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    Super cool!

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    Didn't it occur to them that the giraffe would hoof them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Didn't it occur to them that the giraffe would hoof them?
    Or bat them to the side with it's head?

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    I think the giraffe just wanted to play or mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    I think the giraffe just wanted to play or mate.
    You speak from experience, I take it?

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    This just proves what I have always known. Giraffes are evil ferocious killers just waiting for an opportunity to attack and kill humans so they can take over the world.
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    Let's see mountain biking in Africa, sounds like a great idea. Hey we'll be alright we have our bicycles for protection. There's no dangerous animals here only lions, tigers, leapards, cheetahs,elephants,rhinos, chrocs, hyenas, snakes, wildebeest, hippos and the occasional docile giraffe. HELLO!
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    That's why all those dangerous beasts should be confined to zoos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Let's see mountain biking in Africa, sounds like a great idea. Hey we'll be alright we have our bicycles for protection. There's no dangerous animals here only lions, tigers, leapards, cheetahs,elephants,rhinos, chrocs, hyenas, snakes, wildebeest, hippos and the occasional docile giraffe. HELLO!

    Let's see mountain biking in America, sounds like a great idea. Hey we'll be alright we have our bicycles for protection. There's no dangerous animals here only bears, wolves, cyotes, mountain lions, snakes, alligators and the occasional docile beaver. HELLO!

    Them Africans must think we are nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Let's see mountain biking in America, sounds like a great idea. Hey we'll be alright we have our bicycles for protection. There's no dangerous animals here only bears, wolves, cyotes, mountain lions, snakes, alligators and the occasional docile beaver. HELLO!

    Them Africans must think we are nuts.
    Ha,ha that's pretty funny. Except almost every animal listed is only in certain parts of the country. Unlike Africa that all are spread throughout. If I rode in Africa a sidearm would be carried. Same goes for riding in America where Grizzly bears are present. The rest of those animals you listed are afraid of humans or are just not around mtb trails. With the exception of a mountainlion possibility. Africa is far more dangerous than America.
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    I was riding a trail in So. Cal and was stalked by a aligator,coyote,beaver,mountain lion,grizzly bear,black bear, a So. Cal. Wolf and a rash of snakes all on one ride. I'm surprised I lived to tell the tale. The aligator and beaver chased me all the way home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ha,ha that's pretty funny. Except almost every animal listed is only in certain parts of the country. Unlike Africa that all are spread throughout. If I rode in Africa a sidearm would be carried. Same goes for riding in America where Grizzly bears are present. The rest of those animals you listed are afraid of humans or are just not around mtb trails. With the exception of a mountainlion possibility. Africa is far more dangerous than America.
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    Wildlife: The wildlife on the reserve includes zebra, jackal, duiker, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe and sable. The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end.

    Most the animals in the reserve are docile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Groenkloof Nature Reserve

    Wildlife: The wildlife on the reserve includes zebra, jackal, duiker, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe and sable. The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end.

    Most the animals in the reserve are docile.
    are you allowed to mtb on the reserve
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    I would think so

    Horse trails: Day trail: guided, minimum 4, maximum 6 horses
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    Mountain bike trail: ± 20 km route. Helmets are compulsory. No helmet, no ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ha,ha that's pretty funny. Except almost every animal listed is only in certain parts of the country. Unlike Africa that all are spread throughout. If I rode in Africa a sidearm would be carried. Same goes for riding in America where Grizzly bears are present. The rest of those animals you listed are afraid of humans or are just not around mtb trails. With the exception of a mountainlion possibility. Africa is far more dangerous than America.
    There are only 2 dangerous animals in N America -- grizzly and black bears (well polar bears too, but they are way up north, not where you'd be riding). Mountain lions won't bother with anyone as large and intimidating as a mountain biker. Wolves are about the safest animal you could encounter -- your chances of being attacked are about 0.00000%. I had one watch me pack up my bike the other week.

    A couple days ago I went in for a bikepacking weekend above Whistler and as I was going in some hikers came out and one had a hunting rifle for protection from bears. Like a rifle is going to make any difference to a charging grizzly! He seemed to realize this, and agreed that bear spray is probably better.

