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I'm tired of being chased by dogs. I've never been caught by one, but after yesterday's chase I started wondering just how fast a dog can run, and for how long they can keep going? I know how fast a cheetah runs and for how long, but I haven't been chased by one of them yet. I would feel better knowing the facts, and therefore how long I should expect to keep pedaling.

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trikeman [309 posts] 3 years ago
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Not too sure how fast they are, depends on breed I would imagine - greyhound quite fast I would think.

Slightly away from the speed of the dog - you haven't got a dry BB, pedal or wheel bearings have you???
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Regards,

Trikeman.  3

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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Quote:

How Fast Can A Dog Run?
A dog can run up to nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed., but the members of the greyhound family are the fastest, they can run up to 42 miles per hour.

http://www.sybilsden.com/caresheet/dogs2.htm

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mb429 [73 posts] 3 years ago
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Our dog back at home can follow the quad, uphill might I add, at 40km/h... and he's a fat labrador!

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gazza_d [460 posts] 3 years ago
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surely you just need to outrun your mate, not the dog!

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CycCoSi [29 posts] 3 years ago
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When my collie / lurcher cross was younger, he's 12 now, he could manage 30 mph for more than a mile.

He can still do a steady 15mph for a good 10 mile.

So if we're talking about outrunning a lurcher or greyhound that's a decent sustained sprint you need  1

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lc1981 [56 posts] 3 years ago
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Maybe we need to ask Philippe Gilbert.

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Johnbosley [28 posts] 3 years ago
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Has he got a dog?  7

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pwake [376 posts] 3 years ago
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Johnbosley wrote:

Has he got a dog?  7

Maybe, but he had an 'incident' with one in this years Tour and a small French girl got to learn some naughty words, I'm sure.
It'll be on YouTube...

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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Surely she already knew the naughty words as she was French  1

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trikeman [309 posts] 3 years ago
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Ah! now found the photo, that helps the explanation for my question further up.

A riding buddy, Greg, had the very same problem - always him. If we rode without him, no problems. However, the minute he was with us the inevitable 'run to the hills' would be performed by him whilst in hot persuit was the mutt,,,,, any mutt. Even dogs on leads would pull and start barking at him, it was hilarious. We honestly thought that it must be his unwashed shorts.  13

However, I had his bike on the stand one day and as I turned the back wheel my two pups (photo below as they sat there - note the ears) would start cranking their heads and the smaller one would start barking - stop the wheel and the barking would stop.

I stripped the rear wheel and the bearings were 'rusty dry'. I cleaned them up and lubed them and 'voila' no more ear pricked staring and the barking stopped.

We went for our normal ride and it was quite boring as no dogs chased Greg after that - must have been some sort of noise that they could hear (and annoyed them) and we couldn't.

Food for thought.

Regards,

Trikeman.  3

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musicalmarc [101 posts] 3 years ago
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is that a two headed dog or have I been enjoying Sunday too much?

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Low Speed Wobble [155 posts] 3 years ago
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@trikeman - interesting!

@gazza_d - that is indeed my current solution!

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 3 years ago
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There are 2 types of dog chase. Territorial and non-territorial. Territorial happen near the dog's home and the threat diminishes the further you get from their patch - so pedal harder. Non-territorial happen on common land e.g. parks and could be caused by non-audible noises coming from your bike as above. The best way to stop these is to stop yourself. The dog would probably not attack a normal pedestrian and once you reveal yourself to be one the chase should end. After millions of years of evolution dogs have had 100 years to get used to cyclists and to distinguish them from other fast-moving prey / predators. (BTW I am not now and have never been a dog owner - so this could all be (the dog's) bollocks.

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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I doubt the two dumpy looking dogs in the pic could catch much quite honestly. Some dogs can run fast enough to catch a speeding cyclist, but not those two I doubt.

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trikeman [309 posts] 3 years ago
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Karbon Kev wrote:

I doubt the two dumpy looking dogs in the pic could catch much quite honestly. Some dogs can run fast enough to catch a speeding cyclist, but not those two I doubt.

You obviuosly don't know staffy's.

Regards,

Trikeman.  3

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trikeman [309 posts] 3 years ago
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musicalmarc wrote:

is that a two headed dog or have I been enjoying Sunday too much?

Ha! no, not a two headed dog but two young pups at the time - I will admit they are quite close, though now they are a bit older but certainly not Zoso.

An enjoyable Sunday it must have been.  1

Regards,

Trikeman.  3

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giff77 [1251 posts] 3 years ago
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trikeman wrote:
Karbon Kev wrote:

I doubt the two dumpy looking dogs in the pic could catch much quite honestly. Some dogs can run fast enough to catch a speeding cyclist, but not those two I doubt.

You obviuosly don't know staffy's.

Regards,

Trikeman.  3

Yep' chase you down and lick you to death if I know staffy's  3

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trikeman [309 posts] 3 years ago
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Yep, lick you to death is their true spirit.
Regards,
Trikeman.  3

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Mountain goat [9 posts] 3 years ago
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Dave, can you introduce voting on comments like in the Grauniad? so many good comments here that I would love to be able to say "+1".

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 3 years ago
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yes we can. and we will. it's part of a larger behind-the-scenes revamp that's currently going on...

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tarquin_foxglove [132 posts] 3 years ago
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I like the Daily Mail's system of up & down arrows, with a couple of tweaks it could be perfect.

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SevenHills [205 posts] 3 years ago
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tarquin_foxglove wrote:

I like the Daily Mail's system of up & down arrows, with a couple of tweaks it could be perfect.

You do realie the amount of abuse you have let yourself in for in admitting
A) You read the Daily Mail
B) You like something about it
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giff77 [1251 posts] 3 years ago
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SevenHills wrote:
tarquin_foxglove wrote:

I like the Daily Mail's system of up & down arrows, with a couple of tweaks it could be perfect.

You do realie the amount of abuse you have let yourself in for in admitting
A) You read the Daily Mail
B) You like something about it
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That and the handle the guy's opted for. Prepare to be flamed tarq  3

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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The Mail on Sunday pays three times more than any other paper.

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