A woman asked me to help get her father's bike out of the car so he could leave it with us to get new tires. The front wheel was off. The bike was stuffed into the back seat of a sedan.
In the bottle cage I saw a full size can of hornet spray. I said it was a strange choice of refreshment.
"He carries that for when dogs chase him," she said.
I ventured that it was pretty harsh stuff to blast a dog with. Not only that, blowback would be pretty rough on the rider,too.
"I know," she said. "But he's been bitten a couple of times and he's 86 years old. I can't really tell him a thing."
So, word to the wise: don't startle or intimidate the old dude on the 17 inch black Fuji Absolute. And definitely don't bark at him.