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A rattle snake struck at me!
I was on Dirt Mulholland this afternoon, just before the Hub. I was riding along when suddenly I heard a rattling. I didn't have time to react or see where it was coming from when suddenly a rattle snake that was near the side of the trail, struck at me as I rode by! I almost crapped in my pants and swerved to avoid him. I hit the brakes a safe distance away and turned around and saw one BIG rattlesnake heading back into the brush, tail still rattling a little.

If i had been riding a few feet closer to the side of the trail, he might've nailed me. I can still see the image of him striking at me. Just like in the nature shows. That was my adrenaline rush for the day!
Posted by Slupo a 28 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Blur from Sherman Oaks on 03/21/04

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  • Re: A rattle snake struck at me!
    the snakes are probably pretty ornery having to come out of hibernation so early in the year...
    Posted by CaffMan on 03/21/04

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  • Re: A rattle snake struck at me!
    Was it just before the climb to the hub? I saw one crossing the road there yesterday. Where did it try to strike you?
    Posted by Endo Verendo riding a 4-spot from the Valley on 03/21/04

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    • Re: A rattle snake struck at me!
      This was on the other side of the Hub from the climbing, going east. it was one or two turns before the Hub. I haven't seen a lot of rattle snakes but to me it looked pretty big.
      Posted by Slupo a 28 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a 94 Mt. Tam from Sherman Oaks on 03/21/04

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      • Re: A rattle snake struck at me!
        Snake Safety Tip #1 ( Taken from the ancient bible of MTB survival skills ): Coat your legs with a nice thick layer of peanut butter from the knee down. It'll show them pesky rattlers who's boss when they get a mouth full of PB.
        Oh yea..that's the REAL reason cyclists shave their legs. Hope that helps.
        Posted by AList a 27 year old Weekend Warrior riding a A Bike from So Cal on 03/22/04

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    • Re: A rattle snake struck at me!
      Worst than a rattlesnake, I saw a guy taking a piss
      near Millard yesterday and not shy about it either.
      Posted by The real fatcat on 03/22/04

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  • Re: A rattle snake struck at me!
    There was a small rattler on fire road #30 about 200 yards south of Mulholland yesterday at about 11 AM. Just sunning. A biker was monitoring the snake and some hikers were freaking out. That's odd that a rattler will try to strike from the side of the road. Never happened to me. I leave them alone and they leave me alone.
    Posted by Gringo a 51 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Ellsworth Isis from Chatsworth on 03/22/04

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    I never get to see the cool animals. :-( All I saw was a wimpy little garder snake on Saturday.
    Posted by CFIT a 34 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Att Comp from Tujunga on 03/22/04

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  • Re: A rattle snake struck at me!
    That happend to me once as well. I flet something strike at my tire and when looking back, I noticed a 4-5' rattler leaving thre trail.
    Posted by Intenserider a 29 year old riding a Giant VT & an 'ol Intense from San Diego on 03/22/04

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  • Re: A rattle snake struck at me!
    Reminds me of one really pissed off one I encountered in Chesebro last year. I recall we had a gloomy and cool stretch in late May/ early June and when things finally warmed up the snakes came out. Me and a buddy stopped about 30 feet away from a 4 foot rattler which for no reason whatsoever started rattling big time, twisting and lunging at nothing. I thought there might have been some animal nearby but there wasn't any. That thing just kind of had an attitude. I hate snakes.
    Posted by Old Bones on 03/22/04

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