Dogs will be the most common animal that Silver Wheelers will have problems with on our rides. Deer crossings are also a fairly common occurrence, especially in the fall and spring, at dawn and dusk.
Present thinking is that it is not the best option to try and outrun a loose dog. Pedaling faster often excites dogs, could cause you to have an accident, and you will leave some in the group back with the dog. Please don’t leave a rider to fend off a dog by themselves, especially if you are the more experienced rider.
The following videos are not embedded in our website. Clicking on the title of the video will take you to the site where the video can be viewed. The comments on both of these videos promote a healthy discussion on the topic of dog encounters while cycling. It is well worth your time to view these videos.
Following is the testimony from Karen Hobbs, a Silver Wheels’ member who was chased and bitten by a dog while on a ride with the club:
“When I encountered a dog, I was on a Silver Wheels ride out in the country and two dogs came running out onto the road. The riders ahead of me yelled at the dogs to GO HOME and the dogs turned away from that group, I had gone to the middle of the road to get away from the dogs but one came at me. I was preparing to kick the dog when he took a bite at my leg. I kept riding to get away. I don’t think I could have taken a hand off my handle bars to grab something to throw or strike the dog with say a frame pump. I chose to keep control of my bike. I ended up with bite marks on my calf, a good size bruise, antibiotics and a tetanus shot. I am up to date on my shots as was the dog.
I have to say my ride leader Cheryl and fellow rider Richard were the best. They made sure I was ok and rode with me back to Oberlin.”