Animal Encounters of the Bicycle Kind

Reading about chasing an owl on Bike Seattle, I remembered the animal encounters I’ve had on my bike

  • Rode through the middle of a cow carcass during the Tour of Willamette
  • Watched a crow fly through legendary mechanic Eamon Stanley’s rear wheel during our legendary ride to Snoqualmie Pass
  • Avoided the squirrel that jumped up onto a fender, off a shoulder, and the back of my fellow riders
  • Stopped to inspect a road kill badger (very cautiously cause badgers are mean)
  • Seen enough dead possums to conclude they are the stupidest animal
  • Rode over a seagull on Alki, felt really bad for about 32 seconds, until realizing there’s no shortage of seagulls (I also never liked that Jonathon Livingston Seagull novella)
  • Slowed way down and rode really cautiously past a small moose during our tour of South East Alaska (a small moose means a big moose is nearby)

When I lived in the Tri-Cities and rode with the Chinook Cycling Club, there were three evil dogs that would actually wait for us. One of them near Finley WA, we could see hiding behind trees, clocking us patiently, and then would jump out barking, clawing, and snapping – that turned into a dog sprint like that scene in American Flyer. The second dangerous dog was on the road to Paterson WA. That bad boy you wouldn’t even see or hear until he was right up on you snapping at your heels. I learned to save enough on that ride to be ready when Mr. Vicious came out to play.

The most dangerous dog lived at the top of a climb on Clodfelter Road (from the Horse Heaven Hills course of old). Cresting the top of a leg-blowing climb, with your buddies trying to drop you, doesn’t leave much room for a dog sprint. That dog caught a few of us, was rewarded with a face full of water bottle spray, and I believe is responsible for a few nasty wrecks coming down the hill.

What animal encounters have you had on bike?



Best Bike Ever (we hope)

Win the best custom bike ever ever at the Handmade Bicycle Show being staged in San Jose, USA, in March. Nine legendary bike builders are collaborating on the one-of-kind bike and raffling it off. Given that’s 9 builders instead of one, I have to wonder if it’ll turn into a Monster Garage like mistake or work of combined genius?

My all-time fav custom bike is a Davidson. What’s yours?

Thanks to BikeBiz for the story.



Schooner Exact Release Party

Schooner Exact, “a local, small batch microbrewery focused on quality, handcrafted ales,” is having their release party on Saturday the 20th, 7:00 PM, at The Beveridge Place. Last year, when Schooner Exact first started, they made us a batch of Bike Hugger Brown and have promised us more kegs this spring, just in time for the snow to go away!

Bike Hugger and friends will attend the party and toast Schooner Exact! See them kegs stacked up below.

kegs



Morag the Xtracycle

Bike to Life, a blog about bicycling to a better life, includes posts about Morag, an in-progress Xtracycle. One day, possibly, Bettie and Morag will meet on the bike path.



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