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    I've had a few moments while out riding that have startled either me or someone or something else.

    The high engagement hubs thread made me think of a time when I startled a guy riding some single track which is tight with next to no room for overtaking, the oaks single track for those who know it. I or my bike must ride quietly as this guy I rode up to didn't realise I was behind him until I freewheeled my Hope hub which then went Buzzzzzzz. The noise made him freak out and he wobbled and almost ran into a tree. I apologised for startling him, we laughed and rode on.

    Another time I was riding with some mates down some fast fire trail, Bee Nest Hill, and when we arrived at the very bottom of the hill we came across a lady with an exposed bottom! She was startled while relieving herself, must have had to finish up quickly!, and ran form the bushes red faced and sorting herself out while a few of her companions were laughing and joking with us about the embarassing event. Fun times indeed.

    Another time while riding sweet single track, again very tight with shrubs whipping you as you ride along, a shrub's branch got wedged between my right index finger, which was resting on the front brake lever ready to slam them on if 'SNAKE', and the lever itself which instantly made the brake almost lock up and flick me into the bushes, I survived unscathed but startled and never have a finger on the brake lever in tight bushy single track anymore.

    What startling moments have you had out there?
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    You know those times when a stick looks like a snake, then you realise it is a stick and go to bunny hop it, but while you're in the air...you realise you're bunny hopping a snake? I've done that more times than I'd like to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink poodle View Post
    You know those times when a stick looks like a snake, then you realise it is a stick and go to bunny hop it, but while you're in the air...you realise you're bunny hopping a snake? I've done that more times than I'd like to!
    I'm ashamed to admit how many sticks I think are snakes and snakes that I think are sticks!! Thankfully I think we are just as startled as each other and freak out in the opposite direction!
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    Early one morning after a night of tossing and turning in the heat, I got just on dawn and decided to go for an early ride.

    I'm buzzing along on the dirt, and I see this figure up ahead, briefly and think "There's something not right with that person"and the figure jumps behind an impossibly skinny tree.

    As I drew closer it turned out to be a bloke in maybe his late 50's, with just a pair of those light running shorts on, and sneakers.

    I then realised when I first saw him that he'd been naked, and had tried to go behind the skinny tree to put his shorts on. Protruding pot gut and all.

    Typical of my luck, it's a fat bloke walking naked, not some gorgeous 19 year old girl.



    Another day, actually not far from the same location I'm getting ready to get wound up down a moderate dirt road downhill, when I see two chicks on horses coming towards me.

    So I slowed right down and moved right out wide - like, to a walking pace so's to not startle the horses. Well one of the horses must have been zoned out and not even seen me, because as I drew level it seemed to just notice me, got a fright and reared right up, flinging the chick off it against a tree and she hit the deck with a meaty THUD.

    "Fuck, I'm sorry!" I said, even though I hadn't done anything wrong. "Sssallright...." she managed to sort of rasp, semi winded and trying to get hold of the stupid bloody animal.

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    Best to constantly talk when approaching horses. Say whatever, even if it's complete nonsense and don't stop until the horse acknowledges your presence. Works a treat and the riders appreciate it.

    Startling things for me are magpies, or even other birds going at you like magpies. Little fuckers are tiny but geez they pack some startle.
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    I made a post about this when it happened - but it's no less startling 16 months on.

    I just rode the trail down from the yarra boulevard to under the johnson street bridge (directly across the river from the Children's farm). I got off the bike and picked it up to walk up the stairs and promptly stood on something squishy. I looked down and automatically thought I was on discarded inner tube. Nope, it was a tiger snake. Jumped off it quick-smart expecting it must be dead. Nope, it's very much alive. It slithered off into the yarra. Still can't work out why I wasn't bitten.

    I step carefully through that section every time now.

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    There's a section of trail that our riding group affectionately refers to as 'Suck, Blow Mountain'. One of our guys inadvertently stumbled upon a couple of gentlemen in flagrante when walking back to the trail head after a mechanical...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cogs19 View Post
    I made a post about this when it happened - but it's no less startling 16 months on.

    I just rode the trail down from the yarra boulevard to under the johnson street bridge (directly across the river from the Children's farm). I got off the bike and picked it up to walk up the stairs and promptly stood on something squishy. I looked down and automatically thought I was on discarded inner tube. Nope, it was a tiger snake. Jumped off it quick-smart expecting it must be dead. Nope, it's very much alive. It slithered off into the yarra. Still can't work out why I wasn't bitten.

    I step carefully through that section every time now.
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    A pale white arse bouncing up and down in the back seat of a car. As I got closer I discovered why the arse was bouncing up and down. Oh and did I mention he advised in a loud voice that it would all be over soon.

    And I am very sure they didn't even notice me pass by.

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    I quite regularly get startled, especially at events because I'm the unfit bugger lost in his own world trying to get up the hill. Then some bloke with stealthy hubs zooms past and scares the crap out me.

    Then the other day I was riding past a bit of bark on the side of the trail, minding my own business. As I get within a metre or so the god-damned bark gets up, hisses at me and sprints off into the bush. Fucking goannas.

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