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Do I need pepper spray when I ride my bike? Do not try to outdistance the dog on a bicycle. Stop, dismount and stand with the bicycle between you and the dog. Without something to chase, the dog may lose interest. Get out your dog pepper spray just in case.
I live in a neighborhood full of dogs running loose. I take my dog for walks twice a day, and that means EVERY day. Pepper spray works on some dogs, but not all. If you're really concerned about possible vicious dogs, get yourself a can of mace that is 10% concentrated, and carry a backup (stun gun). Unfortunately, I've been forced to spray dogs who have tried to take a bite. Take it from someone who's been there, you'll need a backup if loose dogs are a problem in your area.