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Once I was riding my road bike down a rural road. I heard barking over my shoulder and saw two dobermans running toward me. I can't think of a time in my life that I felt more endangered.

I reacted instinctively and accelerated. Unfortunately I was on a gravel road and going into a bit of an incline. There was no way I could outrun those dogs. I looked back over my shoulder and they were no longer chasing me. The cycling gods must have been smiling on me.

Another time, in a similar situation, a different dog ran along next to me, barking and baring its teeth. I maintained my speed and yelled at it (trying to assert some dominance) until it got tired of chasing me.

These two experiences have done a lot to put me off touring alone.

How do I deal with issues like this?

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I've lightly edited your answer to make it more of a request for information and less of a discussion-starter. ("Does anyone have advice...".) Good question, although I suspect the answer will be "it depends". There's no single strategy that works with all dogs, although there are ways to be prepared. –  Neil Fein Feb 24 '12 at 20:15
Two words: frame pump. –  Stephen Touset Feb 24 '12 at 20:42
I find it amusing that your gravatar has a dog. Good question though - I've had some bad experiences with dogs too, and would be interested to see what people say? –  nhinkle Feb 25 '12 at 7:28
I'd like to hear why someone voted to close, perhaps the question can be improved further. (Yes, there can be no single way to deal with this problem, aside from "stay at home and don't go near dogs", but the question is still an important one.) –  Neil Fein Feb 29 '12 at 1:48
Hi Sunil, do you have experience with this device? Has it helped you in the past? What type of situation? –  jilles de wit Sep 14 '13 at 13:55
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The best idea is to not see any doggie a long time. Do not look in to its eyes it might think you are gonna attack it. When it is coming closer to you just do the confident stare at it and get as high as you can. If it comes too close to you get of the bike use it as your weapon. If you are attacked by two or more dogs just don't let them to corner you from four sides. When it jumps on to you get ready. To Kick some A**S. then just go off its territory. But the nest thing is to not look at dogs. Singing might hep you.

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Do you have any evidence or experience that singing will help? –  Uooo Apr 15 '13 at 11:36
It's true that you should not stare at a dog. In dog language, that's an aggressive, hostile thing to do. But I don't see how it applies to being chased by a dog on a bike. As for singing, I'd say that will only help if you can sing well (in a dog's opinion). –  Carey Gregory Apr 16 '13 at 4:38
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