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Riding home from work on Friday I met a young roe deer walking along the road in front of me - this was about a mile from the centre of Bath on a relataively busy suburban street. I've seen plenty of deer before out riding my bike, but never in the city - it was a special sight to see and It made me wonder what's the strangest, most out of the ordinary thing you've seen riding to and from work?

(the deer was okay btw, it legged it in to a large garden just as the people in the car behind me got their phones out to take pictures)

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Not strange, but I ran over a bunny on Saturday.

Bunny hopped the front wheel, but it was squished by my back one.

As a mark of respect, I rode extra hard for the last 15km.

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm going slightly off topic already, but going down a long hill I had two large hedgehogs run out in front of me, just missed the first with my front wheel while second ran between my front wheel and the cranks - I was doing about 30mph at the time… could've been a prickly situation.

I'll get my coat.

Anyway back to stuff spotted on commutes…

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giff77 [1191 posts] 3 years ago
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Clocked a roe deer on the way to work at 5am on the outskirts of Paisley. Regularly get followed by a Barn Owl as well. I think it has sussed out I flush out mice as I pass by (freewheeling fulcrums before anyone suggests a creaky chain or soft tyres :D) love my pre-dawn commutes.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't commute on my bike, can I still play?!

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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I see deer and rabbits all the time on my ride.....normally lying decomposed at the side of the road. But thats Scottish country cycling for you. I tend not to see anything strange.

But i did see this one on facebook

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/p480x480/577591_101...

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 3 years ago
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Brilliant! Is that the dodgy Spanish cow that got contador banned?!

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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This is the kind of thing i see

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/228024_101501656960...

Although i once rode along with a couple of little Bambi's last year who were my lead out men for a few hundred yards before they jumped the fence

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nickobec [246 posts] 3 years ago
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No deer or hedgehogs downunder.

I have raced a kangaroo on my morning commute, it was winning until it came to the fence. Have also stopped mid ride to convince a kangaroo that should go back to the bushland and avoid the cycleway and the motorway that runs parallel to it.

Bandicoots are our equivalents on the hedgehogs (no spikes or anything like that), have to dodge then on dawn or dusk rides.

Most commonly encountered animal in spring, summer and autumn, snakes. The 3rd and 8th most venomous land snakes in the world like warming themselves on the cyclepath. I have rule if it looks like a stick it is probably a snake. It works, have yet to run over a snake commuting (have MTBing).

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Edgeley [259 posts] 3 years ago
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I quite often come across deer and hares when I am out, along with foxes. After a few hours in the saddle, I am pretty sure there are vultures overhead as well.

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 3 years ago
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This, back in 2005 when I used to commute along the Thames from Greenwich to EC1 (among other things it left me a bit 'meh' when there was all that stuff in the news last week about A Helicopter Carrier! On The Thames! For The Olympics!)

ps Camera phones were a bit crap back then, weren't they  3

pps It's HMS Invincible, sister ship to the Ark Royal

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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She's now in parts in Turkey if i remember rightly? Some size of a ship though. One of my 3 fears. Heights, The Sea and MASSIVE boats

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 3 years ago
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This snake crossed my path on the towpath near Aldershot last Friday.

OK, it's a slowworm but they can dislocate their jaws you know!

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joemmo [1145 posts] 3 years ago
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I saw a BMW driver using the indicators once.  44 Badoom tish!

Many years ago back in my London days I was riding back at night through a quiet road in Highgate and encountered the road completely covered in randy frogs en-route to the ponds of Hampstead presumably. I stopped and tried to shepherd and transport as many of the amphibians across as I could between passing Range Rovers but eventually had to give up and head home. Rode past the next day and it was not a pretty sight.  31

Hopefully this has given me a small stock of karma because unfortunately I have had a grouse and a pigeon meet an untimely demise in my front wheel. And a vole.

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 3 years ago
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Saw a dead badger recently, which is a bit unusual.

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stumps [3183 posts] 3 years ago
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Due to living and working in a built up area i dont get to see much wildlife whilst commuting but we do get a boat load of Foxes running about the streets.

Best i've seen, outside the nick was a tom cat with a large fox either side of it - the cat was not happy !!! it possibly got to close to the foxes den and pups  39

At work though seen a load of deer and a badger in the nearby park during the night.

