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Jul 09, 2010

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pepperspray

Well by virtue Mountain bikers is sharing the same space as the bears and going through trails at speed have a higher risk of surprising the bears...Really interesting and new one..

IndeYukon

From the article: "The bear briefly chased Kobi, allowing the bikers to run back down the trail rolling their bikes by the handlebars but for some reason failing to hop onto them for a swifter exit."

Since grizzly bears can run about 45 mph this was probably the right thing to do unless they can go from 0 to 50 on their bikes in just a few seconds! In an least one similar incident I know of in BC or Alberta a mountainbiker actually kept the bear off him by keeping the frame of the bike between himself and the sow. Might be a good idea to not carry the spray in the backpack but rather in a modified water bottle holder on the frame of the bike for easier access. Mountain bikers, just by virtue of sharing the same space as the bears and going through trails at speed have a higher risk of surprising the bears.

Glad everyone, including the dog, is OK!

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