Recently I learned something about myself. When faced with a squirrel who seems determined to be bisected by my 100-psi 28mm bicycle tires, my response is to shout “Dude!” at the rodent. Perhaps better spelled “Doooooode!”
It is an involuntary response on my part, and it has expressed itself a few times lately. So far my shouting has worked.
unlike a car, a bike could (alright, might possibly) be seriously affected by a squirrel.
I think my bike would win the encounter, but the lengths I would go to to avoid running over the rodent probably put me at greater risk than the squirrel.
Aim for the squirrel, and all those that you hit, cut off the tail and attach it to your seat, so they blow fetchingly in the wind.