I lived in Northern BC for years and like Slider had many encounters. We considered the black bears more of a nuisance than the grizzlies, who were very shy. Usually you would only view the arse end of them as they bolted. I came to expect, and hope, for that behavior. I've run into three bears here in N.S. I had one stop in the middle of the road going to Keji Seaside and give me a good stare down until I hit my frame with my handpump, it bolted after that. Still the uncertainty of these moments are thrilling at best and could be really bad if handled wrong. I ride alone most of the time. I'm quiet and quick and on their turf.