Time to toughen up?
- The TelegraphPieta Ncube, 39, was able to fight the animal off as it tore into the back of his head with its claws.
"I slowed down to see what was behind me," he said. "I was just able to use my bike to stop him getting me.
Mr Ncube said he managed to trap the animal's two front legs in the triangle of his bicycle's frame so that it could not move freely or reach him with its teeth.
He eventually pulled a loose steel bar he had attached to his bicycle and smashed the leopard around the head as it clawed at his face and head.
The frightened beast then ran off into the bush.
He said he then tried to administer first aid on himself before calling his boss for help.
Police launched a full-scale search for the leopard following Tuesday's attack, which happened near the town of Brits in South Africa's North West province.
Mr Ncube has been released from hospital but will need injections every three days for a month to prevent infection.