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What's the craziest thing you've seen or situation you've found yourself in while riding? Personally, rounding a bend and suddenly having the grass on either side of the trail on fire for about 100 yards takes the cake for me. I know y'all got some stories too so let's hear 'em!
 

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What's the craziest thing you've seen or situation you've found yourself in while riding? Personally, rounding a bend and suddenly having the grass on either side of the trail on fire for about 100 yards takes the cake for me. I know y'all got some stories too so let's hear 'em!
well I saw a herd of turkeys but that's nothing compared to your story.
 

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Riding Pisgah a bear jumped up and ran with with us for about 20 yards. The bear was 10 feet up in the woods. He turned up the hill going deeper into the woods. Thank god we were on a decent and had good speed!
 

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Almost rode into a huge Moose a few days ago. It was around a blind corner and we scared the crap out of each other. Those animals can MOVE!
 

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On a training road ride on the Colorado Front range I rode by a horse ranch. There was a middle aged woman riding her horse in the pasture. The horse bucked a little and tossed her off. She landed on her head which instantly disappeared. I was 100% freaked out. I jumped off the bike and ran across the field, Look roadie shoes and all. I got to her as she pulled herself...head attached...out of a gopher hole and sat down. She knew how lucky she was to have that gopher hole there.
 

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Wasn't a trail, but on a busy 2 lane road with a wide shoulder riding a road bike and look up to see this guy running down the shoulder at us buck naked. Middle of the morning in full sunlight on a busy road. Figure there had to be a good story behind that one. Went out the window to avoid the woman's husband who was chasing him with a shotgun? Laundry day? Who knows.
 

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Remnants of a rave: clothes, empty beer/liquor bottles, smoldering bon fire, torn up tents, and a working cell phone. yes, in the middle of a forest. reported it. Ranger showed up & he used the cell phone to call the ravers, funny story.
A burning cross (scary).
A couple marijuana plants (circa 1997-well before legalization).
Police tape: someone had been sexually assaulted. This one was really depressing.
Watching a Jeep drive up a near vertical 30'+ tall rock face on Flat Pass in Moab. It was so steep, you really wouldn't try climbing it. The entrance to Amasa Back is equally entertaining.
Shooting stars (night ride).
Tornado (F3) with subsequent lightening strikes hitting the trees above us.
Hail storm while descending Icarus (Winterpark).
 
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just a bird that got caught out in -15F too long...and froze solid while cowering into a small nook in a tree
 

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Outside of crazy weather, a night time frog migration, and a similar "worm night" (imagine enough frogs or worms that you cannot avoid them and they are sticking to your tires and flinging on your glasses) a buddy and I had just completed the no-longer-accessible Mohican Wilderness MTB trail when a large, white horse came running down the road. It looked agitated and wide-eyed. It ran in a circle in front of us which revealed a very large, bloody, 3-corner tear in its hide on one side of its abdomen. It must have injured itself jumping over a fence. Soon, a woman on a 4-wheeler rode up and, with a little help from us, calmed it, roped it and began to lead it back from whence it came. ...leaving a trail of blood all the way.

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just a bird that got caught out in -15F too long...and froze solid while cowering into a small nook in a tree
Yep - saw a seagull frozen to the ground on a New Years Day ride, once.

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I wasn't on a bike at the time(but bikes are legal on that trail) & saw a family of dear. Was taking a picture of the deer family with my camera as a hawk swoops down to grab a squirrel on a tree. The hawk must have not had a good grip on the lunch & the animal fell on hiker having him scream I am hit, ****.
 

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My all time was almost running over a large black bear. There isn't too dense of a population where I ride, you see them occasionally if you're in the woods enough, but not often. And never too close.

But I literally almost ran over him (or her) coming around a bend on a fast, flowy section of trail. It absolutely scared the **** out of both of us. I basically yelped -- yeah, that's the word I'll use. And it scooted its ass off the trail in a cartoon like way where its back legs were moving faster than its front legs.
 

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There's a campground near where I grew up that's in a swampy area that you'd have to be stupid to camp in. Mosquitos everywhere and no real attractions at the camp. As a new mountain biker in the early 90s it was great though with trails everywhere that I could access from my house and usually have all to myself. One day I'm cutting through the campground, come around a corner and in front of me, lining the whole site were Deadheads occupying every space. Patchuli, dreadlocks, weed, all the usual stuff. There's a few dozen campsites in there and I'd never seen more than a handful used at once and now to my surprise, there's dirty hippies everywhere. I declined their many offers to try out my bike.