    I saw a few bear tracks up there and on the way out passed a couple that was up at Chilko lake a few weeks earlier and had grizzlies all around them, walking through their camp by the river. No problems. Apparently there are three up the Callaghan Valley by Whistler.

    The only time you have a problem with grizzlies is if you sneak up on a mother and cubs. Black bears, on the other hand, do sometimes stalk and eat people, which is why black bears are the only animal I might have some fear of. So bring your bear spray, and you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    Wolves are about the safest animal you could encounter -- your chances of being attacked are about 0.00000%.
    I wouldn't say that.
    Although wolf attacks are not common, they do happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I was riding a trail in So. Cal and was stalked by a aligator,coyote,beaver,mountain lion,grizzly bear,black bear, a So. Cal. Wolf and a rash of snakes all on one ride. I'm surprised I lived to tell the tale. The aligator and beaver chased me all the way home.
    DJ, what kind of beaver was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    There are only 2 dangerous animals in N America -- grizzly and black bears (well polar bears too, but they are way up north, not where you'd be riding). Mountain lions won't bother with anyone as large and intimidating as a mountain biker. Wolves are about the safest animal you could encounter -- your chances of being attacked are about 0.00000%. I had one watch me pack up my bike the other week.

    A couple days ago I went in for a bikepacking weekend above Whistler and as I was going in some hikers came out and one had a hunting rifle for protection from bears. Like a rifle is going to make any difference to a charging grizzly! He seemed to realize this, and agreed that bear spray is probably better.

    I saw a few bear tracks up there and on the way out passed a couple that was up at Chilko lake a few weeks earlier and had grizzlies all around them, walking through their camp by the river. No problems. Apparently there are three up the Callaghan Valley by Whistler.

    The only time you have a problem with grizzlies is if you sneak up on a mother and cubs. Black bears, on the other hand, do sometimes stalk and eat people, which is why black bears are the only animal I might have some fear of. So bring your bear spray, and you'll be fine.
    Black Bears in So Cal must be the exception to that rule. I've happened upon a few of them and they were running away from me at blurry speeds. I'm not afraid of them compared to Mtn. Lions. Large male Mtn Lions kill and eat full sized buck deer here so they could take down a large man if they were so inclined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I wouldn't say that.
    Although wolf attacks are not common, they do happen.
    A while ago I heard that there were about 2 reports of wolf attacks on people in history. Whether that refers to fatal attacks or not, I'm not sure. And I believe those were rabid wolves. I have never, ever heard of anyone being attacked, or at least seriously injured, by a wolf. It just doesn't happen. Actually, a few years ago there was a kayaker on BC's Inside Passage who was camping on an outer island and a near-death emaciated starving wolf attacked him. He fought it off with a swiss army knife. That's the only instance I've heard.

    Now, I can't back up my claims with hard stats, but the onus is on wolf attack believers to show the data, otherwise we must assume that they are very safe animals.

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    A kid in Minnesota was attacked by a wolf 2 weeks ago.

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    About a week ago

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    Like I said, it is rare but it does happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    A kid in Minnesota was attacked by a wolf 2 weeks ago.
    Ha, beat me to it by a few seconds. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    Now, I can't back up my claims with hard stats, but the onus is on wolf attack believers to show the data, otherwise we must assume that they are very safe animals.
    Actually, the onus is on the one who made the initial claim which is you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    Mountain lions won't bother with anyone as large and intimidating as a mountain biker.
    Fatal cougar attacks on adults.

    Mark Jeffrey Reynolds, 35, male January 8, 2004 Attacked and killed while mountain biking at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in southern Orange County, California[9][18]

    Thomas Harris, 26, male July 1976 Killed by a two year old male cougar near Gold River on British Columbia's Vancouver Island. He was dragged over 800 yards in the snow.