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zzgavin [193 posts] 3 years ago
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no ones mentioned squirrels yet, they're probably my most common near miss, they seem to panic and run alongside my bike, had to bunny hop one recently. Not very odd I know, especially in London. Have had races with various small birds though, they top out at about 25 ish =)

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trikeman [309 posts] 3 years ago
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To add to the commute dramas.
There I was tumping down the hill from the A370 Long Ashton by-pass (Bristol) when suddenly from out of the hedgerows comes a pidgeon at high speed and as straight as an arrow for me. Due to the proximity of this suicidal bird there was nowt I could do - as I hear the sound in my head, BRACE, BRACE, which I did.
Thud was the horrible noise from the impact, lucky for me (not the bird) it hit me square on the stem/handlebar junction and just exploded. There was feathers everywhere and bodily bits and fluids abound -  31 I was covered. I pulled in where a car stopped to see if I was OK (I think) as he was laughing like hell and said he had never seen anything like it, just a huge, feathery explosion in front of him when I was engulfed by bird.
I was in hell of a state and looked a picture when I got to work - my colleagues thought I had been beaten up until the still stuck feathers in my helmet gave the game away. I did have some 'strange' looks from others whilst navigating my way through the city.

There is something 'eery' though - I dread to this day what could have happened if it had been a few inches higher.... I go cold at this point.

Regards

Trikeman.  3

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 3 years ago
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Once again on the towpath in Aldershot on Tuesday I witnessed a male swan attack a man and woman in a canoe 3 times as they passed his mate and 5 cygnets on the opposite bank. I've been bitten on the thigh by a dog but, if anything, this looked more frightening because of the persistence and other-wordliness of the attacker. I don't think much damage was done. The swan basically flew at the man's back (he was in the rear position) with much wing-flapping and squaking - 3 times. Still, I don't expect man will get much of a response to his next 'I've got an idea. It's a nice day...why don't we...'

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londonplayer [620 posts] 3 years ago
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I was cycling back from the gym a few months ago when I saw a purpley piece of paper on the floor. I wouldn't even usually have come on that particular route except for the fact I didn't need to call at the supermarket on the way home.

"Is that a 20 quid note I thought? Can't be. Must be just a leaflet" - it was near old street where there is a lot of flyers on the floor."

at the risk of looking stupid, i got off the bike and picked it up. as i unfolded it, i realised it was an extremely scrumpled up new £20 note.

well worth the stop and the risk of looking like an idiot. first time in 10 years i've ever found any money on the floor whilst cycling in London.

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Marauder [268 posts] 3 years ago
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Was riding through moorland and then woodland (via the road) on Saturday and nearly ran over what I think was a snake. It was about a foot long and brown. I would of went back and had a proper look but I was struggling to get up a 20% gradient at the time and just managed to swerve out the way before running over it.

1st time I have seen a snake  26 and think it might have been a Grass snake.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 3 years ago
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I saw my own soul leaving my body during the last 10 miles yesterday...

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the_mikey [156 posts] 3 years ago
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Wild boar, while riding around the cotswolds early one sunday morning, it was in the road, but turned and moved into a wooded area next to the road before I reached it.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Found a frozen chicken in the road once; prepped and packaged up on a country lane, 4am in the morning. But best was I had a large moth heading towards my helmet light; big enough that I thought it would hurt if it hit me in the face. Suddenly a bat came from nowhere and took it; result! Made my day!

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samg123 [15 posts] 3 years ago
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I used to cycle round chicken farms to lock them up at night and often found bats would perform flypasts and generally fly alongside me. They weren't particularly careful though: I twice headbutted one, although I'm not sure the extent of the injuries I caused it...

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viveLaPants [94 posts] 3 years ago
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I saw a llama, a labour MP and Bradley Wiggins - all last week - it was like a david lynch movie.  20

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The _Kaner [692 posts] 1 year ago
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I once had a pheasant fly out from the hedgerow and bounce off my helmet.
...and also had a small bird (finch, I think) fly thru my front wheel as I cycled along a country lane...I guess having low spoke count helped...still don't know how it didn't get hit/caught...was doing >20kph at the time...(me not the bird...)

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The _Kaner [692 posts] 1 year ago
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 24 **2 year old thread revival**  24

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Redvee [191 posts] 1 year ago
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In no particular order I've spotted squirrels, rabbits, hares, foxes. Also encountered badgers which are much bigger in than I expected, it was the claws I heard before I saw it. I was followed by a bat briefly on one night time commute judging by the shape I saw, not an owl shape object above me, could it have been the LED pulses it was 'hearing'?

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andyp [1436 posts] 1 year ago
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dogging, probably.

On my ride home last night, it was gratifying to see that the concept of 'hedge pornography' still exists in this digital age

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brooksby [734 posts] 1 year ago
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Muntjac deer by Cabot Circus in Bristol, at 07.15 on a wednesday.

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