General Cycling Discussion - strange occurrence
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I've had this happen several times before, but today while riding about 42 miles I had the middle part of my upper lip swell up. It's come back down now, but still it is irritating while riding. What in the world is going on? Should I throw my water bottle away? Is it a matter of bacteria getting on the lid of my bottle and affecting my lip in the place where I drink the water? Is it an allergic reaction to the outside world (these are days when allergens are plenty)? Or am I just a freak?
11-03-08, 04:50 PM
My dear, you are allergic to bikes. Sorry about that mate :D:D
It's the determined manner in which you purse your lips when climbing up hills or dropping those cars. Try holding your tongue out your mouth instead.:D
Try the on-bike stretches (http://www.bikeleague.org/resources/better/advancedcycling.php) esp for the face. You'll need to click on "On-Bike Stretching and Exercises".
11-03-08, 06:48 PM
Has happened to me too, my old water bottle was a 'pull top' type. You know where you have to pull the top out with your teeth and then you suck the water out. Well as you suck, it closes the lid back up, pinching your top lip. This, pardon the pun, sucked.
So now I have 2 new water bottles, they have a silicon valve in the top which stays shut except when you squeeze the bottle. So much easier when riding to just squeeze the water in your mouth. And better on hot days too to spray your face.
11-03-08, 10:25 PM
Are you on any medication? Some meds can cause angio edema as a side effect.
11-04-08, 01:02 AM
I had similar problem with my lips, though it tended to be one side of my bottom lip.
Finally discovered that when I get focused on pushing past a comfortable limit with my recumbent, I'd get focused and unknowingly chew or lick the part of my lip that was swelling. I've trained myself to quit doing it, which at first affected my speed marginally because instead of 'Push, go, go go', it was 'STOP THAT!' every time I was fiddling with my lip.
Habit broken, no more puffy, sore lip.
11-04-08, 06:58 AM
You may try taking an light dose of an antihistamine before you ride. If it is an allergen, then its effect might be reduced. Make sure you wash and rinse the bottles real well too.
11-04-08, 08:13 AM
Don't shave before you ride, or be sure and shave before you ride...
What did you eat shortly before your ride?
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