Anti Magpie devices

Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jaznit » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:55 pm

RonK wrote:I'd be very cautious about relying on any of these devices to deter magpie attacks. To do so is to severely underestimate the aggression and the flight capabilities of magpies, and you could suffer an eye injury like this one, or even end up loosing an eye. Quite simply they cannot be relied upon to work.

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Far out - that is just crazy!

This is the reason why I only ride in pairs during Aug to Nov and simply hit the stationary trainer any other time I feel like a ride.
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jaznit » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:59 pm

biker jk wrote:Get yourself an afro wig. It's the only thing that works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES_n4DgJDHs


haha classic!
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jimjames85 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:05 pm

I had one swoop for me crossing a semi enclosed pedestrian bridge across the freeway in North Sydney this morning....smacked straight into the fencing surrounding the bridge. I was just glad that for once it was him who got hit and not me!
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby adrian_d » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:13 pm

jimjames85 wrote:I had one swoop for me crossing a semi enclosed pedestrian bridge across the freeway in North Sydney this morning....smacked straight into the fencing surrounding the bridge. I was just glad that for once it was him who got hit and not me!


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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby winstonw » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:48 pm

according to a mate, a y wrench is very very efficient. :shock:

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby biker jk » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:04 pm

winstonw wrote:according to a mate, a y wrench is very very efficient. :shock:

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You need to be a pretty good shot. I hear toy cap guns are effective as well (for scaring them off, at least).
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby fatherofmany » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:57 pm

I got myself one of those silicone led blinkies that look a bit like a tadpole, like a knog light but not a knog branded. Looped it through the helmet pointing the red leds backwards and have never been hit (while they were blinking).

I like to think it also serves to bring attention to my head, ie to the driver of the falcodore behind me I am a person riding a bike, not just a bike on the road.

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby Leiothrix » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:23 pm

I've got a pair of blackburn flea's mounted on my helmet. white facing forward, red facing rearward. held on with 3M duallock.

They definitely help with being seen after dark, but haven't noticed them making a difference to the magies.
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby winstonw » Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:03 pm

never known of a magpie to attack after sunset or before 6ish in the morning.
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby RonK » Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:09 pm

Hehe - by pure coincidence, I may have discovered the ultimate magpie dissuader...

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jaznit » Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:55 pm

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Well after all your advice I went and put some giant cable ties and my ride along went well yesterday.

Today thought cut them off when riding with someone else and the magpie decided it was revenge and time to swoop me.


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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby g-boaf » Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:59 pm

jaznit wrote:Image

Well after all your advice I went and put some giant cable ties and my ride along went well yesterday.

Today thought cut them off when riding with someone else and the magpie decided it was revenge and time to swoop me.


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Are they STILL attacking?? :shock: :shock: :shock: The ones around my area seem to have settled down again. The one that usually swoops me I think will be bribed a few times until I can get it to eat from my hand without fear. I'm hoping it'll then leave me alone in future. 8)
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jaznit » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:06 pm

Yeah I had two swoops today. Both at the Mcgraths Hill Mcdonalds area on Windsor road (NSW)

I hate them so much I don't know I could ever feed them! That might explain why I get swooped still.


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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby gospeedracergo » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:18 pm

I'm new to Australia (but not to magpies - many of them in Canada).

But seriously, you run into them when cycling? Do snakes puncture tires as well? :) good to know I guess
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Anti Magpie devices

Postby Arturo » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:28 pm

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This was before the end of last magpie season. I just try and duck just as the swoop you. It's easier when you can see their shadow
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Anti Magpie devices

Postby Dr_Mutley » Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:08 am

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Anti Magpie devices

Postby Dr_Mutley » Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:10 am

Take it like a man!


Arturo wrote:
This was before the end of last magpie season. I just try and duck just as the swoop you. It's easier when you can see their shadow


I take the opposite approach... I lurch up at them when they swoop... Watching their shadow and getting my timing right... If u headbutt one hard enough he won't come back! (Don't laugh I'm serious!)

If that fails then I take this approach:

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby kom123 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:48 am

recumbenteer wrote:And what works for me.....

http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Wiseman181/media/IMG_5341_zps314c6534.jpg.html

out run 'em :mrgreen:


Sorry to go off tangent for a minute but curious to know the location of where this photo was taken?

And getting back on track, I have encountered the McGraths Hill bully magpie!

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jaznit » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:33 am

@kom123 when did you get swooped? Is that recent or an old photo?


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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby kom123 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:25 pm

A few months old now. Not far from the road crossing heading towards Windsor near Curtis Road turnoff I think. I had two goes at me too cheeky bugger!
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby frailer5 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:21 am

rebilda wrote:My perspective is that if you are wearing some sort of eye covering and a helmet, and you dont look around and start waving your arms like a lunatic, what is going to happen to you?


A work colleaugue who rides on Windsor Rd (Rouse Hill environs), regularly, recounted that his riding partner, without any real warning, received a nasty temple gash. Helmet/eyewear not any help there. :| I presume that magpie had watched The Battle of Midway the previous evening and thought he was a Douglas Dauntless.
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby recumbenteer » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:52 pm

kom123 wrote:
recumbenteer wrote:And what works for me.....

http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Wiseman181/media/IMG_5341_zps314c6534.jpg.html

out run 'em :mrgreen:


Sorry to go off tangent for a minute but curious to know the location of where this photo was taken?

Photo is my Rotovelo doing a couple of laps at the Dunc Gray Velodrome, Bankstown NSW.
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby kom123 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:43 pm

Thanks Mark, been meaning to check out the velodrome but haven't made it there yet. I see your Rotovelo at various events and we had a good chit-chat at ride to work day Parramatta breakfast the year before last :)
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