AGE / VALUE:   Wild Boar is not to be fooled with! posted by: Chris on 12/3/2007 at 11:31:08 AM
I hear there are parts of town not to be ventured into. Wild boar or wild pig can run up to speeds of 30 miles per hour and they will kill you. They will tear you apart and literally eat you.

It is best to climb a tree but how do you do that if it is behind you?

I saw one, a lady wild boar without tusks. She had nipples on her belly and was with her young. Thanks God we were in the truck! I hear they are edible, once prepared properly.
I will look into getting a licenced fire arm and also update my will in case I should miss.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wild Boar is not to be fooled with! posted by Chris on 12/3/2007 at 11:40:38 AM
They are too heavy and large and will break your Pletcher rack. I think one would be too large even for my steel Brooks rack from 1928 and hauling a killed wild boar would require my B.O.B. trailer. With my luck, I'll get my butt grabbed and yelled at by the cursed thing before it devours me!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wild Boar is not to be fooled with! posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 12/3/2007 at 5:10:44 PM
Well, I would recommend affixing a K9-Cruiser leash to the rear axle to drag the wild boar with... alas, they're he|| on british axles....

Suggest you strap the carcass across your shoulders and ride it out that way.


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wild Boar is not to be fooled with! posted by EdgarX on 12/4/2007 at 10:31:20 AM
We have a variant here (Arizona) called a javelina. Don't think they're especially vicious, but when one barreled out in front of me on a bike path, I thought "I sure don't want that 100-pound thing running into me at 30 mph"! I'm told they're not good eatin'

AGE / VALUE:   Scared silly by dogs posted by: Chris on 12/3/2007 at 11:21:16 AM
Along my route I encountered two small dogs. One smaller than the other. They run out into the street and bark and give chase. I panic and shift to a high gear ( smallest cog) jump off the seat ( I can do this because I did away with the infamous (old style) Sturmey- Archer hub) and I go into hyper panic mode and haul butt out of there. The smallest dog quits right away but the bigger dog delights in chasing me and gets a tad too close before I pull away. I am totally scared silly and it is rather unreasonable of me, because the dogs are small.
I now will soon carry pepper spray for the big dogs.
Now there, I will have a problem. I cannot go fast for any length of time. Not on the bike I have now.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Scared silly by dogs posted by Chris on 12/3/2007 at 11:31:03 AM
The bigger dog finally quits, but stands his ground in the middle of the street and he barkes as if to say. "And don't come back!"

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Scared silly by dogs posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 12/3/2007 at 5:15:27 PM
Dogs are one thing... and yes, they can be problematid.... a feller I work with was hauling tuchus downhill... doing 30+ mph in a local race and a dog jumped at him... He was in the hospital for three weeks after the incident.

Myself.... I've not had many issues with dogs... 'cept once on the motorcycle... and it was pretty funny actually... as when the dog ran at me (a little yap-yap thing) all I hadda do was rip the throttle and let the open exhaust assault his ears.

Now.. .on the bicycles, I have had a couple of close calls with the plehtora of DEER in my area....

Downright unsettling!


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Scared silly by dogs posted by Ed on 12/3/2007 at 8:15:45 PM
Try pretending you are taking a picture of the dog with your phone. Steady out and point the camera or some thing at the dog the better you steady the dog will get very shy. I have done this with success. Method acting! Ed

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Scared silly by dogs posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 12/5/2007 at 5:44:15 PM
Hmmm... alas, being a luddite, I possess no such contrivance. Is it even legal to carry one of those whilst riding a vintage British Velocipede?

I could carry the digital camera... but it's a bit cumbersome on board the bicycle.

Intersting approach though! I bet the science behind it... is fascinating.


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Scared silly by dogs posted by Chris on 12/9/2007 at 12:40:54 PM
I encountered a lot of deer while riding the 48 Raleigh record Ace in Kensington, Metro park in Michigan. Tall, dignified, and these were Big Bucks with horns. I was surrounded!

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Scared silly by dogs posted by Joe on 12/12/2007 at 12:10:10 AM
Most dogs will stop if you do, I normally just stop and put the bike between me and dog, usually they become disinterested and run off.

For some reason I don't usually have a problem with dogs being viscous but with having them just follow me home. It seems like every stray animal seems to find it's way to my place.

Pepper spray will deter most dogs, but a really large or viscous dog may only be further angered or provoked.
Running is rarely the right move though, unless you just like the added exercise. A dog that really wants you will get you. I had one dog that was following me on a ride over the summer about 10 miles from home, he kept pace with me for about 3 miles, then disappeared, when I got back home, he showed up at my garage door as I was putting up my bike.
The best I could figure was that he had sniffed out my route to where I found him and met me back there. He hung around all day, then left, I've come across that same dog several times in that same area since then, each time he follows along barking but not aggressively. He stays with me at a medium pace for a few miles and drops back. He's showed up at my house several times since. He looks to be a shepherd/rotweiler mix at about 150 lbs or so. if he wanted to be aggressive I'd probably have a real problem on my hands.

It's the little dogs that tend to be unpredictable, they are probably 10 times more likely to bite than are larger dogs from what I've seen.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Scared silly by dogs posted by Chris on 12/12/2007 at 4:38:22 PM
Sounds like stalking to me, I'd look into getting a personal protection order against the dog. You'll need the dog's full name, address and you'll have to find a process server who will serve process on a dog.
Can the dog read? Is the dog represented by counsel? If so, then you have to serve the papers on the dog's lawyer. The laywer could be a rat or a ferret or a cross breed.

