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    I know I am slow, but do insects really have to make fun of me too??

    I was riding today in the great Texas heat and headwinds. When on the last bit before the end, a few flying beetle like thingees started fliting around me. One in particular was by my front wheel and he buzzed up by my face (probably trying to get my attention). It then went from buzzing my face to going in and out of my front wheel a couple of times. I ride a 36-spoked wheelset so I KNOW this bug was showing me how fast it was and how slow I was.

    I don't need that kind of ridicule, so I packed it in after that, and 3 hours in the heat of the day. Darn bugs, I have to find a new route now--I don't do well with bullies!

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    You're not slow! Just those damn massive Texas bugs have more horsepower than FMadridRN's car. I say don't stress over it, he'll only live a few days, and when your doctor tells you you might only have another day to live you gotta enjoy the little things, like flitting in between wheel spokes.

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    You're in Texas, shoot 'em with a 45.

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    That was funny man! Thanks for posting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbuddy2005 View Post
    I was riding today in the great Texas heat....
    I'm thinking this is your real problem. Bugs flying between the spokes? Hallucination for sure.
    What is bicycle touring?
    "So I kept looking and eventually found that a spark plug had same threads. So I cycled next two days until I got to Jackson, MS with a spark plug instead of right pedal." - mev

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    I hear a tennis racket will usually take care of most Texas insects:-)
    Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.

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    At least you didn't swallow any. Been there, done that. Also fun is taking a yellow jacket down the front of the jersey. Bit me twice before I could get him out.

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    Last year in the Alpujarras I discovered that I can cycle up steep, hot Spanish mountain roads at 6mph - whereas the annoying little local flies can stare you in the face and fly backwards at 7mph.

    After you try to swat at them they land on your glasses and do a little 6-legged victory dance. Ole!

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