. If I panicked, I could have ended up bitten. I've also come across dogs chasing everyone off the street. I just keep moving forward like I don't care and they just leave me alone like they don't see me.
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Old 04-16-22, 10:47 AM
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On this morning’s ride one of our guys was nearly taken out by a rabbit! We (9 of us) were cooking along in a pace line at about 23 mph when this little bunny came zipping out of a yard on the right, trying to cross the road I guess. (The Easter Bunny?).

He was making a B line for the front wheel of the lead rider who never saw the rabbit coming! Luckily the rabbit stopped about 3’ from his wheel, made a U turn and bolted back across the yard.

That same guy was taken out by a raccoon one morning a few years ago, luckily he wasn’t going as fast and only suffered some road rash. I’ve seen deer come out of the bushes and leap into the road just ahead of us, that’s my biggest fear, getting T boned by a deer!
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Originally Posted by qwaalodge View Post
Color of what you wear and abstaining from eating exotic meat. Exotic meat such as snake meat, tarantula meat, etc.

When in Thailand, definitely avoid the temptation to eat exotic meat, given the popularity of such food in the country and the packs of stray dogs that rule the streets. I did have a relative who consumes exotic meat like snake and frog meat while drinking alcohol and dogs go crazy around him and he got bitten a lot just by walking down the street.
So you're basing all this crazy crap on a guy who wasn't even riding a bike?

I'll try to resist the temptation to eat tarantula meat.
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Old 04-16-22, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by qwaalodge View Post
Color of what you wear and abstaining from eating exotic meat. Exotic meat such as snake meat, tarantula meat, etc.
This may be the greatest piece of advice ever given on these forums.
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Old 04-16-22, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post

I'll try to resist the temptation to eat tarantula meat.
I’ve heard it tastes like chicken.
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Old 04-16-22, 03:55 PM
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Is it only exotic meat to avoid? Or can I have a burger with onions to mask the smell and safely ride my bike? And if so, do I ride the tops, hoods or drops to increase said safety?
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Old 04-16-22, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by qwaalodge View Post
Color of what you wear and abstaining from eating exotic meat. Exotic meat such as snake meat, tarantula meat, etc.

When in Thailand, definitely avoid the temptation to eat exotic meat, given the popularity of such food in the country and the packs of stray dogs that rule the streets. I did have a relative who consumes exotic meat like snake and frog meat while drinking alcohol and dogs go crazy around him and he got bitten a lot just by walking down the street.
What colors do the biting dogs prefer?
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Old 04-16-22, 07:23 PM
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What colors do the biting dogs prefer?
Oh that’s easy. They prefer all shades of gray, black and white.
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Old 04-16-22, 07:26 PM
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Oh that’s easy. They prefer all shades of gray, black and white.
They can also see blues and yellows. And, orange and green are seen as yellow. Purple is seen as blue.
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Old 04-17-22, 04:34 AM
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What i would do depends on the dogs intent. Most medium to large dogs are gonna be faster than you, and accelerate faster, about 18-45mph most of them will do. If I can't outrun it, I'll stop and see what happens,

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Old 04-17-22, 05:25 AM
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This thread was fine and dandy, but it left out an important section of information:

What if the dog comes after you like this?
(Notice large chainring and aero position)
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Sometimes you don't even see them coming: the one that took me out in 2019 I didn't see as I was watching in my glasses-mounted mirror looking for traffic behind me when it crashed into my BB from across the road. I was doing 40 km/h (25 mph) and accelerating. The dog had run parallel to me in the field across the road, and was able to cut out a driveway, cross the road and plow into me. No idea what the dog's intentions were (playful or violent) but the resulting injury to me was the same either way.

I couldn't have out-run that dog had seen it and tried.

I'm just glad that I was going "only" 40 km/h and not the 60 I was working towards when I hit the pavement.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
This may be the greatest piece of advice ever given on these forums.

I really think avoiding bright contrasting colors because it might attract dogs may be the single worst piece of safety advice ever on BF. Even worse advice than making your disc brakes rub for training purposes.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
This may be the greatest piece of advice ever given on these forums.
but I like me some snake meat

what if I like chipmunk will that make a dog chase me?
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Old 04-18-22, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
but I like me some snake meat

Now we know why you had your recent troubles.
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Originally Posted by Aerzon View Post
This thread was fine and dandy, but it left out an important section of information:

What if the dog comes after you like this?
(Notice large chainring and aero position)
I actually thought this thread is about (like it's sub-section of the hobby):

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Originally Posted by Chuck M View Post
Is it only exotic meat to avoid? Or can I have a burger with onions to mask the smell and safely ride my bike? And if so, do I ride the tops, hoods or drops to increase said safety?
Red meat too. But exotic meat is still far worse.

Perhaps, by exotic mean, I meant the meat from carnivorous animals. Sea foods seem like an exception and everyone would be happy to know that I suppose.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I really think avoiding bright contrasting colors because it might attract dogs may be the single worst piece of safety advice ever on BF. Even worse advice than making your disc brakes rub for training purposes.
You can still wear bright colors and you'll still be highly visible to motorists.

Wearing brightly colored jersey and black shorts combo is also OK. What's not ok is wearing a jersey or shorts with alternating stripes (or similar patterns) of bright color and black - increases chance of attracting unwanted attention from dog.
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A Great Egret stepped in front of me yesterday. Maybe because I had seafood for dinner the night before.
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Originally Posted by qwaalodge View Post
You can still wear bright colors and you'll still be highly visible to motorists.

Wearing brightly colored jersey and black shorts combo is also OK. What's not ok is wearing a jersey or shorts with alternating stripes (or similar patterns) of bright color and black - increases chance of attracting unwanted attention from dog.

Complete BS. You are just making that up. You do that a lot.

Didn't you tell someone that wearing a yellow top and black pants was bad because it made him look like a bee? He wasn't wearing stripes. Get your silly story straight.

Come up with any source that says dogs are attracted to stripes. I double dog dare you.

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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Complete BS. You are just making that up. You do that a lot.

Didn't you tell someone that wearing a yellow top and black pants was bad because it made him look like a bee? He wasn't wearing stripes. Get your silly story straight.

Come up with any source that says dogs are attracted to stripes. I double dog dare you.
I definitely have way more luck with dogs
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