    Barbara Barsalou Schoener, 40, female April 23, 1994 Long distance runner and Placerville resident was attacked and killed while jogging on the American River Canyon Trail in California's Auburn State Recreation Area[8][9]

    Iris M. Kenna, 56, female December 10, 1994 Killed while hiking alone near Cuyamaca Peak in California's Cuyamaca Rancho State Park[9][10]

    Cindy Parolin, 36, female August 19, 1996 Mother killed while defending her 6 year old son on a horse back riding trip in British Columbia[11]

    Frances Frost, 30, female January 2, 2001 This Canmore, Alberta resident was killed by a cougar while skiing on Cascade Fire Road just north of Banff National Park in Alberta[17]

    Robert Nawojski, 55, male June 24, 2008 Searchers found his body on this date near his mobile home in Pinos Altos, New Mexico. Investigators concluded that he had been attacked and killed by a cougar several days earlier.[19]

    Woman, unknown age, female 1951 Killed in Tampico, Mexico.

    This is just the fatalities on adults! There are many more non fatal attacks and attacks on children.

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    As per my caveat, it appears that wolf had a jaw problem and had to scavenge and was likely emaciated. OK, I'll be willing to admit that wolf attacks do occur, very infrequently, but it's virtually always because the animal has a problem and can't get food for itself, or is rabid. So, basically, no different than a street dog. Hey, wait a minute ... I got attacked and bitten by my friend's dog just a couple months ago! Where's the internet furore over the dangerous domesticated wolves that live in our homes and sleep in our beds?

    Regarding the cougar attack victims, well they obviously didn't fight back hard enough. Come prepared to fight it off if you need to. So I'll add one more dangerous large animal to my list -- cougars. I won't be worrying about wild animal attacks on my next trip into the boonies though. I'll have my Leatherman on my belt and my bear spray ready to go.

    Actually, a couple years ago kayaking up the coast I had to spend 2 nights alone at a campsite that had a cougar stalking around. It attacked a woman earlier when she was peeing. That was pretty freaky. I could hear it down on the beach throwing logs around, and afterwards you could see where he was sharpening his claws on the log. That was sure a different perspective to be in, from the providing end of the food chain.

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    Can you pedal backwards on your bike too?
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    This thread cracks me up. It comes down to this question:

    Your choice dropped off in the heart of Africa with your mountain bike or dropped off in the heart of America with your mountain bike. Given the option any sane person would opt for America.
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    Any sane person wouldn't be posting in OC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Any sane person wouldn't be posting in OC.
    Another true and sane statement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    This thread cracks me up. It comes down to this question:

    Your choice dropped off in the heart of Africa with your mountain bike or dropped off in the heart of America with your mountain bike. Given the option any sane person would opt for America.



    Does America include Detroit?

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    Do people still live in Detroit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    Do people still live in Detroit?
    Funny, I recently met 2 people from Windsor, independently. I think there may be some cross border commuting going on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    Do people still live in Detroit?


    A couple of them.

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    Well there's still a zoo in Detroit!

    Detroit Zoo

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    And the Reticulated Giraffe is the Animal attraction of the month!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    And the Reticulated Giraffe is the Animal attraction of the month!
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    You know, studies have shown that the giraffe's neck is about as long as it can be for an animal, otherwise if it gets longer they can't breath, they just suck the same air in and out of their windpipe, it never makes it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    The face of a killer
    I wouldn't turn my back on that face... and then dipsy doodle around a tree
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    Dang. If it isn't giraffes it's gazelles. Check this one out.


