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    Worried about encountering dogs or even bears while riding?

    We have bears, I've had several encounters. But it seems that we have a tiger problem east of our city. Two independent sightings. This is a couple of days old and the search is no longer active, but I'm sure Tony could lay low for a few days. We have a big cat rescue farms about sixty miles west of this (250+ cats), but they are all accounted for. I ride out in the area of this story a few times each year.

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    Due to decades of development, black bear sightings are becoming increasingly common in my area. I hike weekly and am just slightly concerned about it, but black bears tend to avoid people and as long as I don't interfere with a mama and her cubs and take other behavioral cautions, I should be okay. I have thought about carrying bear spray but at this point I think it's overkill as black bear attacks are almost unheard of.

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    yeah, I wouldn't be riding in that area for a while. Wonder if bear spray would deter a tiger?
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    Lions and tigers and bears? Oh, my!!!!!

    FWIW, I heard about a bear seen going through the produce section at a Safeway in Tahoe. He wasn't impressed with the freshness of the stuff......
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    This would make me wet my chaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    We have bears, I've had several encounters. But it seems that we have a tiger problem east of our city. Two independent sightings. This is a couple of days old and the search is no longer active, but I'm sure Tony could lay low for a few days. We have a big cat rescue farms about sixty miles west of this (250+ cats), but they are all accounted for. I ride out in the area of this story a few times each year.

    https://www.wate.com/news/breaking-n...dustrial-park/
    Tigers can be a problem but its cheetahs that really scare me. You need to get a good head-start on them. Fortunately, they dont generally attack steel bikes, it hurts their teeth or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    This would make me wet my chaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Tigers can be a problem but its cheetahs that really scare me. You need to get a good head-start on them. Fortunately, they dont generally attack steel bikes, it hurts their teeth or something
    It's actually the opposite. Predators selectively attack the slowest members of a herd, so they tend to go after steel bikes first, then titanium, and then finally carbon fiber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
    It's actually the opposite. Predators selectively attack the slowest members of a herd, so they tend to go after steel bikes first, then titanium, and then finally carbon fiber.
    I'm not so sure. When you see pictures of where cheetahs live you rarely see carbon bikes; I assume that's because they ate them all

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Tigers can be a problem but its cheetahs that really scare me. You need to get a good head-start on them. Fortunately, they dont generally attack steel bikes, it hurts their teeth or something
    Yeah, but those cheetahs can only put out about 2,000 watts for 1.5 seconds or so. The compression of the carbon tubes makes it easy for them to crush with their jaws and eat, but I wonder if passing some carbon strands in poop would be painful.

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    I'm not so sure. When you see pictures of where cheetahs live you rarely see carbon bikes; I assume that's because they ate them all
    Correct as noted above. The steels bikes are eventually caught by the hyenas, and their jaws are strong enough to crush anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    Yeah, but those cheetahs can only put out about 2,000 watts for 1.5 seconds or so. The compression of the carbon tubes makes it easy for them to crush with their jaws and eat, but I wonder if passing some carbon strands in poop would be painful.



    Correct as noted above. The steels bikes are eventually caught by the hyenas, and their jaws are strong enough to crush anything.
    This is stuff they never mentioned on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

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    That's a ridiculous story in the link. It said that a tiger was spotted. Everybody knows that tigers are striped.

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    My biggest worry is encountering the free-roaming SUV containing the distracted driver.

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    Distracted SUV's

    That's too realistic a worry. I know that riding Highway 1 in Marin County I had to imagine that there would be a Winnebago around every corner because, naturally, there were Winnebagos around some corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soaring Vulture View Post
    That's a ridiculous story in the link. It said that a tiger was spotted. Everybody knows that tigers are striped.
    It's possible that what was seen was a Toyger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    My biggest worry is encountering the free-roaming omni-texting yellow-bellied right-winged SUV containing the distracted driver.
    FIFY, but my intent isn't to send it to PO.

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    Now it seems we have to worry about cougars


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    That depends on what the cat looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    Now it seems we have to worry about cougars
    Hehehe

    Some people have way too much time and really should get a life.



    PS We have bears, cougars and rattlesnakes in our area.
    We talk to the bears, the cougars are very shy and the rattlesnakes get transported/removed from our garden using a metal leaf rake. They belong in the immediately adjacent Park and only show up in extremely dry periods looking for water.
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    Not sure for tigers... but a bearbell is not a bad idea in these cases. Making some noise so they hear you coming and there is no surprise encounter. The effectiveness will also depend on how fast you are moving...

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