Paceline Podcast #110

Paceline Podcast #110

Fatty had an unfortunate encounter with another cyclist recently. Actually, the unfortunate part of the encounter was between his big dog Duke and one of the dogs following behind the other ride attacked Duke. Took a souvenir out of poor Duke’s ear. What do you do in that circumstance? He’s a cyclist, so we like him, right? Do you mention it to him next time you see him? Do you get the authorities involved? A lawyer? Do you have a photo in your smartphone ready to display?

Hottie is aware of the advice that you don’t take a knife to a gun fight. He’s aware of it, but he doesn’t follow it. At a recent event he and a buddy showed up with gravel bikes … but everyone else was on mountain bikes. It got him to thinking about the quiver killer bike. What would you own if you could only own one bike?

Patrick says he feels good (cue the James Brown). So good, he has begun to wonder why. Certainly, he’s been working for better results, but he’s not sure if he should credit his newfound awesomeness to a recent cortisone injection or his yoga classes. Or maybe the neuromuscular massage therapy. Or maybe that traction pillow he bought. Could it be that Mercury in retrograde isn’t all bad?



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  1. g

    I can see how Patrick would suspect the cortisone injection being a factor on his recent mental and physical form. Anecdotally I have heard similar things, often under the guise of “anti-aging” therapies, as well as having seen riders with connections in the medical/pharmaceutical fields with Jedi-like abilities to recover from injury and high midi chlorian counts…

  2. slugsmasher

    Not a fan of “trail dogs”. Poops on trail and nobody knows about it until the next rider runs over it. Buddies who have “trail dogs” no longer are in my ride group consideration. I have a dog, I am a dog lover, but my dog is a Dachshund and he does not go mountain biking. He only walks on a leash and I pick up his poop when required and pack it out in a bag. Mountain bikers with “trail dogs” usually do not follow this basic premise. What I frequently see is a dog that runs in front of you on the trail or jumps on hikers or the best thing is poops in middle of trail and runs off without owner knowing or doing anything about it.

    The worst thing about this is that the dog loving mountain biker is jeopardizing trail use for everybody. Most trails are “dogs on a leash zone” however most assume that if your riding a MTB this does not apply right? It is assumed that if I am on a bike I can let my dog run free on the trail because he always follows my commands right??? This is how we loose access to trails. All it takes is one unhappy hiker/horse rider and one over excited dog with a biker associated with it and BOOM, trail closure to mountain bikes because “they all” have uncontrolled dogs with them and must be banned.

    Walk with your dog, run with your dog but keep them on a leash and pick up poop. Leave the dog at home and use the bike ride to focus on riding and enjoying the precious trails we have available to us. Hearing the story about dog attacking dog and the rider not knowing about it is very disturbing. You guys are pretty mellow as far as the responses went. Shooting the attacking dog or simply kicking the owners ass silly would not be out of the realm of consideration in my mind if this scenario happened to me and my dog. I could give two craps if it was another “biker”, that person is an irresponsible idiot who probably has no empathy for those around them anyway. Sounds harsh yes but people really need to think about the impact they are making when they take dogs out on a ride.

  3. Tominalbany

    I, too, feel like trail dogs are a bad idea. That said, I’ve met some really nice ones in my time. The person, though, should know his dog.

    Fatty, i was one of the people that said to call the police. I would also support the notion that you inform the person of the incident when you see him next. He may be completely unaware that his dog would behave like that. He may also be a jerk. Sadly, you never know in this day and age but, I tend towards the optimistic side as often as I’m able!

  4. Dan Murphy

    Regarding the dog incident. Next time you see him, just tell him what happened – that’s it. Tone is important, so just state facts and don’t be judgemental. You’re telling him something he presumably doesn’t know.
    Now comes the tricky part.
    I would bet the farm that he says his dogs are pussycats, and that they have never hurt anybody or any other dogs – ever. Full-on denial. He’ll even blame your dog. This is what practically every owner says after their dog mauls another dog or a person. This is why you have to report it, so that there is a record of his dogs behavior and the owner will never be able to say his dogs are pussycats again.

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