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Rule 5; apply liberally and the fluffy animals will be banished for good
posted by wellcoordinated [76 posts] 7th March 2014 - 13:44
Hi BikerDaveCycling I just noticed there are 4 badger watching posts. Best not to post more than once. May be Tinternet has taken a double dose of Sanatogen today?
posted by wellcoordinated [76 posts] 7th March 2014 - 13:56
Them pesky Badgers are everywhere!!!
posted by smuggers [24 posts] 7th March 2014 - 14:03
i hit a badger a couple of years ago on a night ride. they're pretty solid
posted by Dave Atkinson [7324 posts] 7th March 2014 - 14:31
They sure are. I had a few bike/muntjac collisions too when I used to live on Iver Heath. Certainly livens up a night ride when a large animal appears from a hedgerow and runs into your front wheel
posted by andyp [860 posts] 7th March 2014 - 14:52
There is good and bad where riding at night is concerned;
I have had a few badgers scare the s**t out of me, I have bent a few rims on potholes, the drunken idiots think (know?) you are fair game I even hit a frozen chicken once
But, the roads are more quiet, riding on a still night with the smells of 'the country' is pretty special (for me) . Best experience was seeing a large moth trying to zone in on my head-torch, just as I was thinking 'this is going to hurt!' a large bat took the moth from in front of my face Occasionally I have had barn owls flying alongside me
On balance I will keep riding at night, but you have my sympathy, the only badgers I have hit came off immeasurably worse as I was in the company vehicle In my defence they are not easy to see I managed two in one night once
posted by SideBurn [790 posts] 7th March 2014 - 16:01
Different continent, different hazards:
worst thing I've seen here in the southern (US) mountains was a wild boar I came up on mountain biking. Coyotes occasionally skip across in front of you on back roads.
That doesn't come close to my friend's experience a few years ago: rounded a downhill corner in a full tuck and nearly t-boned a black bear!
I think both s**t in the woods that time!
posted by remy1234 [2 posts] 7th March 2014 - 21:25
Ouch - GWS!
There's always a cost to whatever we do - even yesterday I was cycling along a shared ped/cyclist path and was verbally assaulted by an irate runner that didn't understand the sign of a bike and a walker in a blue circle meant that peds share the space with considerate cyclists.
posted by Trull [61 posts] 8th March 2014 - 7:35
Animals and bikes don't mix. This happened to a bunch I was in during a Vets tour several years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCngDEM-rtI
Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
posted by jmaccelari [151 posts] 8th March 2014 - 18:25
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