For those who don’t know what the words “booby trap” mean here is a definition: “A booby trap is a device or setup that is intended to kill, harm, or surprise a human or an animal. It is triggered by the presence or actions of the victim.”

want to say upfront this is scary stuff, but it is not my intention to make you fearful even though it is enough to make one shudder and tremble. It is just so sad that people exist who would do these evil things. I wrote an article about this several years ago. I just now searched online about the subject. It not only has not gone away, but there is much more posted online about the subject now than the first time I wrote about it. Most people think of diamond frame bicycles when they think about setting up their booby traps. A piece of wire strung across a trail  is usually placed about a foot above the ground so that a cyclist’s front tire hits it and it causes the bike to flip over spilling the rider out onto the ground. Riding along the wire is hard to see, especially if it is a dark shady area. Sometimes the wire is strung higher up and this is when it gets really scary and dangerous for those of us riding tadpole trikes. People have been killed or at least seriously injured when their face or neck meets up with the wire. Riding a tadpole trike puts our face down way lower than that of someone riding a bicycle.


Many years ago when Interstate 69 was being constucted thru northern Indiana an incident happened I will always remember. The pavement was poured but the interstate highway was not open yet. There was still various construction work to be done. The interstate was elevated to cross over an existing road which involved the banks of the roadway to be a rather steep angle. Graders were being used to grade the sides. Because of the steep angle involved a steel cable was used stretched between them to hold them in place so they could not slide down or tip over as they travelled along grading the dirt. A man drove his car up on the new pavement at nighttime. Of course, he had no business being up there as the Interstate Hwy. was still closed. The steel cable was just the right height so that it made a convertible out of his car and took his head off. He won’t  be doing that again.

I am not posting this to make you fearful of riding. That is the last thing I want out of this. I do want to make you aware of the possibility of this happening so that you will be looking for such concerns and hopefully prevent ANYONE from being injured.. Fortunately this has not become widespread. Most bike trails have not dealt with this problem and hopefully never will. Probably most of it has occurred on mountain bike trails. Definitely it has also occurred on paved bike trails as well. We live in evil times and it is only getting worse. Keep your eyes open and be aware of this concern.




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Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (@gmail.com)

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