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Old 06-22-09, 05:54 PM   #1
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Worst thing you have inhaled or swallowed while riding?

I took a short ride today and got a mouth full of gnats coming around a turn near the creek
on the MUP I ride. I spit out about half and could not gag out the other half. So, down the
hatch they went.

What is the worst thing you have inhaled or swallowed during a ride?
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Old 06-22-09, 06:03 PM   #2
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Sustained Energy, that stuff is disgusting.
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Old 06-22-09, 06:31 PM   #3
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nothing as of yet, I'm not really a mouth breather....cpap REALLY teaches you to breath through your nose
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Old 06-22-09, 06:35 PM   #4
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Nothing I can really recall. I'm waiting for the OP from the "Don't drink from your ammonia bottle" thread to post here.
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Old 06-22-09, 06:53 PM   #5
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Large black bettle saw it coming did not register in brain because I was going 2o MPH down single track in trees stoped and tried to upchuck lung did not see the bug. I think I swallowed it. :-(
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Shoo Fly

Horse fly! Gasping for air at the top of a ridge during one of the old GEAR-UP rallies. Fell off the bike but did manage to cough it up.
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typical bugs, nats, etc... the other day my wife got a bee in her mouth during one of our rides. I know it's not funny, but when I heard her scream I slammed on my breaks thinking she had probably crashed. I then turned around to see her waving her arms and hacking stuff up. I rode back (she was prob 50 yards behind me) and asked what in the world was going on. She told me a bee flew into her mouth and I just fell on my bike in laughter. I honestly thought she had broken something and trashed her bike by the horrible screech that come out of her mouth.
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Heed - melon flavor. <gag>
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Lots of little unidentified things since it warmed up two weeks ago. None made it passed the tongue, knock on wood. Also some things big enough to sting when they hit the cheeks. One case made me worry, "I hope that's not a bee/wasp sting." Fortunately not, but it's a risk.

I am told that's nothing. It's the night riding that really brings the bugs on, according to a friend, especially if you have a helmet light, which attracts them right to your face.
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A whole moth. Kinda medium-sized. Just flew straight down my throat and I just swallowed hard because it was still moving.

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Old 06-22-09, 08:08 PM   #11
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Sustained Energy, that stuff is disgusting.
Sort of taste like wet wheat flower doesn't it. I add a flavor pack to it to make it tolerable.
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Old 06-22-09, 08:32 PM   #12
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Had some big bugs bounce off my glasses and cheek, but only an occasional gnat in the mouth. I now carry my mask from carpenters bag, that I use when sanding spackle. No problems other night on trail; although may have looked a bit strange. Only use after sunset on trail. Bugs a plenty. Thinking those flu masks may be a bit more in style.
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A friend at work told me this story, but I think it's urban legend.

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Two Harley riders are out for a ride one afternoon. Suddenly the one in the front begins to swerve erratically and grab at his face. The bikers come to an emergency stop right there on the road, and the one in front is still freaking out.

When he looks at his buddy, the friend bursts out laughing hysterically.

Sticking out of one nostril is the very tip of the tail of a dragonfly.
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Makes your eyes water a little bit, doesn't it?
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Old 06-23-09, 04:14 AM   #14
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small flies, that is all thank god!
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Only the occasional gnat for me, but I have almost wrecked once when I got hit by a dragon fly.
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I have to agree with the person who said HEED.

Some people love it, but I'd rather spend 40 miles riding through a cloud of gnats than drink a bottle of that stuff.
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A friend at work told me this story, but I think it's urban legend.

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Two Harley riders are out for a ride one afternoon. Suddenly the one in the front begins to swerve erratically and grab at his face. The bikers come to an emergency stop right there on the road, and the one in front is still freaking out.

When he looks at his buddy, the friend bursts out laughing hysterically.

Sticking out of one nostril is the very tip of the tail of a dragonfly.
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Makes your eyes water a little bit, doesn't it?
always wondered how they handled that stuff... when I ride it's always with a full face helmet and full gear... and wackin a bug rolling at 50 stings even though the jacket... and it's kinda freaky when it hits the face shield... can't imagine it hitting bare skin... or your face... guess it's a good thing I'm not a Dr or Lawyer... I don't have the urge to play dress up on the weekends
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Carb-Boom peach banana gel. I'm not sure what I did to whomever owns that company but if you're reading this I'm sorry.

Don't think of them as bugs, think of them as free high velocity protein snacks.
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Old 06-23-09, 08:42 AM   #19
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Flies near horse stables.
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Carb-Boom peach banana gel. I'm not sure what I did to whomever owns that company but if you're reading this I'm sorry.

Don't think of them as bugs, think of them as free high velocity protein snacks.
Could not agree more but the Apples Cinnamon is great. I could eat it at home with crackers if it was not so pricey.
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Get the usual bugdejour from time to time, but I had one experience a couple years ago that will stick in my mind forever. This was not on a bike, but applies to the "inhaled" question.

I was on a whitewater river in North Carolina. My paddling partner (she was better than me) had just dropped into a micro-eddy that sat just above a waterfall with a huge boat sucking hole just below the drop. She exited out and ferried across and above the fall to the other side of the river. It was my turn and I was being cocky and got window-shaded and ended up out of my boat, but made it into the eddy before going over the fall.

Now come sthe "inhale" part. The bank was straight up rock wall and there was no way to climb out and re-enter the boat. My only choice was to reach up and grab some limbs that were hanging over and use them to pull up enough to get back into the boat, re-skirt and go. But, when I reached up and pulled on the limbs, some sort of white dusty pollin/mold thing shook off and I inhaled it. I started throwing up violently. After I recovered, I tried it again. Same thing. Again, same thing, except now my energy was so drained that I could not move. The water was about 50 degrees and I was in trouble. There were several people across the river watching in horror. Not at the prospect of me washing into the hole, but I don't think anyone had ever seen anybody throw up that much.

I finally let my boat go and threw my paddle down stream for someone else to retrieve. I signaled for a rope and I swam out of the eddy with what little strength I had. Just before I went over the ledge, I was hit with a throw bag and I caught it. I went into the hole, but was able to be towed out before recirculation.

I to this day have no idea what that dust was. This was one of many things that have reminded me that I am not bullet proof.
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Mouthfull of gnats last night on the MUP and no water left in the bottle...yech!'

Not a bike story, but while putting up Christmas lights on the front porch by a hanging bird house a sparrow flew straight into my mouth. I felt it's beak hit my teeth as I jumped back off of the step ladder. He/she flew off as I backed into the house. Don't know which of us was more startled, but I about had a heart attack and my wife about died from laughing!

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a cheeseburger.
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A big ole mouthful of sand, kicked up by a passing car.
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Sucked in a bee the other day. Musta bounced off my tongue cause it tasted nasty. Went right down the throat tho and I didn't get stung. Tried to hack it back out but no luck. I just kept going.
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