Around the same time in a very remote area, I was bombing down a trail with very thick brush all around it. I come around a corner, and there's a hunter with a shotgun pointed right at me. Both of us yelled. He said he could see the white of my bike through the underbrush and thought I was a white tail deer. Would've been a really easy place for him to dispose of a body if he'd accidently killed me.

Same place a few years later I was really lost. No map. No such thing as smart phones with gps at this point. I was out of food and water after hours of pedaling. I pop out onto a dirt road and see a guy parked on the side in a pickup truck. Cool, I'll just go over to him to get directions out of here. The guy is sleeping but I'm so beat up and want to get out of there so I decide to wake him up to help me. I rap on the window. Nothing. I bang louder. Nothing. I start yelling to him. Nothing. I'm now pounding on the window and screaming at the guy and he did not wake up. Pretty sure he was whacked out on H. Got the hell outta there.

Same place. Me and buddy pop out of some single track onto a dirt road. We hear a vehicle approaching. It sounds like it's going really fast. These dirt roads are not maintained so I couldn't imagine going more than 15-20 mph but as they approach, they appear to be doing well over 40. It was a pickup truck with a bunch of surly teens in it. They looked terrified. A few seconds later we hear another car coming. This one sounds like it's flying too. Not sure what's happening we pop back in the woods just as a station wagon comes bombing down the road. The windsheild is smashed and there's an old guy (probly my age now) driving with his head of the window with blood all over his face. He loooked beyond pissed and was apparently chasing down the teens and appeared ready to kill them if he caught them.

I googled up a couple of others I've posted in the past:
- came across an abandoned pet cemetary in the middle of nowhere. A bunch of the graves were dug up and there were a bunch of little empty coffins. Pedaled out of there pretty quick.

-came across about a half dozen D cup bras hanging from trees. I am withholding the incriminating pics we took.

-on a solo ride on some trails I did not know, I came flying into an opening and found about 10 chairs arranged around a fire pit. In each chair was a scare crow of sorts. Some had pumpkin heads. Some had Halloween masks. Checked my back and got the hell outa there pretty quickly.

Those were the good old days. Back to work now....
 

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Mountain Lion watching a group of deer who had no clue it was there. I didn't stick around to see what happened.
 

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Getting passed by a motorcyclist tumbling end over end at eye level.

It was raining and I was riding dowhill when a pickup truck tried scooting out of a stripmall parking for a left turn. The rear tires lost traction, spun and the pickup just inched out slowly. I went around the back but the guy on the BMW locked up his brakes, slid into the rear and went right over, passing me on the left, landing on his ass and sliding to a stop ahead of me.
 

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I was doing a solo night ride in the fall back when I lived in the Midwest, and I stopped for a quick rest on one of the river trails that connects all of the singletrack on the system I was riding. I heard a rustle in the bushes next to me, and a baby deer came walking out of the woods. When I say baby, I mean this thing couldn't have been more than a day or two old. It barely had it's footing and was wobbling all over the place. He was maybe the size of a medium dog... Anyways, he wobbles over to my bike and starts nibbling on the knobbies on my tire. He wanders around the front of my bike for a minute, and then comes over and starts nibbling on my shoe in the same way he was my front tire. I just sat there with my jaw dropped. I saw the mom down the hill a little ways from us just staring at me, so I didn't make any sudden movements because deer can actually get aggressive. The baby finished nibbling on my shoe, looked up at me for a bit and then just wandered off. The mom circled around, jumped up the hill and her and the baby disappeared into the woods.

Craziest animal encounter I have ever had, by far. The only thing I can think is that it just walked towards my head lamp, and was young enough where it didn't recognize potential threats yet.
 

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Crazy things over 20 plus years riding. 2 topless ladies one out for a jog the other modeling. I've seen multiple animal sightings: bobcat ahead of me on the trail dart into the bushes and come out a few seconds later with a rabbit in its mouth, 2 rattlesnakes entwined in their mating rituals. I once came across a recently rolled truck with the driver walking down the fire road swearing at himself. It's been a fun ride and looking forward to more crazy sightings the next 20 years.
 
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