Mountain-Biking, Grin and BEAR it!

Imagine you’re a black bear. You’re just wandering around, minding your own business, looking for picnic baskets and—WHAM—some dude on a bike crashes into you!

What do you do? Maul his face! Briefly recall your days riding a unicycle in the circus? Or, turn tail and scamper away?

Luckily, for a Missoula, Montana middle school teacher and cycling enthusiast, the bear he “T-boned” flew over his handlebars, rolled over his head—cracking his helmet—and took off down the road; AOL News reports.

Suffering only bruising and scratches, some would say this cyclist BEAR-ly got away! Clearly, this is GREAT advertisement for bike helmet awareness.

Now, for all you mountain-bikers, no worries, BEAR-CRASHES are very uncommon. Excessive speed, unfamiliar terrain or hitting a bump are more likely causes of a crash—via The Physician and Sportsmedicine.

Regardless, I prefer my biking stationary!

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Scott - September 16, 2008 12:05 PM

I grew up in Black Bear country in upstate NY. It was not uncommon for a bear to get hit by a car.

IN the mid 80's my father decided one morning to take my mothers beloved K-car (I think it was an 84, 85 Chrysler reliant K) to work early one morning. As I was heaing out to the bus stop the local wrecker (which was owned by a friend and co-worker of my pulls into our drive way father's. But not with our car in tow. My father was close behind in my moms car. There was a bear hanging from the back of the wrecker and the from of my moms car was pretty beat up. Needless to say my mom cried over her smashed up front end and we ended up eating the bear later on down the line. For the longest time there was a piece of the bear's tooth in the front plastic bumper cover of the car and it never did quite drive the same. I've heard and seen of many bears being hit by a car...but never a bicycle.

Sara - September 16, 2008 10:50 PM

Gery- I agree. I only ride stationary bicycles.

julie - September 18, 2008 12:43 AM

I prefer my hybrid, gets me everywhere I need to go, even in my hilly city. The hell with the car, parking nightmares, and traffic jams. Hello freedom, rock star parking, good health.

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