From my research in the USA, and in south America before it, I have established that dogs don’t like bicycles.
There must be something about the size, shape, or speed of a bike that really sets a perro’s hunt, run, attack, kill, reflex off. Even the most docile dog can suddenly transform into a hurtling, barking, in the road ahead of you, running at you from the side, trying to bite into your leg, baring teeth you didn’t realise even fit into that sized head, menace.
What sixth sense allows them to identify a bike coming towards them over hundreds of metres distance when they can quite happily leave pedestrians and motorists alone? How do they know to target your leg and not the front wheel? What has the bicycle ever done to them that they are so upset about?
I am now beginning to understand the likelihood of attack and relate it to the scenery I’m cycling through. In general
If you are in a central urban area, you can relax
If you are in a very rural area with no buildings, or a national park - low incidence
If you are in the sort of very smart village that wins prizes for flowers, no problem
Oddly enough, if you can see a danger - beware of the dog sign, usually you’ll be fine
But if you are on the urban fringe or in a small village - look out
If you are coming up to a tatty house or trailer, doubly look out
If there’s no evidence people are at home, or if there are just small children playing with a dog outside…
I think we’ll be cycling through quite a lot of that…