AGE / VALUE:   Why do people yell at a cyclist? posted by: Chris on 12/3/2007 at 11:04:15 AM
If I wanted to be yelled at, I would have stayed, and not moved away.
Question, why do people yell out and scare a cyclist?
It happens to me. They just like to upset and un nerve you.

I read in "Richard's Bicycling book" where a lady cyclist was tired of getting her behind grabbed while she rode her bike (and like associated type comments) that were unasked for. So, she went home, bought a "Dirty Harry" type double barrel type shot- gun and wore it in a sling across her back in plain view and to her pleasent surprise, all of a sudden, the prior behavior of her fellow travelers i.e. nasty men, changed. She was left alone, as a lady should be!
I told this to a gal and she laughed and grinned.

Myself, I don't care if my behind gets grabbed, just don't yell at me and scare me. Then again, I probably should not have said this, because now, with my luck, I'll start getting grabbed. And even though it's been awhile since I've been grabbed, I suspect, it gets old, and annoying quick.
Lance Armstrong writes that he gave the finger once and the truck pulled over and the guy got out and what happened was not pleasent. The guy ran Lance off, and ruined the bike Lance was riding. However, his mom sued the guy and won the case.
I don't give the finger, and I believe it is illegal to do so.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Why do people yell at a cyclist? posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 12/3/2007 at 5:18:43 PM
Back in the day when I would ride around in Sussex County, NJ... back when it was not deemed an awesome revenue generator for the Govt., it was very common to have beer bottles (usually empty... but not always) hurled at you whilst you rode on a bicycle.

Don't know if that's still the case as I no longer ride there... but I tellya what.... it sure could cause one to become paranoid.


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Why do people yell at a cyclist? posted by Warren on 12/4/2007 at 8:55:34 PM
Reminds me on the time my (other) wife and I were on a scooter in the Dominican Republic circa 1981. Guy grabs her arse as he and buddy pass us on a slightly faster bike. Indignant as hell, I crank open the throttle in righteous pursuit, only to see them laugh and wave bye-bye, slowly cruising away from us.

It was rather humorous over cuba libres on the beach that night.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Why do people yell at a cyclist? posted by Marko on 12/15/2007 at 4:43:47 PM
I swear to God I had a truck spit a gigantic wad of chewing tobacco at me once, and hit me square ib the face. I was sick for a day, and had a welt on my cheek. If that happened today, I'd definately kill the bastard if I coul dget my hands on him..

AGE / VALUE:   Over haul your bottom bracket posted by: Christopher on 12/3/2007 at 10:55:40 AM
I heard a crack, crack, crack noise resounding from the bottom bracket area of the bike. I went home and took it apart and sure enough, the ball bearings resembled malformed peas with chunks removed. The bearings broke up. I sat there with the parts in hand, horrified as the reality of the situation hit home.

You are grounded. Wings are clipped. Howe am I going to get around now? I thought.


I will have to scare up a set of 1/4 th size ball bearings and in the small town I am in, I don't see how I will do this. I am walking now.

What's up with this? cheaply made parts?
I don't beat the bike.

How common is this?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Over haul your bottom bracket posted by Pete on 12/3/2007 at 2:37:18 PM
Chris,I had the same problem once with newish bearings that were not overtightened etc.The next set of bearings I got from the local bike shop I out of curiosity put everyone through a micrometer and guess what many were not the same size.I ended up getting several sets micing up the lot to make a set all of the same size.With all the stress they have to put up with you aint gotta be a rocket scientist to realise that mismatched bearings aint gonna last too long or run nice.Many people say I'm mad and that aint gonna happen with a set of bearings but measure them for yourself and you may well be as amazed as I was with the difference in sizes.Guess it's all a modern day thing where quality and engineering just aint what it used to be.
Pete......bearing a grudge with all things modern.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Over haul your bottom bracket posted by Stewart on 12/4/2007 at 6:54:31 AM
Dear Christopher,
Buy the highest grade 1/4 bearings(and other sizes) from . You will be pleasantly surprised with the newfound smoothness of your BB. I always replace the bearings on my restorations. This is one time that the best is cheap.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Over haul your bottom bracket posted by Chris on 12/4/2007 at 11:12:09 AM
I just want to be able to get to and from work!

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Over haul your bottom bracket posted by Chris on 12/6/2007 at 9:03:40 AM
An angel appeared, first with grease and then, with a plastic bottle of ball bearings. They are the good bearings, too. bike is all set to go. I did a 8 mile round trip stint to apply for a job! God, it was good to be back on the bike!


WANTED:   Roadster with 28 inch wheels posted by: bob on 12/2/2007 at 5:33:42 PM
I am looking for a roadster with 28 inch wheels, that is in good shape. Can anyone help me?

   RE:WANTED: Roadster with 28 inch wheels posted by Ed on 12/9/2007 at 2:44:15 PM
I would like to own one but I have not had a reasonable deal in long time. My solution was to ride old French road bicycles. The bicycles can be set up with 700 x 37 wheels and fenders. I use brooks saddles and north road bars. I ride a Motobicane Mirage. The frames are good and wide where the tires are. The brakes are the old center pull Mafac Racers. They stop well. I think the best part is the alloy rims make the ride very easy to pedal. Ed

   RE:WANTED:   Roadster with 28 inch wheels posted by Marko on 12/15/2007 at 4:46:53 PM
Bob, where are you? I have one I would like to sell to someone who would enjoy it. If you aren't too far away, maybe we could work something out. Marko