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Andre Jute

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To cycle is to live dangerously...
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:37:35 PM »
And I thought my magpies are psycho. Short video:
To cycle is to live dangerously...

jags

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2017, 11:30:45 PM »
Nowhere safe Andre.

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2017, 11:46:42 PM »
A buzzard did that to me one day out riding near the Moorfoot Hills, I was in a heavily wooded area.
Wearing a helmet worked well that day!

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 12:02:46 AM »
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I thought my magpies are psycho

Serious bizness indeed, Andre. Evidently the juvenile eagle has not been socialized...

Last Feb/March, cycling around the Gold Coast Down Unda, I noted a number of cyclists who had 6" zipties sticking up out of their helmets. The effect was so dorky, that I thought this might be some kind of statement, though I wasn't sure what was being stated, nor who the audience might be.  I asked my son, and he said it was a common anti-magpie practice: seems the critters don't like the pokey things. Once or twice, he had been buzzed by the magpies, and he was considering the ziptie counter.

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2017, 12:43:57 AM »
Here, it is red-winged blackbirds -- especially in the Spring. Two of my regular training loops (84mi/105mi or 135km/169km) has a common portion that runs along a highway with tall bushes planted on each side. This is where the red-winged blackbirds nest. I can't get away from them, and the "Thwok-thwok" if them hammering my helmet is unpleasant, so I may try the zip-tie trick.

Thanks, John.

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Dan.

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 03:39:08 AM »
A buzzard did that to me one day out riding near the Moorfoot Hills, I was in a heavily wooded area.
Wearing a helmet worked well that day!

It's a carrion-eater, getting presumptuously ahead of its own wishful thinking. We saw one the other day while out riding, hunting over a grassy hill next to small clump of trees.

I too shall try the trick John brought back from Down Under, zip ties sticking up from my helmet.

I don't know what it is about bikes, but the magpies don't bother me when I'm on foot and directly under their nests in our back yard.

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 03:41:27 PM »
The first time I was bird hit, I thought someone had thrown a brick at me.
It was so wierd since I was in the middle of nowhere.
No-one around but I had received a big whack on the back of my helmet.
Spooky.
It happened to someone else a week later and, long story, it made the news in The Sun newspaper.
Must have been a slow day!
Slightly miffed that I had missed out on a claim to fame.
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Andre Jute

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2017, 12:11:47 AM »
Slightly miffed that I had missed out on a claim to fame.

To paraphrase Sophie Tucker:

My dear fellow, I've been obscure, and I've been a talking head on television, and on the whole I prefer being a cycling recluse.

But the one thing I absolutely deny is ever appearing on Page 3 of The Sun. That was done by Photoshop.

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2017, 10:08:47 AM »
i painted a page three  girl appartment  in london a fine bit of stuff. ;D

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Re: To cycle is to live dangerously...
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2017, 12:09:55 AM »
i painted a page three  girl appartment  in london a fine bit of stuff. ;D

Living dangerously!