Dennis, writing from monkey-ridden Japan:
>People tell me that such attacks are a
>rarity, but I really don't much trust these animals.
>So, now when I ride where they tend to hang out,
>I'm packing a 44 magnum squirt gun filled with
>powerful toilet bowl cleaner.
Please consider a commercial pepper spray dispenser, like the kind to be carried on keychains... They're smaller, lighter and don't leak. Plus, two other advantages... toilet bowl cleaner will permanently blind them if it gets in their eyes, pepper spray won't. More importantly, pepper spray puts out much more powerful fumes so a direct hit is not necessary... anywhere on their fur will choke their breath and get their attention.
I've found it works very well on drunken, knuckle-dragging, bicycle-hating Georgia rednecks (and they tend to be found in larger sizes than your monkeys).
Bob (seen Easy Rider 50 times and it still scares me) Hovey Columbus, GA