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Old 05-01-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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Moving Pictures's modest mishap

On Friday, I decided to "get lost," that is, run my appointed two-wheel errands in such a manner that I take the long way to get to where I'm going. Explore new roads, and such.

My journey lasted about 15 minutes.

In a nutshell, I went down a cul-de-sac, and saw a house where there were a buncha dogs eager to do some chasing. On the way back, they were still wound up and eager to chase something.

Me.

My training/research on this says that the best thing to do is slow down and gear down, then gauge the viciousness of the attack ... and if the dogs are keen to attack, they will vector to a point they feel they can intercept you. As soon as you see them commit to that vector, pop the throttle and whisk away.

Problem: I was in the midst of doing all that, marking the paths of three dogs (kinda all thinking similarly packlike) when a fourth dog I'd not previously noticed blazes hell-bent-for-leather right for my front wheel.

The damned dog runs INTO my front wheel. I'm doing 15-20 km/hr, maybe ... but down I go, bike goes right-ways faster than I can think or react.

Personal injury : ever-so-mild tweak of right wrist, likely kicked when the bar went sideways; ever-so-teeny neck strain from helmet-bearing head going sideways.

Damage to gear: none visible nor notable. Helmet never made contact with ground, as best as I can recall/tell.

Damage to bike (DL650): scuffed right crash guard. Road rash on right side 22L pannier. Cracked Plexiglas windshield. (Dog owner has offered to pay. It cracked under when the bike tipped over on its right side, pivoting forward onto the windscreen as he bike shredded the last wisp of speed.)

The owner game out all a-flustered. She's a 50-something woman, utterly shocked. Like *she* was in shock, to be honest. Numbers exchanged and all that stuff. Went to the hospital, and the emerg room was empty, so I had the docs give me a cursory confirmation that I was A-OK (covering my ass, to be honest), along with much proclamation that they don't see folks like me in full gear.

I always hold the view that any crash is preventable. Ergo, I must analyze my own biff ... and presume that maybe I shoulda stopped entirely.

Problem is that doing so would have exposed me to then un-known risk of fido x4.

So, I throw the biff to the masses. What say ye?
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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First, glad you're ok, buddy.

As for second guessing, nothing good ever happened in a cul-de-sac.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:29 AM   #3
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Glad you're OK and hope that the dog owner comes across with the money for the bike.

Demonstrates perfectly why pack hunting is such an evolutionary success. You dropped from top of the food chain to second purely because of the numbers.

You haven't told us how long this cul-de-sac is. If appropriate I would have tried to build speed away from the dogs then de-clutched and coasted towards their home. Less noise may have given you a time advantage.

To be honest IMO the only way to have avoided any risk of this event would have been to not stray into the area at all but that's the benefit of hindsight and your new local knowledge.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:13 AM   #4
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You haven't told us how long this cul-de-sac is.
I turned the bike around about 500 metres (yards for you Yanks) from the house of yappy dogs.
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:00 AM   #5
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Damn golden bb-s! Its ALWAYS the one you don't see that gets ya! Glad you're OK.

AFA the dogs: from years of bicycling the best thing you can do is aim at them. They're not wolves, so they don't have a clue about 'leading' you. They're aiming where you are now, now where you're going.

That and a good 'NO!' and/or 'GO HOME!' (plus a squirt of water) do wonders for interrupting their trains of thought.

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Old 05-02-2011, 07:26 AM   #6
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That and a good 'NO!' and/or 'GO HOME!' (plus a squirt of water) do wonders for interrupting their trains of thought.

HTH

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Maybe a sharp kick in the head would do the same.


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Old 05-02-2011, 09:09 AM   #7
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So, what did the dogs do upon your biff? Walked away laughing is my guess.

Glad you're okay.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:52 AM   #8
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I turned the bike around about 500 metres (yards for you Yanks) from the house of yappy dogs.

Almost a third of a mile? That's some culd-e-sac.

I hope you got up and booted one of the bastards.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:13 PM   #9
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I'm glad to hear that the dog owner is paying for repairs to your bike and good job getting checked at the ER to cover your ass -- glad you are OK.

I hope she learned something from this incident...
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:38 PM   #10
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So, what did the dogs do upon your biff? Walked away laughing is my guess.

Glad you're okay.
I was wondering this, too - I was worried your story was going to go something like you needed a new jacket and gloves because they were full of bite marks.

I'm glad you made it through (almost) unscathed!
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:43 PM   #11
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That's a bummer man...Glad you're ok.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:51 PM   #12
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Post crash, the dog that caused the mishap fled like the Devil was in pursuit. The other three stood around and barked, kinda confused. I suspect it was along the lines of "Holy Shit. Jake got him. Fuck, he looks kinda pissed. Jake? Jake? Oh shit... He don't look hurt, but he looks right pissed."

The post-crash moment was interesting. I would have expected me to snap, but for some reason, I didn't. It was very ... strangely spiritual. I figured I wasn't hurt, and that I'd get more out of the owner - in terms of her acknowledging the need to keep her damned mutts under control - by being polite.

Truth be told, she was entirely freaked. (Almost in shock, really.)
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Post crash, the dog that caused the mishap fled like the Devil was in pursuit. The other three stood around and barked, kinda confused. I suspect it was along the lines of "Holy Shit. Jake got him. Fuck, he looks kinda pissed. Jake? Jake? Oh shit... He don't look hurt, but he looks right pissed."
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:58 AM   #14
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Maybe a sharp kick in the head would do the same.


BTW...................I love dogs.............




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After the swift kick, MP would have to drag her off the road.




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Old 05-05-2011, 05:48 AM   #15
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OCF, love those Bernards. I had Mastiffs and would love to get another.

As for our four footed friends, during my bicycling days (college, didn't own a car) the most successful plan was to go right at them, making as much noise as possible. This usually took them out of the belief that they were the hunters.
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