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PAValentine

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 21, 2017
136
84
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
www.valentine-photography.com
...if YOUR dog doesn't like bicycles?

So tired of riding on the street or trail where it's A-OK for bicycles to roll, and some dog walkers animal strains ferociously at their leash to get at me!
AND ITS MY FAULT!!!
And The dog's owner yells Insults at me!!!
Grrrrrr!!!!

GET THAT %$#@& DOG SOME TRAINING OR KEEP IT LOCKED UP!!!!!!
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,756
Chicago area west
Are animals REALLY allowed on walking/bike paths?
 

Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,650
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Maybe use a bicycle bell to warn of approaching on a trail; and during the yelling one might pretend not to hear — because of all the loud horn honking noise(?). Bicycle accessories have their function, as do pedals.
 
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crazyhawk

Riding an Americolor Shelby
Oct 17, 2009
213
Lakeside Ohio, United States
Glad you weren't hurt. Dogs NOT on a leash are what bother me most of the time. The most famous line in small claims court, "he's a good dog and would never hurt anyone". Then proceeds to rip a hole in your leg. I have zero tolerance for this anymore. Pepper spray in one pocket, buck knife in the other. Use accordingly.
 
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PAValentine

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 21, 2017
136
84
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
www.valentine-photography.com
Maybe use a bicycle bell to warn of approaching on a trail; and during the yelling one might pretend not to hear — because of all the loud horn honking noise(?). Bicycle accessories have their function, as do pedals.
On the trails, when approaching from the rear. I ALWAYS Slowdown, ring my BELL, and announce my presence....such as "Passing Left"...
I have a horn, but only use it when waaay back from walker. (When Passing from behind) The horn can startle walkers if used too close. The bell is a less obtrusive announcement.
Same on the street, if no sidewalk for pedestrians.
 
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all riders

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2020
164
56
Austin, Tx
I used to ride/train in the upper midwest out amongst the farms and endless corn fields. The farm dogs love to chase bicyclists and not really in a friendly way. Usually. I just stepped on it and made a game of it, but sometimes they would be right on you already. They always go for your ankles(the little circles your foot makes drives them crazy, I think). Anyhow. at that point, off comes the frame pump and the whacking begins. Now, I'd never outrun them, so I think it would be the bear- protection- sized pepper spray in one of the bottle cages
 
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the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,998
Planet Mongo
Are animals REALLY allowed on walking/bike paths?
They sure are. Here in DuPage County ILL, we have lots of trails and the dog walkers routinely let their mutt crap on them without cleaning up after them. Almost all the dog walkers have an extra long leash. Maybe that's the problem. With a shorter leash they can better control their dog and lead it off the path to go or to pull out of the way for a bike. Almost none of the bikers say, "On your left" when attempting to pass. I don't hear them until I hear the crunch of gravel when they are passing. Some pass so close, I've almost been hit by the bastards.
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,756
Chicago area west
Just my 2c...
A bike/walk path should just be for bikes, fast walkers, runners, joggers and last 3 with a jogging stroller. NO casual walkers, texters, yappers, slow baby strollers, animal walkers... only serious exercisors, otherwise just use your own sidewalk or street. Make sense?
 

PAValentine

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 21, 2017
136
84
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
www.valentine-photography.com
Feed’m some shoe to the head and keep rolling! V/r Shawn
When I was a kid I had an old Cushman Step Through Scooter. Every time I'd ride through the little town this danged dog would take off after me and yap at my foot. One day I noticed a car parked alongside of the street. (This was the days when cars had REAL bumpers) I started kicking at the dog with my foot to keep his attention. Then I swung in as close to the car as I dared and the danged dog went headfirst into that chromed bumper.
That dog Never chased me again... :D
 

SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,716
63
Utah - United States
Let the stories begin!:p Owners as stated above are the problem. Many people with dogs should not own them, that's for sure. I used to ride past this house on a hill on the way to a trailhead here and this little mean-arse dog would every single time chase me for 100 yards while trying to draw blood. It got so bad I had to teach the little bastard a lesson. I was ready for him the next time and had my foot unclipped from my pedal on the side he always came at me from and was able to clock him square in the ribs with a perfectly timed kick that send him flying through the air into the bushes screaming bloody murder....he never chased me again...Stupid owner...
 

PAValentine

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 21, 2017
136
84
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
www.valentine-photography.com
Well, I'm over sensitive right now.
Earlier this year a dog crashed me and I was ailing somewhat for a couple of months.
I was on a park trail behind my house, as I do every morning. It was in the spring, and before sunrise. A woman had the practice of bringing her two doberman size dogs into the park, and unleashing them to let them run. (Park rules say keep them leashed) This had been going on nearly every morning for well over a year. The two dogs paid me no attention. No Problem! I would tell her 'Good Morning' if she were close as I passed.
But then earlier this year, one of the two started to notice me. It started to watch me as I rode past. Then one day, it ran behind me for a ways, I could see it in my helmet mirror. Then some time later a man was out with the dogs, and that day, the one ran toward me and crossed the trail about 10 feet in front. He called it to him, and made some apologetic comment that I really couldn't hear.
Some weeks later, the gal was out with them, and one of them was around 15 feet away from the trail, and looked up and saw me coming. Before I could react, it ran full bore toward me and my front wheel hit it in the hip area. The force of that large (80 lb) running dog knocked the front wheel out from under, and I hit the ground on my right shoulder at around 10 or 12 MPH.
I don't think the dog was being aggressive, I really think it wanted to play???? It had seen me there hundreds of times before that!
The bike wasn't hurt. I had to re-straighten the handle bars, a very little road rash on the brake levers that I didn't notice until much later, but a good bit of road rash on me, and a very hurt shoulder.
She ran up to see if I was hurt. At that point I didn't want her attention! I told her THOSE DOGS SHOULD BE ON A LEASH!!! She quietly said she knew it! :(
I picked up the bike and got on to see if it rode ok. It did!. At that point I was still numbed!

I rarely ever see her in the park any more and when I do...the dogs are leashed!
I did not need any medical attention...but I was sore for quite a long time after. At my age, healing is sloooow!

So, right now I am very Dog Sensitive!!!
 
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