Author Topic: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...  (Read 3043 times)

PaulF

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2017, 10:07:51 pm »
Sharks DGAF about bears, they're more concerned about alligators. ;)

https://gizmodo.com/scientists-document-opportunistic-alligators-eating-sha-1819517272

$h!t!
If the 'gators have guns and get organised, we're in serious trouble.
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It’s the bears who are armed not the ‘gators.

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simonp

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2017, 12:27:40 pm »
Several years ago we were riding the tandem between Wedmore and Cheddar when a squall line crossed. We continued through the stinging rain and wind to discover a tree which had come down in the last few minutes blocking the road. I think there were only 1-2 cars ahead of us blocked by the tree, so it had only just come down.

Just a matter of timing - we could have been under it.

We've also been knocked off that tandem by a badger. Life is dangerous.

Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #27 on: October 23, 2017, 12:29:19 pm »
especially for badgers

Graeme

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #28 on: October 23, 2017, 06:45:18 pm »
especially for badgers

Is that why some people sew them onto their saddlebag? To keep them out harms way?
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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #29 on: October 23, 2017, 06:52:51 pm »
Wrong thread!  (I just realised what I did, there, as the street says.)

tonycollinet

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #30 on: October 25, 2017, 12:42:11 pm »
Holy hell: Trees, bears, sharks, squirrels, and now badgers. Is there no end to the number of things trying to kill us?  ;D

Phil W

Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #31 on: October 25, 2017, 05:36:45 pm »
Holy hell: Trees, bears, sharks, squirrels, and now badgers. Is there no end to the number of things trying to kill us?  ;D

Got a glancing blow from a deer on the KSW 600 back in 13.  So deer as well!

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #32 on: October 25, 2017, 05:53:16 pm »
At least one Aussie audaxer has been killed on a descent in a collision with a kangaroo.
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Kim

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #33 on: October 25, 2017, 06:27:00 pm »
Apart from dog entanglements on shared paths, I have had a glancing blow (bruised knee, broken light) from a deer; a couple of near misses from wowbadgers; a feathery collision with a suicide pheasant[1] and countless tauntings by squirrels.  Also several target-fixation incidents with large insects.  (There's a surprising amount of mv2 in a bumble bee.)  Oh, and I once piloted a tandem while my stoker - who shall remain nameless for legal reasons - kicked a low-flying pigeon.

I've also been held hostage by the Aston ASBO Geese, but that doesn't count, as I wasn't actually riding my bike at the time (I couldn't, there were geese in the way).

While we're on the subject of birds, they seem particularly keen to shit on my tourer.  Often when I'm riding it.  Bastards.


[1] On Watership Down no less.  The rabbits must have been having the day off.
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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #34 on: October 25, 2017, 06:28:10 pm »
At least one Aussie audaxer has been killed on a descent in a collision with a kangaroo.
If that was on a UK event, he was very very unlucky.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #35 on: October 25, 2017, 06:41:24 pm »
An Aussie mate was lucky to get away with it after a wallaby landed in his lap while doing 50 mph down a hill.  Serious road rash and a totalled bike.
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Kim

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #36 on: October 25, 2017, 06:44:15 pm »
Was the wallaby okay?
Watching the TV without subtitles is like riding up a hill without using the gears :)

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #37 on: October 25, 2017, 07:11:52 pm »
There are wallabies loose in the UK...
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Graeme

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #38 on: October 25, 2017, 09:52:50 pm »
Trees don't even have to fall on you themselves, they can simply ambush an unwary rider by shedding leaves onto the road. mcshroom ... gws.
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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #39 on: October 25, 2017, 10:04:38 pm »
There are wallabies loose in the UK...
There are indeed. A few miles away.
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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #40 on: October 25, 2017, 11:37:27 pm »
Cyclists have been killed by stags in Richmond Park
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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #41 on: October 26, 2017, 12:06:00 am »
You have to ask yourself, what does Richmond have over Prague?
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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #42 on: October 26, 2017, 12:08:26 am »
If a man speaks and a woman doesn't hear him is he still wrong?

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #44 on: October 26, 2017, 09:36:00 am »
I've been hit by a bat (the flying mammal type).

Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #45 on: October 26, 2017, 09:41:49 am »
I've been hit by a bat (the flying mammal type).
That's happened to me too. I've also been stung by a bee while riding (on the leg).
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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #46 on: October 26, 2017, 10:54:49 am »
Chased by farm dogs several times
but only nipped on the ankle once. 
Taken out by kamikaze pheasants
Gently rear ended a large white van which had done a smoking tyre emergency stop as a deer leapt the hedge into the road.
Several Mexican stand offs with asbo geese.
Two wowbadger near misses.
Attacked by conkers waiting for me to pass under on my morning commute
Several occasions of escaped livestock in the road
Mobbed by jackdaws for some unknown reason
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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #47 on: October 26, 2017, 12:56:04 pm »
Does it make a sound?

A friend of mine was once fired because he pretended that when a tree falls in the middle of a forest and no one is around to hear, the falling tree doesn't make any  noise. Of course he was referring to the definition of noise as an annoying sound. A sound can not be annoying if no one is there to be annoyed. It seems that his boss was not ready to accept that kind of reasonings.

Mr Larrington

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #48 on: October 26, 2017, 07:40:21 pm »
Was the wallaby okay?

Glenn wanted to Have Words with it, but it was nowhere to be found, so one has to prseume so.
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simonp

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Re: If a tree falls in the wind, and there is no cyclist to be crushed...
« Reply #49 on: October 26, 2017, 08:15:08 pm »
The badger made a sharp exit as well.

I think we both still have visible scars from that incident. It was in 2012, and is entirely the fault of railway engineering works.