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    I can't speak for Grizzlies and Blacks in BC (Mark), but herein the Tetons, Grizzlies attack, and kill, for a variety of reasons. Blacks, the opposite...rarely if not never since I have been here (long time).
    MOOSE are the dangerous and occasionally fatal fVckers, they scare me worse than bears anyday, due to their raw unpredictability. bison as well are unpredictable, and occasionally fatal.
    I was chased by a mountain lion for a few hundred yards this year (disconcerting, to be sure), and I was escorted by 4-6 wolves out if a drainage for about three miles last fall. Hair raising, but I never actually felt in danger.
    We ride with bear spray, no bear spray, no ride. But people's fantasies of a sidearm protecting them, of any caliber, are just that. The chances that you could get off any sort of shot against a cougar or a Grizz are practically zero. Fact is, most of those sidearm encounters usually piss off the animal, or worse, inflict injury or death on the humans involved, often self inflicted.
    It's not like how you see on the TV.
    That said, bear spray is far and away the MOST effective deterrent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    I can't speak for Grizzlies and Blacks in BC (Mark), but herein the Tetons, Grizzlies attack, and kill, for a variety of reasons. Blacks, the opposite...rarely if not never since I have been here (long time).
    MOOSE are the dangerous and occasionally fatal fVckers, they scare me worse than bears anyday, due to their raw unpredictability. bison as well are unpredictable, and occasionally fatal.
    I was chased by a mountain lion for a few hundred yards this year (disconcerting, to be sure), and I was escorted by 4-6 wolves out if a drainage for about three miles last fall. Hair raising, but I never actually felt in danger.
    We ride with bear spray, no bear spray, no ride. But your fantasies of a sidearm, of any caliber, are just that. The chances that you could get off any sort of shot against a cougar or a Grizz are practically zero. Fact is, most of those sidearm encounters usually piss off the animal, or worse, inflict injury or death on the humans involved, often self inflicted.
    It's not like how you see on the TV.
    That said, bear spray is far and away the MOST effective deterrent.
    Yeah I agree re: the use of firearms, they aren't very useful except to make lots of noise. I was being sarcastic. I guess your interior grizzlies are a bit crankier, here on the coast they are full of salmon and pretty content.

    I remember a couple months ago about a motorbiker getting chased down the Banff or Jasper highway by a giant crazy wolf. I don't think it was aggressive, just wanted to chase.

    Re: meese, yeah I'll add them to my list, they are probably the most dangerous. Like hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa, who'd a thunk?

    That reminds me of a story from about 6 years ago when I was biking up in Alaska. My trip was over, early Sept, and I was riding the bike path to Anchorage airport. It was dusk without much light, I was going to sleep on a park bench until my flight in the morning. I was zooming down the bike path in the forest and suddenly in front of me was a huge moose. I only had crappy V brakes on so I just barely stopped in time. I almost went underneath it. I high tailed it outta there. Then I rode down the streets and the moose was there too, and motorists stopped to tell me to get away, they are dangerous this time of year. Yeah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I would think so

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    Motorcar route: ± 5 km (interpretation route)
    4x4 route: ± 14 km (interpretation route)
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    "Mountain bike trail: ± 20 km route. Helmets are compulsory. No helmet, no ride"

    That's just stupid. Why do you need a helmet to ride around some sand in Africa on a bike that you're probably not going to go faster than 20 km/hr on? I have given up my helmet except on technical North Shore downhill and when on roads with cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    "Mountain bike trail: ± 20 km route. Helmets are compulsory. No helmet, no ride"

    That's just stupid. Why do you need a helmet to ride around some sand in Africa on a bike that you're probably not going to go faster than 20 km/hr on? I have given up my helmet except on technical North Shore downhill and when on roads with cars.
    Yea your right there are no rocks in Africa that you could hit your head on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I was riding a trail in So. Cal and was stalked by a aligator,coyote,beaver,mountain lion,grizzly bear,black bear, a So. Cal. Wolf and a rash of snakes all on one ride. I'm surprised I lived to tell the tale. The aligator and beaver chased me all the way home.

    Can you explain exactly where in So. Cal you were chased by a wolf?
    Because wolves have not lived in California in nearly 100 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Can you explain exactly where in So. Cal you were chased by a wolf?
    Because wolves have not lived in California in nearly 100 years.
    I figured it out. He lives in San Diego and was going trials riding through the enclosures at the zoo.

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    Meanwhile, dangerous African cats are being raised in Dallas. Dallas Zoo welcomes 2 cheetah cubs ... and puppy - SFGate



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    "Mountain bike trail: ± 20 km route. Helmets are compulsory. No helmet, no ride"

    That's just stupid. Why do you need a helmet to ride around some sand in Africa on a bike that you're probably not going to go faster than 20 km/hr on? I have given up my helmet except on technical North Shore downhill and when on roads with cars.
    And judging from your posts, it seems like you've hit your head quite a few times.

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    And judging from your posts, it seems like you've hit your head quite a few times.



    I was thinking the same reading his posts.

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    Ive seen a porno called Giraffe Girl i think, filmed in what looked to be some sort of african or zoo stables, the giraffe looked a bit drugged out, so did the girl, it wasnt a pretty sight.
    But i ended up having huge respect for what that woman could take....
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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