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Identify the prey. In a group ride, dogs almost always go after the lead cyclist on the near side of the road. If that's you, muster your courage and don't slam on the brakes. If it's not you, Nike Air Max 90 Galaxy

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to send a message, not run over the poor creature. And here's my favorite part bark as loud and mean as you can. This works for me every time. And it's kinda Nike Air Max Green Black fun.

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Stand up and assume a dominant stance. As the dog nears, make an abrupt swerve toward the dog. Yes, toward the dog, but only enough Nike Air Max Classic Bw Black Red White

Dogs pose a real threat to cyclists. Some riders carry pepper spray, and others resort to canine repelling sirens. But this is where I draw the line. I might shave my legs, roam around in tights, and try to keep my body weight on this side of feather light, but I can defend my place in the food chain under my own power, thank you very much.

No. 1 rule for safe cycling, and it applies here. Try not to swerve, even if you're riding alone. The closest I've been to getting hit by a car, on many occasions, happened after darting sideways to avoid a dog.

Cycling Around Aggressive Dogs

Like any other road hazard, it's a good idea to look over your shoulder for passing cars when approaching an eager dog. And they like to roam in packs, so where you see one there are often others.

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Anticipate. Canines are harder to anticipate than cars, but not all pose the same danger. Most run parallel to their target before drifting toward it, but these pups are usually all bark and no bite. The real threat comes from the ones brave or stupid enough to jump right in front of you.

Fleeing sends a signal to the pooch that he's predator and you're prey. It also encourages the dog to give chase. As they say, dogs can smell fear.

Be the aggressor. Dogs are among the few road hazards that can see you. Use this to your advantage. You can't intimidate a pothole or shout at a patch of gravel, but the best way to fend off hounds is to take their aggression and shove it back at them.

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Warn drivers. Cyclists already encounter enough road kill. Let's do our best not to add dogs to their ranks. As motorists approach, I usually make a "slow down" sign (by holding out a palm and making a patting motion), then point to the dog.

New York City has its drivers. Colorado suffers from an oxygen shortage. Portland is a monsoon. California can't afford to fix its potholes. New England won't thaw till May. The Midwest is a wind tunnel. And the Southeast, my current training ground, has dogs. Every workout is interrupted, or enhanced, by canines looking for a quick meal.

distance yourself from the victim and pull out your camera.

So next time you're out riding and a hound threatens to make you lunch, keep the following in mind.

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A squirt to the face from a water bottle works, too. But for every dog it repels, it can provoke a protective owner.

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