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  • jules

    lol. the other tip is – don’t try and outrun them. they are usually just in it for the thrill of the chase. this advice is more reliable in rabies-free countries.

    • Chester

      Exactly most of the time you are just something of interest. If you look at the body language of the vid above no ears pinned back no hackles raised and even a few wagging tails they were just trying to say hello. In most cases a dogs reaction is in direct proportion to yours

  • Courtney

    I have been cycletouring for the last 9 months, including Central Asia and Turkey. The technique that I find best is to stop cycling, jump off the bike and put the bike inbetween yourself and the dog. Once I stop moving the dog usually loses interest. Picking up a stone and pretending to throw also scares the dog away in areas where animal abuse is high (sadly)

  • Dave

    Chloe’s has level 10 blogging skillz, but what I really want to hear is Philippe Gilbert’s thoughts on the topic.

    • jules

      or Matt Keenan’s (is it too early?)

  • unclip one foot in case soccer skills are required?

  • Ratbag

    Living, working and training in Thailand for the past 12 months where street dogs are a huge problem I totally agree with Chloe’s tips.

    My personal favorite is what I refer to as the PBD or Personal Barking Device. Barking back has got me out of trouble on many occasions as there is nothing worse than a long run being turned into a VO2 max session when trying to out run crazy dogs. (A colleague was bitten by a dog and required a series of 5 anti rabies injections – yuk)

    It certainly helps to be faster than those you are with ;-)

    Due to work commitments I train mostly in the dark. This presents another problem in Thailand as whilst only about 10% of the wild dog population are truly mad and will chase you the compliant 90% spent 99% of their time sleeping, often in the middle of the lane!

    • jules

      dogs in the developing world are a problem on a whole different scale to over here in Australia. I saw an elderly woman almost get torn to shreds by a pack of strays in India. she was just calmly going about her day. someone came and scared them away, then everyone returned to what they were doing as if it was perfectly normal..

      • Simon

        True. Although I have been attacked by 3 large dogs in a Melbourne suburb that would have torn me to shreds but for a car driver scaring them away. They had me pinned against a small fence with my bike between us. My adrenaline was gone after a hard ride so I had no strength to fight back.
        For a most horrific account of a dog attack in Turkey while cycle touring, this account takes some beating…warning, pics not for the squeamish http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=273087

  • Anon N + 1

    Two points. I like the water bottle idea. I suspect it is more effective than the pump. If dogs are a common (and rather dangerous problem) as in India or Thailand, how about a squirt gun? It’s more accurate than the bottle. You could also fill it with dilute ammonia. Second, take out those ear pods so you can hear the dog (and anything else) approaching more easily.

    • jules

      maybe just take some Shmackos in your jersey pocket

  • scottmanning

    Doesn’t anyone proof read these? If they do, they need glasses.

    • Gaz

      Ahh give it a rest….its an athlete providing an entertaining blog. No meaning was lost during any expression of content. Turn your editing skills to a daily newspaper with teams of editorial staff and writers. I’m sure you will find enough mistakes to keep you busy.

  • Micky D

    Another option is to squirt your water bottle at the dog. Sometimes they back off the first time and then come again but give up after the second squirt in the face.

    I find this works every time and also does the trick with monkeys.

    • JP

      ” 2. The water bottle. If you’ve ever had water thrown in your face you’ll know how disarming it can be when you’re not expecting it. It’s the same for dogs. So aim and fire.”

  • george

    Ckick on this link where 25 dogs atracked.
    this needs to be seen to understand what riding in Greece means. I use to ride with rocks in my back pockets… and throw them on the asphalt. .. the noise scares or stuns them enough time to ride a distance.

  • Charlie

    They teach you in motorcycle classes to change speeds. Slow down and then speed back up (on a hill climb, this may not be as possible), because they’re not too great at course correction.


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