Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

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Doe Zip Ties Work?

Never Tried Them
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84%
0% Effective
2
3%
50% Effective
5
7%
100% Effective
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6%
 
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Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby colafreak » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:27 pm

Quick Poll: With Magpie Season starting early, who uses zip ties on their helmet?

This poll is to get an idea of general effectiveness.

0% Effective - No change to rate/severity of attacks OR Magpie learns to swoop from the front and go for the eyes. ;)
50% Effective - Noticeable decrease in attacks/severity but direct hits still scored.
100% Effective - Attacks cease all together or never swoop within 1m of rider again.
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby im_no_pro » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:29 pm

Your missing an option:

* - Don't know because its just not euro cool

In saying that, would be keen to know the answer myself :wink:
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby timbo » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:21 pm

Perhaps we should put zip ties on the magpie and not the helmet. :)
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby bowie » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:40 pm

you guys should all just htfu ;)
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby Chaderotti » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:16 pm

They're bloody fast...
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby grosry » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:10 pm

im_no_pro wrote:Your missing an option:
- Don't know because its just not euro cool

i laugh every time i see them on helmets :lol:
i have got chased by some massive like eagle bird once though :? i s*** myself aha it was on the Torquay highway just after the roundabout near Mt Duneed :shock:
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby Kalgrm » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:46 pm

Well, at 6.45pm (WA time) on the first day, you've got a unanimous result with 13 people voting for one option only. :D

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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby Tom Marius » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:11 pm

Seems like us forumites are sticklers for complying to Euro guidelines then :D
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby njg02 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:38 pm

I put long cable ties on my helmet after getting nabbed on the left ear. No blood but it hurt for a week. Magpie season, I pull them down over my ears, which doesn't stop them swooping, but protects my lugs. I leave them on all year round, and hang chrissy decorations on them at chrissy time. I would have voted if it was asked if they 'protect'.

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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby Chaderotti » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:49 pm

njg02 wrote: and hang chrissy decorations on them at chrissy time.

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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby wombatK » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:04 pm

I picked 100%, because it was the nearest correct option. Only failure I've had was with one psycho 'pie near the Meadowbank Ferry who'd make multiple strikes to any rider going by. After putting on just 2 cable ties, he had one go that got close enough to brush the cable ties, but didn't come back after that; and didn't have a go on any subsequent rides past his territory. There's are some really kamikaze psycho magpies out there that won't be deterred by them and will take a piece of your ear or an eye if they can, but the only defense against them is illegal except maybe in the hands of a council ranger (shotgun).

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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:01 pm

I'm happy with googly eyes and the hand of friendship.

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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby stubbie » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:05 am

grosry wrote:i have got chased by some massive like eagle bird once though :? i s*** myself aha it was on the Torquay highway just after the roundabout near Mt Duneed :shock:


Going by your avatar I think its beak is still lodged in your bum. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby il padrone » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:08 am

No, wrong profile for an eagle.

Judging by that it must have been the dreaded super killer magpie, probably the male :lol: :lol:
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby colafreak » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:45 am

njg02 wrote:I put long cable ties on my helmet after getting nabbed on the left ear. No blood but it hurt for a week. Magpie season, I pull them down over my ears, which doesn't stop them swooping, but protects my lugs. I leave them on all year round, and hang chrissy decorations on them at chrissy time. I would have voted if it was asked if they 'protect'.

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You should vote 0% then, as they don't affect the rate/severity of attacks... right?
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby robbie d » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:31 am

What about a couple of bright red LED's on your helmet? that would look pretty menacing to any animal I would think :)
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby colafreak » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:44 am

They get drowned out in daylight
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Postby Bantam Roosta » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:02 am

I said 50%.

I noticed a clear difference. Last year, there was one particular one that swooped me about 3 times each time I passed. So one day I put on the cable ties, the next day I went out, it swooped, but pulled out. I was amazed. It was a fairly clear, reliable test in my opinion. Same bike, helmet, gear, magpie. Only thing that changed was the cable ties.

I've noticed that they still swoop, but when they get close they pull out and don't go through with their strike. I just use 3 relatively short ones, sticking out the back and sides. Those 30cm dingly dangly ones are a bit much for me, though they would work better I assume.
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby stubbie » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:58 am

il padrone wrote:No, wrong profile for an eagle.

Judging by that it must have been the dreaded super killer magpie, probably the male :lol: :lol:


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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby twizzle » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:41 am

I managed not to get hit after fitting cable ties last year, but I know of two magpies that won't be put off by them.

Screw Euro-cool, bleeding and/or crashing is very uncool.
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby goneriding » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:52 am

I have a friend who swears by the cable ties but has, in my opinion, gone way too far with it. He has added a couple of polystyrene balls with black spots on them and swears by them. The best part is that the Maggies are laughing so hard that they don't bother the rest of us even though we are riding 100m behind him (for obvious reasons!).
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby Doorknob » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:25 pm

I gotta train my cat to sit on my shoulder when I'm cycling, that should keep my euro-cool happening
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby Tom Marius » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:56 pm

Doorknob wrote:I gotta train my cat to sit on my shoulder when I'm cycling, that should keep my euro-cool happening


Someone with more Euro-knowledge may be able to confirm this, but I assume the cat would have to be pure white? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby rednaxela » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:12 pm

goneriding wrote:I have a friend who swears by the cable ties but has, in my opinion, gone way too far with it. He has added a couple of polystyrene balls with black spots on them and swears by them. The best part is that the Maggies are laughing so hard that they don't bother the rest of us even though we are riding 100m behind him (for obvious reasons!).


almost wet myself laughing at this post, good one.
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Re: Poll: Zip Tie Magpie Repellant

Postby Aushiker » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:50 pm

Hi

Sorry if this has been posted before, but there is now a "study" on the efficacy of helmet adornments in repelling magpies on YouTube.

It is called Killer Magpies.

I think the dude was pretty brave myself :)

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