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Cycling hazards in Canberra

By squashee - 11 January 2009 37

As a new year’s resolution I have decided to buy a push bike in the hope of actually getting fit one day.

On my first attempt at cycling in ten years I happened to ride past a bunch of tiny kids playing with a Pit-Bull or similar.  The dog gave chase and luckily my legs were not as dead as I had thought.  I managed to get away from this little dog (with a BIG head), but it chased me for a fair distance.

It brought me to consider – what can a cyclist do to prevent attack from a dog who is intent on eating you?  (Would it be criminal to carry a cattle prod like we had to do on the farm?) 

As a secondary thought, would have thought the tiny children would be under tighter supervision playing with terrier dogs considering the events of Whitton in the past week.

What’s Your opinion?


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Cycling hazards in Canberra
Gerry-Built 10:03 pm 11 Jan 09

Not sure about the pepper… we tried to deter our dogs from eating the heads off the sprinkler system (pre-water restrictions) by placing huge amounts of Wasabi on them (I know wasabi isn’t from the same family, but *is* WAY hot)… that just encouraged the dogs. Apparently dogs don’t taste “hot”. Not sure about in the eyes, though I know my dogs don’t like being sprayed with water (super soaker is a great training/deterrent tool)…

barking toad 10:01 pm 11 Jan 09

Lucky it wasn’t one of those killer rabbits (Holy Grail type)

Deckard 8:59 pm 11 Jan 09

I once had a pit bull chase me on the bike…

well, not really a ‘pit bull’. Ok, it was a chihuahua. But it had teeth like a pit bull.

astrojax 8:55 pm 11 Jan 09

Pit Bull Terriers are big dogs. Methinks you are confused.

methinks you haven’t seen a pitbull standing next to a big boy rottweiler, or a great dane!

i always rekkun the roman/gladiator idea of blade rotating with the axle is a brilliant one – requires a little skilled riding, so mebbe you’ll need some more practice, but the l’il f*ucker won’t come near you again – nor will the dog!

Lenient 7:52 pm 11 Jan 09

ok, a lochaber axe in that case

cfirishpete 7:46 pm 11 Jan 09

Pit Bull Terriers are big dogs. Methinks you are confused.

Lenient 7:20 pm 11 Jan 09

Mix a bit of chilli and pepper in the water. Also put chilli on the business end of the bohemian ear spoon (though I much prefer the guisarme-volgue).

huwr 7:00 pm 11 Jan 09

If you have a water bottle mounted to your frame squirting some water at the dog would certainly deter it.

ant 5:29 pm 11 Jan 09

The dog was probably protecting the children from you! One dog with some kids is part of their pack, it would be very odd for the dog to go crazy and attack them all. The only issue in this case is that the kids evidently did not control the dog.

Spectra 5:01 pm 11 Jan 09

As a secondary thought, would have thought the tiny children would be under tighter supervision playing with terrier dogs considering the events of Whitton in the past week.

It’s never “my dog” that’s the dangerous one – that only happens to “other people”.

Holierthanthou 4:25 pm 11 Jan 09

or a bohemian earspoon

Aurelius 4:23 pm 11 Jan 09

Legally speaking, you’re entitled to self-defence, the same as if the dog was a teenager with a skateboard, or a Belgian. You can do whatever is required, using reasonable force, to protect yourself.
So a stick might be appropriate.

poptop 4:18 pm 11 Jan 09

Buy a cattle prod. Universally useful item.

Holierthanthou 4:18 pm 11 Jan 09

Get a book on firearms and look up “velo dog”.

The ol’ ninja trick of a blown egg filled with pepper is good. But i just go for the big stick (up for magpies, down for dogs)

barking toad 3:55 pm 11 Jan 09

You just ran away? (or pedalled). Wimp.

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