Animals are often unpredictable around bikes, but recumbent riders can avoid dog bites as long as they prepare in advance. Any experienced cyclist knows that canines can seemingly appear out of thin air, especially in dense neighborhoods, and there’s no telling when one will give chase. A cyclist normally has a few options available to stop the pursuit once it begins, but there is no one foolproof way to halt an attack. That’s why a cyclist should arm themselves with a repellent system whenever possible.
There’s a higher chance of recumbent riders suffering worse attacks and dog bites because of the build of their cycles. On a normal bike, a cyclist’s legs are closest to the ground, so a canine is more liable to snap at them if it manages to catch up to the cyclist. On a recumbent bike, the cyclist’s head is closest to a pursuing animal, leaving the eyes, face and throat at risk of attack if the canine reaches the bike. Canines often pursue cyclists silently, so remaining alert is crucial for a cyclist that wants to stay safe.
Another way to improve safety is with the Sound Defense system. When activated, the Sound Defense produces a range of sounds that confuse and disarm the canine. Even if it does not stop the dog from pursuing, it will often buy a cyclist enough time to pedal out of the dogs reach.
Even if you only need it once, the Sound Defense system can prove to be invaluable in staying safe in areas with canines.